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November 30, 2017

Around the nation: Court rules against NH doctor who doesn't use a computer

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    Anna Konopka, an 84-year-old MD in New Hampshire, has appealed the decision, which bars her from regaining her medical license, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kansas, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

    • Kansas: Two alumni have donated $1 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) to endow a professorship in the university's Nephrology and Hypertension Division of the Department of Internal Medicine. Alan Yu, director of KUMC's Kidney Institute, thanked the alumni, Dennis and Alice Diederich, for the donation, saying, "The professorship it establishes will allow us to recruit leaders in the field of nephrology and kidney transplantation—clinicians, educators, and scientists who can advance the care of patients with kidney disease and inspire the next generation of nephrology trainees" (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/28).

    • Massachusetts: The University of Massachusetts has scheduled a mass meningitis vaccination program after federal officials warned that two cases of the disease at the university qualified as an outbreak. The university is urging all undergraduate and graduate students on campus to get vaccinated within the next week at one of four clinics. According to the Associated Press, 1,400 students have already received the vaccine (AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/28).

    • New Hampshire: The Merrimack County Superior Court has dismissed the case of an 84-year-old physician who said she was pressured by the state to close her practice because she doesn't use computers. The physician, Anna Konopka, was required to surrender her medical license in October by the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, in part because she did not participate in the state's online drug monitoring program, which requires the use of a computer. Konopka has filed a motion with the judge to reconsider her request to reinstate her license (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/28).

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