Gun violence costs New Orleans hospital tens of millions; Virginia community hospitals announce merger plans;

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> Three top Boston teaching hospitals will increase their minimum wage to $15 an hour this year, but Massachusetts hospital pay varies widely and doesn't always match provider earnings, according to the Boston Globe. Article

> Gun violence costs New Orleans' University Hospital tens of millions of dollars, according to WSDU. Article

> Several independent Southwestern Virginia community hospitals announced plans to merge, according to Article

Health Finance News

> The failure of the New York insurance co-op Health Republic Insurance has left hospitals and other providers with about $200 million in unpaid bills, the Associated Press has reported. Article

> For-profit hospitals had a respectable third quarter of 2015, but a new report by Fitch Ratings suggests that more difficult times may be ahead for the sector. Article

And Finally… In it for the long haul. Article