Harris Meyer

Federal Speech Rulings May Embolden Health Care Workers to Call Out Safety Issues

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Policies mandating company approval before talking publicly about conditions in hospitals have been a source of conflict over the past year, as physicians, nurses and other health workers have been disciplined for speaking or posting about what they view as dangerous covid-19 safety precautions. The appeals court’s decision could mean that hospitals — and other employers — will need to revise their policies.

Hospital Merger in Washington State Stokes Fears About Catholic Limits on Care

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Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan announced plans in July to merge 12 hospitals and more than 250 other treatment sites in the Puget Sound region and the Yakima area. Some patient advocacy groups warn the proposal would jeopardize access to needed services, such as emergency termination of pregnancies, contraception and physician aid in dying.

Wash. State Insurer, Official Clash Over Drug Coverage Cutbacks

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A fight between the Washington State insurance commissioner and the state’s largest seller of individual health insurance is spotlighting problems in that increasingly troubled market. The spat arose over insurers’ efforts to curb soaring premiums by restricting or eliminating prescription drug benefits. Experts say they haven’t yet seen similar moves by insurers in other states to […]