Hospital execs oppose Gov. Rick Scott's profit-sharing plan; Officials pan El Paso Children's Hospital bankruptcy filing;

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> Officials decried a bankruptcy filing by El Paso Children's Hospital as "a slap in the face to all El Paso County taxpayers," though the Texas hospital's CEO said it was the facility's best option in order to continue serving the community, the El Paso Times reports. Article

> Health system executives and the Florida Hospital Association criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott's hospital profit-sharing proposal and expressed support for Medicaid expansion in the state in a letter sent to Scott on Tuesday, according to the Gainesville Sun. Article

> Patients who are poor or live in a rural area have a greater risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a new study from the John Hopkins School of Medicine that was presented at the American Thoracic Society's international conference. Study

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> While the appeal of not having to run a business continues to attract more physicians, various groups urge policymakers to help ensure that hospital contracts don't put employed doctors or their patients at an unfair disadvantage. Article

> Although clinicians once resisted the idea of directing patients to peer mentors--who they feared might give flawed medical advice or undermine their roles--the era of patient-centered care has ushered in numerous programs that aim to pair patients facing similar medical challenges, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. Article

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