Texas hospital needs federal approval for big expansion; It will soon be a felony to attack hospital workers in North Carolina;

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> Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas, wants to more than double in size from 513 to 1,102 beds, but under the Affordable Care Act, it would need permission from the feds to do so, the Brownsville Herald has reported. Article

> The Department of Veterans Affairs says it may be forced to shut down some hospitals soon if it does not receive assistance from Congress in plugging a $2.5 billion budget deficit, the Washington Post has reported. Article

Provider News

> Akron, Ohio's Summa Health Systems has issued new guidelines for healthcare workers forbidding certain hair colors, long beards, exposed skin and "going commando," according to Cleveland's Fox 8 News. Summa will no longer allow nurses and other care providers to sport certain styles of dress and unnatural or faddish hair colors. They must cover their legs all the way to the ankle, which means they can't wear capris pants or skirts without tights or panty hose. Men must trim their beards to half an inch or less. And everyone, the guidelines said, must wear underwear. Article

> In North Carolina, it will become a felony to attack a hospital worker on hospital grounds--a change that has raised concerns among advocates for the mentally ill, according to the Charlotte News-Observer.  Article

Healthcare IT News

> A hack of UCLA Health's computer network may have compromised personal and medical information for as many as 4.5 million individuals, the health system said Friday. Names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical record numbers, Medicare or health plan ID numbers and some medical information was put at risk, it said in an announcement. Article

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