May 31, 2018

Around the nation: SCOTUS declines to hear Arkansas medication abortion challenge

Daily Briefing

    The law requires clinicians who prescribe abortion-inducing medications to contract with a physician who has admitting and surgical privileges at a hospital, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

    • Arkansas: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to a lower court ruling that allows Arkansas to enforce a law that restricts the use of medication abortion in the state. The law, which was enacted in 2015, requires clinicians who prescribe abortion-inducing medications to contract with a physician who has admitting and surgical privileges at a hospital. Opponents of the law said it creates an undue burden on a woman's right to abortion (Kendall, Wall Street Journal, 5/29; Savage, Los Angeles Times, 5/29).

    • Pennsylvania: Somerset Hospital has named Andrew Rush as CEO. Rush most recently served as SVP and COO of Somerset as well as CEO of Somerset Health Services. He's also served as president of Somerset Med Services and Twin Lakes Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/29).

    • Michigan: Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System have written a letter of intent to form a collaborative agreement called Project Leapfrog, according to Crain's Detroit Business. The affiliation would bring over 1,500 physicians into a single medical group and, according to one affiliation document, could generate as much as $200 million overall for both Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System (Greene, Crain's Detroit Business, 5/29).

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