Illinois hospital employees join wage protest; SIU puts settlement towards educating providers;

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> In Centreville, Ill., Touchette Regional Hospital employees joined fast food workers' demonstrations for a living wage on Friday.The Service Employees International Union planned the demonstration, the Belleville News Democrat reports. Article

> The Southern Illinois University School of Law will put $500,000 from a class-action settlement toward educating healthcare providers. The lawsuit, filed in 2004, alleged that two provider networks improperly lowered payment amounts, the Southern Illinoisan reports. Article

> Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will work with HealthCare Access Maryland to cut unnecessary emergency room visits and readmissions. The partnership aims to target and work with high-risk patients, reports the Baltimore Business Journal. Article

Healthcare Finance News

> Two years after its buyout by a private equity firm, Massachusetts' Steward Health Care System is still losing money. In the first quarter of 2013, nine of 10 Steward hospitals were in the red, with only St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River turning a profit. Article

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is claiming the state of Alabama has been overpaid more than $88 million by the Medicaid program--and wants the money back, reported the Montgomery Advertiser. Article

And Finally... Two kittens shut down the New York City subway. Article