- Colorado: Centura Health's Longmont United Hospital has had success with a recently implemented program that uses storytelling to ease the concerns of patients entering the hospital for extended stays. The program, called Storycatchers, gives certain patients the opportunity to share their concerns with volunteer poets who then translate the discussion into a short memoir or poem. Longmont United Hospital is now working with another hospital in Centura Health's system to implement a similar program (Hospitals & Health Networks, 2/15).
- Georgia: The Georgia Senate is considering a bill that aims to curb the misuse of opioids by limiting the amount of opioids providers can prescribe at one time and requiring providers to log such prescriptions in a state database. Under the measure, providers who fail to log the information within 24 hours of writing a prescription could face a prison sentence of between one and five years, a $50,000 fine, or both. The bill would also make naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, available over the counter (Arndt, Modern Healthcare, 2/14).
- Missouri: SSM Health's Board of Directors this week announced that Laura Kaiser on May 1 will take over as president and CEO of the health system. Kaiser, who previously served as EVP and COO at Intermountain Healthcare, will replace William Thompson as SSM Health's president and CEO. Thompson announced his retirement in June 2016 (Arndt, Modern Healthcare, 2/14).
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