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  1. GOP on ACA replacement: Who wants what?

    Republicans in Congress have already laid the foundation for an ACA repeal through the reconciliation process, but what will replace the law still remains uncertain.   By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Collaboration is vital to ensure veterans receive safe, quality care

    As we look toward the future of healthcare in our country, we must aim to prioritize the health of a well-deserving group of individuals, our nation's military veterans. While there has been debate about how the veterans' health system should be managed, St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation's largest non-profit health system, has a deep-seated belief in the importance of public-private partnerships. Our commitment to clinical safety and quality and to provide care for the whole person — body, mind and spirit — ensures the focus is on the veteran's experience. That's why it's essential that collaboration is needed to address the healthcare issues facing our country today, and especially for those who have sacrificed and have served us so well. By Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, President and CEO, Ascension -
  3. 9 recent hospital outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week.  By Alyssa Rege -

How to fix emergency department overcrowding, wait time and throughput

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  1. Former Google, Uber execs aim to give the physician's office an 'Apple store makeover' with new healthcare start-up

    Google veteran Adrian Aoun and former Uber executive Ilya Abyzov co-founded Forward in 2016. The new start-up company aims to deliver high-quality — and high-tech — healthcare, reports Fast Company.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Pharma CEOs respond to Trump's attack on the industry: 9 quotes

    After President Donald Trump said drugmakers were "getting away with murder" during his Jan. 11 press conference, leaders of the pharmaceutical industry responded with varying views.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Nearly one-third of medical practices fell short of net revenue goals in FY 2016, poll finds

    A number of healthcare organizations fail to hit their net revenue goals, according to a new Medical Group Management Association Stat poll.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Dr. Atul Gawande on the heroism of incremental care

    Physicians are heroes. They touch people's lives in a uniquely tangible way, and represent the difference between life and death for people on a daily basis. But not all physicians are viewed in the same way, and that is a problem that has broad-reaching repercussions, according to an article by Atul Gawande, MD, in The New Yorker.  By Tamara Rosin -

Are you prepared for MACRA's first performance year?

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  1. CHS General Counsel Rachel A. Seifert to retire in March

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems' Rachel A. Seifert, who serves as executive vice president, secretary and general counsel, announced plans to retire at the end of March 2017. She has been with the organization since 1998.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Puerto Rico life insurance company to pay $2.2M HIPAA settlement

    MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico agreed to implement a corrective action plan and pay $2.2 million to HHS' Office for Civil Rights to settle claims it violated HIPAA. By Erin Dietsche -
  3. 6 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported within the past week.  By Erin Dietsche -
  4. 10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From executives of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems settling an investor suit for $60 million to University of Pennsylvania Health System agreeing to pay $845,000 to settle improper billing allegations, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -

The changing dynamics of customer engagement

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  1. Shuttered Oklahoma hospital strikes deal to reopen

    Sayre (Okla.) Memorial Hospital, a 31-bed nonprofit hospital, abruptly closed almost a year ago. Under a deal finalized Tuesday, the hospital will have the chance to reopen, according to a KECO news report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. California SNF fined $100k over safety violations that led to patient's death

    The State of California has fined Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility in San Francisco, $100,000 after an investigation by the California Department of Public Health found safety violations that were a proximate cause of a patient's death.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. The 20 states with the highest Medicare waste

    The District of Columbia had the highest amount of Medicare waste per beneficiary in fiscal year 2015, according to a recently released analysis by the Council for Medicare Integrity, a nonprofit government watchdog.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. GOP governors urge lawmakers to continue funding health benefits for the poor

    As Republican congressional leaders take steps to tear down the ACA, Republican governors from across the U.S. on Thursday urged lawmakers to continue funding health benefits for millions of poor Americans, reports Reuters. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. 10 things to know about Cerner

    Here are 10 things to know about Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner, one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world providing health IT solutions, services, devices and hardware.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Ascension taps new COO

    St. Louis-based Ascension named the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider executive vice president and COO, effective July 1, 2017, according to a Chicago Tribune report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. How first impressions online affect patient acquisition and hospital revenue

    There are few things consumers don't research before making purchasing decisions. Just as they do when choosing a hotel, airline or restaurant, prospective patients seeking new providers often turn to the web to inform their decision, tapping company websites, third-party rating sites and online reviews.  By Tamara Rosin -
  8. 4 ways Trump's agriculture nominee could play a role in healthcare

    President Donald Trump has named former Republican Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his choice to serve as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, and the position involves a key health role, according to a Kaiser Health News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Hospitals and unions: 13 recent conflicts, agreements

    The following is a roundup of recent events pertaining to hospital-union relationships, including strikes, legal battles, rallies and new contract agreements. All events were reported so far in 2017.  By Kelly Gooch -

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