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  1. Quest Diagnostics to pay $1.8M to settle Medicare fraud allegations

    Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics, an international provider of clinical and laboratory services, has paid the federal government $1.79 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Planned Parenthood sues La. to block Medicaid funding cut

    Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Tuesday asked a federal court to block the state of Louisiana from halting funding through Medicaid after the release of videos on fetal tissue research, according to The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Premier Health looking to fill more than 600 jobs: 4 things to know

    Dayton, Ohio-based hospital network Premier Health will hold a job fair Aug. 29 as it seeks to fill more than 600 positions, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Will distinctions between GOP candidates' plans for the ACA matter in a crowded field?

    Republican presidential candidates have each committed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, the differences in their plans may not influence the outcomes of the primary elections, according to The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Leonard Hernandez resigns as CEO of Sumner Regional: 4 things to know

    Leonard Hernandez, president and CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kan., is leaving the organization for another job, according to a Wellington Daily News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Moody's revises outlook for nonprofit healthcare to stable from negative

    Moody's Investors Service has revised the outlook for the U.S. nonprofit and public healthcare sector to stable from negative.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Rush University Medical Center sees operating gains in FY 2015

    Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center reported operating income of $92.6 million on revenue of $2.1 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, compared to operating income of $82.5 million on $2 billion in revenue the previous year.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Valley County Health System CEO resigns following investigation: 10 things to know

    Bill Sugg, president and CEO of Ord, Neb.-based Valley County Health System, resigned following an investigation that revealed allegations of harassment and conflicts of interest, according to a Grand Island Independent report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. CBO projects federal healthcare spending will reach 6.2% of GDP by 2025

    Federal spending on Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and health insurance exchange subsides will rise to 6.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2025, up from 5.2 percent this year, according to budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. State health board approves BJC, Memorial Hospital affiliation

    The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has approved the proposed affiliation between St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare and Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill., according to a Belleville News-Democrat report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Wake Forest Baptist reports higher volume, ends fiscal year with surplus

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ended its fiscal year with operating income of $38.9 million, which was a significant turnaround from the $77.8 million loss the hospital reported for FY 2014.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Chuck Lauer: A thank-you to gatekeepers who protect the boss

    Many people don't understand the crucial role executive assistants play. They function as a "gatekeeper" to the outside world, so their bosses can get their work done.  By By Chuck Lauer, Former Publisher of Modern Healthcare and an Author, Public Speaker and Career Coach -
  2. CDC confirms 11 plague cases since April: 5 things to know

    There have been 11 cases of human plague in the U.S. since April 1, according to the CDC. Here are five things to know about plague in the U.S.  By Heather Punke -
  3. The vendor's view of interoperability: Thoughts from Greenway Health's Mark Janiszewski

    Health IT vendors are at a critical point when it comes to their role in interoperability. While the government has criticized vendors for "information blocking" and vendors face accusations that business principles trump their mission to sharing information, vendors themselves are overcoming barriers to information-sharing that are embedded in the healthcare industry's processes and procedures. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. 2014 Medicare ACO results: ACO leaders react

    CMS announced Tuesday that 353 Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in savings in 2014 and improved in most quality measures. About one in four Medicare ACOs — 97 total — qualified to share in these savings.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. Akron Children's notifies 7,660 of breach due to lost device

    The discovery of a lost recording device has prompted Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital to notify patients and their families of a potential data breach. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. For an employee anti-bias training program, look to Facebook

    Without intention or realization, chances are leaders and employees alike possess biases that can be harmful to colleagues and patients. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. 10 years after Hurricane Katrina: Q&A with Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas

    In 2005, healthcare in New Orleans was siloed with multiple independently operated hospitals across the city.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 15 largest osteopathic medical schools in America

    Here are the 15 largest osteopathic medical schools in America, listed by number of students enrolled in the 2014-15 academic years.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. CMS releases 2014 Medicare ACO quality, financial results: 10 things to know

    CMS announced Tuesday that 20 Pioneer and 333 Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations generated net savings of $411 million in 2014 and improved in most quality measures.  By Emily Rappleye -

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