Hospital sends $83K bill for scorpion sting; Merger keeps hospital open in Texas;

> Although getting treated for a scorpion sting in Mexico costs as little as $100, over the border at Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center, that same treatment cost a woman $83,046, USA Today reported. The hospital apologized for the stress of the treatment costs, but it's unclear whether it will drop the balance. Article

> St. Louis-based Ascension Health Alliance plans to acquire Tusla, Okla.-based Marian Health System, which consists of three regional systems, the former announced Wednesday. Both are Catholic healthcare organizations. Statement

> After a year of negotiations, Christus Saint Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas, has finalized its merger with Atlanta (Texas) Memorial Hospital, KTBS reported. Thanks to the deal, Atlanta Memorial can stay open, but as Christus St. Michael - Atlanta. Article

> Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center is eliminating 135 positions and freezing pension plans, according to the Yuma Sun. The hospital was hit particularly hard by recent cuts to the state's Medicaid program. Article

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