California law now requires that all acute-care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in the state have comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans, making California the first state to require hospitals have these plans in place, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Massachusetts, and Nebraska.
- California: A 2014 California law requiring all acute-care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in the state to have comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans took effect April 1. While several states have implemented laws designed to address workplace violence at hospitals and other health care facilities, California is the first state to require hospitals and SNFs to have "a robust plan in place," Maria Castellucci writes for Modern Healthcare. The law also requires eligible facilities to establish and maintain a log tracking incidents of workplace violence (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 4/3).
- Massachusetts: Massachusetts' Public Health Council on Wednesday approved a proposed merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health. The merger still requires approval from the state's Health Policy Commission, as well as the attorney general's office. In a preliminary report, the commission found that if the merger goes through, the combined organization would have the second-largest inpatient, outpatient, and primary-care market shares in the state (Modern Healthcare, 4/5).
- Nebraska: Kearney Regional Medical Center has named Bill Calhoun as CEO, effective April 18. Calhoun previously worked as the president of hospital operations for Health First in Florida, as well as regional VP for Ministry Health Care and president of Affinity Health System, both in Wisconsin (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/5).
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