A rural Canadian hospital is looking to telemedicine to keep its ER open 24 hours a day. It’s a business plan being adopted by small and large health systems across North America.
Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) has cut the price of a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc’s (IPXL.O) emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV’s (MYL.O) controversial EpiPen.
Mylan, which has been lambasted by consumers and lawmakers for raising EpiPen prices six-fold in less than a decade, said last month it would start selling a generic version of EpiPen for $300 per two-pack, a more than 50 percent discount.
CVS’s move comes after health insurer Cigna Corp (CI.N) revised its coverage list to include the generic version of Epipen instead of the branded version.
From the American College of Emergency Physicians:
What is the magnitude of the problem and why should we care?
There is significant stress to emergency department staff, and to medical patients who seek treatment in the emergency care system, if the emergency department is a site of frequent violence. This risk also increases the difficulty of recruiting and retaining highly qualified personnel. Patients with medical emergencies deserve a place of care that is free of physical dangers from other patients, and care from staff that is not distracted by individuals with behavioral or substance-induced violent behavior.
From the Post:
Over the objections of many doctors and their powerful advocacy groups, states are moving to force physicians to check on patients’ narcotic purchasing habits, one of the more effective ways of curbing opioid abuse as the deadly drug epidemic continues.
Eighteen states have adopted comprehensive mandates in the past four years requiring doctors who prescribe opioids and other controlled substances to check databases that show whether their patients are getting drugs elsewhere. About 13 other states have weaker mandates that cover more limited circumstances, according to a recent review by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Brandeis University.
From Commercial News:
Presence PRO Ambulance announced the launch of the Physician Response Vehicle for the Champaign-Urbana and Danville area communities on Thursday.
The vehicle will rapidly provide a licensed medical doctor for high acuity, trauma or mass injury calls, supplementing first-response medical technicians with greater medical expertise at the emergency site.
Presence Regional EMS Medical Director Kurt Bloomstrand, M.D., has been responding to calls since March 2016. Now, with a dedicated and specially-outfitted emergency medical vehicle, he will be able to respond more immediately; supported by a greater selection of emergency medical equipment and supplies.
From Bloomberg (Hat Tip: Dr. Butts):
Hospitals have been disappearing as government pressure to drive down costs moved care to standalone units, doctors’ offices and even patients’ homes. Now, with the election of Donald Trump and his promise to repeal Obamacare, they find themselves more vulnerable than any other health-care providers to the major disruptions ahead, as they could lose government funds and face an increase of uninsured or less-profitable patients.
“It’s been a very tough environment for hospitals,” said Jason McGorman, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst. “They have to get into other areas and businesses to free up cash and generate better margins than inpatient care, which has become a slow-growth business.”
From the Review:
A man walked in through ambulance bay in at a hospital in Grand Forks on Thursday, pulled a gun and shot himself in the head, said the president of the B.C. Nurses Union.
Speaking at a news conference Friday in Burnaby, Gayle Duteil said the man was airlifted from Boundary District Hospital to a hospital in Vancouver.