Around the nation: DC Council OKs bill requiring hospitals to get approval before closing

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The move comes as Ascension is considering ending acute care at a facility it runs in the city, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, District of Columbia, and New York.

  • Colorado: UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital last week was certified as the fourth Level I trauma center in the Denver metropolitan area. The hospital is the first Level I trauma hospital to be certified since Colorado reduced the high-risk patient volume requirement in 2012. While some hospital officials expressed concern that certifying more Level I facilities will spread acute patients across too many hospitals, officials from UCHealth said the number of high risk patients in Denver is increasing (Dodson, Denver Business Journal, 10/16).

  • District of Columbia: The D.C. Council on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require hospitals to receive approval from the D.C. Health Agency and the State Health Planning and Development Agency before closing. The unanimous vote comes as Ascension is considering stopping acute care at Providence Health System in Washington, D.C. The legislation now goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) for her signature (Gilgore, Washington Business Journal, 10/16).

  • New York: Herbert D. Kleber, a pioneer in substance use disorder treatment and co-founder of the Center on Addiction, died of a heart attack this month. Kleber developed evidence-based treatments that reduced discomfort for patients during withdrawal and helped patients avoid relapse. He was a professor of psychiatry and emeritus director of the division on substance use disorder at Columbia University at the time of his death. He was 84 (Seelye, New York Times, 10/15).

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