Around the nation: March 12, 2015

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Illinois: Recent inspections of Chicago hospital kitchens found significant issues with pests and temperature control, according to a report from a local TV station in Chicago. Moreover, the WBBM-TV report found that patient-serving kitchens went uninspected for years because officials at the Illinois Health Department believed the city health department was inspecting those kitchens, while the city believed the state was handling the inspections. The state has since asked the local health authorities to handle the inspections (Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 3/10 [subscription required]).
  • Montana: Republican House lawmakers on Friday voted against advancing Gov. Steve Bullock's (D) alternative Medicaid expansion plan under the Affordable Care Act. Bullock said he is "not done working on this," adding, "[his] door remains open to legislators willing to find real solutions" (Whitney, Kaiser Health News, 3/11).
  • Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) plan to replace the Healthy PA alternative Medicaid expansion with a traditional expansion is expected to be completed by the end of September, according to acting Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. Dallas said the transition will involve a "couple-of-phase process" that will combine the three components of former Gov. Tom Corbett's (R) plan into a single expansion plan (Calandra, Philadelphia Inquirer/Kaiser Health News, 3/11).

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