Fla. hospitals could lose millions thanks to Medicaid reform law; Two Wis. providers announce affiliation;

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> Some Florida hospitals will lose millions of dollars to cuts because of the funding formula in the state's 2011 Medicaid reform law, while just a handful will gain funds, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Article

> United Health Care Workers West, a California healthcare workers' union, wants to cap what hospitals can charge to 25 percent above the actual cost of services, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Two Wisconsin providers, Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital and ThedaCare health system, announced they will team up to cut costs, reduce duplication and improve care delivery, according to the Northwestern. Article

Practice Management News

> It's important to offer medical office employees scheduling flexibility and help them further their careers. Forbes includes this advice in a recent post about helping employees conquer exhaustion, in addition to back-to-basics tips offices frequently overlook. Article

> A widely accepted protocol for delivering bad news, known as "SPIKES," may not be the best approach to use with most patients, according to a new study in the Annals of Oncology. Article

And finally... Hair of the cat. Article