No raises for Parkland Memorial execs; Acute-care hospital workers may have to get mandatory flu vaccines in MA;

> After a patient safety investigation and lost federal funding, executives at Parkland Memorial Hospital will not get raises or bonuses this year, reports WFFA. Dallas County commissioners deemed bonuses for Parkland management as "totally unacceptable." Article

> New Jersey's Meadowlands Hospital President and CEO Tom Gregorio is defending the hospital's billing practices of auto accidents victims before Senate, reports The Star-Ledger. The hospital charges 1,000 to 3,000 percent more than competing hospitals for outpatient care. Article

> Following Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children's Hospital recent requirement, the Massachusetts Public Health Council is considering mandatory flu vaccines for all acute-care hospital workers in the state, reports South Coast Today. Article

> Strikes in California at Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and Children's Hospital Oakland begin today, with nurses and other healthcare workers walking off the job, according to California Healthline. Article

> California's Hoag Hospital will layoff 175 employees, or 3.5 percent of its work force, because of the weakened economy and adjusted reimbursements, reports the Daily Pilot. Article

> Massachusetts hospitals blast penalties for higher-than-average readmissions, reports WBUR. The Massachusetts Hospital Association calls the new penalty, which goes into effect Oct. 1, "inexplicable and inexcusable." Article

And Finally... Nationality of baby born in flight remains up in the air. Article