January 13, 2017

Around the nation: New Jersey accuses doc of administering compromised vaccines

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    • California: The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) plan to merge to form one of the largest patient records databases in the country, housing records on 16.7 million people. Claudia Williams, who worked as a senior adviser for health innovation and technology at the White House under President Obama, will step into the role of CEO for the merged exchange, effective Feb. 1. Cal INDEX will bring data on 11.7 million people to the exchange, while IEHIE will provide five million patient records (Terhune, Kaiser Health News, 1/10).

    • Illinois: Michael Englehart, president and CEO of Presence Health, a Chicago-based 12-hospital system, said his organization has made progress on improving revenue cycle management after identifying a problem involving inadequate collections. Kelley said the system's operating revenue is above goals through the third quarter of 2016 and that cash on hand is ahead of projections. The system's strategic initiatives for the future include increasing market share, partnering with health plans, and improving employee experience (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO, 1/11).

    • New Jersey: New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino (R) on Monday filed a complaint with the state Board of Medical Examiners that alleges doctor Michael Bleiman committed fraud, gross negligence, and misconduct in administering vaccines. Health inspectors in July 2016 found that Bleiman's practice had 280 vaccines stored at improper temperatures. Inspectors directed the practice not to use the vaccines until they were found effective, according to authorities. The state alleges Bleiman ignored the directive and administered the vaccines (Leonard, Press of Atlantic City, 1/10; Zimmerman, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 1/11).

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