January 18, 2018

Around the nation: Former HHS Secretary Tom Price has a new job

Daily Briefing

    Former HHS Secretary Tom Price has joined the advisory board of Jackson Healthcare, a Georgia-based company that provides health care staffing and technology services, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee.

    • Arkansas: Arkansas Children's will officially open its new Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital in the next few weeks. According to health system officials, the 233,613-square-foot pediatric center will provide inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services to children throughout the northwestern Arkansas region (Sanborn, Healthcare Finance News, 1/16).

    • Georgia: Former HHS Secretary Tom Price has found a new job, joining the advisory board of Jackson Healthcare, a Georgia-based company that provides health care staffing and technology services. Price resigned from his post as HHS secretary following controversy regarding his use of taxpayer-funded jets while in office (Levingston, Bloomberg, 1/16).

    • Tennessee: Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center has reduced opioid prescriptions by 49% from 2012 to 2017, according to recently updated federal data. Over that time period, the number of patients prescribed opioids dropped from 19% in 2012 to 10% in 2017, one of the most significant opioid prescription reductions in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system (Zimmerman, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/16).

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