Mass. hospitals can apply for $500K grants; NY health care facilities ban smoking;

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> Thirty-one Massachusetts community hospitals are eligible for up to $500,000 each in funding as part of the Health Policy Commission's Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) program, MassLive reported. Article

> New York state hospitals and residential healthcare facilities will no longer allow smoking on their properties, UticaOD.com reported. Article

> More than 7,500 children are hospitalized each year with gunshot wounds and 500 of those patients die. according to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Study

Health Finance News

> The Healthcare Financial Management Association has issued new guidelines for hospitals to better communicate with patients regarding their financial obligations. Article 

> Hospitals with strong relationships to skilled nursing facilities have lower readmission rates than those without, likely saving a lot of money in the process, according to AHA News Now. Article

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