Pharmacists' scope of care expanding; Flu vaccine only 23 percent effective;

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> Despite a request from the county board of supervisors that they resign, the six remaining trustees at Mississippi's Singing River Health System have refused to abandon the county-owned hospital, saying they want to help steer the health system through its current financial crisis, the the Sun Herald reported. Article

> Pharmacists' role in a "transformed healthcare system" continues to grow as their roles evolve to provide more direct care to patients as part of team-based care models, according to the National Governors Association. Paper

> This season's flu vaccine "offers reduced protection" from the virus, as the vaccine reduced patients' risk of having to seek medical treatment because of the flu by only 23 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly Morbidity and Mortality report. Report

> The Hawaii Health Systems Corp., which oversees 13 hospitals, has requested $267 million in funds from the state, leaving lawmakers concerned about its rising operating costs, Pacific Business News reported. Article

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>  ‚ÄčThe workplace wellness movement has been rolling along for some years, but recently delivered to employees a new twist: Wellness...or else. Article

> Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing to renew two federal grants to rural hospitals set to expire at the end of March, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. Article

And Finally… Hoisted by his own glittard. Article