Dementia costs as much as $215 billion; States debate hospital tax exemption bills;

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> Two former emergency room doctors say the owners of St. Rose Dominican Hospital forced them to transfer patients between campuses--putting profits over patient safety, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Article

> Costs associated with dementia amounted to between $159 billion and $215 billion in the United States in 2010, with Medicare covering about $11 billion, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Abstract

> Colorado based-Catholic Health Initiatives and Washington-based PeaceHealth suspended discussions on a possible joint venture, both organizations announced Tuesday. Announcement

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> Rural hospitals are seeing their finances come under greater pressure as a result of rising uninsured rates and some states' refusal to expand Medicaid. Article

> Focusing on obesity management presents a major opportunity to improve patient outcomes, save healthcare dollars and increase hospital revenue, according to Okmulgee (Okla.) Memorial Hospital CEO George N. Miller Jr. Blog Post

> Hospitals in Pennsylvania and California may see changes to tax-exemption rules--lawmakers in both states are considering legislation that would clarify the work hospitals need to do to preserve their not-for-profit status. Article

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