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May 24, 2019

Manufacturer News

  • Janssen seeks new indication for INVOKANA
  • VA partners with Microsoft to improve internet connectivity for veterans
  • Government News

  • Measles outbreak continues, spreads to 25th state
  • Senate health committee releases draft legislation that addresses healthcare costs
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Cambridge Health Alliance names Sayah as interim CEO
  • CHS to sell two FL hospitals to Adventist Health Sunbelt Healthcare
  • Memorial Health System to acquire Decatur Memorial Hospital
  • News of the Weird

  • CT police department makes deal with fugitive based on Facebook "likes"
  • Someone breaks into man's home, tidies up
  • Manufacturer News
    Janssen seeks new indication for INVOKANA
    The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies (Raritan, NJ) of Johnson & Johnson announced that the FDA granted Priority Review for the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) to reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), the doubling of serum creatinine, and renal or cardiovascular (CV) death in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). If approved for this new indication, INVOKANA will be the first and only diabetes medicine to treat CKD in patients with T2D.
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    VA partners with Microsoft to improve internet connectivity for veterans
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Microsoft to extend broadband internet connectivity in rural areas to help improve access to services like telemedicine for 4.7 million veterans. The deal is intended to help the VA provide more access to continuous care while improving efficiency. Microsoft also recently donated Xbox controllers to VA rehabilitation centers to support muscle activation and hand-eye coordination for veterans with limited mobility.
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    Government News
    Measles outbreak continues, spreads to 25th state
    The state of Maine recently became the 25th state to report a measles case in 2019. Health officials confirmed the measles infection on May 20, and it was Maine's first case since 2017. According to state CDC officials, the state has one of the lowest vaccination rates among kindergarten-age students. As of May 17, the CDC has confirmed a record 880 measles cases nationwide.
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    Senate health committee releases draft legislation that addresses healthcare costs
    On May 23 the Senate health committee released draft legislation that seeks to improve healthcare price transparency, end surprise medical bills, and lower prescription medication costs. Under the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019, patients would only be responsible for the in-network amount when they receive out-of-network emergency care or non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities. The legislation also offers three options to end surprise medical bills, and makes numerous suggestions for lowering drug prices.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Cambridge Health Alliance names Sayah as interim CEO
    Cambridge Health Alliance (Cambridge, MA) appointed Assaad Sayah, MD to serve as interim CEO, effective June 7, 2019. He replaces Patrick Wardell, who plans to retire in July. Sayah has worked for Cambridge Health Alliance since 2006.
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    CHS to sell two FL hospitals to Adventist Health Sunbelt Healthcare
    Community Health Systems (Franklin, TN) signed definitive agreements to sell 193-bed Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center (Davenport, FL) and 160-bed Lake Wales Medical Center (Lake Wales, FL) to Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare (Altamonte Springs, FL). The transactions are subject to regulatory approvals and are expected to close in Q3 2019.
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    Memorial Health System to acquire Decatur Memorial Hospital
    Memorial Health System (Springfield, IL) will acquire 300-bed Decatur Memorial Hospital (Decatur, IL). The hospital will be the second-largest in Memorial's network. The deal is expected to close on October 1, 2019, pending customary regulatory approvals. Decatur will maintain local governance and leadership who will continue to manage day-to-day operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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    News of the Weird
    CT police department makes deal with fugitive based on Facebook "likes"
    The Torrington, CT police department reached a deal with a fugitive under which he will surrender if 15,000 people "like" his wanted poster on Facebook. The individual in question has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges that range from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child. An expert in police ethics and procedure said the department is using social media to manipulate both the news media and police and that it has no business negotiating a deal with a suspect. The fugitive insists that he will hold up his end of the deal.
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    Someone breaks into man's home, tidies up
    A Marlborough, MA man recently reported that someone broke into his home while he was at work, but nothing was taken. Instead, the intruder tidied up, making beds, vacuuming, scrubbing the toilets, and leaving origami roses on the toilet paper rolls. The man reported the "creepy" experience to police, who have not heard of similar episodes and have no suspects.
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