June 21, 2017

Around the nation: California judge allows lawsuit to proceed against law on life-ending drugs

Daily Briefing
    • California: Riverside County Superior Court Judge Danial Ottolia on Friday ruled that a lawsuit challenging a state law permitting terminally ill patients to seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs could proceed. According to Ottolia, the plaintiffs in the case—a group of physicians—have presented enough information to argue that the law violates California's constitution by treating individuals with terminal illnesses differently than other people who may want to end their lives. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) had asked Ottolia to dismiss the lawsuit, contending that the law provides patients a choice and that providers are not required to issue the prescriptions for life-ending drugs (AP/STAT News, 6/16).

    • New York: Catskill Regional Medical Center has tapped Jonathan Schiller to serve as CEO beginning June 26. Schiller, who previously served as interim CFO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), succeeds Gerald Galarneau, who had been Catskill's CEO and CMO since 2013. Galarneau is leaving to serve as president of the GHVHS Medical Group and will continue to serve as CMO of Catskill Regional (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/19).

    • Ohio: Thomas Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, plans to serve as CEO emeritus beginning Aug. 1 and then fully retire at the end of the year. Cecconi, who has served as president and CEO since 2003, previously served as EVP and COO at the health care organization. Mercy has not yet named an interim leader (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/19).

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