HHS on Monday announced that Oregon became the first state to receive federal funding under a new Medicaid-sponsored plan, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, New York, and Oregon.
- District of Columbia: The FBI on Monday issued recommendations to shield medical devices from cyberattacks that can jeopardize health care operations, patient safety, and data privacy and integrity. According to John Riggi, the American Hospital Association's (AHA) national advisor for cybersecurity and risk, "[t]his past June, the AHA issued a letter of support to Congress for pending legislation known as the PATCH Act." He added, "[t]he letter echoed the need for medical device manufacturers to implement increased cybersecurity requirements for medical devices. Cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, often containing outdated legacy technology, have posed a significant cyber risk to hospitals. The pending legislation would require medical device manufacturers to monitor and identify post-market vulnerabilities in a timely manner, develop a plan for coordinated vulnerability disclosure, provide lifetime cybersecurity support of the device and provide an accounting of all software contained in the device, including third party software." (AHA News, 9/12)
- New York: The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Saturday issued a public health alert warning consumers that some ground beef products included in HelloFresh meal kits shipped between July 2 and 21 may contain E. coli. The public health alert includes 10-oz. plastic vacuum-packed packages labeled "GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN/15% FAT" with codes "EST#46841 L1 22 155" or "EST#46841 L5 22 155" on the side of the package. The packages have "EST.46841" printed inside the USDA mark of inspection and on the plastic package. Since the products are no longer available, a recall was not issued. However, any products that may be in consumers' freezers should be thrown away. (Habeshian, Axios, 9/12)
- Oregon: HHS on Monday announced that Oregon became the first state to receive federal aid under a new Medicaid-sponsored plan, which will help the state finance the expansion of mental-health crisis intervention response teams. Under the program, individuals who experience a mental health or substance abuse crisis will be able to connect with a behavioral health specialist. "By mobilizing mental health and substance use professionals to respond to people experiencing mental health or substance use crises, this intervention eases the burden on law enforcement," HHS said. "Prioritizing behavioral health treatment by putting crisis care in reach for more Americans is critical—in Oregon and beyond," said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Becerra encouraged other states to work with HHS to expand these critical services. (AP/Modern Healthcare, 9/12)