Overcrowding forces Tennessee VA clinic to stop accepting new patients | National Public Radio
It's been nearly two years since the Veterans Affairs Department came under fire for the amount of time veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The agency scrambled to find a fix, including allowing vets the option of seeing a private doctor via a program they call Veterans Choice. But the fix isn't working, so some VA clinics are coming up with other ideas to reduce wait times. In the city of Clarksville, Tenn., the VA clinic decided it simply couldn't take any new patients.
Vermont's healthcare reform team plans to submit a best and final offer to the federal government as part of its negotiations to set up an all-payer model in the state. The Green Mountain Care Board and governor's Office of Health Care Reform both said Wednesday that the best and final offer would be the next step in the negotiations with the CMS.
Practices at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the hospital where cutting-edge medical research is conducted, require sweeping reform to better protect patient safety, a task force appointed by the agency reported Thursday.
Maine governor vetoes bill aimed at increasing access to overdose antidote | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would allow pharmacists to dispense an anti-overdose drug without a prescription, saying that allowing addicts to keep naloxone on hand “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”
Kansas panels approve extra $17M for state mental hospitals | Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World
Two Kansas legislative committees Thursday approved Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to provide an additional $17 million to the state's two mental hospitals, partly for employee pay raises and to offset lost federal funds.
Intuitive Surgical settles litigation over robotic arms | (San Jose, Calif.) Mercury News
With a jury weighing its alleged liability, Intuitive Surgical on Wednesday settled a lawsuit brought by a Placer County. Calif., woman who blamed severe internal injuries suffered during a hysterectomy seven years ago on an early generation of the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's robotic arms.