Daily roundup: Oct. 25, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

Topics: Around the Nation

October 25, 2013

  • Minnesota: Mayo Clinic this week received $67 million to improve its patient care delivery, thanks to Robert and Patricia Kern. The contribution will pay for five scientific director positions, enable the clinic to share scientific findings, and help create online courses. One of Mayo's research centers will be renamed the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery in honor of the donation (Demko, Modern Healthcare, 10/23 [subscription required]).

  • Ohio: Just days after the state expanded Medicaid to about 275,000 low-income residents under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), six state lawmakers, two pro-life groups, and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law have filed a lawsuit challenging the decision in the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio accepted $2.56 billion in federal money after a vote by the state's Controlling Board allowed Gov. John Kasich (R) to bypass the state Legislature, which has blocked all expansion efforts. The suit seeks a writ of prohibition to reverse the decision on the grounds that the Controlling Board cannot act against the wishes of the General Assembly, according to the executive director of the 1851 Center (Navera, Dayton Business Journal, 10/23).

  • Texas: Memorial Hermann Health System completed its fourth live tweet event from its OR this week, this time live-tweeting the knee reconstruction of a young, female athlete. Walt Lowe—director of the hospital's Ironman Sports Medicine Institute and team physician for the Houston Rockets—led the procedure. Social media manger Natalie Camarata tweeted the procedure under the handle @Houstonhospital with the tag #MHKnee. By the end of the procedure, the hospital saw a 3% bump in Twitter followers (Raji, "Houston Biz Blog," Houston Business Journal, 10/23).

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