Tenet plans to merge two hospitals; Orthopedic surgeons rack up $2B in unnecessary healthcare costs;

> Tenet Healthcare Corp. plans to consolidate Atlanta Medical Center and South Fulton Medical Center to improve South Fulton's finances, reported the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The move could involve management layoffs and combining some services. Article

> Looking to buy a new car? A $33,000 stretch limo that Brooklyn's Wyckoff Heights Medical Center bought for its ousted CEO is now for sale, according to the New York Daily News. Article

> According to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, U.S. orthopedic surgeons account for almost $2 billion a year in unnecessary healthcare costs due to defensive medicine. Press release

> A workers union sued Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas after it refused to rehire a nurse fired with regard to a baby's death in 2010. An arbitrator had ruled that the nurse should be reinstated with back pay, reported the‎ Las Vegas Review-Journal. Article

> Contrary to popular belief, most hospital C. difficile cases are not spread from patient to patient, researchers in Oxford and Leeds have found, according to HealthCanal. Article

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