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  1. How many ACA insurers states will have next year

    The number of health insurers selling individual plans on 2017 ACA marketplaces will total 228, a decrease of 73 from last year, according to recently released HHS data.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. 10 states with the highest, lowest average premium increases

    Monthly premiums will rise by an average 25 percent for 2017 individual plans sold on, HHS data revealed Oct. 24.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Johns Hopkins researchers find hospitalist PAs cut costs, maintain quality

    An 18-month study comparing a hospitalist group with a high physician assistant to physician ratio to one with a low ratio found no difference in clinical outcomes.  By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. PwC: Well-designed primary care team can save $1.2M for every 10k patients

    A recent PwC analysis found primary care teams are missing out on millions through poor team design.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. 10 cities with the highest, lowest incidence of heart attacks

    Boulder, Colo., and Ann Arbor, Mich., are the two cities in the U.S. with the lowest incidence of residents who have survived a heart attack, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report, part of its "State of American Well-Being" series. By Heather Punke -
  3. Federation of American Hospitals names HCA's R. Milton Johnson chairman-elect

    The Federation of American Hospitals has named a new chairman-elect: R. Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Research shows potential benefits of mental health courts: 4 things to know

    As many as 2 million people with at least one serious mental illness are incarcerated in U.S. prisons each year, and half receive no treatment while imprisoned, according to Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. However, research on mental health courts — which provide an alternative to incarceration — shows a promising solution to the revolving prison door for the mentally ill, according to the Kansas Health Institute. By Tamara Rosin -

Bridging the patient ID accuracy gap

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  1. Brain study shows why lying gets easier the more you do it

    If you think telling a small lie now and then is harmless, think again. A new study published Monday in Nature Neuroscience found human brains become desensitized to the emotional discomfort caused by dishonesty, which makes telling big lies easier and more likely over time, STAT reported. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. CMS suspends automatic plan renewal for Medicare beneficiaries

    CMS has suspended the controversial "seamless conversion" policy in which those eligible for Medicare were automatically enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, according to North Carolina Health News. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. How working night shifts furthers health disparities

    Night-shift jobs and their associated health risks tend to fall on the shoulders of those of lower socioeconomic status. As a result, risks of "shift work" tend to go ignored among a population in which chronic health issues are already pervasive, according to The Atlantic. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Labor board orders Prime Healthcare to pay $6.5M in lost wages to 500 employees

    The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services to pay an estimated $6.5 million in lost wages to 500 employees at Encino (Calif.) Medical Center and Garden Grove (Calif.) Medical Center after refusing to issue the negotiated annual raises over each of the last five years. By Tamara Rosin -

Diagnosing which devices provide more for healthcare

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  1. Supply chain tip of the week: Use evidence-based collaboration to drive clinician engagement

    Through contracting and other initiatives, many health systems have harvested much of the "low-hanging fruit" when it comes to driving costs out of the system. Yet, estimates indicate the healthcare industry could save at least $5 billion annually through more efficient management of physician preferred, high-value medical devices in the healthcare supply chain, according to Lisa Zierten, director of marketing, hospital services at Cardinal Health.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 25 things to know about healthcare costs

    From ACA mandates to baby boomers rapidly switching to Medicare, there are a number of factors influencing healthcare costs in the U.S.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Deaconess Health System CEO Linda White will retire in 2017

    Evansville, Ind.-based Deaconess Health System President and CEO Linda E. White plans to retire, effective June 30, 2017. She has served at the helm of the health system for 15 years.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. CEOs underwent 'generational overhaul' after economic crisis: 4 takeaways

    A new report from The Conference Board, a New York City-based business research association, shows many older CEOs left their roles as heads of S&P 500 companies in the years after the financial crisis. Now, this trend is leveling out, indicating a 'generational overhaul' in C-suites throughout the U.S., according to The Washington Post.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  5. Shuttered NC hospital accepts Duke LifePoint's proposal

    After a seven-year effort to increase patient volumes, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health closed Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, N.C., last October. However, the hospital may reopen by next summer, according to The News & Observer.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. FDA launches website to report allegations of regulatory misconduct

    The Food and Drug Administration created a new webpage for individuals to report allegations of regulatory misconduct against medical device manufacturers or companies marketing devices.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. 18 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Providence Health to pay $352M to settle pension mismanagement class-action lawsuit

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services will pay nearly $352 million to resolve claims it underfunded its pension plan, according to Bloomberg BNA.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Skilled nursing facility chain inks $145M settlement in false claims case

    Cleveland, Tenn.-based Life Care Centers of America, which owns more than 220 skilled nursing facilities across the country, and its owner have agreed to pay $145 million to resolve a False Claims Act case, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -

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