Mississippi system beats challenge to new hospital; Plan to transfer rape victims draws fire;

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> Rural hospitals will be the next front for LGBT equality, Andrew Shaughnessy, public policy manager of the Missouri LGBT advocacy organization PROMO, told KBIA, Mid-Missouri Public Radio. Interview

> The parent company of Mississippi's Gulf Coast Medical Center has won a lawsuit from three other local hospitals challenging its plans to build a new facility in northern Biloxi, according to the Mississippi Business Journal. Article

> Victim advocates are expressing reservations over a plan by Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center to send rape victims from the main hospital to University Hospital East, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking another step toward improving its data collection and management with the creation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics. The new office will be led by Niall Brennan, who will become CMS' first chief data officer. Article

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> Pharmaceutical companies should implement "beyond-the-pill" strategies that move past their traditional business model and work with payers in new ways to meet the challenges facing the healthcare industry. Article

And Finally… Crowing not guilty. Article