Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Hospital bad debt: 10 trends to know

    With the increasing popularity of high-deductible health plans, hospitals and health systems are struggling to recover payment from patients. This leaves many healthcare organizations with debt they won't be able to recuperate.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Trump creates VA accountability office with new executive order

    President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order titled "Improving Accountability and Whistle-Blower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs," which will create the VA Office of Accountability and Whistle-blower Protection. By Heather Punke -
  3. Audit of Tulare Regional Medical Center reveals $10M in accounting errors

    An audit of Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, revealed nearly $10 million in accounting mistakes, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.  By Ayla Ellison -

Preparing for MACRA

What leaders need to know to develop productive finance and IT strategies for the Quality Payment Program.
  1. 5 reactions from healthcare groups to the GOP's revised AHCA bill

    Republicans recently revealed an amendment to the American Health Care Act.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Partners, Brigham and Women's to pay $10M to settle research fraud suit

    Boston-based Partners HealthCare and Brigham and Women's Hospital have agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that a Brigham and Women's stem cell research laboratory fraudulently obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. U of L could spin off its hospital due to uncertain healthcare environment

    The University of Louisville in Kentucky is considering spinning off its clinical, medical research and medical education enterprises into a separate business entity, according to Louisville Business First.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 6 insights on state telehealth legislation, reimbursement

    The Center for Connected Health Policy, a nonprofit telehealth policy resource organization, published its fifth annual State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Reimagining healthcare in America

Learn how nationally recognized programs are changing how providers manage chronic disease while making the healthier choices easier in our communities.
  1. CMS develops 'centralized repository' to ease Meaningful Use reporting

    CMS posted a new resource online, called the CMS Centralized Repository, which provides eligible professionals and hospitals with a consolidated source of information about reporting options for public health agencies and clinical data registries.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Meth and opioids cause spike in overdoses in Spokane, Wash.

    Fatal drug overdoses involving methamphetamine increased by nearly 70 percent from 2015 to 2016 in Spokane County, Wash., according to a report from The Spokesman-Review citing data from the county medical examiner's office. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Epic embeds Mayo Clinic health content into patient portal

    Epic's patient portal now contains evidence-based clinical information from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Quotes from the Front Line: Older physicians must 'develop strategies to reimagine our sense of purpose'

    Despite having an alternate plan in place once he decided to end his career in clinical medicine, Philip Pizzo, MD, former dean of the Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine, said the transition still left him questioning his self-worth and personal identity.  By Alyssa Rege -

Bridging the gap: How Nebraska Medicine joined clinical and supply chain forces to drive business success

Learn how to drive successful collaboration with clinicians and materials management through the use of automated technology in this upcoming webinar. 
  1. Allscripts EHR certified under ONC's health IT criteria; CardioNet agrees to $2.5M HIPAA settlement & more — 15 health IT key notes

    Here are 15 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Study: Autism linked to maternal grandmothers smoking while pregnant

    If a child's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the child will have a significantly higher chance of being diagnosed with autism, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. New Pennsylvania law requires hospitals to educate caregivers upon patient discharge

    As of Thursday, Pennsylvania hospitals must notify the caregivers of elderly patients of their impending discharge and provide them with information and training about the patient's specific needs and health concerns upon returning home, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Rebooting patient safety: 7 questions with the leaders of IHI and NPSF

    The National Patient Safety Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement announced in March plans to merge, effective May 1. The move will combine the safety programs of each organization, creating a robust institution focused on accelerating advances and improvements in the field of healthcare quality and safety.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. From holding company to operating company: 4 experts on health system economies of scale

    At the Becker's Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting, four experts discussed their observations and experiences working with health systems to gain operational efficiency, reduce costs and lower expenses. By Molly Gamble -
  6. Medica cuts an additional 250 jobs

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based insurer Medica eliminated 250 positions, or about 15 percent of its total workforce, according to a KARE report.    By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Anthem CEO Joe Swedish: 58% of business in alternative payment models

    Fifty-eight percent of reimbursements from Indianapolis-based Anthem are linked to value-based care models, 75 percent of which are shared savings, shared risk and population-based payment models, Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish said on the first-quarter earnings call this week, according to a report from Forbes.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. Senate committee advances FDA nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted Thursday to send the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, MD, as head of the Food and Drug Administration to the Senate floor for a vote.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. Global foundation to roll out value-based cardiac care pilot in Atlanta

    The World Economic Forum plans to roll out value-based pilots across the globe and is set to launch the first program in Atlanta, according to a report from Reuters.  By Emily Rappleye -

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