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December 1, 2022

Around the nation: Twitter lifts its Covid-19 misinformation policy

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    Twitter last week announced that it "is no longer enforcing the Covid-19 misleading information policy," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kentucky, and Ohio.

    • California: Twitter last week announced that it will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misinformation policy, marking the latest change since Elon Musk acquired the social media platform earlier this year. "Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the Covid-19 misleading information policy," according to Twitter's website. Twitter initially implemented its Covid-19 misinformation policy in 2020. Under the policy, the platform deleted tweets that circulated unproven treatments and spread misinformation about safety measures. In 2021, Twitter began labeling tweets that contained potentially misleading information, and implemented a strike system that could result in permanent account suspension. From January 2020 to September 2022, Twitter said it suspended over 11,000 accounts for violating its Covid-19 misinformation policy and deleted over 100,000 pieces of content that violated the policy. (Saric, Axios, 11/29)
    • Kentucky: Humana on Tuesday announced that it will close most of its SeniorBridge home care facilities by the end of 2022. In 2012, Humana acquired SeniorBridge to help the company serve the aging population. However, the company is now transitioning away from home care as part of its reorganization, which places an emphasis on the Medicare Advantage business and cost cutting. Currently, SeniorBridge operates at 23 centers across nine states. The facilities in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia will close, and seven facilities in New York will remain in operation "until further notice," according to a Humana spokesperson. "We introduced a $1 billion value creation initiative earlier this year to increase our investment in our Medicare Advantage products and achieve greater organizational efficiencies that better meet the needs of our evolving business," the spokesperson said. (Berryman, Modern Healthcare, 11/29)
    • Ohio: Former MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros on Monday filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas over what he claims are "multiple violations of Ohio's Open Meetings Act" and the health system's board of trustees bylaws by the board and its chair, Vanessa Whiting. Last week, MetroHealth's board announced Boutros had been fired, adding that he paid himself over $1.9 million in unauthorized bonuses over four years. Boutros, who has denied the health system's allegations, said the board authorized all bonuses. "We're disappointed, though not surprised, that Dr. Boutros has filed a lawsuit. His allegations are little more than a distraction from these fundamental facts: That he awarded himself nearly $2 million in bonuses without proper review or authorization and that he concealed those payments from MetroHealth's trustees and the public," Whiting said. (Suttell/Palmer, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 11/28)

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