Vice President Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Michigan.
- District of Columbia: The White House on Tuesday announced that Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, had tested positive for the coronavirus. "My symptoms are mild and I'm grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted," Emhoff wrote in a tweet, encouraging others to get vaccinated and boosted. Although Vice President Harris tested negative for the virus, Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for the vice president, said Harris was skipping an equal pay event at the White House "out of an abundance of caution." However, Harris accompanied President Biden to a bill signing on the same day before the event. In addition, she attended the President's Daily Brief in the Oval Office. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden tested negative for the virus on Sunday. (Kanno-Youngs, New York Times, 3/15)
- Maryland: Health care providers who received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments that totaled more than $10,000 from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, are required to report how they used those funds to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) by March 31. Providers who fail to report to HRSA will face enforcement actions, including repayment or exclusion from receiving or retaining any future PRF payments. The deadline to use period 2 funds was Dec. 31, 2021. (AHA News, 3/14)
- Michigan: MyMichigan Health on Wednesday appointed EVP and COO Greg Rogers as president and CEO. Rogers succeeds former president and CEO Diane Postler-Slattery, who died alongside her husband in a March 8 plane crash in northwest Florida. "As a longtime leader and member of the MyMichigan Health family since 1981, Greg has played a significant role in ensuring patients always remain the focus of our work," said Jenee Velasquez, chair of the health system's board of directors. "He has an extensive history with the health system, and we are confident he will continue to cultivate the culture Diane nurtured as he leads MyMichigan Health with compassion and commitment." At this time, MyMichigan Health has not appointed a new COO. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/16)