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  1. MedPAC chief: Not all rural hospitals should get add-on payments

    Medicare Payment Advisory Committee Executive Director Mark Miller made several recommendations in recent testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee's Health Subcommittee, including calling for changes to the special payment adjustments that Medicare provides some rural hospitals.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 10 hospitals and health systems with strong finances

    Here are 10 hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, based on reports from Moody's Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's Ratings Service in the past month.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Social Security disability fund could run out of money in 2016

    The Social Security disability trust fund is estimated to be depleted by the last quarter of 2016, putting the funds 11 million disabled workers depend on in serious jeopardy, according to CMS' 2015 annual report on the financial condition of Medicare and Social Security. By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. Cities in Midwest, South hit hardest by flight cuts: What executives need to know

    Traveling cross-country is all in a day's work for those at the executive level. Without giving it much thought, leaders could book flights, attend meetings or conferences in other states and return home, often without being late for dinner — or at least, they used to. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Vanderbilt names 2 new leaders of adult clinical enterprise: 8 things to know

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., has named both the CEO and the associate vice chancellor for population health of its adult clinical enterprise.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. As drug prices soar, pharmaceutical companies under pressure to justify costs

    Recent complaints of high drug prices are putting a strain on pharmaceutical companies to disclose the development costs and their rationale for the high charges, according to The New York Times. By Erin Marshall -
  4. Jameson to end childbirth services: 4 things to know

    Jameson Hospital officials said Thursday that the New Castle, Pa.-based facility will no longer offer childbirth services beginning Sept. 1.  By Kelly Gooch -

10 ways lean strategies improve healthcare workforce

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  1. Health insurers in the news: 2 Weeks in review July 10-23

    The following insurers made headlines in the past two weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent. By Erin Marshall -
  2. Trauma business decreases at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital

    Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital is seeing a decline in trauma cases due to competition in the area, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. By Erin Marshall -
  3. Methodist in Memphis affiliates with Mayo Clinic

    Methodist Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.) has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to a Memphis Business Journal report. By Erin Marshall -
  4. Physicians beware, that gift basket might be a kickback

    Nurses' Registry & Home Health in Lexington, Ky., sent gift baskets and event tickets to physicians who referred patients to the facility, and those gifts are now the center of a pending Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act lawsuit, according to a JD Supra Business Advisors report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. WellStar pursues deal to buy 5 Georgia hospitals from Tenet

    Marietta, Ga.-based WellStar Health System is beginning negotiations to buy Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's five hospitals in Georgia, according to a Georgia Health News report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Arizona hospital loses Medicare funding

    The federal government terminated its Medicare contract with Douglas, Ariz.-based Cochise Regional Hospital on July 10, according to an Arizona Daily Starreport.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 4 things to know about the new CEO of Saint Luke's North Hospital

    Matthew J. Wenzel has been appointed president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke's North Hospital, part of Saint Luke's Health System.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Epic, Cerner, McKesson among highest IT revenue last year; athenahealth launches free messaging platform; Epic snags 2 new customers — 5 health IT key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on key health IT companies. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  5. Accretive Health considering sale options, Anthelio acquires Pyramid Healthcare Solutions & more – 5 RCM company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on key healthcare revenue cycle management companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Sewage leak threatened patients at Venice Regional Bayfront

    A report from the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration revealed Venice (Fla.) Regional Bayfront Health failed to keep patients safe while responding to a large sewage leak at the hospital, according to the Herald-Tribune.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. Medical resident salaries by gender, region and residency year

    Overall, the average medical resident salary is $55,400, but what these training physicians really earn can depend on their gender, region of practice and residency year, according to Medscape's 2015 Residents Salary & Debt Report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. 3 healthcare CIOs on talent recruitment, cybersecurity

    The challenge of attracting and retaining talent while warding off cybersecurity threats was top-of-mind for hospital and health system CIOs who gathered at the Becker's Hospital Review CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Summit in Chicago July 21. By Heather Punke & Tamara Rosin -
  9. Mount Sinai Health System CIO Kumar Chatani: How CIOs can effectively work within the hospital C-suite

    The hospital C-suite is becoming crowded. The traditional roles of CEO, CFO and COO are joined by chief experience officers, chief development officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, chief technology officers and more. Chief information officers play an important role in leadership, but their voices can get lost among their peers standing at the helm of a hospital or health system.  By Carrie Pallardy -

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