House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in "fair condition" after undergoing an additional surgery as part of his ongoing recovery from being shot this past June, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
- Maryland: Federal officials have extended Maryland's all-payer Medicare model by one year, with the program now scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2019, instead of Dec. 31, 2018. The model, which launched in 2014, aims to curb Medicare spending in the state by setting regulations governing how much hospitals can charge for services in exchange for the federal government covering a larger portion of Medicare costs. The extension aims to give the state additional time to finalize and win approval for a similar all-payer Medicare system that would cover both inpatient and outpatient services (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/9).
- Pennsylvania/New Jersey: Princeton HealthCare System in New Jersey has joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Princeton HealthCare operates the 319-bed University Medical Center of Princeton, 110-bed Princeton House Behavioral Health facility, as well as a home care division and a physician network (George, Philadelphia Business Journal, 1/9).
- Washington, D.C.: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in "fair condition" after undergoing an additional, planned surgery as part of his ongoing recovery from being shot this past June, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Scalise suffered serious internal organ damage after he was shot when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball game (Connolly, "PowerPost," Washington Post, 1/11).
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