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  1. Gallup: Healthcare costs top Americans' financial concerns

    Americans named healthcare costs as their top financial anxiety in a Gallup poll administered in early June. A total of 17 percent of those surveyed said healthcare costs were a top financial concern — the highest portion since 2007, when 19 percent of Americans had similar concerns.   By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Former nurse charged with 2nd count of murder, prosecutors say she killed dozens more

    A grand jury in Texas indicted former nurse Genene Jones for the 1981 murder of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega, according to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Physician subject to fine for falsifying records after patient death

    The state of New Jersey fined internist Jaroslaw Pondo, MD, a civil penalty of $3,500, and ordered coursework in medical ethics and record keeping to settle allegations he falsified medical records after waking up from a nap and finding his patient had died, according to a report from NJ.com.   By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. Boston insurance co-op to shutter, transition to for-profit entity

    Boston-based Minuteman Health, one of the last remaining nonprofit co-op health plans created under the ACA, will close Jan. 1, and plans to reopen as a for-profit business the same day.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Health information of more than 2k Aetna members available online for months

    Health information for 1,708 Aetna members in Ohio and about 522 in Texas was exposed online for months, according to San Antonio Express-News.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Medicaid expansion had a 'close to zero' net effect on nonprofit hospital finances, report finds

    While the ACA's Medicaid expansion lowered uncompensated care costs for nonprofit hospitals, those savings were counteracted by Medicaid payment shortfalls, according to a recent report by Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan research institute AcademyHealth.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Union seeks strike date 'most harmful' to Tufts

    The union representing approximately 1,200 nurses at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center said they seek a strike date that would have the greatest negative financial affect on the medical center, according to a Boston Business Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Alaska lawmakers pass bill to limit opioid pills prescribed

    The Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill on June 22 that would limit all opioid prescriptions to a one-week supply, according a Juneau Empire report.    By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Pregnant woman notified of potential Zika diagnosis 4 months after test results available

    Andrea Pardo of Issaquah, Wash., was tested for the Zika virus in October 2016 after returning from Mexico. The results, which were ready in December and suggested the possibility she'd contracted the virus, were not given to her until April 2017, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. 60% of finance executives underestimate impact of QPP, survey says

    While the majority of hospital CFOs expressed confidence in understanding the requirements of the Quality Payment Program  under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, 60 percent of finance executives underestimated the financial impact of the program, according to a recent survey released by Nuance Communications.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Summa Health System to cut 300 jobs due to $60M operating loss

    Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System plans to cut 300 positions in the next month to help offset operating losses of more than $60 million this year, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. New HFMA Board Chair Carol Friesen assumes role: 4 notes

    Carol A. Friesen stepped into her role as chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association's board of directors.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Henry Ford Health System adds 3 new senior execs to leadership team

    Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System selected a new chief strategy officer, chief human resources officer and general counsel.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. FBI received 2.6k ransomware complaints in 2016

    The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 2,673 ransomware complaints in 2016, totaling more than $2.4 million in reported losses, according to an IC3 report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Arkansas VA hospital temporarily closes 19 beds as it deals with staffing issues

    Little Rock, Ark.-based Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is experiencing a nurse staffing shortage and has implemented a multipoint plan to beef up nurse staffing levels.  By Heather Punke -
  5. Orange Care Group ACOs, Memorial Healthcare System collaborate to deploy Epic's Healthy Planet

    Miami-based Orange Care Group's ACOs and independent physician association will join forces with Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System to deploy Epic's Healthy Planet platform.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. 5 ways to improve patient safety via EHR design

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society EHR Association released a report on the intersection between EHR usability and patient safety.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Top 10 cybercrimes reported to FBI

    The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 298,728 complaints in 2016, totaling more than $1.3 billion in reported losses, according to an IC3 report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Despite industry uncertainty, investors pour money into healthcare startups

    As Congress works to repeal the ACA, investors are backing healthcare startups that provide direct patient care and avoid the insurance system altogether, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. Kellyanne Conway suggests those affected by proposed Medicaid cuts should get a job

    During an appearance on This Week Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said that those who may lose Medicaid coverage under a new healthcare bill don’t deserve coverage because they should be working anyway, according to Fortune.  By Leo Vartorella -

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