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> Trained nurses and general practitioners provide comparable quality of care for common health issues, according to a Spanish study published yesterday in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Abstract

> Prospect Medical Holdings, which owns several hospitals in California and Texas, is partnering with CharterCare, which owns two hospitals in Rhode Island, according to the Associated Press. Under the joint venture, both hospital operators would jointly own a new for-profit company. Article

> The Minnesota House recently passed a bill that would ensure licensed critical access hospitals are eligible for reimbursement for advanced diagnostic imaging services without further accreditation, the Echo Press reported. Article

> A vote to close Long Island College Hospital came the same day as the New York hospital mailed layoff notices to 1,800 employees, reported the New York Daily News. Article

Health IT News

> Merely owning an electronic health record system won't improve patient care, but an EHR can be a powerful tool to help providers do so, according to Jesse Singer, assistant commissioner of New York City's Primary Care Information Project. Article

> For providers asked to use new technologies like electronic health records and analytics tools, transitioning away from familiar and comfortable practices and adopting new habits is one of the biggest obstacles an organization can face. Article

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