Healthcare workers sue over improper radiation protection; Medicaid expansion will benefit Arizona hospitals;

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> With two more patients dying from the deadly Middle East coronavirus, the total number of dead grows to 44, according to the World Health Organization, MedPage Today reported. The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) easily spreads in healthcare environments from patient to patient, from the transfer of sick patients to other hospitals and even from patients to healthy staff members. Article

> Medical transcriptionists and union members from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center rallied outside company headquarters in protest of UPMC's decision to outsource its transcription services, the New Pittsburgh Courier reported. Article

> Technicians at Hudson Hospital & Clinics are suing the construction business and architects that designed and built the hospital, claiming it has exposed them to more radiation than normal, reported the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Article

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> According to a new report from Moody's Investors Service, Arizona's participation in Medicaid will cause the number of self-pay patients within the Grand Canyon State to drop dramatically. Article

> During the depths of the Great Recession, Oregon's hospitals as a whole were able to improve their bottom line, in part by trimming charity care for patients, The Oregonian reported. Article

And Finally… Wallabies got a taste of freedom. Article