DOJ backs fired VA boss; Huntington officials broke law in response to infection threat;

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> The Justice Department is backing the former director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System in a lawsuit to regain her old job after she was fired in the wake of the VA scandal, according to the Associated Press. Article

> A letter from Pasadena officials says Huntington Hospital officials broke the law by not reporting a suspected deadly outbreak quickly enough, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> The Massachusetts Senate has passed an amendment addressing "VIP treatment" for certain hospital patients, according to The Boston Globe. Article

Health Finance News

> Spending on healthcare services moderated during the first quarter of 2016 compared to last year, while prices rose slightly and robust job growth remained steady, according to new data from Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Article

> Mosaic of Life Care in Missouri has decided to stop suing patients--many of whom are low-income--over unpaid bills, according to ProPublica. But many hospitals and healthcare systems are still dunning patients and taking them to court--after often failing to inform them of charity care options. Article

And Finally… Race to the bottom. Article