October 1, 2020

Around the nation: The NFL has had its first coronavirus outbreak

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    The National Football League's Tennessee Titans have shut down the team's facilities through Saturday, after three of the team's players and five members of the team's personnel tested positive for the new coronavirus, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and Tennessee.

    • California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday signed into law a bill defining what constitutes a "medical necessity" in the state, which is aimed at requiring private health insurers to cover more treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. The law states that when an insurer determines whether a treatment is medically necessary, the company must follow the most recent guidelines from nonprofit professional associations such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 (Beam, Associated Press, 9/25).

    • Missouri: St. Luke's Hospital has named Shane Cerone as its new president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. Cerone previously served as founder and CEO of Health Market Solutions and as president of Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. Cerone succeeds Gary Olson at St. Luke's Hospital. Olson had served as St. Luke's interim president and CEO since April, after St. Luke's former CEO, Christine Candio, resigned (Barr, St. Louis Business Journal, 9/25).

    • Tennessee: The National Football League's (NFL) Tennessee Titans have shut down the team's facilities through Saturday, after three of the team's players and five members of the team's personnel tested positive for the new coronavirus. A source who spoke with ESPN said the eight Titans players and staff who tested positive for the virus have not experienced symptoms of Covid-19. The NFL's Minnesota Vikings, which played the Titans this past Sunday, also shut down its facilities indefinitely, but the team had not reported any positive coronavirus tests as of Tuesday morning (Davenport et. al., ESPN, 9/29).

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