Illinois hospitals want delayed Medicaid payments instead of deeper cuts; Patients seeking more Botox than preventive care;

> Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health and Hospitals has offered to buy its crosstown rival, Rex Healthcare for $750 million, the hospital system announced yesterday. Press Release

> Hospitals in Illinois are proposing that their Medicaid reimbursement be delayed instead of taking more cuts, reports Illinois Statehouse News. Article

> Although U.S. patients are starting to see the doctor again, it is more often for cosmetic procedures like Botox, rather than preventive care treatments, reports Reuters. Article

> U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today reintroduced the National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act that would establish minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals and invest in nursing mentorship demonstration programs to better prepare nurses to work in hospital settings, reports Medical News Today. Article

> Many hospital leaders are objecting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posting raw data on hospital-acquired infections to its website, reports Dark Daily. Article

And Finally... Take a trip to the mall for shopping...and medical care. Article