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  1. Evolvent Health mulls merger with Advisory Board

    Evolent Health, a healthcare technology provider based in Arlington, Va., is exploring a merger with Washington D.C.-based The Advisory Board Company, a business consulting company that helped launch Evolent five years ago, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 5 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Roger Severino tapped to lead OCR

    Roger Severino, JD, was named director of HHS' Office for Civil Rights.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Sen. Sanders to introduce 'Medicare-for-all' plan to Congress

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is ramping up his quest for a single-payer healthcare system, reports Politico.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Lawmakers urge bipartisanship after AHCA pulled

    A number of lawmakers and senior White House officials are calling for bipartisanship on healthcare after the House called off a Friday vote for the GOP's health bill, reports The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Iron County Medical Center names Joshua Gilmore CEO: 4 things to know

    Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob, Mo., selected Joshua Gilmore to serve as CEO, according to a Daily Journal Online report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Galesburg Cottage Hospital CEO to retire in May: 3 notes

    Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital CEO Barry Schneider announced his plans to retire, effective May 2, according to a report by The Register-Mail.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Judge says projected $2.4B savings in Anthem-Cigna deal could improve competition

    Three judges heard appellate arguments from Anthem on March 24, as the insurer pled its case against a district court's ruling blocking its merger with Cigna, Bloomberg BNA reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Medical school dean writes touching letter about physician burnout after 4th-year resident commits suicide

    David Muller, MD, dean of medical education at the New York City-based Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, penned a touching op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine addressing depression and burnout amongst physicians and trainees after a fourth-year medical student committed suicide in August 2016.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. 11 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions and general partnerships took place or were announced in the past week.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. 5 people remain hospitalized at University of Cincinnati Medical Center after Ohio nightclub shooting

    Five people remain hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after a dispute at an Ohio nightclub escalated into a shooting early Sunday morning, according to Fox News.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Viewpoint: Why Americans are too focused on high drug costs

    While high drug costs represent a common issue addressed by lawmakers, the media and general public, one former congressman thinks there's another issue that deserves more attention: hospital spending.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Sen. Sanders eager to partner with Trump on drug cost legislation

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Sunday said he was open to collaborating with President Donald Trump to create new legislation to address high drug costs, according to The Hill.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Hartford HealthCare, UnitedHealthcare negotiations stall ahead of contract deadline

    Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare warned patients with commercial or Medicare plans through Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare and its subsidiary Oxford Health Plans may no longer be able to access all of its hospitals, facilities and physicians at in-network rates should the parties' contract dissolve.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. 5 questions with incoming Witt/Kieffer CEO Andrew Chastain

    Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm based in Oak Brook, Ill., has named Andrew Chastain the company's next CEO, effective July 1. Mr. Chastain currently serves as managing partner and chair of the firm's healthcare practice and has been with Witt/Kieffer since 1997.  By Tamara Rosin -
  5. 10 changes HHS can make to ACA without Congress

    The American Health Care Act is out and the ACA is here to stay for now — though likely in a more conservative form. Because Obama administration used considerable executive authority in interpreting the ACA, the Trump administration will have the same power to interpret the law.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Hospitals are getting physician burnout and engagement all wrong — Here's why

    Physician burnout poses a threat to clinicians' well-being, patient care and the hospital bottom line — and it's on the rise. Healthcare administrators are paying increasing attention to what many have deemed an epidemic of physician burnout, going so far as to enlist consultants to assess and prescribe necessary interventions. Unfortunately, many of these efforts fail to accurately diagnose — and subsequently, help heal — burnout.  By Tamara Rosin -
  7. 12 recent RCM hires

    The following organizations hired people with revenue cycle management expertise, or for an RCM-related role, so far in March.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 9 RCM companies with recent service expansions

    Here are nine companies that extended their revenue cycle management portfolios for healthcare vendors and providers so far in March.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of March 20-24

    Fueled Friday by Republicans' decision to scrap the American Health Care Act, four of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.  By Kelly Gooch -

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