Treatment for severe bacterial infections may phase out antibiotics; Report examines Virigina rural hospitals;

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> New research suggests a possible treatment for severe bacterial infections that does not involve antibiotics, according to a study in Nature. Study abstract

> A new report from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association runs down the challenges faced by each of the state's 37 rural hospitals as well as each organization's significance in the community. Report (.pdf)

> Older adults are at increased risk for post-surgery delirium if they have preoperative pain and depressive symptoms, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Study abstract

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> Hospitals continue to push back against the 0.2 percent inpatient prospective payment system cut imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the 2014 fiscal year. Article

Both hospitals and payers in New York are worried about a new state-funded study regarding healthcare price transparency, according to Capital New York. The provider and payer communities apparently are concerned that the study would reveal too much proprietary information about their businesses and potentially damage their bottom lines. Article

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