Hospital with growing patient volumes doubles ER capacity; CVS Caremark to pay $5M in false claims settlement;

> The Sequoia Healthcare District board is boosting the California organization's CEO pay by 14 percent, jumping from $159,000 to $182,000 a year, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Some board members question whether the CEO deserves the raise. Article

> Rising patient volumes prompted North Dakota's Sanford Health to double the capacity of its emergency center through a $1.7 million expansion project, according to the Associated Press. Article

> After more than 18 months of considering several partnerships, the board of directors of Virginia-based Halifax Regional Health System unanimously agreed to merge with Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, the former announced Friday. Announcement

> New Hampshire medical officials said an Exeter Hospital emergency physician agreed that she provided improper care to a 38-year-old patient who suffered a severe stroke in 2008, reported the Union Leader. Article

> A unit of CVS Caremark will pay more than $5 million to settle allegations that it reported false prescription drug pricing data to Medicare, the U.S Department of Justice announced yesterday. Statement

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