SC Supreme Court upholds state regulation of hospital expansions; Special nursing care reduced CRBSIs in outpatient settings;

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> The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's veto can't eradicate the state's certificate-of-need law, which regulates hospitals and nursing homes' plans to expand or build facilities. Ruling (.pdf)

> Special nursing care can help reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections in an outpatient setting, according to a study presented at the 45th annual meeting of the American Nephrology Nurses Association, Nephrology News & Issues reports. Article

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> Not-for-profit and tax-exempt hospitals' protocols for self-pay patients--whether to write their bills off entirely as charity care or insist on years of payments--vary widely from facility to facility, according to 100Reporters. Article

> New York hospitals will receive millions of dollars in funding to cut down on avoidable Medicaid patient admissions. The only problem: executives at many organizations have no idea what to do with the money, according to a survey released Monday by KPMG. Article

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> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a member against a subsidiary hospital of for-profit chain HCA Holdings Inc., reported The Tennessean. Article

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