Hospital lays off workers following Massachusetts General merger; Maine sues govt. over Medicaid waiver;

> Federal officials are charging a nurse with diverting IV pain medications from patients at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota, the Associated Press reported. At least one patient has died from a bacterial infection introduced from contaminated IV bags. Article

> Six months after its merger with Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Ma., is laying off an undisclosed number of workers, according to WWLP. The hospital attributes the cuts to reduced inpatient care and increased demand for outpatient services. Article

> Despite opposition from the California Nurses Association, a bill passed Friday in the state that allows Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla to offer cardiac catheterizations in new outpatient facilities, instead of only main hospitals, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

> Maine is suing the federal government for delaying the approval of its Aug. 1 Medicaid waiver request, according to the Associated Press. State officials said the Medicaid waiver is necessary to attain budget savings. Article

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