Hospital to pay $10M over false billing claims; Health system calls off merger amid FTC objections;

> Morton Plant Mease Health Care, a four-hospital system in Clearwater, Fla., will pay $10.1 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it improperly billed Medicare for cardiac services, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. Article

> Bellevue Hospital Center has resumed limited ambulatory primary care services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation announced Monday. Bellevue is one of four New York hospitals that shut down in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Announcement  

> Following a challenge from the Federal Trade Commission, Reading (Pa.) Health System called off its plan to acquire the Surgical Institute of Reading, reported Lehigh Valley Business. Article

> The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners are merging next year to become the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the former announced Monday. Announcement

And Finally… Do we really eat 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving? Article