HHS gives community health centers $129M; NYU Langone-Continuum merger talks halted by competing offer;

> In New York, the University of Rochester Medical Center has acquired Thompson Health, URMC announced yesterday. Under the partnership, parent corporation Thompson Health will remain intact and will continue to govern Thompson's subsidiary corporations, as well as retain its existing board of directors and its own local President/CEO. Statement

> Community health centers will receive $129 million in awards made possible by the health reform law, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Wednesday. HHS awarded the grants to 219 health centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. Announcement

> Florida-based nursing home company Genesis HealthCare will buy California's Sun Healthcare Group in a transaction value of about $273.3 million net of cash and debt acquired, both organizations announced Wednesday. Statement (.pdf)

> Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) are pressing Accretive Health for internal documents and a client list. The company faces a lawsuit for allegedly violating state and federal laws by aggressively collecting payments from emergency room patients. Letter (.pdf)

> Discussions of a partnership between two of New York City's major hospital groups, Continuum Health Partners and NYU Langone Medical Center, broke down Thursday after Continuum got a competing offer from Mount Sinai Medical Center, reported The New York Times. The NYU Langone-Continuum merger would have create one of the largest systems in New York City. Article

And Finally… Respect matters more than money. Announcement