Around the nation: Appeals court ruling would allow Planned Parenthood defunding to move forward

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The ruling overturns a decision by the lower court that prevented the state from defunding the clinics, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Ohio.  

  • Florida/Mississippi: Florida-based technology company OnMed just launched unstaffed, virtual care pods with automated prescription drug dispensaries. The stations are designed to be used by health systems, government organizations, and employers to improve patient access to medication and care in busy provider locations, rural locations, and worksites. The pods, which contain air filtration systems, are designed to be HIPAA and ADA compliant. The first stations will open in Mississippi in April (Roth, HealthLeaders Media, 3/12).

  • Minnesota: Producers of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour this week voluntarily recalled 12,245 cases of the flour after finding traces of salmonella in one bag. Most of the cases were sold to Winn-Dixie supermarkets and the Publix supermarket chain in the Southeast. FDA on Monday warned consumers about the recall on Twitter and Facebook, but did not issue a formal alert since no one has fallen ill from the flour (Hoffman, New York Times, 3/12).

  • Ohio: The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that Ohio can defund Planned Parenthood on the grounds that the organization provides abortions. The ruling overturns a decision by the lower court that prevented the state from defunding the clinics. The judges who voted in favor of the ruling said the decision "does not violate the Constitution because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions." Judge Helene White in her dissent said the law will "result in an undue burden" on women (Ollstein, Politico, 3/12).

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