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  1. Kaiser Permanente IT workers protest for higher wages

    Seventy-five members of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers gathered in protest at Kaiser Permanente's Oakland, Calif.-based headquarters Sept. 15 to demand equal pay and benefits for Inland Empire Kaiser IT workers, reports KTVU.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. St. Luke's Health System faces conflict of interest concerns over its ACA exchange contract

    Board members of Idaho's individual health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, flagged Boise, Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System's contract to counsel exchange enrollees as a possible conflict of interest, KIVI-TV reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Survey: Nearly half of physicians primarily blame insurance companies for rising healthcare costs

    The Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute has released national survey findings highlighting consumer and physician feelings regarding healthcare costs and various other topics.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. RCM tip of the day: Invest in technology to manage denials

    Healthcare organizations seeking improved revenue cycle management performance should use technology for denials management, according to Andrew Woughter, senior vice president of product strategy at Alpharetta, Ga.-based nThrive.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. FTC clears $4.38B Walgreens, Rite Aid deal

    The Federal Trade Commission approved the amended merger agreement between Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance and Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid Sept. 19 after nearly two years of negotiations.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. The importance of preventive care strategies in a changing healthcare environment

    The industry shift to value-based reimbursement models has underscored the importance of immunizations as a cost-effective preventive care strategy that can improve health outcomes for vulnerable patients.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. How to incorporate evidence-based hiring approaches: Tips for hospitals and health systems

    Hospitals and health systems need to use effective, objective and efficient approaches when hiring new employees to ensure success in an ever-changing healthcare environment.   By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Florida hospital suspends employees after inappropriate photos with newborns surface

    Multiple employees, including at least one U.S. Navy nurse, have been removed from patient care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (Fla.) after images of them inappropriately handling newborn babies went viral on Monday.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Missouri hospital lands last-minute buyer, avoids closure

    Fulton (Mo.) Medical Center will no longer close after scoring a buyer less than one week before it was slated to shut down, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Former Arkansas DHS employee allegedly emails herself 26k Medicaid beneficiaries' personal info prior to termination

    Arkansas Department of Human Services officials said they plan to notify affected Medicare beneficiaries of an incident in which multiple spreadsheets of personal and health information were emailed to a former employee, according to a Sept. 15 news release obtained by the Arkansas Times.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Mission Health president does not expect a BCBS agreement in 2017

    President and CEO of Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System Ron Paulus, MD, told Citizen-Times negotiations between the health system and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham are nonexistent.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Equifax CIO and chief security officer to resign, CEO to remain: 5 things to know

    Equifax's CIO and chief security officer will leave the company following a cybersecurity incident that affected 143 million consumers, the company announced Sept. 15.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 61% of healthcare officials indicate terrible, poor ROI on EHRs, survey finds

    Nineteen percent of healthcare professionals rated the return on investment for EHRs as "terrible," according to a Health Catalyst survey.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. NYU Langone earns HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society selected New York City-based NYU Langone Health as a recipient of its 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Gerald Clute is East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital's new CEO: 3 things to know

    El Segundo, Calif.-based Avanti Hospitals tapped Gerald Clute as CEO of East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Memorial Hermann's VP of emergency management talks Harvey preparedness, response

    Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System was among the many organizations affected when Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas coast.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Hays Medical Center names Edward Herrman CEO

    Edward Herrman, BSN, will assume the president and CEO roles at Hays (Kan.) Medical Center. He succeeds John Jeter, MD, who is retiring Jan. 1, 2018.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. William Brown to serve as NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island CEO: 5 notes

    NYC Health + Hospitals appointed William A. Brown CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. 2 LifePoint hospitals to lay off 158 employees

    SOVAH Health-Martinsville (Va.) and SOVAH Health-Danville (Va.), which are both owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, will lay off a combined 158 employees in November, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices filed with the state.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. California seeks disciplinary action against UC Los Angeles pharmacy after investigation reveals it distributed drugs with expired ingredients

    The California State Board of Pharmacy is pursuing  disciplinary action against an off-campus UC Los Angeles pharmacy after an investigation last October revealed the facility compounded drugs with "expired and potentially dangerous ingredients," The Los Angeles Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege -

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