Mass. hospitals offer less free healthcare than in 2013; McCarthy says House GOP prepared for King v. Burwell decision;

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> Massachusetts hospitals provided more than $631 million worth of free healthcare and community benefits in fiscal year 2014, a 3 percent reduction from the previous year, according to the Boston Business Journal. Article

> Congressional Republicans are prepared for either possibility when the Supreme Court rules in the King v. Burwell case, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

> University of Wisconsin-Madison doctors have signed off on a planned merger of UW Medical Foundation and UW Hospital, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Article

Practice Management News

> In physician practices, most employees are "at will," meaning they can leave or be terminated at any time without cause. Offices bear a responsibility, however, to end such relationships in a professional and legal manner. Article

> The Affordable Care Act has cast a spotlight on preventive medicine as a key way to overcome chronic disease and contain healthcare costs. But as many physicians can attest, simply suggesting beneficial behavior changes does little to ensure at-risk patients will act upon that advice. Article

And Finally… It's a Jersey thing. Article