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  1. Report: Poorest US families would lose federal benefits worth more than 30% of income under AHCA

    The American Health Care Act would be a great benefit to the nation's richest families, but a great disadvantage to the average poor family, according to a report by the Urban Institute and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Quality of patient experience at US pediatric hospitals varies greatly: 5 survey insights

    Responses to a nationwide survey show that inpatient family experience at pediatric hospitals across the country varies significantly. The survey, conducted by the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement at Boston Children's Hospital, includes responses from more than 17,000 parents whose children have been hospitalized.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Reuters: Hospitals put investments on hold amid AHCA uncertainty

    Hospitals are dialing back investments in the face of uncertainty presented by healthcare reform, according to a report from Reuters.  By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. New-patient wait times for orthopedic surgeons in 15 major cities

    The average wait for a new patient seeking an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon in a major metropolitan area is 11.4 days, according to a recent survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Survey: 64% of healthcare providers remain 'unprepared' or 'very unprepared' for MACRA

    A vast majority of healthcare providers still have work to do when it comes to preparing for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to a Health IT Industry Outlook Survey conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Specialists with the shortest in-office wait times in 2016

    The average time a patient waits from walking in the door of their physician's office to being seen by the physician has declined nationally by 1 minute and 16 seconds over the past year, according to healthcare database company Vitals.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Redesigned Olympus scopes linked to superbug outbreak: 7 things to know

    A superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility has been linked to Olympus-made duodenoscopes that were recently redesigned to prevent such infections, according to the Los Angeles Times.  By Brian Zimmerman -

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  1. 8 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.   By Tamara Rosin -
  2. GOP may eliminate ACA provision requiring essential health benefits coverage: 2 potential consequences

    In a bid to appeal to conservative Republican lawmakers who still oppose the American Health Care Act, White House officials are working to eliminate a provision under the ACA that requires payers to cover 10 essential health benefits, reports Politico. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Carson Valley Medical Center hires Mike Ellis as CFO: 3 things to know

    Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, Nev., named Mike Ellis CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. SageWest Health Care taps Alan Daugherty to lead as CEO: 4 notes

    Riverhead, Wyo.-based SageWest Health Care appointed Alan Daugherty CEO. SageWest Health Care, part of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, is a two-hospital system.  By Anuja Vaidya -

ACA repeal and replace: What providers should be doing

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  1. North Carolina physician charged with drug trafficking

    A physician employed at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville, N.C., was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin on March 16, according to The Wilson Times. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 11 latest healthcare layoffs

    The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in March. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Look for a partner that's independent

    Hospitals and health systems must consider a number of areas when choosing a revenue cycle management partner.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Franciscan Alliance, Methodist Hospitals sign letter of intent to merge

    Gary, Ind.-based Methodist Hospitals signed a nonbinding letter of intent to integrate with Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. Beth Israel, Lahey CEOs: Merger will act as 'antidote' to high healthcare costs

    The CEOs of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Health said their proposed merger would allow them to become active competitors in the state's healthcare market and would help both institutions weather potential legislative changes to national health policy and shrinking reimbursements, according to The Boston Globe.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Word from the C-suite: AHCA will 'kick bureaucrats out of doctors' offices'

    With the U.S. House of Representatives gearing up to vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday, officials from both parties continue to voice their opinions on what the nation's healthcare policy should look like.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. 9 things to know about the AHCA House vote

    The American Health Care Act is expected to undergo a crucial test in the near future as the entire House votes on the measure.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Humana to stay out of exchange business, AHA opposes Anthem-Cigna appeal, Affinity Health Plan appoints CEO & more — 8 payer highlights

    The following payers made headlines this past week, beginning with the most recent.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. ACA repeal, change management and leading through uncertainty: 5 questions with Dr. Richard Afable, president & CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health

    The only consistent thing about the healthcare industry today is that change is constant. As health systems navigate evolving reimbursement models, workforce training and the uncertain fate of healthcare reform, leaders must maintain the ability to engage and inspire their workforces. By Tamara Rosin -

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