Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Hospitals and unions: 12 recent conflicts, agreements

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following events related to hospital-union relationships — including rallies, strikes, petitions, elections and contracts — so far in September.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 8 healthcare organizations adding jobs

    The following healthcare organizations shared plans to add jobs since Sept. 5, starting with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Sept. 11-15

    All of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. CHI's operating loss swells to $585.2M in FY 2017

    Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit 103-hospital system based in Englewood, Colo., saw revenues increase in fiscal year 2017 but ended the period with an operating loss, according to recently released bondholder documents.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. How hospitals can use AI to make hiring decisions

    Hospitals struggle to retain employees in every role, from the C-suite to the front desk. Nearly 37 percent of hospital workers say they plan to leave their current organization within the next two years, forcing hospitals to replace almost half their staff every five years.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Mayo Clinic adds symptoms assessment tool to Epic patient portal

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic developed an online symptoms assessment tool for patients to access through Epic's patient portal, MyChart.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Former Swedish Health neurosurgeon wins $17.5M case contesting termination

    An arbitrator awarded neurosurgeon David Newell, MD, a former employee of Seattle-based Swedish Health, $17.5 million Thursday. Dr. Newell alleged Swedish fired him in retaliation for issuing complaints about a fellow surgeon at the facility, The Seattle Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege -

Achieving high quality scores for diabetic eye exams is difficult

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  1. 22 healthcare bankruptcies so far in 2017

    From reimbursement landscape challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals and other healthcare organizations to file for bankruptcy.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Anthem reverses ACA exchange exit in Virginia to fill 63 bare areas

    Indianapolis-based Anthem backpedaled its planned exit from Virginia's individual health insurance marketplace, Forbes reports.    By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Physician who researches price transparency at Harvard: My experience price shopping for care was terrible

    Ateev Mehrotra, MD, an associate professor of healthcare policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, used one word to describe how his experience price shopping for care went — terribly.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Inova CEO J. Knox Singleton to retire after 35 years

    Falls Church, Va.-based Inova CEO J. Knox Singleton, 69, revealed plans to retire, effective July 1, 2018.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Blue Mountain, St. Luke's merger to result in 1k job openings

      Richard A. Anderson, president and CEO of Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network, said the health system's proposed merger with Lehighton, Pa.-based Blue Mountain Health System will result in nearly 1,000 job openings across the combined entity, Lehigh Valley Business reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  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. 15.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Ex-CFO of Florida medical group settles false billing allegations for $100k

    Scott Quinn, the former CFO and COO of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla., has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations he violated the False Claims Act, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 10 states with the highest, lowest uninsured rate

    Massachusetts has the lowest percentage of uninsured adults of any state in the U.S., according to analysis by WalletHub.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Moody's: Hurricane Irma will cause credit challenges for some Florida hospitals

    Hurricane Irma's credit ramifications for Florida's hospitals will develop over years to come, according to an analysis released Friday by Moody's Investors Service.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. 11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a former Cleveland Clinic executive charged in a fraud scheme to a roofing company suing St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. CBO lowers 2026 ACA exchange enrollment projection by 7M

    The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation dropped their early projection of the number of individual marketplace enrollees in 2026 by 7 million, according to a recent report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Navicure, ZirMed to combine, Rothman Institute to implement Allscripts RCM solution & more – 6 RCM key notes

    Here are six recent updates on revenue cycle management companies.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. 70% of physician assistants are women, yet gender pay gap still persists

    A new study from the American Academy of Physician Assistants has found that for every dollar a male PA earns, his female counterpart earns 89 cents.  By Leo Vartorella -

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