August 5, 2019

Around the nation: Regulators say UNC Children's meets federal rules after NYT piece sparked questions

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    UNC Children's on Thursday said it did not have additional comments but previously has said that the concerns the New York Times covered in an article in May stemmed from "a dysfunctional group" in 2016 and that the hospital now has a different team, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New York, North Carolina, and Texas.

    • New York: Health care spending on people in New York who get health insurance through their employer was higher than the national average, according to a report released Tuesday by the New York State Health Foundation and the Health Care Cost Institute. Per-person spending in the state was $6,335 in 2017 in New York, compared with $5,641 nationally. The annual average rate of growth was also higher than the national average. Per-person spending between 2013 and 2017 in New York grew at 6.2% annually, compared with 3.9% nationally. The spending increase is due to rising prices of doctor visits, inpatient services, and prescription drugs, according to the report (West, Wall Street Journal, 7/30).

    • North Carolina: UNC Children's Hospital pediatric heart surgery program is in compliance with federal rules, according to a regulatory investigation launched following a New York Times report in which department heads and an administrator about three years ago raised quality concerns about the program. Regulators noted that the hospital has changed significantly since doctors and hospital leaders voiced the concerns covered in the Times article. UNC Children's previously has said that the concerns stemmed from "a dysfunctional group" in 2016 and that the hospital has a different team today. The hospital on Thursday declined to offer additional comments in light of the investigation's findings (Gabler, New York Times, 8/1).

    • Texas: CHI St. Joseph Health announced Wednesday that College Station Medical Center will be renamed CHI St. Joseph Health- College Station Hospital following St. Joseph Health's acquisition of the medical center. The acquisition will allow the organizations to expand services and increase care access for patients in Brazos Valley. Together, the organization will have more than 50 care locations (Surette, KBTX, 7/31).

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