Around the nation: Beacon Health System joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

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  • Indiana: Beacon Health System has become the first health system in Indiana to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Beacon Health will now have access to Mayo's specialty physicians, expert database, research library, and consulting services. Mark Larson, medical director for the Midwest region of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, says, "We look forward to working toward our shared goal of improving the delivery of health care for patients" (Madson, Mayo Clinic release, 5/19; Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 5/19).

  • New Jersey: Republican Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration proposed cutting state funding for uncompensated hospital care by $25 million to help close a looming $843 million budget gap. Acting New Jersey Treasurer Ford Scudder says the cuts are feasible because more New Jersey residents are insured as the result of the state's Medicaid expansion (Russ, Reuters, 5/18).

  • Oregon: The Oregon Health Authority has picked RAND Corp. to study ways to reform the state's delivery system, including possibly implementing a single-payer system. The legislature authorized the study, and RAND will deliver a final report to lawmakers in November (Hayes, Portland Business Journal, 5/19).

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