Hospitals apply to help people get coverage through exchanges; Hospital expenses outpace revenue for the first time in years;

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has received more than 1,000 applications from organizations, including hospitals, interested in training staff and volunteers to become Certified Application Counselors that help people understand and apply for coverage under health insurance exchanges, according to AHA News Now. News Brief

> MedCentral Health System in Mansfield, Ohio, is facing a lawsuit from a former logistics coordinator who claims he was fired for exposing illegal kickbacks and financial arrangements between vendors and hospital employees, reported the Mansfield News Journal. Article

> Obesity, drug abuse, and smoking and tobacco use round out the top three health concerns adults have for children and teens, according to an annual poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. However, adults' concerns vary by race and ethnicity, MedPage Today reported. Article

Health Finance News

> A new report by Moody's Investors Service has concluded that hospital expenses are outpacing revenue for the first time in several years, and that the trend is "unsustainable." Article

> Hospitals in some regions of the country have undergone a recent building boom, renovating, expanding or building new facilities, but it's come with a price--higher interest payments. Article

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