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October 18, 2022

Around the nation: Abbott recalls certain baby formula products over potential spoilage

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    Abbott Nutrition is recalling certain lots of its baby formula products due to potential spoilage, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and Illinois.

    • District of Columbia: The Treasury Department last week issued a finalized rule to fix the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prevented some low-income families from receiving financial assistance on marketplace plans. Under the new rule, eligibility for families will be considered using the total cost of a family health plan under an employer, instead of an individual plan, which will open up ACA subsidies to more people. "Today's action resolves a flaw in prior ACA regulations to bring more affordable coverage to about one million Americans," said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. "Our goal is simple: leave no one behind, and give everyone the peace of mind that comes with health insurance." According to Market Watch, the rule will go into effect when the 2023 open enrollment period for the ACA marketplace begins on Nov. 1. (AP/Modern Healthcare, 10/11; Laise, Market Watch, 10/11; King, Fierce Healthcare, 10/11; AHA News, 10/11)
    • Illinois: Abbott Nutrition on Friday announced that it is recalling certain lots of ready-to-feed liquid baby products, including several Similac baby formulas, due to potential spoilage. According to Axios, the recall affects bottles that were manufactured at one of the company's facilities in Columbus, Ohio, and distributed to hospitals, doctor's offices, and some retailers. "These products are being recalled because a small percentage of bottles (less than 1%) in the recalled lots have bottle caps that may not have sealed completely, which could result in spoilage," Abbott said. "If spoiled product is consumed, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting may occur." Overall, the company said the recall "equates to less than one day's worth of the total number of ounces of infant formula fed in the U.S. and is not expected to impact the overall U.S. infant formula supply." (Tyko, Axios, 10/14)
    • Illinois: Fawn Lopez, publisher and VP of Modern Healthcare, announced that she will retire from the publication on Jan. 1, 2023. Lopez initially joined Modern Healthcare as an associate publisher in October 2001 and has led the publication as its publisher and vice president since May 2005. "It's been both a privilege and an honor to lead a revolution in how the healthcare industry has received timely and unbiased business and policy news as well as groundbreaking research and data insights," Lopez said. "Over the past 21 years, our mission has been to empower industry leaders to succeed. While Modern Healthcare quickly adapted to the ever-changing standards of a news publication and media brand, our commitment to this mission never wavered." While the company searches for Lopez's successor, KC Crain, president and CEO of Crain Communications, which owns Modern Healthcare, will serve as interim publisher. Lopez will also be involved in the leadership transition and said she plans to remain involved with the companies through special projects. (Modern Healthcare, 10/15)

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