Around the nation: March 5, 2015

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Arizona: Sixteen patients and 19 staff members have become ill with norovirus at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, officials announced on Tuesday. All but three of the affected individuals have made a full recovery (AP/Miami Herald, 3/3).
  • Minnesota: Mayo Clinic ended 2014 with an 8.5% operating margin, compared with 6.5% at the end of 2013. The health system says its revenue increased by 3.6% from 2013 to 2014. Meanwhile, expenses grew by just 1.3% (Herman, Modern Healthcare, 3/3 [subscription required]).
  • Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) plan to switch the state's alternative Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to an expansion of the state's traditional Medicaid program under the law likely will face some obstacles. For example, traditional Medicaid reimburses providers less than they would receive under the Healthy PA plan (Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 3/3 [subscription required]).

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