Hospitals are employing more doctors. Photo: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hospitals are employing more doctors, often by acquiring offices, and they consequently are pressuring those doctors not to send patients to competing hospital systems, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation. Some employment contracts explicitly require doctors to refer patients to a hospital system's own facilities.

The big picture: Referrals are the lifeblood of hospital systems' businesses, and keeping patients in house allows hospitals to charge more and prevents rivals from getting their revenue. These types of practices are a major contributor to the country's $3.5 trillion health care system.

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Pelosi: Birx "enabled" Trump on coronavirus misinformation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Monday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx because "she has enabled" President Trump to spread coronavirus misinformation.

What she's saying: "I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol and it's going to cure your virus,'" Pelosi told host Jim Scuitto.

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Google launches $349 Pixel 4a

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Google on Monday launched its long-expected Pixel 4a, a $349 device that brings key features of the company's flagship smartphone to a more affordable price point.

Why it matters: Google saw surprisingly strong demand for last year's "a" model and having a broader range of products allows the company to reach more parts of the market.

A wild weekend for Microsoft's play for TikTok

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While its Big Tech rivals were testifying in front of a congressional antitrust committee last week, Microsoft was negotiating what could be the largest — and most politically perilous — tech acquisition of 2020.

The state of play: The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft picking up TikTok has undergone a flurry of twists and turns over the weekend, as both the White House and the tech giant reacted in real time.