California officials on Wednesday announced the state would ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a commonly used pesticide that research has shown is linked to lower birth weights, lower IQs, and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Colorado, and Indiana.
- California: California officials on Wednesday announced the state would ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a commonly-used pesticide that research has shown it is linked to lower birth weights, lower IQs, and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children. California citrus farmers, which oppose the ban, said the move would increase the risk of disease outbreaks among their crops, and the California Farm Bureau Federation warned that the change could cause the price of food in the state to rise (Ibarra, Kaiser Health News, 5/9).
- Colorado: St. Thomas More Hospital has named Kristi Olson as CEO. Olson has served as the hospital's interim CEO since January and previously served as SVP of operations at Centura Health's Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/9).
- Indiana: Federal prosecutors have charged two people who are allegedly part of a China-based hacking group with targeting U.S. businesses, including Anthem in a 2015 breach that compromised the personal health information of almost 79 million people. As a result of the breach, Anthem agreed to pay a $16 million settlement, the largest HIPAA settlement ever collected by HHS' Office for Civil Rights (Kim Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 5/9).
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