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> For enhanced integration, Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Hospital and Methodist Hospital will develop into a single licensed hospital and operate under the name Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester, Mayo announced Monday. Announcement

> Corcoran (Calif.) District Hospital has closed its emergency room and will not fill its 32 beds, The Fresno Bee reported. Article

> With new prostate cancer tests coming to market, the healthcare industry could potentially avoid thousands unnecessary biopsies, operations and radiation treatments a year, reported The New York Times. Article

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> Leveraging the worldwide proliferation of smartphones, University of California-San Francisco researchers have launched an online cardiovascular study to develop new ways to predict and prevent heart disease, with the goal of enrolling one million people globally. Article

> The HIPAA omnibus rule officially took effect yesterday--so what does that mean for providers and newly responsible business associates? Plenty. Article

> There may be no substitute for a trained surgeon or doctor, even with all of the advancements in the field of robotics. In Massachusetts, for instance, health officials sent hospitals an "advisory" letter last week outlining safety concerns regarding robotic surgery, according to The Boston Globe. Article

And Finally... Step away from the groundhog, please. Article