Daily roundup: March 12, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • California: The University of California has designated $2.5 million for four projects aimed at improving health care and reducing health care costs. One project will focus on improving communication between primary care doctors and specialists, while another will set up "bundled payments" for hip and knee replacement surgeries (Brown, San Francisco Business Times, 3/10).

  • Vermont: State legislators this week proposed raising the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 during a hearing with the state's health department. State Rep. George Till (D) proposed adding the measure to an existing tobacco-related bill, but agreed to withdraw the measure from the bill and make it separate legislation. New York City passed similar legislation in 2013 (AP/Houston Chronicle, 3/11).

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