Summa Health names

medical officer for quality

Summa Health has named Dr. Brad Martin as its chief medical officer for quality. Martin, who also serves as vice president of medical affairs, will be responsible for leading and coordinating all hospital quality initiatives.

He has been with Summa for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions — most recently as chair of the department of medicine since 2013.


Facebook and Instagram

suffer widespread outage

Facebook on Wednesday was working to resolve an outage that also affected its Messenger and Instagram platforms.

According to downdetector.com, which monitors websites, the outages started around noon Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday in parts of the United States, including the East and West Coast, parts of Europe and elsewhere. Both Facebook's desktop site and app were affected. Some users saw a message that said Facebook was down for "required maintenance."

Facebook did not say what was causing the outages.


OxyContin maker looks

at options amid lawsuits

The company that has made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin said Wednesday that it is considering legal options including bankruptcy, a move that could upend hundreds of lawsuits claiming it had a major role in causing the U.S. opioid drug crisis.

"As the company has stated, it is exploring and preparing for any number of eventualities and options, given the amount of litigation the company currently faces," Purdue Pharma spokesman Robert Josephson said in an email to the Associated Press. "A decision has not been made to file for bankruptcy, nor is there a timetable."

Such a move has been seen as a strong possibility as the privately held company hired an executive and consultants that specialize in helping companies restructure in the past year.


DirectTV Now subscribers

to pay more, lose channels

AT&T is raising prices for its DirecTV Now streaming TV service, while removing some networks from the cable-like television package.

The changes come just weeks after a U.S. appeals court upheld the company's Time Warner takeover. The Justice Department fought it, arguing it would lead to higher prices.

DirecTV Now used to start at $40 a month. The cheapest for new customers will now be $50. Packages will now include the AT&T-owned HBO, but the service is dropping some popular lifestyle and entertainment networks not owned by AT&T, including HGTV, Discovery, Food Network and MTV. Hulu's Live TV service and Netflix have also raised prices recently.