Kansas hospitals complain of Medicaid delays; Western Md. systems form partnership;

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> HCA Holdings, Inc. hospitals have requested a rehearing in the wake of a ruling that could threaten the continued operation of two of the healthcare chain's Florida trauma centers, the Jacksonville Business Journal reports. Article

> After over a century of 24-hour operation, St. Andrews Hospital in Boothbay Harbor, Maine has reduced its service to 12 hours a day, according to WCSH6. Article

> Since the rollout of KanCare, Kansas' new managed care Medicaid system, Sunflower State hospitals are complaining of delays, the Tonganoxie Mirror reports. Article

> Three Western Maryland health systems have announced a new alliance to adjust to healthcare reform's changes in hospital care delivery, according to the Baltimore Sun. Article

Health Payer News

> Very few consumers actually know the online marketplaces opened only two days ago. Many insurers aren't waiting for states to educate consumers and are launching their own marketing campaigns. Article

> Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act has been in place since 2008, many questions remain regarding how it affects insurers and whether they cover psychiatric care. Article

And Finally… A stinging rebuke. Article