Daily roundup: June 11, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Arizona: The state Department of Health Services last week unveiled the Arizona Hospital Compare website, which provides pricing and quality data for all the of the state's hospitals based on 2011 and 2012 charges. According to an analysis by the Arizona Daily Sun, the prices vary greatly. For example, the median charge for hip replacement surgery ranges from less than $33,000 at one hospital to nearly $136,000 at another. Massachusetts and South Carolina have launched similar websites (Fischer, Arizona Daily Sun, 6/5).

  • California: The California Assembly has advanced a bill that would allow students in an accelerated pilot program at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine to obtain medical licenses in less than four years. The bill, which is pending in the Senate, aims to address a growing physician shortage in the state (Sacramento Business Journal, 6/9).

  • Ohio: The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General Health System will form a joint venture through the Clinic's Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated health network allowing physicians to connect and share information. In January, Akron General dropped acquisition discussions with the Clinic and Tennessee's Community Health Systems. Akron General includes its 498-bed namesake hospital, Lodi Community Hospital, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute (Herman, Modern Healthcare, 6/9 [subscription required]).

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  • Pennsylvania: UPMC this week opened the UPMC Institute for Health at the Terme di Chianciano Spa in Tuscany, Italy. UPMC already offers organ transplant and oncology services in the European country, but the new facility will offer outpatient diagnostic services related to diabetes, liver diseases, digestive disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. UPMC will capitalize on the spa's existing thermal water therapies (Mumula, Pittsburgh Business Times, 6/9).

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