Mathews Burwell faces final confirmation hearing; CMS updates two-midnight rule guidance;

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> Sylvia Mathews Burwell will face the Senate Finance Committee today for her final confirmation hearing as the Obama administration's nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Becker's Hospital Review reported. Article

> Franciscan Alliance announced two Chicago-area St. James hospitals are no longer up for sale after a year on the market, citing a "near-miracle" turnaround effort, Southtown Star reported. Story

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated its two-midnight rule guidance to reflect requirements from the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. Update

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> Of the 26 states that chose to not expand Medicaid, 17 experienced a surge in enrollment, thanks in part to the woodwork effect of increased public awareness and outreach, finds a new Avalere Health analysis. Article

> Narrow networks have become the favorite among insurers selling plans on health insurance exchanges. Now, insurers need to help convince consumers that they don't need more provider choices and it's better to save money instead. Although the size of plan networks vary, many exchange policies exclude at least some large hospitals or doctor groups, reported the New York Times. Article

And Finally… Judge to deadbeat dad: No more kids for you. Article

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