Tennessee plans to test those exposed to rare form of TB; Former head of Houston hospital gets 45 years in prison for fraud;

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> Health experts say that unique aspects of South Korea's hospital system may have contributed to the recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, as patients' habits of crowding the country's largest hospitals--which they believe have the best doctors--is a recipe for a quick spread of contagions, the Seattle Times reports. Article

> The Tennessee Department of Health says fewer than 10 people in the state may have been exposed to a rare, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, but it plans to test anyone who might have come in contact with a woman who traveled there from India while infected with the virus, the Associated Press reports. Article

> Earnest Gibson III, the former president of Riverside General Hospital in Houston, his son and another co-conspirator were sentenced Tuesday to 45 years, 20 years and 12 years in prison, respectively, for their participation in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. Statement

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> Certain Health Care Service Corp. members now have access to the Provider Finder with Cost Estimator, a price transparency tool that will help them find in-network providers and estimate treatment costs. Article

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> Legislators, EHR vendors and others discussed ways to improve electronic health record exchange and interoperability of health IT systems at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. Article

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