According to Jennifer Riggs, CNO of Maine General, "Through this program, [health care workers] can work full-time, [and] they're actually compensated for their time in class and training," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Hawaii, and Maine.
Humana, Multiplan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and UnitedHealthcare on Monday launched a cooperative pilot program that aims to apply blockchain technology "to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs" associated with provider directories.
A California judge on Wednesday tentatively ruled that coffee sold in the state must contain a cancer warning because of a carcinogen called acrylamide that is present in roasted coffee beans—but public health experts dismissed the supposed cancer link, and a coffee industry spokesperson said the lawsuit had "made a mockery" of state law.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency this summer plans to launch an initiative called the Nutrition Innovation Strategy, which will include a series of nutrition policies intended to reduce obesity rates and the prevalence of chronic conditions among U.S. residents.
While patients value clinical quality of care, an analysis of seven million published physician reviews by Healthgrades and the Medical Group Management Association shows that more than half of reviews cite nonclinical factors, such as a physician's compassion, personality, and bedside manner.