Federal judge dismisses 'patient dumping' suit; Hospital association sues Washington State over new merger, affiliation rules;

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> A federal judge dismissed a "patient dumping" civil lawsuit filed by a man who was bused from a Nevada psychiatric hospital to Sacramento, Calif., where he had no family, friends or support system, the Sacramento Bee reported. Article

> Mortality might not be an effective measure of quality of care hospitals provide to stroke patients, according to a new study published in the journal Stroke. Study abstract

> The Washington State Hospital Association sued the state over new rules that allow it to scrutinize hospital affiliations and mergers, the Seattle Times reported. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' watchdog arm intends to study whether caps on the compensation of hospital executives could have an impact on future costs to the Medicare program. Article

> The Connecticut Hospital Association is pushing its members to disclose the fees they charge to patients prior to treatment, the Hartford Courant reported. Article

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