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  1. Study links postoperative respiratory depression to higher hospital charges

    Patients with postoperative respiratory depression could see greater economic consequences compared with patients without the condition, suggests a recent study by CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Medical City McKinney taps Andrew Nice as COO: 4 notes

    Medical City McKinney (Texas) hired Andrew Nice to serve as COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. NY Medicaid program to inspect drugmakers who don't share discounts

    New York state in April enacted new laws to address high drug costs as part of the state's budget, reports Kaiser Health News.  By Mackenzie Bean -

How Scripps Health transformed their call center to deliver customer-centric experiences

Guide to changing your call center and focusing on the patient.
  1. Medical Center Enterprise's new CEO is Suzanne Woods: 3 takeaways

    Medical Center Enterprise (Ala.) appointed Suzanne Woods CEO, according to a Dothan Eagle report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. US News updates Best Children's Hospitals ranking metrics

    U.S. News & World Report announced Tuesday "several noteworthy changes" to its methodology for ranking the nation's children's hospitals.  By Heather Punke -
  3. 66% of breached healthcare orgs report incident within 60 days, Protenus finds

    Thirty-four separate healthcare breaches occurred in April, affecting 232,060 patient records, according to a Protenus report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. St. Vincent's Medical Center names Vicki Briggs CEO: 5 things to know

    St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., tapped Vicki Briggs to lead as president and CEO, effective July 1. The hospital is a part of St. Louis-based Ascension.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Why is health IT turning to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to help application deployment?

Guide to the basics of HCI and how it can save you time and money.
  1. Legacy Health CEO Dr. George Brown to retire by year-end

    Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health President and CEO George J. Brown, MD, is retiring, after serving as leader of the health system for nearly a decade.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Dartmouth-Hitchcock aims to break even by end of FY 2017

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock continues to be on a path of financial recovery, according to a Valley News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Cone Health records 9% increase in operating revenues

    Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health recordedoperating revenues of $901.8 million in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2017, up 9 percent from $827.2 million in the same period ended March 31, 2016.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Poll: 1 in 3 millennials know someone addicted to opioids

    More than one in four Americans — including more than a third of millennials — know someone who is or has been been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association Monday.  By Brian Zimmerman -

How to choose your surgical gown?

Step-by-step guide to AAMI barrier protection standards.
  1. BCBS to members: Coverage should be 'available to everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions'

    Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association penned a message to members outlining its wishes for the GOP's health reform proposal.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. 'Can't bring myself to give them that money:' Why this patient refuses to pay a $323 hospital bill

    A patient has yet to pay New Orleans-based Tulane Medical Center a $323 bill for routine blood work after she said the hospital didn't adequately respond to her questions, according to | The Times-Picayune report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. What Trump's budget proposal means for FDA funding

    President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget would cut spending by $4.3 trillion over 10 years, reports The New York Tines.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. Major teaching hospitals have lower mortality rates, study finds

    Patients who are admitted to a major teaching hospital are less likely to die than patients admitted to nonteaching hospitals, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA.  By Heather Punke -
  5. Trump's $4.1 trillion budget: 9 healthcare takeaways

    President Donald Trump's first full budget proposal will include $3.6 trillion in spending cuts to balance the budget in the next decade.    By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Baking soda shortage forces hospitals to postpone surgeries, treatments

    Hospitals nationwide are delaying major operations and chemotherapy due to a major shortage of a simple, yet crucial drug — sodium bicarbonate solution, reports The New York Times.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. RCM tip of the day: Regularly reconcile physicians' notes with submitted charges

    As healthcare organizations strive to achieve maximum reimbursement, they should use automation to ensure consistency between physicians' notes and charges submitted, according to Paul Brient, CEO of PatientKeeper.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. CHS rejects physicians' $2.4B offer for Lutheran Health Network

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems refused a local physician group's offer to purchase Lutheran Health Network, an eight-hospital system in Fort Wayne, Ind. The for-profit hospital operator said the group "failed to satisfy any reasonable criteria of a legitimate offer," according to the News-Sentinel.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. Austin hospital closes after 133 years; relocates services

    University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas closed May 21 after 133 years. The hospital's services are being transferred to Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, a new 211-bed teaching hospital in Austin, according to the American-Statesman.  By Ayla Ellison -

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