Bill would test opioid alternatives in emergency departments

From the Register-Herald:

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have introduced legislation to help boost hospitals’ resources in the fight against opioid addiction.

The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. The legislation also provides grant funding to implement these programs.

 Following the completion of the program, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would submit a report to Congress on its results and issue recommendations for broader implementation.

BJC HealthCare exposes 33k patient’s PHI

From Becker’s:

BJC HealthCare in St. Louis notified 33,420 patients a data server configuration error exposed stored scans of certain documents on the internet without the appropriate security controls from May 9, 2017, to Jan. 23, 2018, a hospital spokesperson confirmed to Becker’s Hospital Review.

Hospital officials discovered the exposure during an internal security scan and immediately reconfigured the server to the correct setting. According to the hospital’s investigation, no personal data was actually accessed.

The scanned documents on the server included copies of patient driver’s licenses, insurance cards and treatment-related documents collected during hospital visits between 2003 and 2009

Judge shoots down union attempt to roll back hospital’s flu shot policy

From Becker’s:

A judge ruled in favor of Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital after nurses challenged the hospital’s flu shot policy, according to The Boston Globe.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Anthony Campo dismissed a lawsuit from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents about 3,400 Brigham nurses, according to the report.

In his ruling, the judge said nurses did not have the legal standing to file a lawsuit questioning the legality of the flu shot policy, reports The Boston Globe.