Massachusetts healthcare spending cap signed into law; HCA heart services under federal investigation;

> To help increase the supply of primary care providers, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given 12 institutions $2.3 million to train returning veterans as physician assistants, HHS announced last week. Announcement

> Dignity Health and University of California, San Francisco are looking into linking UCSF Medical Center with Dignity's St. Mary's Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, the San Francisco Business Times reported. Article

> The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami will be reviewing whether cardio services at Hospital Corporation of America were medically necessary, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. HCA said reviews took place at about 10 of its affiliated hospitals, located primarily in Florida. SEC filing

> Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state spending bill, known as the first preventative care state budget cap in the nation, The Republic reported. The bill sets a benchmark for total healthcare spending for 15 years, which will be 3.6 percent of the growth in the economy for 2013. Article

> Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is discussing a clinical affiliation with Brockton's Signature Healthcare, according to The Boston Globe. The deal end Signature's two-year-old partnership with Tufts Medical Center. Article

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