CDC warns patients about potentially contaminated steroids; Lower drug copays lead to drop in hospital visits;

> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning patients about potentially contaminated steroids, which have been linked to the nationwide meningitis outbreak, according to guidance released Friday. Guidance

> A former employee of Boulder City (Nev.) Hospital claimed she was fired after voicing concern about the hospital's Medicare billing, the Center for Public Integrity reported. The hospital and its billing agent deny the upcoding allegations. Article

> LSU System is cutting 1,500 jobs, as the state loses Medicaid matching funds, the ShrevePort Times reported. Last month, the system ousted its top healthcare leader after clashing with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration over budget cuts. Article

> Mendocino Coast Health Care District in California is filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, The Mendocino Beacon reported. Officials told the public the hospital will not close or go up for sale. Article

> A new report finds that lower drug copays result in fewer hospitalizations and emergency room admissions, Reuters reported. Article

And Finally… Nailing the surgery. Article