ALSO NOTED: MD county takes back charity hospital; EEOC sues NC facility; and much more...

> Maryland has set plans to have a new company take over the Prince George's county hospital system, ousting existing operator Dimensions Healthcare. Article

> The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Concord, NC-based NorthEast Medical Center, asserting that the facility targeted an African American employee for firing. Article

> A judge has granted class-action status to a suit filed against St. Louis, MO-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The suit contends that the facility overcharged the uninsured. Article

> A new study suggests that subjecting current and former smokers to annual CT scans doesn't prevent lung cancer deaths. Article

And Finally... Can clinicians avoid malpractice suits by apologizing for mistakes? Some hospitals think so, and have developed programs designed to help them do it. Blog