Judge orders NJ healthcare insurer to explain why it excluded city hospital from plans; Catholic health nurses push for NY to mandate staffing ratios;

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> A Superior Court judge has ordered a hearing between Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey to determine whether the health insurance carrier illegally excluded the city hospital from a new line of discounted health plans, according to NJ.com. Article

> Nurses who work for New York state's Catholic Health are pushing for new state laws that would mandate staffing ratios, WIVB reports. Article

> The inspector general of troubled NYC hospitals steps down in the wake of media reports about mismanagement, according to the New York Post. Article

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> Geisinger Health System has introduced a new smartphone app that allows patients to rate the service that they received. If they are unhappy, the patients can ask for a refund of up to $2,000, depending on the medical service and the cost. Article

> The Affordable Care Act includes a ban on the creation of physician-owned hospitals and the expansion of existing facilities. But one organization believes it's time to lift the ban. Article

And Finally...  Goat, baby, gone. Article