Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Cancer patients prioritize physician relationships over quality and safety, study finds

    Oncology patients and their families prioritize positive clinician relationships over quality and safety issues when assessing their own care, according to a study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 4 latest FDA approvals

    Here are the four latest drugs and medical devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the past week.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. KFF: Americans say CHIP funding, marketplace stabilization bigger priority than ACA repeal

    Seventy-five percent of Americans said it is "extremely" or "very" important to secure funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program before it expires at the end of September, according to Kaiser Health's tracking poll.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. 7 ways clinicians can help reduce opioid misuse and addiction

    Solving the nation's opioid overdose and addiction crisis will require robust efforts from many sectors, including frontline clinicians, according to a paper from the National Academy of Medicine.    By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. The 3 most-read transactions and valuations stories this week

    The following were among the most-viewed transactions and valuations stories published by Becker's Hospital Review the week of Sept. 22.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Medicaid directors: Graham-Cassidy would 'fail to deliver on goal of an improved healthcare system'

    The National Association of Medicaid Directors issued a statement Sept. 21 voicing their concern the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill "would undermine [states'] efforts ... to deliver on [the nation's] collective goal of an improved healthcare system."  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Healthcare reacts to Graham-Cassidy bill: 9 statements

    Numerous healthcare organizations, leaders and agencies voiced their opinion on a recent healthcare bill proposed by Senate Republicans, which is slated to head to a vote next week.  By Alyssa Rege -

Achieving high quality scores for diabetic eye exams is difficult

Here's how 2 healthcare organizations operationalized a scalable diabetic retinal program in primary care.
  1. Fort Irwin opens $211M Army hospital

    Fort Irwin National Training Center unveiled its new $210.9 million Army hospital in Fort Irwin, Calif., on Thursday, according to the Daily Press.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Express Scripts CMO: Healthcare system isn't set up to pay for Novartis' $475k cancer drug

    Giving patients access to Novartis' $475,000 breakthrough leukemia therapy — an extremely expensive but highly effective treatment — is going to take novel collaboration, Express Scripts CMO Steve Miller, MD, wrote in a blog post on the company's website.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. 19 patient deaths prompt FDA to issue warning on Intercept Pharmaceuticals' liver drug

    The FDA is warning healthcare professionals about escalated risks associated with Intercept Pharmaceuticals' liver drug, Ocaliva, after 19 patients died while taking it.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Kahuku Medical Center CEO to leave post in October: 4 notes

    Kahuku (Hawaii) Medical Center CEO Stephany Nihipali Vaioleti is departing in October, according to a Pacific Business News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. East Orange General Hospital names Paige Dworak to top post permanently: 5 things to know

    East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital selected Paige Dworak to serve as permanent CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. UNM Hospital taps Michael Chicarelli as interim CEO

    University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque appointed Michael Chicarelli, DNP, RN, interim CEO. He succeeds Steve McKernan, who is retiring Oct. 1.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Minnesota AG asks Mayo to pause hospital consolidation; CEO Dr. John Noseworthy 'respectfully declines'

    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sent a letter to Mayo Clinic CEO and President John Noseworthy, MD, requesting the Rochester, Minn.-based health system pause consolidation plans for its Albert Lea, Minn. hospital. However, Dr. Noseworthy declined the request, according to The Post-Bulletin.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. What every state stands to gain or lose under Graham-Cassidy, according to CMS

    The Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal would roll back Medicaid expansion and federal premium subsidies, though the bill's impact on funding amounts varies greatly by state, according to CMS estimates.  By Leo Vartorella -
  5. Telemedicine: A force multiplier in fighting the opioid epidemic

    The U.S. is facing an opioid crisis — one so severe that on Aug. 10, President Donald Trump declared it a national emergency.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. MD Anderson ends FY 2017 operating in the red

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ended fiscal year 2017 operating in the red, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove: Graham-Cassidy spells trouble for hospitals

    Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, said the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill "is going to threaten the financial viability of a lot of hospitals across the country," according to CNBC.  By Alyssa Rege -
  8. HCA to build 3 freestanding EDs, 4 urgent care centers in Florida

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's largest for-profit hospital operators, plans to build three new freestanding emergency departments and four new urgent care centers in central Florida in 2018, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Moody's maintains stable outlook on for-profit hospital sector

    Moody's Investors Service has maintained its stable outlook on the U.S. for-profit hospital sector, as it expects outpatient services to fuel revenue growth.  By Ayla Ellison -

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