Maryland passes legislation that makes it easy to convert hospitals to outpatient facilities; Nurses gain strides in scope-of-practice battles;

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> The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland legislation will make it easier to convert hospitals to outpatient centers. Article

> Nurses at the state level are gaining ground in the fight to expand their scope of practice, according to The Washington Post. Article

> The drama continues at Broward Health. Last week Gov. Rick Scott suspended two board members of the North Broward Hospital District because of allegations they interfered in an inspector general's investigation of wrongdoing at the district. Article

Health Payer News

> In a proposal that has concerned both providers and payers, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee says he wants to cut low-performing, high-cost hospitals from the state exchange's insurance networks, according to an article from Kaiser Health News published by NPR. Article 

> Religious leaders are preparing to face off against the Obama administration in a Supreme Court hearing next week that will determine whether or not government exemptions surrounding the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate have left enough room for religiously affiliated employers to exercise religious freedom, according to The Wall Street Journal. Article

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