February 19, 2020

Around the nation: After 21 years, this man is saying goodbye to his nurses

Daily Briefing

    T.J. Redding has been going to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital once a week for 21 years to receive life-saving infusions to combat his immunodeficiency, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Indiana, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

    • Florida: T.J. Redding has been going to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital once a week for 21 years to receive life-saving infusions to combat his immunodeficiency, but recently—on his 21st birthday—Redding received his final infusion at the hospital. According to WFTS' Sean Daly, Redding has "aged out of pediatric care and is now receiving treatments at home." But the transition was bittersweet, as Redding had formed a relationship with the nurses who'd administered his treatment for so many years. Leslie Robilio, one of Redding's nurses at the children's hospital, said, "I've watched him grow up from a little kid running around here like a maniac into an amazing young man" (Daly, WFTS, 2/17).

    • Indiana: Indiana on Friday asked CMS to extend a waiver that authorizes the state's Medicaid program, called the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), for 10 years to 2030. HIP currently covers about 570,000 able-bodied, low-income adults with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level. Indiana in the request is seeking a few changes around beneficiary contributions and copayments, but is not altering its plan to implement work requirements under the program. Indiana's requirements currently are being challenged in court (Cirruzzo, Inside Health Policy, 2/14 [subscription required]).

    • Maryland/Pennsylvania: UPMC on Thursday announced that it will invest $90 million over five years into UPMC Western Maryland in an effort to improve services and facilities at the hospital, which was formed through a merger between UPMC and Western Maryland Health System. UPMC Western Maryland President Barry Rona said, "We've been talking for a long time now about how this integration would strengthen our abilities and opportunities to provide world-class care [in Western Maryland]. Now, we can actually begin doing that" (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 2/14).
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