Daily roundup: June 25, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • District of Columbia: George Washington University (GWU) Hospital has teamed up with GWU and American University and signed an agreement to power a large portion of their campuses with solar energy over the next two decades. Together, the institutions pledge to purchase 52 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power, which will meet 32% of the energy needs of GWU Hospital and 53% of the needs of the two college campuses. About 243,000 solar panels will be installed by late 2015 (Overly, Washington Post, 6/23).

  • Massachusetts: The 23,000-member Massachusetts Nurses Association plans to air a television commercial intended to urge lawmakers to pass the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act by July 2. The legislation would require hospitals to disclose all profits, profits held in offshore accounts, and compensation levels for chief executives. The Massachusetts Hospital Association says the ad is "misleading and irresponsible" and that hospitals use offshore entities for self-insurance reasons (Reidy, Boston Globe, 6/23).

  • Louisiana: Judge Robert Downing ruled in federal court this week that state lawmakers did not follow the state's constitution when they authorized Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) to close a Louisiana State University-run hospital in Pineville. The closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center is part of a larger plan to privatize the financially struggling public hospitals. Judge Downing granted a preliminary injunction request sought by opponents of the closures. Lawmakers say they intend to appeal the ruling (Deslatte, AP/The Monroe News Star, 6/23). 

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