Modern Healthcare Staff
John N. Frank
First McDonald's and then Costco this week announced each would no longer source poultry that had been given antibiotics also used in human healthcare. The announcement represents a seismic shift that could have major positive benefits for healthcare.
With a massive snowstorm set to hit the East Coast, New York and Boston healthcare providers were asking staff to stay at facilities overnight, stockpiling supplies, postponing elective surgeries and asking pregnant patients to come in early to be at hospitals when the worst of the storm hits.
Being a health tech wunderkind has its advantages, like being able to host wacky parties while saying it's all about creating a new healthcare IT paradigm, the way CEO Jonathan Bush does for his company, Athenahealth. But there's also a downside that Bush is discovering.
Healthcare spending rose a revised 4.6% on an annualized basis in the third quarter when compared to the second quarter, which recorded a 4% rise when compared with the first, a sign consumers may have started spending more for healthcare, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday.
Last-minute congressional budget bills are normally Christmas tree measures full of goodies for all sorts of special interests. The budget measure Congress approved this weekend was no exception. In it, the food industry and local school districts got a special gift that likely will impact the health of many Americans and, in the long run, affect how much they need to spend on healthcare.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit postponed arguments in Halbig v. Burwell in light of the Supreme Court's decision to take up whether people who bought coverage from a federally run marketplace qualify for subsidies.
U.S. healthcare workers who volunteer to join the fight in Africa against Ebola have a new question to ask themselves these days: How would they feel about a 21-day quarantine when they get back home? Two healthcare workers on opposite sides of the country are answering that question very differently right now. In Maine, feisty nurse Kaci Hickox is refusing to abide by a state request that she self-quarantine herself for 21 days. Hickox was initially kept in a tent outside a New Jersey hospital after returning through Newark Airport from a stint volunteering in Sierra Leone. She's hired an attorney and threatened to sue first New Jersey, and now Maine, to be able to resume her normal daily life.
Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts, will be leaving that position next year to join not-for-profit medical services provider Partners in Health as its new CEO, Partners HealthCare confirmed Saturday.