St. Mary's Medical Center to close its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program; VA nurses complain they were forced to work overtime without compensation;

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> St. Mary's Medical Center in Florida--the subject of a year-long CNN investigation, which found that from 2011 to 2013 its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program had a mortality rate of more than three times the national average--has announced it will close the program, according to CNN. Article

> High mortality rates in lung cancer resection patients were traced to poor monitoring and slow reaction to post-surgical complications, according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery. Study

> Thirty-three nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs have relaunched a federal lawsuit against the federal government, claiming they were forced to work overtime but were not compensated, Cincinnati.com reported. Article

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> Recent drops in petroleum prices could wind up being a boon for hospital supply purchasing, according to Healthcare Finance News. Article

> Healthcare spending trends are continuing along their historic lows, according to data from the Altarum Institute, while prices are also near similar levels. Article

And finally… Rays the roof. Article

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