Two more NYC hospitals set to close; Medical Properties Trust acquires three hospitals for $283M;

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> Since 2000, 19 hospitals across New York City have closed due to financial pressures, and two more are in the process of closing, Salon reports. Article

> Medical Properties Trust Inc. announced it will acquire three hospitals in deals valued at a combined $283 million, pushing the company past $407 million in acquisitions so far this year. Announcement

> In a report released this week, the Union of Concerned Scientists documents the positive role that increasing access to healthy food can play in preventing disease, reducing health care costs, and improving community health. Announcement

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> More than 100 U.S. senators and representatives have urged their fellow lawmakers to preserve a drug pricing program for hospitals that has come under fire in recent months, AHA News Now reported. Article

> New York is moving forward with a dramatic change in the way its Medicaid program funds housing for thousands of its enrollees, the Wall Street Journal reported. Article

 And Finally… Just call them finding-love dogs. Article