ACEP files lawsuit after Medicaid changes; Nation faces 213 drug shortages this year;

> The Washington branch of the American College of Emergency Physicians filed a lawsuit against the state for changes in Medicaid coverage of "nonemergency" cases that, it says, would limit emergency care, reports MedPage Today. Article (reg. req.)

> A Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that the county must contribute to UC Davis's charity care, reports Sacramento Business Journal. Article

> With 213 drug shortages this year, hospitals are rationing critical drugs, reports NPR. Article

> Settling what some call the biggest Sunshine Law violation, Florida's Bert Fish Medical Center agreed to pay nearly a million dollars in legal fees after a planned merger with Adventist Health that never went through, reports The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Article

> Western Connecticut Health Network, parent company to Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, announced it is laying off 1 percent of its workforce, that is, 60 employees, reports the Danbury Times. Article

> Health Management Associates completed the purchase of six Mercy hospitals from Catholic Healthcare Partners, a deal estimated at $500 million, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. Article

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