Hospital association sues over Medicaid cuts; First GOP health debate on Twitter;

> In an effort to reduce its overall operating budget by $1.4 million, Franklin Hospital in Benton, Ill., last week announced it is laying off 12 employees, calling for voluntary pay reductions, and relying less on contractors, reports KFVS12. Article

> An abnormal occurrence of radiation was reported at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in California, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report. The abnormality resulted from human error in aligning CT scanner equipment, reports The Orange County Register. Article

> In a structure overhaul, Adventist Health in California this week announced it is combining five hospitals into a regional network for collaboration, reports The Press Democrat. Article

> The Washington State Hospital Association this week filed a lawsuit against state Medicaid cuts, reports the Seattle Times. Article

> In the first GOP Twitter debate, Republicans discussed healthcare reform. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a presidential hopeful, said she would not rest until health reform was reversed, reports UPI.  Article

And Finally... Long arm of the law breaks up kids' lemonade stand. Article