Citing "greatly changed circumstances," the Biden administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to not hear oral arguments in a case challenging states' Medicaid work requirements that had been advanced under former President Donald Trump's administration, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Georgia, and New York.
- District of Columbia: Citing "greatly changed circumstances," the Biden administration on Monday asked the Supreme Court to not hear oral arguments in a case challenging states' Medicaid work requirements that had been advanced under former President Donald Trump's administration. In December 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to review lower courts' rulings involving Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and New Hampshire. However, current acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar has asked the Supreme Court to cancel oral arguments in the case scheduled for March 29, because the Biden administration has begun rolling back the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements. In a brief filed Monday, Arkansas opposed the Biden administration's request, arguing that the "central question in these cases—what Medicaid's objectives are—will likely return" to the Supreme Court (Hurley, Reuters, 2/22; Associated Press, 2/22).
- Georgia: Wellstar Health System has named R. Henry Capps as its EVP, CIO, and chief digital officer. Most recently, Capps had served as SVP and chief digital health and engagement officer at Novant Health, where he spent 18 years of his career. Previously, Capp served as COO of Novant's physician network, COO and chief medical information officer of its medical group, and SVP of its physician services (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 2/22).
- New York: The first of New York's NY PopsUp concert series occurred at a Covid-19 vaccination site at the Javits Center on Saturday. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the NY PopsUp series aims to "bring arts and culture back to life" in New York. During Saturday's concert, jazz musician Jon Batiste, tap dancer Ayodele Casel, and opera singer Anthony Roth Costanzo performed for about 50 health care workers before they moved the concert through the building and out onto the streets of Brooklyn (Jacobs, New York Times, 2/21).