Doug Gates of New Horizons OB/GYN in Carbondale, Illinois, delivered his 7,000th baby earlier this month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and Tennessee.
Stillwater Medical Center in Oklahoma hasn't had a hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection since October 2017, Jennifer Thew writes for HealthLeaders Media. Necia Kimber, an infection control practitioner at the hospital, explains the three-step plan they implemented to get there.
Geisinger this month announced two pilot programs with rabbittransit to provide transportation for patients unable to travel to doctor's appointments, in a hope to reduce no-shows—and the programs may eventually include nonclinical, health-related transportation as well.
CMS is proposing exempting states with large Medicaid managed care populations from a 2015 rule that required states to verify that their provider networks meet access to care requirements for certain health care services, including behavioral care, primary care, and pre- and post-natal obstetric care.
NIH Director Francis Collins says he is "taking … very seriously" an inquiry into claims that NIH employees asked industry stakeholders for funding to carry out new research on the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption.
White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley says, "At this point in time," President Trump "does have confidence in [Veterans Affairs Secretary David] Shulkin," despite reports that anonymous Trump administration officials have said Trump intends to fire Shulkin.