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  1. Teladoc completes $440M acquisition of Best Doctors

    Teladoc completed its acquisition of Best Doctors, a medical consultation company focused on complex and costly medical issues, July 17.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 72 healthcare layoffs so far in 2017

    The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in 2017. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. DOD initiates 2nd Cerner EHR go-live

    The U.S. Department of Defense rolled out its Cerner EHR at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (Wash.) July 15.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. CDC makes $12M available to states for opioid fight

    The CDC will distribute $12 million this week to 23 states and the District of Columbia to support local responses to the nation's opioid epidemic.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 4 health systems on the brink of dropping payers

    Here are four health systems on the verge of ending in-network agreements with payers.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Anne Arundel Medical Center may sever ties with CareFirst

    Annapolis, Md.-based Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield may end their in-network agreement due to reimbursement disputes, according to a Baltimore Business Journal report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. True population health management means taking 'custodial responsibility' for entire communities of people: 5 questions with RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky

    "Population health management" is a frequently used term among healthcare executives, especially as the industry shifts its focus from volume of services delivered to prevention and outcomes-based care. But population health management can encompass a broad range of interpretations and initiatives, and such efforts are implemented at varying scales at different health systems across the country.  By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. UnitedHealth's Optum division helps fuel 30% spike in Q2 earnings

    Minnetonka Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group recorded $2.3 billion in net earnings attributable to shareholders in the second quarter of this year, compared to $1.8 billion in the same period a year prior.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Straight repeal of ACA back on the table after BCRA fails: 5 things to know

    Two more Republican senators defected from the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act Monday evening, effectively sinking the ACA repeal and replacement bill, according to The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Cleveland Clinic taps Edward Marx as CIO

    Cleveland Clinic named Edward Marx its CIO, effective Sept. 1. He comes to the clinic from the Advisory Board Company, where he served as executive vice president.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Children's Hospital of Michigan appoints Dr. Monique Butler COO: 3 notes

    Detroit-based Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, selected Monique Butler, MD, to serve as COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Poll: 55% of healthcare professionals believe their organization is secure against cybersecurity threats

    More than half of healthcare professionals believe their organization's IT infrastructure is safe from cybersecurity attacks, according to a new Medical Group Management Association Stat poll.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 4 recent RCM hires

    The following organizations announced they hired individuals with revenue cycle management experience, or for a RCM-related role, so far in July.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Use billing statements as marketing, education tools

    Healthcare organizations should not only use billing statements to communicate financial information, but also as a way to communicate with patients about various initiatives, according to Bryan TenBroek, vice president of business development of Coral Springs, Fla.-based Nordis Technologies.   By Kelly Gooch -
  4. US News delays hospital rankings to fix data problems

    U.S News & World Report will delay the release of its 2017-18 Best Hospitals rankings to Aug. 8 after researchers discovered errors in the data used to compile the rankings.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. UChicago Medicine and Google — a data-driven duo to watch

    The University of Chicago Medicine and Google have joined forces to research how well historical data housed in EHRs can predict future medical events.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Family physicians to FCC: Net neutrality is 'paramount' for US healthcare

    The Federal Communications Commission's proposal to overturn net neutrality legislation may lead to unintended healthcare consequences, the American Academy of Family Physicians wrote in a July 13 letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Senate passes 2018 VA appropriations bill, to 'reevaluate' Cerner EHR funding at later date

    The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved its fiscal year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill in a 31-0 vote July 13.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Amid tension with CHS, 3 more executives and advisory board member quit Lutheran Health Network

    Three top executives of Fort Wayne, Ind.-Lutheran Health Network and a member of the system's advisory board have resigned due to actions by LHN's parent company, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Lawsuits allege Memphis hospitals engage in illegal billing practices

    Former patients have filed lawsuits against several hospitals in Memphis, Tenn., alleging the hospitals attempt to collect payment from patients for debts that have already been satisfied by payers, according to The Commercial Appeal.  By Ayla Ellison -

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