Distress increases COPD, diabetes risk; SSM to take ownership of St. Louis U hospital;

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> A Texas program allows even low-rated Lone Star State private nursing homes to reap federal payments through a partnership with public hospitals, according to the Dallas Morning News. Article

> Serious psychological distress can increase adults' limitations with daily activities tenfold, as well as increasing their likelihood to develop diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data brief

> SSM Health, a nonprofit, Catholic healthcare system, plans to take ownership of St. Louis University Hospital from the university, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Article

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