Daily roundup: Jan. 14, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • New York: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week announced that prescription painkillers will be restricted in the city's 11 public hospitals in an effort to reduce prescription pill misuse. Under the policy, ED patients can only receive three days' worth of narcotic (Hartocollis, New York Times, 1/10)

  • North Carolina: Durham Regional Hospital administrators and trustees will decide this week whether to replace "Durham" with "Duke" in the hospital’s name. Duke University Health Systems has managed the facility since 1998; Durham Regional CEO Kerry Watson says that its current name "does not translate into recognition of the hospital as part of Duke" (Wise, Durham News & Observer, 1/10).

  • Ohio: Mercy Health and Adams County Regional Medical Center (ACRMC) have begun an affiliation that will expand 25-bed ACRMC’s services to include intensive care and cardiac catheter lab services (Weese, Cincinnati Business Courier, 1/11).

  • Oregon: The state's federally supported health insurance exchange may serve as many as 471,000 residents by 2016, according to a report from Rocky King, the exchange's executive director. King estimates the exchange ‘s operating costs will total $126 million in 2014, and costs are expected to decline thereafter (Geigerich, Portland Business Journal, 1/10).

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