Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Patient oversight can boost hand hygiene compliance: 4 study findings

    Supplying patients with handheld signs to remind physicians to wash their hands can help improve hand hygiene compliance among providers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 20 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to attest to the meaningful use program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2016 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. IBM Watson to analyze 911 calls

    The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, an organization comprised of more than 29,000 members, tapped IBM Watson to evaluate 911 respondents Aug. 14.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Are you vulnerable to cyber criminals?

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  1. Health insurance startup Oscar records $57.6M loss in first half of 2017

    New York City-based health plan startup Oscar posted a $57.6 million loss in the first half of fiscal year 2017, narrowing its $83 million loss recorded in the same period a year prior, Bloomberg reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. BCBS of North Carolina CEO: Mission Health has '100% control over what happens next' in contract dispute

    Brad Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, wrote in a Citizen-Times column Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System has "100 percent control over what happens next" in an ongoing reimbursement rate clash.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. CDC: Drug overdose deaths among adolescents highest for opioids

    While drug overdose death rates among adolescents fell by 26 percent from 2007 to 2014, the rate began climbing in 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Companies with Republican CEOs do better with acquisitions, study finds

    Companies run by Republican CEOs tend to make fewer acquisitions than those led by Democratic or Independent CEOs, but the acquisitions they do make add more value to acquiring company, according to the Wall Street Journal.   By Leo Vartorella -

How to identify adult immunization challenges and increase vaccination coverage

Take an evidence-based approach to improve adult immunization rates — key initiatives and strategies.
  1. Are physicians, nurses obligated to protect patients during an active shooter event?

    Patients and hospital staff have different perceptions about the risk of active shooter events in hospitals, according to a recent survey conducted by the Hartford Consensus, which is part of an American College of Surgeons-led committee formed to improve survivability from mass casualty events.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. AMA launches new tool to break down MIPS for providers

    The American Medical Association has expanded its offerings to help prepare clinicians for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, including an interactive tool called the "MIPS Action Plan," which leads physicians through the necessary steps to avoid penalties and helps chart performance.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. UVA-trained physician on Charlottesville violence: 'I've seen this anger before'

    When one person was killed and dozens were wounded in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, second-year psychiatry resident Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, MD, was not surprised. Writing in a column for STAT, she said, "I've seen this anger before."  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Trump ends advisory councils after CEO exodus

    President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday he will officially dissolve two councils of top executive advisors, one for manufacturing and another for strategy and policy, Politico reported.  By Emily Rappleye -

How to differentiate between 3rd party agreements and managed care contracts

Key thoughts to avoid lower reimbursements.
  1. Edward-Elmhurst Health eyes layoffs as part of $50M cost-cutting plan

    Naperville, Ill.-based Edward-Elmhurst Health plans to cut $50 million in costs, or about 4 percent of the system's total expenses, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Former director of finance charged with embezzling $1.5M from UNC hospital

    The former director of finance for UNC Regional Physicians was charged Tuesday with embezzling more than $1.5 million while she worked at High Point (N.C.) Regional Health, part of Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care.   By Ayla Ellison -
  3. KeyBanc Capital Markets to acquire Cain Brothers

    Cleveland-based KeyBanc Capital Markets has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire New York City-based Cain Brothers & Co., a healthcare focused investment banking and public finance firm.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Washington State University welcomes first medical school class after nearly 100-year ban

    Pullman-based Washington State University welcomed its first class of medical students Aug. 16, officially ending a nearly 100-year-old legal statue barring the university from creating a medical school, The Spokesman-Review reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. Kaufman Hall: Less than 1 in 10 healthcare organizations treat consumer expectation as 'high priority'

    Roughly 8 percent of healthcare organizations consider consumer expectation a high priority and have implemented several consumer-based strategies with some success, according to recent research out of Kaufman, Hall & Associates.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Longmont United Hospital CEO Mitchell Carson resigns: 4 things to know

    Longmont (Colo.) United Hospital President and CEO Mitchell Carson is stepping down, after leading the two-year transition to the hospital's new parent, Centennial, Colo.-based Centura Health, according to a Times-Call News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Ousted CHI St. Luke's Health CEO staying on until successor named

    Houston-based CHI St. Luke's Health CEO Michael Covert, who tendered his resignation in late June, will be staying in the role under his successor is appointed, according to a Houston Chronicle report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. CDC: Yellow fever vaccine out of stock

    The supply of Sanofi Pasteur's yellow fever vaccine — the only such immunization licensed in the U.S. — is completely depleted and will remain out of stock until mid-2018, according to the CDC.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  9. HHS awards $105M to 1,000+ health centers for quality improvement

    HHS allocated nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers across the United States to bolster efforts to improve clinical quality and efficiency, according to a Wednesday announcement.  By Brian Zimmerman -

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