Around the nation: How Dayton Children's Hospital is helping more families in need

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  • New Hampshire: Several state hospitals have begun affiliating with their competitors to share services, Michael Cousineau reports for the New Hampshire Union Leader. New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen said the Affordable Care Act has prompted providers to focus more on population health, which has led in part to the affiliations. Health officials, he said, are asking, "'How do we help make sure we're rewarding the right behaviors in the health care system?' ... I think that's part of the changes we're undergoing" (Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader, 9/10).

  • Ohio: Dayton Children's Hospital has begun screening families for social needs as part of its Family Resource Connection program. Patients answer questions related to their access to nutritious food, electricity, and water, and hospital officials then connect them with any needed resources. Jessica Saunders, director of Dayton's Center for Child Health and Wellness, said, "First of all, it's the right thing to do for kids," but added that the program also will yield cost savings by addressing the social determinants of health (Whitman, Modern Healthcare, 9/12).

  • Texas: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is backing telehealth company Teladoc in its lawsuit against Texas Medical Board rules. The board has issued rules stating that in most cases, doctors must see patients face-to-face before writing them a prescription. FTC said that the board misinterpreted case law and that no "disinterested state official ever substantively reviewed" the rules "to determine whether [they] promote a clearly articulated state policy to displace competition rather than the private interests of active market participants" (Walters, Texas Tribune, 9/10).

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