The Trump administration on Sunday announced it has officially notified the United Nations that the United States intends to withdraw from the World Health Organization effective July 6, 2021, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, and Missouri.
- District of Columbia: The Trump administration on Sunday announced it has officially notified the United Nations that the United States intends to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) effective July 6, 2021. President Trump in April accused WHO of "severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the [new] coronavirus," and in June announced plans to terminate the United States' relationship with and funding to WHO. Experts predict that the move could have an impact on both existing and future health initiatives as soon as next year (New York Times, 7/7; Hinshaw/Armour, Wall Street Journal, 7/7).
- Kansas/Missouri: Saint Luke's Health System on July 1 assumed control of Allen County Regional Hospital, formerly managed by HCA Healthcare. As part of St. Luke's lease agreement for the hospital, Saint Luke's will manage the hospital for 10 years, after which it will have five-year renewal options (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/2).
- Maryland: CMS last week announced it has named Lee Fleisher as the agency's CMO and director of its Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. Fleisher is currently serving as an anesthesiologist and is a professor of medicine and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an email to staff wrote that Fleisher "will continue some professional and clinical activities in the field, including retaining faculty appointment with the University of Pennsylvania and serving on a few select medical committees" (Brady, Modern Healthcare, 6/30).