Judge scuttles Partners deal; U of C nurses vote to strike;

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> A Superior Court judge ruled against Boston's Partners HealthCare's plan to acquire three community hospitals, according to the Boston Globe. Article

> Nurses at University of Chicago Medicine overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike, according to the Chicago Tribune. Article

> Mississippi's legislature has introduced two new bills in response to Singing River Health System's recent pension scandal, the Hattiesburg American reported. Article

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> Geographic variations in healthcare costs are a well-known phenomenon in the United States. And it appears that hospital charges--particularly those incurred just as a patient is admitted--are driving a lot of that variation, according to a recent study from the Government Accountability Office. Article

> Don't touch taxpayer premium subsidies. That was the unambiguous message the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals--and by extension, thousands of acute care providers--sent to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of an amicus brief regarding the King v. Burwell case. Article

And Finally… Snow one's above the law. Article