Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) approved the proposed merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System with a number of conditions, including a requirement that the merged entity "cap its prices, strengthen safety net providers across the region, and invest in needed behavioral services," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.
A special report by University of Pennsylvania health care economists suggests the health care industry suffers from an "acute" problem with "deceptive, misleading, unsubstantiated, and foolish statements"—otherwise known as health care "BS."
Few news outlets refer to experts who hold doctoral degrees like Ph.D.s as doctors, but one epidemiologist argues the media's failure to do so diminishes the authority of experts with advanced degrees. Advisory Board's Sara Hostetter says that the same issues arise with advanced practice practitioners—which can have important implications for the care team.
While hospital shootings are rare, they've become more common in the past 20 years, and many hospitals are now holding active shooter drills to train staff when to run to and away from the danger, Jamie Ducharme reports for Time. Here's some of the key ways hospitals are preparing for the worst-case scenario.
FDA on Monday gave accelerated approved to Loxo Oncology's cancer drug Vitrakvi to treat patients with advanced solid tumors containing a specific gene mutation known as a neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase gene fusion.