State may lose half of its doc investigators; HMA, Halifax Health give Bert Fish merger another go;

> Illinois may lose half of its investigators of physician misconduct, according to the Associated Press. The layoffs are expected to slow down physician investigations and prosecutions. Article

> A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows a dramatic improvement with in-hospital cardiac arrest survival over the last decade, but researchers could not identify which specific factors caused the increased survival rates. Study Abstract

> The hospital district that owns Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., is suing the University of Washington Medicine over a VMC-UW Medicine alliance, Komo News reported. After the merger, the Valley Medical's five-member board got eight new members appointed by UW Medicine, a change the suit claimed hurts taxpayers and patients. Article

> In Florida, Halifax Health in Port Orange and Naples-based Health Management Associates signed letters of interest to merge with Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, reported The Daytona Beach News-Journal. The two health providers tried to woo Bert Fish back in 2010. Article

And Finally… Turkeys take Thanksgiving revenge. Article