Kaiser responds to mental health staffing criticism; Closures have Kansas GOP rethinking Medicaid expansion;

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> Kaiser Permanente responded to accusations of inadequate staffing at its mental health clinic by citing roughly 500 therapists hired in the last four years, and says it intends to recruit more than 300 additional mental health professionals by 2016, according to the San Francisco Business Times. Article

> Pay has improved for women anesthesiologists but gender equity has not budged, according to a study published in Anesthesiology. Study abstract

> Long resistant to Medicaid expansion, Kansas legislators are reconsidering it in the wake of the announcement that Mercy Hospital will close in October, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Article

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> Hospital administrators must do a better job of providing specific costs to patients if they want their organizations to remain competitive in the healthcare marketplace, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Article

> The 340B drug discount program for safety-net hospitals is apparently much bigger than previously thought. Article

And Finally… Phony apology. Article

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