The Washington State Hospital Association filed suit against the state last week over new rules governing hospital mergers, which the association says are too onerous. Last year, Governor Jay Inslee directed the health department to revise the rules because of concerns about how mergers with Catholic hospitals were affecting patient care, specifically access to end-of-life and reproductive health options. Now, hospitals are saying the resulting rule change goes too far, overstepping the law.
Do you work at a hospital in Washington state? How will the new rule affect you?
- Carol Ostrom: Health reporter at The Seattle Times
- Mary Kay Clunies-Ross: Spokesperson for the Washington State Hospital Association