Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law legislation that will give the state oversight of medical exemptions for vaccines that children must have to attend public school, private school, or daycare, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Michigan, and Minnesota.
- California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday signed into law two bills that will give the state oversight of medical exemptions for vaccines that children must have to attend public school, private school, or daycare. The legislation was introduced in response to concerns that some doctors were writing unnecessary vaccination exemptions. Newsom said the bills will provide "new tools to better protect public health" (Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times, 9/9).
- Michigan: Michigan Medicine has created an official policy to support physicians who are breastfeeding. The policy allows for dedicated times during shifts for breastfeeding physicians to pump, a formal place for them to pump, an area for storing milk, and an "open culture" around lactation for colleagues (Castellucci, "Transformation Hub," Modern Healthcare, 9/7).
- Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Health last week issued an advisory to health care providers in the state about an increase in reported cases of a fungal infection. There have been 43 reported cases of the infection, blastomycosis, compared to 31 at the same time last year. The disease is serious and can be fatal, according to Malia Ireland, the Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist who issued the advisory (Lundy, Post Bulletin, 9/8).