Illinois hospital to switch to private patient rooms; Embattled hospital suspends pediatric surgeries;

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> U.S. health officials want to find anyone in in Illinois, Missouri or Tennessee who may have made contact with a woman who has a potentially fatal, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, Reuters reports. Article

> Vista Medical Center in Waukegan, Illinois, has applied with the state Health Facilities and Services Review Board to spend nearly $18 million to switch to private patient rooms, according to Crain's Chicago Business. Article

> After a CNN investigation revealed pediatric heart surgery mortality at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, was three times the national average, the hospital has suspended the procedure, according to the news outlet. Article

Health Finance News

> Hospitals and healthcare systems are becoming more capable of functioning in a world of value-based payments, according to a new survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Humana. Article

> Pharmaceutical spending, particularly for specialty drugs, skyrocketed last year. Article

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