LGBT rights groups the Human Rights Campaign and the Tennessee Equality Project are stepping up pressure on Tennessee hospitals to review their visitation policies. The call comes following an incident (since resolved) at Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, where a woman was not allowed to visit her partner, who is a patient at the facility, because she was not a legal spouse or a family member.
This flies in the face of recent patient rights regulations:
The regulations require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs – virtually every hospital in the country – to permit patients to designate visitors of their choosing and prohibit discrimination in visitation based on a number of factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
In light of the incident, the groups are calling on Tennessee hospitals to participate in the HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index survey, which can be found here. A more complete report on the incident and its eventual outcome can be found here.
Corporate litigation shop Bronstein Gewirtz & Grossman is investigating potential claims on behalf of BioMimetic Therapeutics shareholders concerning whether the Franklin-based biotech company and its officers/directors violated federal securities laws between May 10, 2008, and May 10, 2011.
Shares of BioMimetic (Ticker: BMTI) closed at $5.43 on Monday.
Franklin software firm PureSafety has landed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen as the keynote speaker at its second annual user conference.
The event, scheduled for Sept. 13-16 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, will "update health and safety professionals and similar business leaders on the latest advances in software solutions, the evolving compliance environment, market factors impacting the industry, and new approaches to workforce health and safety that can improve any business’ performance."
Bredesen is set to talk health care.
Community Health Systems' executives and directors are facing yet another lawsuit related to the allegations brought against the company by Tenet Healthcare in April. Yesterday the Pipefitters Local Union 630 Pension Annuity Trust Fund filed suit in District Court against the Franklin-based company's leaders, alleging "breach of fiduciary duties, corporate waste, and unjust enrichment, which have caused and continue to cause substantial damage to the Company."
The complaint alleges CHS leaders were "ignoring Medicare regulations" by admitting patients who should have been kept in observation status while selling stock to profit off the shares' "inflated price."
CHS is already facing a handful of class action suits that were filed after Tenet's original complaint.
There's a new group buying company in town. CostPress, based in Franklin, says it allows consumers to join "national buying groups for core services they buy every month, such as wireless, cable TV, gasoline, health and auto insurance, auto loans, groceries, dining and more."
Read the release here.
Iasis Healthcare's majority ownership stake in St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston cost $156.8 million in cash. The company, which took a 79.1 percent equity ownership share in the 792-bed facility, disclosed the purchase price in its recently filed quarterly report.
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