West Virginia VA switched mental-health drugs to save money; End-of-life care talks with patients of different ethnicities harder for docs;

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> The influential Illinois Hospital Association will merge with the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, a hospital trade group, Jan. 1, which will allow broader access to programs and services that the two entities offer, according to Crain's Chicago Business. Article

> A U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigation found a West Virginia Veterans Affairs medical center substituted mental health medications with older, less expensive drugs as part of a cost-saving measure, the Washington Post reported. Article

> While 99.99 percent of doctors find discussing end-of-life issues with patients difficult, they find it is harder when when the patient's ethnicity is different from their own, according to recent study in the journal Plos ONE. Study abstract

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