November 13, 2018

Around the nation: He was scheduled to have a tumor removed. Then, it disappeared.

Daily Briefing

    The man's physician, Richard Yee, said, "[S]ometimes things happen that we can't explain," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Nevada.

    • California: Earlier this year, radiologists told Paul Wood that he had a malignant brain tumor. The day before Woods was scheduled to have the tumor surgically removed, it disappeared. Wood's physician, Richard Yee, said while medical professionals "do tests and we have medical technology and we try to come up with some conclusion, … sometimes things happen that we can't explain." Woods will participate in a research study so doctors can further study his condition (Correa, CBS Sacramento, 11/9).

    • Florida: The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees announced last week that Kent Thielen will serve as CEO of the hospital system's Florida campus starting in 2019. Thielen, who currently serves as the chair of Mayo Clinic's Midwest Department of Radiology, will succeed Gianrico Farrugia who will work as president and CEO of the entire health system next year. Thielen said he plans to advance the Florida campus' education and research programs (Colburn, Jacksonville Business Journal, 11/9).

    • Nevada: Nevada last week became the 10th state to eliminate sales tax on tampons and pads. Most hygiene items are taxed under state laws, but in a move toward "menstrual equity," legislators argued that menstrual products are medically necessary and should be exempt from the state's 6.85% sales tax. Other states that have eliminated sales tax on feminine hygiene products include New York, Florida, and Illinois (Salam, New York Times, 11/9).

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