Nursing field to grow under health reform; HMA maintains general counsel resignation unrelated to lawsuit;

> In addition to facing more than $29 million in cuts to offset state budget reductions, Louisiana State University hospitals may see some layoffs as early as March. Between 80 and 100 employees at University Medical Center received layoff notices Tuesday, reported The Advertiser. Article

> The nursing field continues to grow under health reform, especially in Florida, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The state saw 14,000 online job postings for nursing positions in November and expects registered nurse job openings to grow by 2.4 percent annually. Article

> The former director of construction for Huntington Memorial Hospital in California has been sentenced to three years in prison for orchestrating a kickback scheme through 2006 and 2010, reported Forbes. In May 2011, David Hamedany pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud. Article

> Health Management Associates (HMA) said the resignation of its general counsel had nothing to do with a wrongful termination lawsuit, the hospital operator announced yesterday. Press release

> The attorneys involved in a six-year whistleblower lawsuit against Tennessee's IASIS Healthcare have been accused of ethical misconduct, the hospital operator announced yesterday. The six-year legal battle between the hospital system and a whistle-blowing employee came to end when the suit was dismissed last December. Press release

And Finally... No coffee for you! Off with his head. Article