Staff tweet, offer Facebook updates on hospital move; HUD OKs $31 million loan for critical access hospital;

> Hospital staff at United Hospital Center tweeted and wrote Facebook updates Sunday, giving progress updates on the facility's move to Bridgeport, W.V. from Clarksburg, WBOY TV reports. Article

> HUD approved a $31 million financing plan for the John & Mary E. Kirby Hospital in Monticello, Ill., the Cypress Times reports. Article

> HealthSouth bought a 30-bed inpatient rehab unit in Fort Smith, Ark., from Health Management Associates, Gulf Coast Business Review reports. Article

> Forty-two percent of all people who died in the U.S. last year were under the care of a hospice program, up from 35 percent in 2007, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Average length of service was steady at 69 days. Press release

> Add Highmark and Network Health to the list of insurers that are trying to help members manage chronic conditions. FierceHealthPayer

And Finally… Hospitals should avoid this particular Halloween tie-in. Article

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