Positive activities can ease chronic pain; Majority of Americans satisfied with healthcare system;

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> Adults with mild to moderate chronic pain can reduce discomfort through positive activities, such as increasing supportive emotions, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain. Study abstract

> Cancer Treatment Centers of America President and CEO Gerard Van Grinsven offered insights on hospitality's importance in the future of healthcare in an interview with Forbes. Interview

> Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with their healthcare system experiences, a number that climbs to nearly 80 percent among those 65 and older, according to a new Gallup poll. Poll

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended a program to boost payments to hospitals with low Medicare inpatient volumes, according to a notice in the Federal Register. Article

> An influential California labor union threatened to take retaliatory actions against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the hospitals operated in California by Prime Healthcare and Providence Health & Services for not joining a pact between its organization and the state's primary provider lobby, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

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