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New Alaska health scorecards reveal mixed progress

| Sep 8, 2016 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Thursday released its 2016 Healthy Alaskans 2020 scorecards, which offer the newest look at how the state is progressing toward reaching 25 health goals by the end of the decade. The initiative — led jointly by DHSS and the Alaska...[ Read More ]

Washington announces $14M for new psychiatric facilities

| Sep 2, 2016 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce on Thursday announced more than $14 million in new funding for 11 health care providers to build additional psychiatric facilities for short-term inpatient services and state mental hospital diversion. The state’s investment will be matched with $14.6 million in other funding sources, Commerce said....[ Read More ]

Breakdown in Maui hospital talks leads to bed closures

| Sep 1, 2016 | Hawaii

Hawaii Health Systems, Inc. is enacting phased closures of beds and potential hospital services following a weekend breakdown in negotiations between the state and the Hawaii Government Employees Association, Maui News New reported on Wednesday. The bed closures will result in a decreased capacity to provide critical services, according to...[ Read More ]

Alaska receives $3M in grants to fight opioid crisis

| Sep 1, 2016 | Alaska

After a busy month on the opioid front that featured a visit from the U.S. Surgeon General and new prescription rules for pharmacists, the Alaska Department of Health and Social and Services on Thursday announced the receipt of three federal multi-year grants totaling nearly $3 million toward the prevention and...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Biotech receives $600K grant to fight chikungunya

| Aug 31, 2016 | Hawaii

Honolulu-based Hawaii Biotech, Inc. has been awarded a $600,000 federal grant to develop a vaccine to protect against infection caused by the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, an illness transmitted by the same species of mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Chikungunya causes fever and joint pain, and other symptoms include headaches, muscle...[ Read More ]

California rural hospital bill nears final vote

| Aug 30, 2016 | California

After passing the California Assembly and Senate, a bill to help rural hospitals recruit and retain physicians is headed back to assemblymembers once more for a concurrence vote with one day left in the legislative session. The bill would permit critical access hospitals (CAHs) to directly employ physicians, a practice...[ Read More ]

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