September 21, 2012
By Amy Kaufman*
Boston Children's Hospital to Cut Jobs
Boston White Coat News (9/19) reports that forty-five workers at Boston Children's Hospital (Children's) will lose their jobs as part of the hospital's effort to decrease its costs in response to market pressures. According to a memo that Children's Chief Executive James Mandell and President Sandra Fenwick sent to hospital employees, approximately 255 positions will be cut in total. Children's, which posted a profit of $82 million in fiscal year 2011, has been identified by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley as one of the most expensive hospitals in the state.
States Work to Standardize Licensing Requirements
American Medical News (9/17) reports that states are working to standardize medical licensing requirements to make it easier for physicians seeking to practice in more than one state. For instance, nine Midwestern states have partnered in a pilot project intended to reduce burdens on physicians and expand access to healthcare. Organizations such as the American Medical Association and the Federation of State Medical Boards are supportive of such efforts.
Kentucky Hospital Could Have a Prospective Buyer by Year's End
Modern Healthcare (9/20) reports that University of Louisville Hospital could have a new prospective buyer by the end of the year. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway blocked a proposed deal between the safety net facility and Catholic Health Initiative (CHI) earlier this year "because of concerns that CHI would have control of University of Louisville Hospital, a publicly funded asset." Members of the public also opposed the deal due to concerns about how reproductive services might be affected "by the new Catholic presence." (Note: registration is required to access this article.)
Buffalo Hospital Becomes a Teaching Hospital
The Buffalo News (9/17) reports that United Memorial Medical Center is "expanding its role in medical education by becoming a 'teaching hospital' for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Family Medicine Residency Program." The program will accept four residents per class year.
*We would like to thank Amy E. Kaufman, Esquire (Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.