Nurse practitioner clinic set to open in Minnesota; Kentucky will give heroin addicts overdose kits to save their own lives;

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> Five hospitals in Maine joined forces to form the Maine Rural Health Collaborative LLC, in an effort to face complex changes in healthcare, particularly the aging and low-income population of rural Maine, Bangor Daily News reported. Article

> Kentucky's Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee will soon give heroin addicts kits designed to save their own lives following their discharge from the hospital after an overdose. The kits include two doses of Narcan, which immediately reverses the effects of a heroin overdose if administered in the first few minutes, according to WDRB News. Article

> The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is set to open a new nurse practitioner clinic in Minneapolis next month. The program was developed after a new state law took effect in January that allows advanced nurses to practice independently without physician oversight after 2,080 hours of supervised work, MPR News reported. Article

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> President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine initiative hinges on gathering data from millions of individuals, but there are challenges the healthcare industry will face when it comes to collecting that information. Article

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