American Hospital Association EVP Tom Nickels expressed disappointment at the news, saying, "The 340B ceiling price and civil monetary penalties rule were intended to shine needed light on drug manufacturer price increases and hold drug manufacturers accountable for price overcharging."
Tanya Porter, a nurse in the critical care department at Madigan Army Medical Center, received the Army Award for Valor for aiding the victims of the Amtrak derailment that occurred in DuPont last year, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Washington.
The Better Health Partnership, a health improvement collaborative operating in the Cleveland area, generated almost $40 million in savings and reduced hospitalizations by nearly 6,000 from 2009 to 2014 by focusing on primary care, John Commins writes for HealthLeaders Media.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma says, "The scorecard will be used to track and display progress being made throughout and across the Medicaid and CHIP programs, so others can learn from the successes of high-performing states."
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco, are investigating a new fetal therapy that could be a game changer for treating prenatal disorders—like the one doctors detected in Eliana Constantino when her mother was 18 weeks pregnant, Denise Grady reports for the New York Times.
Registered nurses in California earn the highest average annual salary at $102,700 a year, while nurses in South Dakota earned the lowest at $57,010 a year, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See how your state stacked up on our interactive map.
In announcing the voluntary suspension, Doug Lawson, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, which owns St. Luke's, said, "The hospital will use the time to complete a medical review of two recent mortalities in the heart transplant program, while continuing its clinical assessment of the program and recruitment of additional surgical and clinical expertise."