Racial disparities found in Conn. hospital readmissions; Partners names new CEO;

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> Race plays a significant role in the likelihood of patients suffering from chest pain and heart failure being readmitted to hospitals in Connecticut, according to a study published in Connecticut Medicine. Study (.pdf)

> Ten hospital groups including the American Hospital Association asked Congress to oppose any additional Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts, saying it is "unsustainable and unacceptable for hospitals to take on any further financial burden" to pay for the cost of a long-awaited fix to the sustainable growth rate dilemma, according to AHA News. Article

> Cardiac surgeon David Torchiana, M.D., will replace Gary Gottlieb, M.D., as the CEO of Partners HealthCare, taking the helm less than a week after a Superior Court judge rejected a deal that would allow Partners to acquire three hospitals in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports. Article

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> Some Connecticut health providers are part of the consortium that is looking for part of a $400 million fund created by the Federal Communications Commission that will pay for expanded broadband services to aid their adoption of telemedicine. Article

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> A handful of states have passed laws that allow insurers to sell plans across their borders--but so far no insurers have signed on. So what's holding payers back? Article

And Finally… On the loose. Article