Montana Governor signs Medicaid expansion bill into law; Nurses, UCMC avert strike and reach tentative agreement;

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> Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill into law Wednesday to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 70,000 low-income Montanans, The Montana Standard reported. Article

> Two Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospitals plan to open freestanding emergency departments in Broward County, Florida, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Article

> Just before nurses were set to go on strike, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the National Nurses United, the union that represents nurses employed by the organization, announced they have reached a tentative contract agreement, the Chicago Maroon reports. Article

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> In the face of runaway healthcare spending, Houston implemented corrective measures that have saved the city more than $40 million in three years, providing an example hospitals may want to follow. Article

> Hospitals now operate in a world of increasingly narrow provider networks and tiered preferences. How do those elements impact their bottom line? They take a fairly significant bite, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard University on behalf of the Commonwealth Fund. Article

And finally… No such thing as bad publicity. Article