Louisiana Medicaid spending increased $9.5M; Penn State students help rural hospitals meet requirements;

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> Medicaid spending in Louisiana increased about $950 million as the state privatized a large portion of the program and its public hospitals, according to the Daily World. Article

> Penn State students will work with the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, headquartered on the school's University Park campus to help the state's small rural hospitals comply with federal guidelines on monitoring community needs, according to Penn State News. Article

> Connecticut officials approved a joint venture agreement between Waterbury Hospital and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare under 21 conditions, according to the Hartford Courant. Article

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> Sound management advice for medical practices doesn't have to come from healthcare experts. Use these three leadership tricks from various industries to help you connect with employees in virtually any setting. Article

> Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold, leading two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research to begin a pilot study this fall in which they will interview physi­cians and staff, according to a post from the university. Article

And Finally… The implausible journey. Article