HHS declares public health emergencies after Hurricane Sandy; NYU Langone Medical Center to reopen outpatient services;

> Hudson Hospital Holdco, which owns four New Jersey hospitals, is looking to buy Landmark Heath System in Woonsocket, R.I., despite the hospital's plan to be acquired by Prime Healthcare Services of California, according to the Associated Press. Article

> Following New York, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday called a public health emergency in New Jersey, triggering certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program waivers so hospitals could continue to get reimbursed. Declaration and announcement

> NYU Langone Medical Center plans to reopen its doctors' offices and outpatient procedure and testing sites on Monday, but the emergency room remains closed, NBC News reported. The hospital made headlines for its back-up system failures, forcing total evacuation during Hurricane Sandy. Article

> Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brockton, Mass.-based Signature Healthcare signed a memorandum of understanding for a partnership, Boston Business Journal reported. The "wide-ranging affiliation" will not be a merger. Article

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