Pittsburgh hospital seeks cause of mold that led to death of three patients; Prime Healthcare Services sues California AG over restrictions that led to end of hospital acquisitions;

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> University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian is trying to determine the source of a rare mold believed to have contributed to the deaths of three transplant patients and left a fourth person in "guarded condition," a hospital spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday. Article

> Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Inc. is suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused it to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> Massachusetts healthcare workers plan to attend a Statehouse hearing this week to testify in support of a bill that would limit the disparities in the amount commercial insurers can pay different hospitals for the same procedure, Mass Live reports. Article

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> California is the latest state to get into the healthcare price transparency game, with one of its regulators launching a healthcare services comparison site in conjunction with Consumer Reports and the University of California at San Francisco. Article

> Two leading hospital groups have asked the National Labor Relations Board to keep a rule in place that excludes jointly employed workers from bargaining unless both of their employers consent to doing so. Article

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