- Florida: The two hospitals that treated victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting last year—Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center (OMRC)—would each lose several million dollars in Medicaid funding under Gov. Rick Scott's (R) budget proposal because they do not meet the budget's minimum 67.1 percent ratio of charity care to operating margin, Politico reports. Scott's budget aims to cut hospital funding by about $930 million in the upcoming fiscal year, roughly $300 million of which would come from eliminating additional Medicaid funding allocated to hospitals for providing charity care. According to Politico, under Scott's proposal, Florida Hospital could lose just under $50 million and ORMC could lose nearly $38 million (Sexton, Politico, 2/17).
- Michigan: The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation and PBS have teamed up to launch a new 24/7 children's broadcasting channel in the Detroit area. The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation said it wants to use the channel to teach the community about health and wellness by noting the benefits of preventive care, regular doctor visits, healthy eating, and an active lifestyle. The 24/7 broadcast is intended to increase access to children's programming, which typically airs in the morning. The channel came on air in January and has been picked up by more than 100 local stations (Modern Healthcare, 2/18).
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- Minnesota: A team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has successfully completed a near-total face transplant on a 32-year-old male patient who suffered severe facial damage after sustaining a gunshot wound when he was 21. The surgery took more than 50 hours and was performed last summer. During the procedure, the team worked to restore the patient's nose, upper and lower jaw, palate, teeth, cheeks, facial muscles, oral mucosa, some salivary glands, and skin from the neck to the eyelids. The primary goal of the surgery was to improve motor function and restore anatomy, and a secondary goal was to improve social integration of patients dealing with facial deformities, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality reports (Zimmerman, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 2/20).
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