- Hawaii: Maui Health System has tapped Michael Rembis to serve as CEO. Rembis, who previously served as CEO of Paladin Healthcare in California, will succeed Ray Hahn. Hahn is leaving the health system to become SVP and COO for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Hawaii, which is based out of California (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/1).
- Michigan: Michigan State University has received a federal grant to establish a voluntary registry of Flint residents who were exposed to lead during the city's water crisis. According to the university, the school will use $3.2 million of a four-year, $14.4 million grant from CDC to create the registry. The registry is designed to connect people with programs aimed at addressing health problems stemming from the water crisis (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/1).
- New Mexico: New Mexico's Office of the Superintendent of Insurance this week released a bulletin to health insurers reiterating a state law that bars insurers from billing patients at higher rates for using out-of-network doctors and hospitals in cases of medical emergency. According to the bulletin, the law does not apply to non-emergency services administered at emergency facilities (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/2).
How to reduce avoidable visits—in the ED and beyond
In these case studies, Advisory Board experts profile nine opportunities to use population health management to reduce avoidable emergency department visits, inpatient stays, and procedures.