Trinity Health, Catholic Health East to consolidate; Republicans blast HHS on lack of malpractice reform;

> Hospitalization for congestive heart failure rose 21 percent for men under 65, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data suggested CHF conditions were more often left undiagnosed and untreated for males, compared with females. Data

> Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health is joining forces with Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East, both health systems announced yesterday. The consolidation aims to focus more on population health and coordinated and integrated care. Announcement

> The aggressive nature of the meningitis outbreak calls for heightened awareness among clinicians, according to a study published online yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The growing meningitis outbreak also has led hospitals to rethink their use of compounding pharmacies. Abstract

> Republicans are blasting the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for deficient malpractice reform efforts, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Despite a $23.2 million grant to research various approaches, real malpractice reform still hasn't arrived, the Republicans said. Blog post

And Finally… Not sure the cockroach-eating contest prize was worth it. Article