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  1. 6 trending developments influencing healthcare

    Although there is still uncertainty in the healthcare industry concerning the shift in the way care is provided and certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Aegis Health Group has identified six developments that are having a major influence on the healthcare industry.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 15 cities where high-cost procedures cost the most

    Private payer spending on coronary stent placement, laparoscopic appendectomy and total hip replacement varies widely across the nation, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. However, two metro areas were among those with the highest spending for all three procedures.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Banner, University of Arizona Health Network merger gets the go-ahead

    The University of Arizona board of regents has unanimously approved a merger between Phoenix-based Banner Health and University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson, according to an Arizona Daily Star report.  By Ayla Ellison -

How mobile apps can reduce preventable readmissions 

This new whitepaper presents: efficient mobile strategies for readmission reduction; three apps to target readmissions your organization can launch in weeks; and six best practices for building cost-effective hospital mobile apps.  
  1. Lexington Medical Center CEO Mike Biediger to step down

    Mike Biediger, CEO of Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C., will step down from his post in December, according to a Bloomberg report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. OhioHealth makes 3 executive leadership changes

    Columbus-based OhioHealth has made three executive leadership changes, according to the Marion Star. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Cabell Huntington Hospital names CEO, CAO

    Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital has announced the appointment of Kevin Fowler as president and CEO, following the retirement of Brent Marsteller Jan. 1. At the same time, the hospital also named David "Monte" Ward chief acquisition officer. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Michigan hospital says its inclusion on Medicare penalty list for high infections was a mistake

    Administrators of Forest Health Medical Center in Ypsilanti, Mich., say CMS made a mistake by rating the hospital very well for hospital-acquired conditions, yet including it on the list of hospitals penalized for having high rates of HACs, according to The Ypsilanti Courier. By Tamara Rosin -

How Americans view healthcare 

A recent study released by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs reveals how Americans view healthcare by exploring the perceptions of consumers and providers among three main trends. 
  1. Are Americans losing interest in the MBA degree?

    The number of people taking the Graduate Management Admissions Test has decreased by 33 percent since 2009, suggesting interest in MBA programs in particular may be faltering among American students, according to a Bloomberg report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. David Smith promoted to CFO for Memorial Healthcare System

    Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System has announced the promotion of David Smith, former CFO of Memorial Regional Hospital, to senior vice president and CFO of Memorial Healthcare System. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. CMS plans to trim MU reporting period to 90 days

    CMS intends to modify legislation requirements for attesting to meaningful use to reduce the "burden" on providers and still support the long-term goals of the program.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. TRH Health Plan notifies 80,000 members of potential data breach

    BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, an administrative partner with TRH Health Plan, accessed the names and addresses of members of TRH Health Plan and inappropriately used the information to create marketing materials, according to a Tennessean report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Secure Mobile Communications in the Healthcare Industry

Using inefficient communication systems in care delivery can negatively impact patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes.
  1. Lawsuit against NewYork-Presbyterian over filming death of man in ER dismissed

    After ABC filmed the death of a man in the ER of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for its reality show NY Med, his family sued the hospital and the network for violation of privacy.  By Elizabeth Earl -
  2. ONC names Dr. Thomas Mason CMO

    The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT has appointed Thomas Mason, MD, as CMO, effective Feb. 23, HIT Consultant reports.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. Major healthcare players show support for keeping subsidies in all states

    Some of the healthcare industry's major groups and systems have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in King v. Burwell, the case that will determine whether people in all states will receive health insurance subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 10 states with lowest measles vaccination rates

    Even though the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does a lot to protect people from the measles, and has been shown to be safe long-term, some people choose not to be vaccinated against the highly infectious, sometimes deadly disease. By Heather Punke -
  5. Anthem makes nearly $40B shift from fee-for-service medicine to value-based pay

    Anthem is joining other health insurers in the shift from traditional fee-for-service medicine to value-based pay, according to a Forbes report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Millions of households facing penalty for not having health insurance coverage

    As people get ready to file their 2014 federal tax return, the U.S. government estimates that up to six million households may have to pay a penalty because they did not have health insurance coverage last year, officials told The Wall Street Journal.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Why Advocate joined the "75% by 2020" task force: Q&A with CMO Dr. Lee Sacks

    Advocate Health Care is already poised to reach the task force's goal — 75 percent of business from performance-based reimbursement — by the end of this year. By Molly Gamble -
  8. CEO of Bon Secours Virginia to retire in August

    Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, will retire in August after a 15-year tenure as chief. By Molly Gamble -
  9. 8 physician groups team up in Cincinnati

    Eight physician groups in the Cincinnati area have banded together to form the Independent Physicians Collaborative, a group focused on ensuring payers and self-insured employers include the practices in their provider networks, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.  By Emily Rappleye -

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