Two more clinicians are expected to give birth early this year, according to CNN, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
- California: Federal District Judge David Carter on Monday granted a preliminary injunction to block a California law that restricts commercial health plans' payments to dialysis providers to no higher than Medicare rates. The law also requires the nonprofit American Kidney Fund's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP)—which is funded by dialysis providers and provides assistance to patients on dialysis—to disclose the names of patients and the providers that funded patients' health insurance premiums. The state originally passed the law in 2019 to prevent dialysis clinics from pushing patients to enroll in health insurance with higher provider reimbursement rates. In his ruling, Carter wrote that "thousands of California HIPP recipients—who number among the poorest and most medically vulnerable of all Californians—may not be able to afford the dialysis treatments that keep them alive" if the law is allowed to take effect (AP/Modern Healthcare, 12/31/19; Healio, 1/2).
- Pennsylvania: Fifteen nurses and two doctors from the labor and delivery ward at Einstein Medical Center in East Norriton Township gave birth in 2019—and two more are expected to give birth this month, CNN reports. Some of the nurses delivered at their own hospital. Abby Deardorff, a postpartum nurse at the ward who gave birth to her third child in January 2019, said there was no reason for the number of birth among staff. "Obviously, we like babies," she said (Sturla, CNN, 12/24/19).
- Virginia: Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Mercy Health have announced that they will increase the wages of their lowest paid workers to $15 per hour by 2022. The hospital systems are joining other health care employers across the country that have pledged to increase wage, according to the Associated Press. The increase will amount to about $31,000 a year for workers (AP/NBC12, 1/1).