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  1. Nearly half of cancer patients report higher out-of-pocket costs than expected: 9 survey findings

    Many cancer patients have higher out-of-pocket costs than expected, and most don't discuss healthcare costs with their provider prior to treatment, according to a new study from the Cancer Support Community.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Early access to primary care for ex-inmates can bring down healthcare costs: 4 takeaways

    Keeping ex-inmates out of the emergency room can prove beneficial for the healthcare system, according to an NPR report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Obama calls on public to enroll in ACA for 2017

    President Barack Obama recently made a public appeal on social media, calling for the protection of the ACA by encouraging Americans to sign up for health coverage.  By Kelly Gooch -

Ambulatory care platforms as the key driver of a successful value-based care strategy

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  1. Moody's maintains stable outlook on nonprofit hospital sector

    Moody's Investors Service has maintained its stable outlook on the nonprofit healthcare and hospital sector. The outlook reflects Moody's expectation that cash flow growth in this sector over the next year will be modest compared to the previous two years.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Dartmouth-Hitchcock records $39M operating loss as expenses grow

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock recorded an operating loss of $39 million in fiscal year 2016, compared to an operating loss of $9 million in the year prior.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Dr. Ben Carson accepts Trump's nomination to lead housing, urban development

    President-elect Donald Trump officially plans to nominate Ben Carson, MD, retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, for the office of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Trump-Pence transition team announced Monday morning.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Philadelphia nurses to vote on tentative labor deals with Tenet

    Nearly 1,400 Philadelphia nurses have reached tentative agreements on first contracts with Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, according to a report on Philly.com.  By Kelly Gooch -

Are you prepared for MACRA's first performance year?

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  1. Editorial: Did Broward Health's board violate the Sunshine Law?

    An editorial in Saturday's Sun Sentinel alleges the board of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health may have violated the Sunshine Law in its firing of interim CEO Pauline Grant.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. AMA supports block of Aetna-Humana merger

    American Medical Association President Andrew Gurman, MD, issued a statement Monday in support of blocking Aetna's acquisition of Humana.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. UnitedHealthcare, Tenet reach in-network access agreement

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have reached a four-year agreement, which provides UnitedHealthcare members with in-network access to Tenet's facilities throughout the country.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Checklist: 5 actions to develop a population health program

    The healthcare industry has been increasingly focused on leveraging technology for population health initiatives — but what first steps can executives take to create a successful program?  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Diagnosing which devices provide more for healthcare

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  1. NJ pulls out-of-network bill from floor

    New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge) abruptly canceled the committee hearing for a bill designed to rein in out-of-network charges by hospitals and physicians due to concern from industry stakeholders, reports The Record. By Brooke Murphy -
  2. DeKalb Medical CFO, COO resign 1 week after CEO departs

    A spokesperson for Decatur, Ga.-based DeKalb Medical Center confirmed the resignations of the medical center's CFO and COO. The announcement comes roughly one week after the medical center's CEO resigned, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Boston Children's Hospital begins demolition of Prouty Garden

    The demolition of Boston Children's Hospital's Prouty Garden has begun, reports the The Boston Globe.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. UPMC expands footprint into NY

    WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., has become the first hospital outside of Pennsylvania to integrate with Pittsburgh-based UPMC.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. 16 recent hospital transactions and partnerships_12516

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions and general partnerships took place or were announced in the past week.   By Alyssa Rege -
  6. President Obama's cybersecurity commission releases report with 16 recommendations, 53 action items

    The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which President Barack Obama established earlier this year, has released its final report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. How drug prices spurred a shouting match between 2 pharma CEOs

    The Forbes Healthcare Summit, which took placeoccurred in New York City last week, featured an unlikely critic of high drug prices: Regeneron Pharmaceutical's CEO Leonard Schleifer.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. Dentist at VA hospital improperly cleans tools, puts almost 600 patients at risk for infection

    A dentist working at the Tomah (Wis.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center put nearly 600 patients at risk for infection by not following proper sterilization protocols. By Brian Zimmerman -
  9. Calif. nurse fired over breach involving 528 patient records

    A nurse at Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center was fired Nov. 30 after accessing more than 500 patient records without authorization, according to the Los Angeles Times. By Erin Dietsche -

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