Nursing program under fire for using veterinary supplies to train students; Alabama hospital execs say Medicaid cuts will jeopardize healthcare for all residents;

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> Hospitals are among the highest water users in communities, but have a lot of potential to help California fight its ongoing drought, the Los Angeles Times reports. Article

> Hospital administrators claim that proposed cuts to Medicaid would jeopardize healthcare for all Alabama residents, not just those individuals who directly benefit from the program, according to AL.com. Article

> Nursing programs run by an Education Management Corp. for-profit college are under fire after one campus allegedly canceled clinical courses and used veterinary supplies for training when it ran out of medical equipment, Bloomberg reports. Article

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> In the most current edition of the journal Health Affairs, Charles "Chip" Kahn, executive director of the Federation of American Hospital Systems, critiqued the programs developed under the Affordable Care Act as sometimes redundant and costly to deploy. Meanwhile a study that accompanied the article noted that the financial rewards and penalties that underlie the programs are modest at best. Article

> A new study calls into question whether some non-profit hospitals actually provide additional community benefits as required by law in return for billions of dollars in tax breaks each year. Article

And Finally…  A ruling you can't refuse. Article

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