> Employees of Sheehan Health Network in Buffalo, N.Y., say their paychecks bounced when the institution did not have enough funds to cover the entire payroll, including the CEO's compensation, reports WIVB. Sheehan Health faces reduced reimbursements and vendor debt. Report
> The Arkansas Department of Health Services replaced leadership at Arkansas State Hospital after a hospital for the criminally insane reportedly failed to comply with Medicare's Conditions of Participation. Surveyors found problems with treatment plans that placed patients in jeopardy, reports Arkansas News. As a result, State Hospital Administrator Charles Smith and Director of Behavioral Health David Laffoon resigned. Article
> Vail (Colo.) Valley Medical Center laid off 22 workers last week, due to budget concerns including reduced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and fewer births. In addition, senior staff will face salary cuts and a minimum of one-week unpaid time off, reports Vail Daily. Article
> Baptist Health System in San Antonio is opening up four new emergency hospitals in Alamo City, providing greater access to emergency care. Unlike urgent care facilities, Baptist Health emergency hospitals will be open 24/7 throughout the year. Press release.
> Hoboken (N.J.) Mayor Dawn Zimmer is seeking support to privatize Hoboken University Medical Center after the Municipal Hospital Authority vetoed to transfer ownership to HUMC Holdco LLC for $91.7 million. Critics worry that privatization will diminish patient care and turn the community hospital into a business model, reports NJ.com. Article
And Finally... What would do you for a drink? A patient gets drunk on hospital hand sanitizer. Article