Provider M&As picking up steam; Partners Healthcare gives $90M for community health centers;

> Infection control in intensive care units should be based on evidence, not regulatory mandates, according to a study in this month's American Journal of Infection Control, which showed wide variation among hospitals in controlling multidrug-resistant organisms. Abstract

> A survey of more than 400 New Jersey providers found that more than half (52.8 percent) plan to integrate with another healthcare organization, while West Coast providers are merging even faster, according to NJ Spotlight. Article

> Federal and state authorities have collected more than $30 billion from drug company fraud settlements during the past 20 years, concluded a new report by consumer watchdog Public Citizen. The report found the most common allegation was overcharging state health plans, the Associated Press reported. Article

> Boston-based Partners Healthcare System is giving $90 million over the next 15 years to fund community health centers, The Boston Globe reported. During the first year, $4.25 million will go to 49 community health centers to help them upgrade IT and revamp office processes. Article

And Finally… The "Frozen Dead Guy Days" celebration carries on without dead guy. Article