Oregon businessmen seek grants to help hospital nurses obtain bachelor degrees; AHA launches awareness campaign on the evolving role of hospitals

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> Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, intends to become independent from the university to expand the Vanderbilt Affiliated Health Network, according to The Tennessean. Article

> Two local Oregon businessmen are on a mission to provide grants to help 650 nurses at two Sacred Heart hospitals obtain their four-year college degrees, The Register-Guardian reports. Article

> The American Hospital Association launched a digital campaign to help patients and consumers better understand the evolving role of the nation's hospitals. Article

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>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether insider trading took place during a 2013 incident in which financial institutions were tipped off that Medicare was about to raise reimbursement rates. Article

>The latest economic outlook survey from Premier, Inc. suggests the financial burdens associated with the Affordable Care Act have begun to recede. Article

>Hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana are hitting up insured patients for upfront payments, out of concern they won't meet their deductibles and copayments otherwise, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

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