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  1. Tenet to renew talks over major hospital deal in Connecticut

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has accepted Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's offer to once again begin negotiating the terms of a transaction that involves the for-profit hospital operator acquiring five hospitals in the state, according to an NBC Connecticut report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. New bill introduced to overturn PPACA's individual mandate

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, one of the health reform law's most controversial provisions, would be overturned under recently introduced legislation, according to The New York Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Trigg County Hospital CEO resigns

    Alisa Coleman, CEO of Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz, Ky., is resigning after 10 years at the helm. According to the Cadiz Record, her last day as CEO will be Jan. 30.  By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. Senator urges hospitals nationwide to stop suing poor patients

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is urging U.S. nonprofit hospitals to stop using the legal system to go after poor patients over unpaid bills, according to a ProPublica and National Public Radio report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Hospitals: Why are you surprised nobody wants to use your patient portal?

    It's a familiar routine for many patients: navigate to a hospital website and let the clicking begin. First locate the patient portal. Log in. Want to see X-rays from a past appointment? Log into a different portal. Hoping to pay a bill? Try again. Just looking to confirm an upcoming appointment? Go back to the first login and — oh, the server is down. By Emily Rappleye -
  3. For Epic implementation, Mayo Clinic will drop Cerner, GE contracts

    Earlier this week, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic announced it selected to adopt Epic's EHR and revenue cycle management platform. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. Mount St. Mary's CEO to depart after Catholic Health merger

    Judith Maness, CEO of Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y., will retire June 30 after the completion of a merger with Catholic Health, according to Buffalo Business First. By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. Sizing down: Why one health system executive created a strategy team "to be as small as reasonably possible"

    As health systems expand into new regions, their moves are akin to a live version of the board game "Risk," in which players must occupy the most territory to win. Just like acquiring new territory in the board game, expanding a healthcare system requires careful strategy and planning. However, unlike "Risk," employees and bosses multiply as systems grow, and accountability can get muddled. Imagine playing a board game when an increasing number of people must decide each subsequent move.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Increased Medicaid reimbursement benefited patients, study shows

    Increased Medicaid payments to primary care providers, per the Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act, was advantageous for patients, as Medicaid enrollees saw improved appointment availability among participating providers without longer waiting times, according to an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. CRE infections at Virginia Mason tied to dirty scopes

    Between 2012 and 2014, at least 35 patients at Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center fell ill from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections, according to a Seattle Times report. By Heather Punke -
  4. Study analyzes Medicare per capita spending by age and type of service

    The peak age for Medicare per capita spending was 96 in 2011 compared to 92 in 2000, according to an article published in Health Affairs, which presents findings from an analysis of Medicare per capita spending among beneficiaries over age 65 in traditional Medicare, by age and type of service.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported within the past week.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. ONC creates first ever CHIO position

    The ONC has named Michael McCoy, MD, the agency's first ever chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26, according to Health Data Management. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. AMA-led coalition pushes drastic changes to MU program

    In a letter sent to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, a coalition of 35 medical groups led by the American Medical Association proposed a laundry list of changes to the controversial meaningful use EHR incentive program. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. NBA picks Kaiser Permanente as first-ever healthcare partner

    The NBA chose Kaiser Permanente as its first healthcare partner for health and wellness initiatives under a multi-year deal.  By Molly Gamble -
  5. Gun violence in hospitals: How much of a threat is it really?

    Within the past few weeks, three shootings in healthcare settings made national headlines. By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Top 10 trends shaping the health industry in 2015

    We know more patients than ever are covered by health insurance. We know emerging technologies, consumer demand and economic pressures are shifting healthcare into new models — models that will engage patients and put them back at the center of care. But how much will these forces noticeably change the healthcare landscape this year?  By Kelly Gooch and Emily Rappleye -
  7. In 10 years, nurse practitioners nearly double in US

    Over the last decade, the ranks of licensed nurse practitioners have nearly doubled in the U.S., increasing from 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 by the end of last year, according to data from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. Cigna forms 5 new collaborative care agreements

    Cigna announced Tuesday the launch of five new collaborative care agreements in Florida and California, formed to achieve the same population health goals of accountable care organizations.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. BCBS of Texas launches 3 new ACOs

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas announced the launch of three new physician-led accountable care organizations on Jan. 1.  By Emily Rappleye -

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