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March 31, 2022

Around the nation: 21 states sue to block the federal mask mandate on public transportation

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    Twenty-one Republican states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the federal mask mandate on public transportation, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and New York.

    • California: Scripps Health appointed Brett Tande as its corporate SVP and CFO. Tande, who stepped into the role on Monday, most recently served as SVP of finance and CFO for Cottage Health. He succeeds Richard Rothberger, who will retire May 6, after serving as Scripps' CFO since 2001. "Brett is an experienced leader with broad finance, organizational and management expertise," said Scripps president and CEO Chris Van Gorder. "As we work to move beyond Covid-19 and toward continued transformation of health care, I welcome Brett's financial acumen, as well as the values and operating principles he brings to what he does." (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/29)
    • District of Columbia: Twenty-one Republican states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration to block the federal mask mandate on public transportation—a move that follows the Transportation Security Administration's decision to extend its mask mandate for airplanes and public transportation through April 18. Notably, CDC recommended the extension despite saying in February that most Americans no longer needed to wear masks. In the Florida-led lawsuit, the states alleged that CDC had overstepped its authority with the requirement. "Every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked," said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, while emphasizing that it was time to "get back to normal life." (Lukpat, New York Times, 3/29)
    • New York: Catholic Health on Monday appointed Michael Mainiero as SVP and chief digital and information officer. Mainiero, who most recently served as NYU Langone Health's director for digital strategy and innovation, will lead the health system's IT department, while playing a vital role in transforming its digital strategy and landscape. "Digital technology is an essential medium for patient/provider engagement, ultimately supporting better patient outcomes," said Mainiero. "We are excited to enhance the digital experience for the community served by our health system." (Adams, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/28)


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