Joan Rivers docs dispute malpractice suit; VA hospitals may shut down over budget deficit;

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> The doctors who treated Joan Rivers last year prior to her death dispute the allegations of wrongdoing contained in a malpractice suit from Rivers' daughter Melissa, according to Outpatient Surgery. Article

> Novant Health will lay off up to 400 employees as part of an ongoing reorganization, according to the Charlotte Observer. Article

> Budget shortfalls may force the Department of Veterans Affairs to shutter hospitals next month without action from Congress, according to the Associated Press. Article

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> The current dynamics of healthcare delivery is prompting the pharmaceutical industry to more closely collaborative with providers and insurers to develop products that deliver better value to patients, according to a new study by the PwC's Health Research Institute entitled "21st Century Pharmaceutical Collaboration: The Value Convergence." Article

> Puerto Rico, which already is in the midst of a financial crisis, is facing steep cuts in Medicare Advantage rates and a likely lapse in funds supplementing its Medicaid programs, according to the Washington Post. Article

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