Daily roundup: June 19, 2013

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Monday signed into law a measure that expands the state's Medicaid program using federal funds set aside by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Opponents of the expansion are planning a citizen's referendum to block the bill, and a lawsuit is also in planning stages (Christie, AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/17).
  • Florida: Naples-based Health Management Associates last week announced that it has hired financial advisers to review strategic options amid speculation over a potential buyout. The system's chief executive resigned three weeks ago to lead a religious mission in South America, causing speculation over the for-profit hospital chain's future to mount (Creswell/Abelson, "DealB%K," New York Times, 6/14).
  • Massachusetts: Boston Children's Hospital has launched the world's first pediatric hand transplant program. Doctors say the move likely will pave the way for more intensive pediatric procedures aimed at improving quality of life, such as face transplants. More than 70 hand and at least 20 face transplants have been performed on adults, and physicians say the operations are safe for children in certain cases (Marchione, AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/16).
  • Massachusetts: The charity created for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings received more than 200 applications by Saturday's deadline, according to the fund's administrators.  To date, the One Boston Fund has raised more than $47.5 million. The applicants will be divided into four categories based on the extent of their injuries, with the most compensation going to the families of the four people killed in the attack and the subsequent manhunt, double amputees, and individuals who suffered permanent brain damage (Bernstein, Washington Post, 6/17).
  • Massachusetts: Tufts Medical Center and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital have signed an agreement to provide expert inpatient pediatric care for patients in Southeastern Massachusetts. Under the partnership, Tufts' Floating Hospital for Children will transfer five hospital-based pediatricians to Brockton's pediatrics unit. The physicians will communicate with children's local pediatricians to ensure standardized care (Donnelly, Boston Business Journal, 6/17).

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