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August 31, 2018

Around the nation: St. David's Medical Center cuts a much-reported $109k bill to $332

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     St. David's Medical Center has lowered a teacher's six-figure bill to $332, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Illinois, and Texas. 

    • Georgia: A multistate outbreak tied to salmonella-contaminated chicken has led to one death and sickened 17 others, CDC said Wednesday. The cases happened between Sept. 25, 2017, and June 4, 2018. The cases were reported around the Mid-Atlantic. The death was in New York (Horton, "To Your Health," Washington Post, 8/29).
    • Illinois: Loyola Medicine has tapped Shawn Vincent as president and CEO, effective Nov. 5. Vincent most recently served as COO of August University Health in Georgia. He has served in management positions at HCA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/29).
    • Texas: St. David's Medical Center has lowered the medical bill for Drew Calver, a teacher who was treated at the hospital for a heart attack, to $332.29. Calver's case gained media attention earlier this month after it was reported that his insurance paid only about one-third of the $164,941 bill for his out-of-network care, leaving him responsible for $108,951. Calver said he paid off the reduced balance and that he and his family is ready to put the experience behind them (Terhune, Kaiser Health News, 8/31).

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