Outbreak has experts concerned about resurgence of measles; Kaiser Permanente, nurses reach accord;

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> Experts worry that the recent Disneyland-linked outbreak of measles likely caused by parents' refusal to vaccinate may indicate that a disease that was once eradicated is once again a threat to children, Businessweek reports. Article

> Following a two-day strike in November and another planned walkout, Kaiser Permanente nurses in California and their employer have agreed on a new contract that will increase their pay and address their safety concerns for themselves and their patients, according to the Associated Press. Article

> Georgia Regents Health System and the state's University Hospital are considering a partnership to help both systems respond to shrinking reimbursements and expand their health services, the Augusta Chronicle reports. Article

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> Congress should fix the long-disregarded sustainable growth rate formula, but not at the expense of hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association. Article

> Some nursing homes and hospitals have moved patients into formal guardianships to ensure that patients pay their bills, according to the New York Times. Article

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