Capsules: Hospital Consolidation Dance Heats Up In NYC; Mass. Weighs Governor's Plan To Tax Candy And Soda

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports on developments in the New York City hospital markets: "The health care game of musical chairs is picking up speed in New York City, one of the most competitive markets in the country. The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners announced today that their boards of trustees have reached a tentative agreement on a possible merger" (Gold, 2/28).

Also on Capsules, WBUR's Martha Bebinger, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on legislation in Massachusetts to tax candy and soda: "Are candy and soda food? In Massachusetts, candy and soda are considered food and are exempt from the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. But Gov. Deval Patrick wants to change that. He's proposing that the legislature tax every bag of M&M’s and bottle of Pepsi bought in the state" (Bebinger, 3/1). Check out what else is on the blog.

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