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Around the nation: Fauci announces plans to retire by January 2025


Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on Monday said he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden's current term, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

  • District of Columbia: Fauci on Monday said he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden's current term, which ends in January 2025. Fauci said he has not yet started the retirement process and does not currently have a specific date in mind for his retirement. "I have said that for a long time," Fauci said of his plans to depart before the end of Biden's first term. "By the time we get to the end of Biden's first term, I will very likely [retire]," Fauci said. In an interview with Politico, Fauci said he does not plan on staying in government until the coronavirus is eradicated, adding, "I think we're going to be living with this" for years to come. Fauci, who currently serves as Biden administration's chief medical adviser, has served as the NIAID director for decades. Notably, Fauci has spent over five decades serving under seven presidents, advising every American president since Ronald Reagan. (Diamond, CNN, 7/18)
  • Massachusetts: Mass General Brigham (MGB) outlined plans to grow its home-based care offerings and named its first-ever president of home-based care. In the next two and half years, MGB plans to expand its hospital-at-home programs from 25 patients to 200. In addition, the health system is aiming to have 90 hospital-at-home beds across Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Salem Hospital by the end of 2023. By the end of 2022, MGB is hoping to grow its home care support team from roughly 800 employees to over 1,000. So far, the health system has increased its fleet of remote care delivery support vehicles from two to 10. Heather O'Sullivan, who was recently named MGB's first-ever president of home-based care, will lead the health system's initiative. “Home care was founded upon the belief that people recover better at home, where they can be surrounded by family and friends in a comfortable and familiar setting,” said Gregg Meyer, president of MGB’s community division and EVP of value-based care. “In addition to these benefits, research shows that home-based care reduces expenses while providing lower-complication rates, higher patient satisfaction and improved outcomes for those who can safely be transitioned from the hospital setting.” (Muoio, Fierce Healthcare, 7/14)
  • Tennessee: Nurse advocates are lobbying to end criminal prosecutions of medical mistakes in Tennessee—an effort that follows the conviction of former nurse RaDonda Vaught, who was recently sentenced to three years of supervised probation for a fatal medical error. The proposed legislation, called "RaDonda's Law," would shield health care workers from criminal charges for medical errors so long as they are honest about such errors, according to Tina Visant, host of the "Good Nurse Bad Nurse" podcast. "It literally incentivizes people to be forthcoming with errors," Visant said regarding the draft legislation. "I don't want to live in a world where healthcare professionals are afraid to speak up when they make a mistake while doing their job. That's a dangerous world to live in." Currently, the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, and Tennessee Pharmacists Association are collaborating to draft the legislation, which will likely be presented to the state legislature in the fall. "We've received nothing but positive support from all of the legislators that we have spoken with, including Cameron Sexton, who is the speaker of the state of Tennessee House of Representatives," Visant said. (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/14)
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