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August 2, 2019

Around the nation: Florida has seen more than 2,000 hepatitis A cases this year

Daily Briefing

    Of the 2,034 reported cases, 686 have been reported in two counties alone, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Kentucky.

    • California: Kaiser Permanente has named Prat Vemana as its first-ever chief digital officer. Vemana currently serves as the chief product and experience officer at Home Depot and previously held leadership roles at Staples. Vemana will lead digital vision and strategy for both Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (Kim Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 7/30).

    • Florida: Florida's Department of Health reported 53 new cases of hepatitis A in the state last week, bringing its total number of reported cases to 2,034 since January. Of those cases, 358 were reported in Pasco County, while 328 were reported in Pinellas County (News Service of Florida/Tampa Bay Business Journal, 7/30).

    • Kentucky: Anthem has launched a new program that will allow customers covered by Anthem through their employers and individual health plans to access programs that provide substance use disorder treatment within their own homes. Qualifying consumers will undergo a highly personalized in-home treatment program for one to two months before transitioning to an outpatient program that can last up to two years (Renfrow, Louisville Business First, 7/30).

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