Nov 5, 2018

LifePoint hospital execs to receive controversial golden parachutes

LifePoint operates rural hospitals. Photo: Mindy Schauer/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Shareholders of LifePoint Health, a for-profit hospital chain that is getting acquired by a private equity firm, overwhelmingly voted against $120 million worth of golden parachute pay packages. But executives will still get those buyouts, Modern Healthcare reports.

The big picture: Private equity firms have bought a lot of health care companies lately. Although golden parachutes are standard and non-binding shareholder advisory votes can't overturn employment contracts, the payouts don't exactly line up with the industry's complaints that they're barely scraping by on razor-thin profit margins.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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