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Written on May 27, 2022

Travel nurses see swift change of fortunes as COVID money runs dry 
As COVID hospitalization rates stabilize, and federal and state COVID relief funding dries up, travel nurse contracts that were plentiful and lucrative are vanishing. And after the pressure cooker of the past two-plus years led to staff turnover and early retirements, hospitals nationwide are focused on recruiting full-time nurses. 

Pharmacy chains should pay $878 million for opioid epidemic role, Ohio counties say 
A lawyer for two Ohio counties said that CVS Health Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc. should fund an $878 million plan to address the opioid crisis there. 

ACLU sues Ohio for letting doctors refuse care 
A law that lets Ohio health providers refuse services that violate their religious or moral beliefs is being challenged in court not on its merits but on the way it was passed. 

340B hospitals amplify loss projections as more drugmakers unveil restrictions 
As an increasing number of pharma manufacturers enact new restrictions on 340B drug discounts, hospitals participating in the program have now more than doubled the annual loss projections they gave at the tail-end of 2021, industry group 340B Health writes in a new report.