Orlando Health lost $21.6M with more observation care; Gradually raising Medicare eligibility age could prevent fiscal cliff;

> Orlando (Fla.) Health lost $21.6 million last quarter due to increased observation cases and growth in Medicare and Medicaid patients, the Orlando Business Journal reported. Article

> Industry experts recommend gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67 to avoid falling off fiscal cliff, The Wall Street Journal reported. Article

> St. Vincent Health System in Arkansas laid off 29 employees and eliminated another 21 open positions, according to KTHV. The system expects to save about $2.5 million from the job cuts. Article

> Despite more than two-thirds of states saying they faced challenges to ensuring a sufficient amount Medicaid providers, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found that less than 4 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries with coverage for at least a year had difficulty obtaining medical care in 2008 and 2009. Report

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