Mistreatment’s effect on surgical residents • OSF’s social determinants focus • MetroSouth repurposing proposed

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STUDY SHOWS DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT IMPACT ON RESIDENTS: Women surgical residents report more signs of burnout and suicidal thoughts than their male counterparts and well over half say they’ve been victims of gender discrimination, according to a survey conducted by Northwestern Medicine researchers. The survey of 7,400 surgical residents in the U.S. showed that both female and male residents were at risk for burnout, and that mistreatment might contribute to that, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition, residents had a higher incidence of suicidal thoughts than the general population, according to the study. While the overall percentage of people who have experienced suicidal thoughts in a given year is about 2.5 percent, 5.3 percent of women surgical residents and 3.9 percent of male surgical residents reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year, the study said. 

“This is a pretty high percentage of people experiencing mistreatment, and this is detrimental to the development of emotionally healthy surgeons who function effectively. We need them to get the best training to become great doctors,” lead author Dr. Karl Bilimoria said in a statement. 

OSF INVESTS IN SOCIAL DETERMINANTS COMPANY: OSF Ventures is investing in technology startup Socially Determined and will use its data analytics to identify patients who face barriers to better health, the Peoria-based investment arm of OSF Healthcare said in a statement. A health system spokesperson said OSF will use social determinants of health care to evaluate the social risks facing patients at its latest merger partner, Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Those risks may be different from those of patients in the mostly rural communities the system serves at other hospitals, the spokesperson said. 

Dr. Sarah de Ramirez, vice president and chief medical officer for Clinical Innovation at OSF HealthCare said in the statement that Socially Determined will eventually help predict socially vulnerable patients for possible intervention before they face a crisis that could significantly impact their health. 

STATE HOUSE APPROVES METROSOUTH REPURPOSE BILL: State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, has introduced legislation that would allow the recently shuttered MetroSouth Medical Center to reopen as a freestanding emergency center and ensure a properly licensed health care provider could access $7.8 million in state money already allocated to MetroSouth as part of the state’s program to help hospitals transition to different facilities, according to a statement from Rita’s office. The Illinois House voted 74-35 to support the bill, which now moves to the state Senate when the veto session resumes Nov. 12. The statement said Rita is in talks with medical providers about the prospect of repurposing MetroSouth.

HCSC ACCUSED OF DENYING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE: Health Care Service Corp., the parent company of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois and plans in four other states, is unlawfully denying behavioral health benefits to members in violation of generally accepted medical standards, according to a lawsuit seeking class-action status, Modern Healthcare reports. The complaint, filed yesterday, accuses Chicago-based HCSC of denying coverage last year to a young Chicago-area woman suffering from depression, substance use disorder and borderline personality, based on faulty guidelines issued by MCG Health in Seattle. It claims HCSC breached its fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in administering self-insured employer health plans and violated plan terms.

INDIANA HALTS MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT: Indiana’s Medicaid program said yesterday it will postpone implementing its work requirement and other proposed changes to its Gateway to Work program until a federal court decides whether parts of the program and its Healthy Indiana Program violate the stated purpose of Medicaid, Modern Healthcare reports.

BLUES PLAN LAUNCHES UNINSURED EDUCATION CAMPAIGN: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois is launching Be Covered, a campaign aimed at removing barriers to health insurance enrollment in advance of the open enrollment period. 

"In our state, nearly 900 thousand people are uninsured, yet more than 63 percent of them qualify for financial assistance," Steve Hamman, president of the insurer, said in a statement. "We have an opportunity to educate and to help people get health coverage, whether or not it’s with Blue Cross. We want more people in our communities to have the peace of mind that comes with having quality, affordable health care." 

The campaign will help uninsured and underinsured populations understand the benefits of enrollment and identify subsidy eligibility options through the website BeCovered.org, the statement said. 

ASSOCIATIONS SEEK MORE VAPING REGULATION: The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians want more e-cigarette regulation because they’re worried about the short- and long-term health consequences of vaping, especially for children. They asked Congress and the administration to ban flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol flavors, and raise the national age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, Modern Healthcare reports.

PHARMA LOGISTICS BUYS RETURNS DIVISION OF STERICYCLE: Pharma Logistics said in a statement that it will handle customer returns for Lake Forest-based Stericycle. The Libertyville-based logistics company purchased Stericycle’s reverse distribution division. Terms were not released. 

“Proper pharmaceutical disposal is an important environmental and social concern today. As a company exclusively focused on pharmaceutical reverse distribution, we are confident that Pharma Logistics will provide safe and compliant services to customers,” Stericycle CEO Cindy Miller said in the statement. 

GOTTLIEB JOINS TEMPUS BOARD: Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has joined the board of Chicago-based health care artificial intelligence company Tempus. "Scott is both a physician and public policy expert, which gives him a unique perspective on both patient care and the health care ecosystem at large,” Tempus founder and CEO Eric Lefkofsky said in a statement.  

OUTCOME HEALTH SETTLES WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Outcome Health has agreed to a $70 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to settle a fraud scheme that hobbled the once-high-flying startup. Outcome, which sold advertising to pharmaceutical companies on a network of TV screens in doctors’ offices, admitted to defrauding advertisers by selling inventory that it did not have, the Justice Department said. While the company has settled with the Justice Department, the federal investigation is ongoing. READ MORE. 

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:  

• Loyola University Chicago appointed Dr. Elaine H. Morrato founding dean of its new Parkinson School of Health Sciences & Public Health, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Morrato was most recently associate dean for public health practice at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

• Chicago-based health care advisory company Chartis Group named Dr. Roger Ray physician consulting director. Ray was most recently executive vice president and chief physician executive at Atrium Health. 

DuPage Medical Group has added physicians in several specialties.
Orthopaedics:
• Dr. Ivan Eck, an orthopaedic surgeon, will see pediatric and adult patients in Oak Lawn.
 Dr. Shawn Patel, specialist in sports medicine, will see pediatric and adult patients in Lockport.
• Dr. Brian Toolan, an orthopaedic surgeon, will see pediatric and adult patients in Lockport.
• Dr. Brian Ward, specialist in sports medicine, will see pediatric and adult patients in Elmhurst and Westmont. 

Otolaryngology:
 Dr. Kevin Casey will see pediatric and adult patients in Joliet and Naperville. 

Palliative care:
• Dr. Saud Siddiqui will see patients in Lisle. 

Pediatrics:
• Dr. Sharon Hovey will see patients in Plainfield. 

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via Crain’s Chicago Business

November 2, 2019 at 08:14AM

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