Jewish Hospital CEO abruptly resigns; Maxim Healthcare settles $150M for alleged fraud;

> Jewish Hospital Medical Campus President and CEO Marty Bonick abruptly resigned on Friday for unknown reasons, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal. Jewish Hospital's parent company Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare is in the middle of a controversial three-way merger with St. Joseph Health System (under Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver) and University Hospital. Article

> Maxim Healthcare Services, the healthcare and staffing provider, agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently submitted claims to Medicaid and the Department of Veteran Affairs, reports The Washington Post Capital Business. Article

> Unlike the usual protests, South Carolina residents and politicians are urging a merger between Loris Healthcare and McLeod Health, in what they say is a move to improve local care and the economy, reports Myrtle Beach Sun News. Article

> Massachusetts health reform, the model for national health reform, harmed the state economy, , according to a new report (.pdf) by Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, reports WBUR, Boston's NPR station. Massachusetts health reform cost up to 21,000 jobs and slowed investment in state business by as much as $29 million. Article

> Central Washington Hospital and the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center on Friday announced that a proposed nonprofit foundation would manage operations at both facilities, thereby preventing a buyout by a large healthcare company, reports The Wenatchee World. Article

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