May 9, 2024 | Volume XV | Issue 19

Steward Health Care reports to bankruptcy court

Fierce Healthcare reports:

All of Steward Health Care’s hospitals are up for grabs as the now-bankrupt system works to settle its debts, but as of now the company doesn’t believe there will be any closures that would interrupt care, legal representation said this week in bankruptcy filings and in court.

The Dallas-based for-profit health system filed for Chapter 11 on Monday, a move anticipated by government leaders in Massachusetts and other states who have been concerned that the company’s dire finances could lead to healthcare service interruptions or degradation.

It currently operates 31 hospitals and about 400 total facilities across eight states, providing care for more than two million people and employing almost 30,000 staff including 4,500 physicians.

During a Tuesday morning meeting with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Texas, Steward attorney...

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Sign Here? Financial Agreements May Leave Doctors in the Driver’s Seat

Katheryn Houghton

Cass Smith-Collins jumped through hoops to get the surgery that would match his chest to his gender.

Living in Las Vegas and then 50, he finally felt safe enough to come out as a transgender man. He had his wife’s support and a doctor’s letter showing he had a long history of gender dysphoria, the psychological distress felt when one’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity don’t match.

Although in-network providers were available, Smith-Collins selected Florida-based surgeon Charles Garramone, who markets himself as an early developer of female-to-male top surgery and says that he does not contract with insurance. Smith-Collins said he was willing to pay more to go out-of-network.

“I had one shot to get the chest that I should have been born with, and I wasn’t going to chance it to someone who was not an expert at his craft,” he said.

Smith-Collins arranged to spend a week in Florida and contacted friends there who could help him recover from the outpatient procedure, he said.

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AvertD: Can a simple test help reduce opioid addiction?

L. Joseph Parker, MD writes in KevinMD:

When I heard about the new AvertD genetic test, pronounced like “averted,” I was compelled to contact the CEO of SOLVD Health, the maker of AvertD, and ask him to answer some of my questions. To my surprise, he was willing to do so, and here is what I learned from the training documents that will be mandatory for all prescribing MDs.

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Hotter temperatures release toxic fumes from flame retardants in cars, study warns

News 4 Jax

Flame retardants in the foam of vehicle seats may increase exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals, especially in the summer heat, according to a new study by the American Chemical Society.

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