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  1. Almost 18k records exposed in Metropolitan Urology Group ransomware attack

    Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Metropolitan Urology Group notified patients of a breach of protected health information, including patient names, procedure codes and dates of service. Fewer than five patients also had their Social Security numbers exposed.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Idaho AG approves St. Joseph Regional Medical Center transition to RCCH HealthCare Partners

    The Idaho attorney general approved the proposed transition of Lewiston, Idaho-based St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to Brentwood, Tenn.-based RCCH HealthCare Partners Monday after a six-month review.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. US News: Students at top-ranked medical schools typically major in these 5 fields

    While more than 40 percent of medical school seniors at the top-ranked medical schools in the nation typically majored in biological sciences during undergrad, medical school officials have begun to see greater numbers of first-year applicants with non-science undergraduate majors, according to U.S. News & World Report.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Youth opioid use on the decline, studies show

    Prescription opioid use and overdoses among teenagers and children looks to be declining, according to two studies published this month in the journal Pediatrics. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. House GOP unveils changes to AHCA: 3 things to know

    Republicans in the House released changes late Monday to their healthcare plan in an attempt to sway more members to vote for it.   By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Dr. Anthony Tersigni: Collaboration and value are keys to reimagining care

    In the United States, healthcare leaders and providers recognize that a gap still exists between the promise of consistently delivered personalized, coordinated care and the current patient experience. This understanding has challenged healthcare providers to reimagine the way we deliver care as we evolve from fee-for-service toward fee-for-value. Healthcare leaders must develop new muscle memory as we unite to achieve better, more affordable and more accessible healthcare.  By Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, President and CEO, Ascension -
  4. House Freedom Caucus won't take official position on AHCA vote

    The American Health Care Act could potentially garner more "yes" votes after the conservative House Freedom Caucus decided not to oppose the ACA replacement proposal as a bloc, reports USA Today.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 53% of Americans equate unaffordable medical bills to being diagnosed with a serious illness

    Americans have significant concerns about rising healthcare costs, and they deal with these worries in different ways, according to a recent study.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. RCM tip of the day: Keep a close watch on Medicare, Medicaid managed care denials

    Hospitals and health systems are constantly looking to decrease claims denials. One area of opportunity involves Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Providence St. Joseph Health CEO Dr. Rod Hochman apologizes for issues at Swedish in full-page ad

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health President and CEO Rod Hochman, MD, took out a full-page advertisement in The Seattle Times to apologize for the patient care issues unearthed at Seattle-based Swedish Health Services, a part of Providence.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Trump calls for drug cost measure in AHCA

    President Donald Trump on Monday expressed his desire to add a provision to the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act to lower high drug costs, reports Reuters.  By Mackenzie Bean -

ACA repeal and replace: What providers should be doing

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  1. Word from the C-suite: 'Health must go beyond health coverage'

    Healthcare organizations — including health insurers — have a financial incentive to invest in population health initiatives.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Rideout Health to lay off 106 employees, cut services

    Yuba City, Calif.-based Rideout Health will lay off 106 employees, roughly 5 percent of its 2,200-person workforce, by May 15 and scale back services over the next two months, according to the Appeal Democrat.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 5 things to consider when embarking on a chargemaster review

    As the overall pricing list for hospitals' services and products, the chargemaster can potentially have a significant affect on an organization's financial picture. When correct data is used, it can help hospitals obtain appropriate reimbursement. However, if line items contain errors, hospitals could receive incorrect payments for care provided.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Novo Nordisk CEO: 'Patients shouldn't pay list price for our drugs'

    Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen believes too many American patients are forced to pay large bills for their diabetes treatments, reports Bloomberg.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  5. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai voices support for Connect2Health Task Force

    Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, committed to continuing the Connect2Health Task Force, according to a recent FCC statement.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Patient wait times increased 30% since 2014: 5 survey findings

    The time patients wait to schedule a physician appointment has reached its highest point in more than 10 years, according to a Merritt Hawkins report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. 34 statistics for Medicare admissions, costs, margins and charges at hospitals

    Medicare's fee-for-service program paid 4,700 hospitals $178 billion in 2015 for inpatient admissions, outpatient services and non-Medicare uncompensated care costs. Here are 34 statistics on Medicare admissions, costs, margins and charges in 2015 from MedPAC's March 2017 report to Congress.  By Laura Dyrda -
  8. Convergence CT's President Thomas Summerfelt to speak at upcoming Becker's April Annual Meeting

    Thomas Summerfelt, President at Convergence CT and former Vice President of Research at Advocate Healthcare, will be participating in a workshop at the Becker's April Annual Meeting taking place April 17th- 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.   By Staff -
  9. UNC Health Care notifies 1.3k prenatal patients of possible information breach

    UNC Health Care, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based health system owned by the state of North Carolina, notified 1,300 prenatal patients of a possible information breach.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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