Drop in the number of black men who apply to med school; Former Encino CNO wins $1 million in termination suit;

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> Although the number of black men graduating from college reached an all-time high in recent decades, the number applying to medical school is down, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Announcement

> Former Encino Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Vilma Dinham was awarded $1 million after claiming in a lawsuit that she was laid off for reporting an affair between the hospital's chief medical officer and a supervisor, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> Lars Houmann, president and CEO of Florida Hospitals, will become the new executive vice president of the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Article

Health Payer News

> House Democrats say they will refuse to reduce any Medicare benefits as a way to avoid premium increases next year, according to The Hill. But while this would bode well for millions of Medicare members, it could mean a potential Democrat-Republican House grudge match. Article

> Following in the footsteps of eight other consumer-operated and -oriented plans before it, South Carolina's Consumers' Choice Health Insurance Co. has announced that it will stop selling health coverage in 2016, the Associated Press reports. Article

And Finally… Workers of the galaxy, unite. Article