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  1. WHO: Most people live in areas with high levels of air pollution

    A new World Health Organization study reveals that 92 percent of people in the world lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. HHS names winners of medical bill design contest

    HHS has revealed the winners of its "A Bill You Can Understand" contest, a challenge to healthcare professionals to design a more simple, consumer-friendly medical bill to address consumers' current frustrations when it comes to healthcare billing.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. First-ever '3-parent' baby born using genetic engineering technique

    A baby with three parents' DNA was born following a controversial fertility procedure at a Mexican clinic, reports The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. PwC: 31% of providers and 20% of employers have adopted healthcare bundles

    Bundles are undeniably gaining traction in healthcare, with 83 percent of hospitals either interested in or already participating in these payments. However, there is still a "mismatch" between provider activity and employer needs, according to PwC's Strategy& annual bundled care survey of employers, hospitals and consumers.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. From the bedside to the board room: 2 nurse leaders on getting 10k nurses on boards by 2020

    As American healthcare continues to intensify its focus on patient safety and the patient experience, nurses are in a unique position to help reform healthcare practices at the leadership level due to their close work with patients and their intricate understanding of the care process. Still, their numbers on leadership boards are disproportionately few. According to a report from the American Hospital Association, nurses filled just 5 percent of hospital board seats in 2014, while physicians accounted for 20 percent of board seats. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. 5 things to know about the international X-ray gap

    Two-thirds of the world does not have access to basic radiology services like X-rays or ultrasounds, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. While disease outbreaks and national disasters are more highlighted issues, the radiology gap holds just as severe consequences for developing countries, reported The Atlantic.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. 2 KentuckyOne hospitals report phone troubles

    Two KentuckyOne hospitals and several physician offices in Lexington, Ky., have been experiencing difficulties with their phone systems, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. By Erin Dietsche -

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  1. CarePoint sues Horizon for $76M in unpaid, underpaid medical bills

    Jersey City, N.J.-based CarePoint Health has filed a federal lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, alleging the payer owes CarePoint $76 million in unpaid and underpaid claims. By Brooke Murphy -
  2. All 9 heater-cooler devices at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionella: 6 things to know

    In the midst of the investigation into the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at University of Washington Medical Center, the Seattle-based hospital said last week three heater-cooler devices tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Now, the hospital says all nine of the devices at the hospital tested positive for the bacteria. By Heather Punke -
  3. Augusta hospitals are coordinating better patient care, public health group says

    The Greater Augusta Healthcare Network Forum found that hospitals in Augusta, Ga., are finding better ways of transferring patients from the emergency department to community clinics, reports The Augusta Chronicle. By Erin Dietsche -
  4. Martin Shkreli auctions chance to punch him in the face to raise donations

    Former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli has started a bidding war on Twitter to win the chance to sock one to the industry's notorious Pharma Boy, reports San Francisco Gate. By Brooke Murphy -

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  1. Stanford tops Wall Street Journal's inaugural college rankings

    The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings slotted Stanford (Calif.) University as the No. 1 university in 2016 in its inaugural rankings, followed by Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University in New York City. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Does bad press for prices get hospitals to lower rates?

    Health Affairs published a study of the top 50 American hospitals with the highest cost markups in 2015. This year, University of Miami researchers questioned 20 Florida-based hospitals that made the list to find how negative publicity affected their chargemasters. By Brooke Murphy -
  3. $3B Chan Zuckerberg Health Initiative appoints AstraZeneca director as president

    Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the $3 billion Chan Zuckerberg Health Initiative created by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, MD, has named an AstraZeneca director as its new president, according to Fortune. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Why women should see performance reviews as opportunities

    Many employees dread performance reviews, but women should love them, according to Kiva Wilson, a diversity business partner at Facebook. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. FDA seeks input on redefining 'healthy'

    In response to criticism from food companies contending the decades-old definition of "healthy" is outdated, the FDA is seeking opinions from consumers and companies on how the term "healthy" should be used on food packaging, according to The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  6. Calif. governor signs bill to prevent "physician shopping" for opioids

    Calif. Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law Tuesday that will require physicians to check an online database of prescription narcotics before writing prescriptions for addictive drugs as part of an effort to stem opioid abuse, according to the Miami Herald. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. Board members' political views associated with size of CEO's paycheck

    Boards with a liberal bent may pay CEOs less than those with conservative political views, according to new research from the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., published in Administrative Science Quarterly.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. 7 companies offering healthcare RCM staffing services

    Many hospitals and health systems look to outside sources as they assemble an RCM team that will help lead them to financial success.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. LCMC, Premier plan chain of urgent care centers

    New Orleans-based nonprofit academic healthcare system LCMC Health is partnering with Baton Rouge, La.-based Premier Health to roll out a network of urgent care centers throughout the greater New Orleans area next spring.  By Emily Rappleye -

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