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  1. USDA withholds funds from rural hospital project, cites slow financial turnaround

    Leadville, Colo.-based St. Vincent General Hospital is putting a major construction project on hold because the United States Agriculture Department decided to pause a loan for the project, due to "the hospital's slower than anticipated financial turnaround," according to an announcement from the hospital's board of directors.   By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Lawsuit: Nurse raped while held hostage at Illinois hospital

    Two nurses who were held hostage earlier this month at Geneva, Ill.-based Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital by a Kane County Jail inmate have filed a lawsuit against the county, a corrections deputy and the security firm used by the hospital, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 11 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.  By Tamara Rosin -

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

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  1. Healthcare CEOs among highest paid executives in 2016

    The typical healthcare CEO took home median compensation of $12.9 million in 2016, according to calculations by The Associated Press and executive data firm Equilar, The Washington Post reported.  By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 10 states where people visit ERs the most

    There has been a slight dip in the percentage of people seeking emergency room visits across the country — 19.8 percent of U.S. residents reported visiting the ER in 2011, compared with 18.3 percent in 2015, according to State Health Compare.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 4 questions with Latoya Thomas, director of the ATA State Policy Resource Center

    Telemedicine policies are rapidly changing year to year. Since 2016, seven states have improved their coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services, while three have furthered their restrictions, according to an American Telemedicine Association report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. UW Medicine hospital cuts 60 jobs including COO, VPs

    Renton, Wash.-based Valley Medical Center, a part of Seattle-based UW Medicine, reduced its workforce by 60 positions, or about 1 percent, to combat lower reimbursements, according to a Kent Reporter report.  By Morgan Haefner -

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

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  1. Health Net goes out of network with Dignity in Arizona, Aetna names CEO of Banner JV & more — 7 payer highlights

    The following payers made headlines this week, beginning with the most recent.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. BCBS parent company sees profit rise $1.3B in Q1

    Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., the umbrella organization of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in five states, reported a $1.3 billion year-over-year increase in profit in the first quarter of 2017, Axios reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Providers are wasting something more valuable to patients than money — their time

    A Six Sigma green belt who tracked and blogged about her medical treatment for two rare diseases made a startling discovery — in 20 emergency room visits, 56 outpatient visits and 54 inpatient days across nine admissions, she found just 0.08 percent of that time was spent treating her conditions.  By Brooke Murphy -
  4. Southeast Alabama Medical Center cuts 80 jobs as revenue trends downward

    Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan has eliminated 80 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan, according to the Dothan Eagle.  By Ayla Ellison -

How to choose your surgical gown?

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  1. Kaspersky: 5 things to know about malware in the US

    Kaspersky Lab detected 479 million cyberattacks launched from 191 countries in the first quarter of 2017, according to the antivirus provider's newest report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Allscripts appoints new board member: 5 things to know

    Allscripts shareholders elected Mara G. Aspinall to its board of directors.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Cerner boasts largest global EMR hospital market share; Intermountain joins American Well Exchange & more — 14 health IT key notes

    Here are 14 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. How a newly licensed nurse saved a life at 39,000 feet

    Even though Courtney Donlon has been a nurse for less than a year, her training kicked in Monday while on a flight from Florida to New Jersey.  By Heather Punke -
  5. Researchers tracked germs from Day 1 at a new hospital — here's what they found

    By the time the University of Chicago's Center for Care and Discovery opened, researchers had already been swabbing the hospital for two months, with the aim of learning how germs spread through a hospital's environment.  By Heather Punke -
  6. Dr. Amy Reed, patient advocate and morcellation opponent, dies at 44

    Amy Reed, MD, PhD, a physician and cancer patient who long advocated against the use of power morcellators, died Wednesday at the age of 44, reports The New York Times.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. How are patient payment methods evolving? 4 health systems weigh in

    Payment methods for patients continue to evolve as health systems adapt to new technology and the rising popularity of high-deductible plans.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Abbott recalls heart pump controller following 26 patient deaths

    Abbott Laboratories recalled nearly 29,000 controllers used with an implanted blood pump after more than two dozen heart patients died trying to replace the controller outside of a hospital setting.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  9. Patient diagnosed with rare brain infection linked to Roche's new MS drug

    A German patient was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening brain infection after switching from Biogen's multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri to Roche's new Ocrevus MS treatment, reports Reuters.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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