California had just weeks to get a program that used medication to treat opioid use disorder up and running after receiving $90 million in federal grants in 2017. So officials found a model that was already working in Vermont, and supersized it to fit the sprawling state. (Politico)
Becker’s Hospital Review recently published its 2019 edition of the “100 hospital and health system CIOs to know” list. It features some of the most impressive health IT leaders from around the country dedicated to advancements and innovation in the industry. Tahoe Forest Health System’s Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Jake Dorst, has been honored with this recognition. (Tahoe Forest Health System)
Dignity Health announced Thursday it is distributing $1.05 million this year to dozens of community-based organizations in Nevada, Sacramento and Yolo counties to help meet community health needs outside its hospital walls.
The grants are going toward assisting the most vulnerable residents of the region: at-risk children, survivors of human and labor trafficking, individuals living with mental illness and dementia, the homeless and ethnic groups with high rates of chronic disease. (The Sacramento Bee)
More than 30 hospitals across California, many in rural areas, will soon be able to treat patients for opioid withdrawal on the spot.
The state chose the hospitals for a federally-funded program that trains doctors on medication-assisted treatment. It’s a way of easing opioid withdrawal symptoms by giving someone a less addictive painkiller. (Capital Public Radio)
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