The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 359-57 to pass a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown when the budget year is slated to end on Sept. 30, keeping federal agencies running through Dec. 11, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.
- District of Columbia: The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 359-57 to pass a short-term government funding bill that will keep federal agencies running through Dec. 11. The bill includes $8 billion for a program to feed children who typically receive school lunches but aren't in school in person as a result of the new coronavirus epidemic. The bill also gives health providers a year after the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program loan was issued to begin repaying the loan, which represents a 120-day extension (Cochrane, New York Times, 9/22; Taylor, Associated Press, 9/23; Wasson/Fitzpatrick, Bloomberg, 9/22; Cohrs, Modern Healthcare, 9/22).
- Kentucky: Kristie Whitlatch, president and CEO of King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC), on Friday wrote a letter on Facebook asking Americans to have a "sense of urgency" in stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. For instance, Whitlatch said Americans can wear masks, social distance, wash their hands, and stay home when possible to avoid spreading the virus. Whitlach noted that KDMC is "at capacity" (Asmelash, CNN, 9/22).
- Pennsylvania: Independence Health Group on Tuesday announced that president and CEO Daniel Hilferty will retire at the end of this year, at which time he will serve in an advisory capacity through the end of 2022. Hilferty has served as president and CEO of Independence for 10 years and, prior to that, served as head of AmeriHealth Caritas, Independence's Medicaid subsidiary. Hilferty will be succeeded by Gregory Deavens, who is currently serving as Independence's EVP, CFO, and treasurer (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 9/22).