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Hospital Lawsuit
(2007-09-21)
(wgvu) -
A rural Upper Peninsula hospital says
it may close because of a dispute with the state over how long it
lets some recovering patients stay.
The 25-bed Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital sued the state in
federal court after the state fined it $500,000 for keeping
patients too long.
State rules set a five-day limit on hospital stays for people in
beds with a certain designation.
But officials at the small Manistique hospital say federal law
requires them to let patients remain up to 100 days if their
doctors say it's necessary.
A state health department spokeswoman says the five-day limit is
reasonable.
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