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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.

Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, India, ran out of oxygen on Aug. 11, forcing parents to use small, hand-operated resuscitators to keep their own children breathing.

 - Patient engagement

While hospitals may say new patient engagement and consumer-friendly strategies are a priority, only 8 percent were applying such practices successfully according to a report from Kaufmann, Hall & Associates.

 - Mayo Clinic Health Solutions

Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Medica has reached a deal with Mayo Clinic to acquire its Mayo Clinic Health Solutions division, also known as MMSI, for an undisclosed sum.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) plans to spend $900 million in its capital budget next year, including a new hospital in York, Pa., renovations at other facilities and paying off prior debt.

The largest provider in central Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Health Care, has decided to opt out of the state’s restructuring of its Medicaid program into an accountable care organization (ACO) model.

 - Congress, House, Senate

60 percent of Americans believe it’s the government’s responsibility to provide universal health coverage, representing a major shift in opinion since 2013, according to an analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 - taxes

In a first for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it stripped a hospital’s nonprofit tax status over failing to meet charity care requirements which went into effect, though the unnamed hospital also claimed it didn’t want or need tax-exempt status.

Downers Grove, Illinois-based DuPage Medical Group has acquired a $1.45 billion investment from private equity firm Ares Management, which will fund continued expansion by what it is already Illinois’ largest independent physicians group.

Joining other CMS sites covering hospitals, dialysis facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities is a new Hospice Compare website allowing patients and their families to compare more than 3,800 providers.

A bankruptcy judge has given tentative approval to the sale of North Philadelphia Health System’s properties, including the Girard Medical Center, for $10.25 million.