Around the nation: Mass General establishes gun violence research center

Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday launched the Mass General Center for Gun Violence Prevention, a center aimed at applying a public health approach to gun violence, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, Massachusetts, and Missouri.

  • Indiana: Anthem on June 6 announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Beacon Health Options, one of the largest behavioral health providers in the country, serving more than 36 million patients. As part of the deal, Beacon's behavioral health business will operate alongside Anthem's within the company's diversified business group (Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/10).
  • Massachusetts: Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday launched the Mass General Center for Gun Violence Prevention, a center aimed at applying a public health approach to gun violence. Peter Masiakos, Mass General's director of pediatric trauma service, and Chana Sacks, an internist and researcher in Mass General's general internal medicine division, co-founded the center, which is funded by a $1.2 million grant from Mass General and a $200,000 grant from Harvard Medical School (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/10).
  • Missouri: A circuit court judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction that prevents state officials from closing the last operating abortion clinic in Missouri. Gov. Mike Parson (R) has said the clinic must address "a number of serious health concerns" that the state has identified. However, clinic leaders say the state's requests are unreasonable and politically motivated, and have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's actions (Eligon, New York Times, 6/10).

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