Daily roundup: April 10, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Maine and New Hampshire: MaineHealth—the parent organization of Portland-based Maine Medical Center (MMC)—has announced plans to add New Hampshire-based Memorial Hospital to its health system. Memorial Hospital will be the first out-of-state facility to join the network, and "already has a strong relationship" with MMC, says MaineHealth President Bill Caron. MaineHealth currently receives about 90% of Memorial's inpatient referrals and most of its outpatient ambulatory referrals (Koenig, Bangor Daily News, 4/8).

  • Michigan: Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is debuting a new "wrap-around" patient gown that aims to offer more style, comfort, and coverage for patients. The gown—which designers worked on for two years—closes with three snaps in the back and front. It is made of a cotton and polyester blend that keeps patients warmer than current gowns (AP/Lansing State Journal, 4/9).

  • Oregon: The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate a rule that prevents insurance companies from being sued for fraud under the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act. The sponsor of the bill, which already passed the state House by a 33-27 vote, says he expects it to pass (UPI, 4/8).

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