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September 18, 2019

Around the nation: Federal judge blocks sale of Hahnemann University Hospital residency programs

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    A U.S. District Court judge on Monday blocked the bankruptcy sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency programs following an appeal by CMS, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    • Massachusetts: State officials on Friday announced that the eighth human case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been diagnosed in Bristol County. EEE is a rare disease that can cause brain inflammation transmitted by mosquitos. Roughly a third of those infected with EEE die, officials said, and those who recover typically live with serious neurological complications (McDonald, Boston Globe, 9/13).

    • Pennsylvania: U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika on Monday blocked the bankruptcy sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency programs, following an appeal by CMS. CMS in an emergency motion filed last week argued that the sale "would violate Medicare law and regulations," and would threaten "CMS' ability to carry out its statutory mandate to administer the Medicare program." According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, it is not clear what the stay will mean for Hahnemann's bankruptcy proceedings (Brubaker, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/16).

    • Virginia: Twin County Regional Healthcare has named Greg Pearson as CEO, effective Sept. 23. Pearson most recently served as CEO of Minden Medical Center in Louisiana, and previously has served as CEO and COO at Merit Health River Region in Mississippi and as CFO of St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/16).

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