HIMSS organizers said that they canceled the health technology conference slated to start Monday in Orlando, Florida as the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States rises, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Florida, and Indiana.
- District of Columbia: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges a 2014 Louisiana law that requires providers who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital that is no more than 30 miles from their clinics. The Supreme Court's justices appeared split on the issue, and Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh suggested they do not believe the high court must strike down the Louisiana law solely based on a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar law in Texas. The justices are likely to issue a decision in June (Hurley/Chung, Reuters, 3/4; Sherman, Associated Press, 3/4; Liptak, New York Times, 3/4).
- Indiana: Anthem on Monday completed its acquisition of Beacon Health Options, the largest independent behavioral health organization in the United States. Under the deal, Beacon, which serves more than 36 million patients across the country, will operate as wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem. The acquisition represents a growing trend of payers buying providers, Becker's Payer Issues reports (Haefner, Becker's Payer Issues, 3/3).
- Florida: HIMSS organizers on Thursday announced that they canceled the health technology conference slated to start Monday in Orlando, Florida as the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States rises. The organizers in an email said, "This will be the first time in 58 years the event has been canceled, but it is now clear that cancellation is unavoidable in order to meet HIMSS' obligation to protect the health and safety of the global HIMSS community, employees and local residents, as well as for the healthcare providers tasked with keeping our U.S. and global communities health." President Trump was slated to speak at the conference on interoperability in health care (Farr, CNBC, 3/5).