“Arguing that a Florida Supreme Court ruling ‘undermines’ a federal patient-safety law, a Jacksonville hospital system is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a legal battle about the disclosure of medical records,” WJCT News reports. “The case could have implications for medical-malpractice lawsuits across Florida and deals with interplay between a 2005 federal patient-safety law and a 2004 Florida constitutional amendment that was designed to expand access to health-care providers’ records in malpractice cases.”
“Houston Methodist is preparing to open its new hospital in The Woodlands following a three-year, $328 million construction timeline,” according to Houston Business Journal. Expected to open July 1, the 470,000 square feet hospital has tapped Woodlands health care exec Debbie Sukin as the hospital’s CEO.
“San Francisco-based Dignity Health published a 52-page manual on its Human Trafficking Response Program, including internal victim response procedures, to help other hospitals and health systems establish similar programs,” reports Becker’s Hospital Review. “The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 7,500 tips of human trafficking in 2016 alone, up from 5,500 in 2015. A study in the Annals of Health Law found nearly 88 percent of sex trafficking survivors reported having some form of contact with healthcare professionals while they were trafficked. Dignity Health launched its HTR Program in 2014 across the system to educate staff, implement protocols and strengthen communities against human trafficking.”
“Catholic Health Initiatives has appointed Matt Grimshaw as market chief executive officer of its affiliate CHI Trinity Health System,” according to Modern Healthcare. “Grimshaw, 42, will begin leading the not-for-profit Steubenville, Ohio-based system on July 31, taking over from interim CEO Joseph Tasse. The CHI Trinity employs more than 230 physicians in its network. Grimshaw has served as the west region president of CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston, N.D., since March.”
“Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health reported operating income before adjustments of $201.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal year 2017, up from $77.6 million in the same period a year prior, according to unaudited financial documents,” reports Becker’s Healthcare. The nonprofit 93-hospital system attributes “the change [in operating margin] to increases in patient volume and improvements in service mix, payment rates, length of stay and productivity.” The system attributes increase in revenue to “volume growth and improved payment rates and service mix.”