Heart disease No. 1 killer worldwide; Providers wary of bundled payment initiatives;

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> One of every three deaths in the U.S. in 2013 was from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, while heart disease and stroke were the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide, according to American Heart Association's "2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update." Announcement

> A UT Southwestern Medical Center study to evaluate nursing protocols designed to better triage and treat stroke patients using telemedicine will be the first study using a new consortium of medical centers. Announcement

> A Minnesota woman has filed paperwork stating that she intends to sue Children's Hospital Colorado for $900,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering nearly four months after the birth of her conjoined twin daughters, 9 News reports. Article

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> Many providers have entered bundled payment programs in the initial phase, but are far more reluctant to continue to do so when they have more downside risk, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health. Article

> Americans can expect to live longer, but they will also live with an increase in conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other ailments that will drive up the cost of their care, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California. Article

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