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Health Care

From the top

The Biden administration is taking aim at mergers among hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other health care institutions, a move that federal officials contend would reign in high medical bills and drug prices.

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What’s happening

Nursing and veterans homes were among the hardest hit facilities in the early days of the pandemic, with the outbreak among older patients prompting widespread outrage and calls for reform. Now, under legislation the governor signed in February, those facilities, hospitals, surgery centers, senior homes and hospice centers will be required to report COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities of their staff to state health officials.

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Short stays

Hip and knee replacement can be a quick turnaround for many these days, and for some, outpatient joint replacement can lead to better outcomes.

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