Officials at Carthage Area Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center said the partnership will help the hospitals save money and increase revenue, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kentucky, and New York.
- California: NIH has awarded more than $28 million in grants to the University of California Los Angeles to fund two studies on telehealth treatments for opioid addiction in rural America. NIH will distribute the grants over five years as part of its Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative. The first study will look at how telemedicine solves treatment barriers across more than 40 primary care clinics in the United States and the second study will investigate whether text messaging can help patients adhere to their opioid treatment medication (Drees, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/27).
- Kentucky: Sarah Robinson, a pediatric care nurse, is running a startup called "Southern Scrunch" to help children with cancer. The company sells headbands and scrunchies, and for every accessory purchased, one is donated to a child with cancer. "Just to be able to give them a little something that brings a smile to their face, that's pretty cool to me," Robinson said (Springer, WDRB, 9/29).
- New York: Carthage Area Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center have announced plans to affiliate and share a CEO as a way to save money and increase revenue. Rich Duvall, CEO of Carthage Area Hospital, will also serve as CEO of Claxton-Hepburn beginning Oct. 15. Officials said the new partnership will not disrupt Carthage Area Hospital's plans to build a new campus. (Cole, 7 News, 9/26).