January 30, 2019

Around the nation: Washington officials declare public health emergency over measles outbreak

Daily Briefing

    So far, state officials have confirmed 35 measles cases, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

    • Maine: Michelle Probert will be the next director of MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, state health officials announced Monday. Probert previously worked as manager of integrated health services at Bath Iron Works, and she served as MaineCare's director of strategic initiatives from 2011 to 2014. Probert will replace outgoing MaineCare director, Stefanie Nadeau, who is set to leave the department on Feb. 14 (AP/Sacramento Bee, 1/28; Lawlor, Portland Press Herald, 1/28).
    • Maryland: CMS has released a new app called "What's Covered" to help Medicare beneficiaries learn more about their benefits. The app allows users to see whether certain items or services are covered under Medicare Part A or Part B and provides a list of preventive services covered by Medicare (Truong, MedCity News, 1/28).
    • Washington: Officials in Washington have declared a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest. So far, 35 cases of measles have been confirmed in the state, mostly among children under the age of 10. People who believe they're infected with measles, should isolated themselves at home, according to Scott Lindquist, a state epidemiologist (Neighmond, NPR, 1/28).

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