Ohio approves Medicaid expansion; Dignity Health, Optum form revenue management cycle firm;

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> Michigan-based CHE Trinity Health and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., cancelled their affiliation plans. After three months of due diligence, the organizations decided to pursue a strategic affiliation agreement instead, according to a letter to CHE Trinity employees. Letter (.pdf)

> Yesterday Ohio approved Medicaid expansion, bringing the total to 25 states that have embraced the healthcare reform provision, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. However, critics already have vowed to sue over the approval. Article

> U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify about the insurance exchange rollout on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Politico reported. Article

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> Hospitals in Western Pennsylvania have reported significantly reduced margins for fiscal year 2013 as a result of reduced reimbursements from government and private payers. Article

> Nonprofit hospital operator Dignity Health has entered into an unusual deal with a subsidiary of insurance giant UnitedHealth to create a revenue cycle management firm. Article

And Finally… How did the chicken safely cross the road? Article