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  1. Lake Regional Health System taps Dane Henry as CEO: 5 takeaways

    Osage Beach, Mo.-based Lake Regional Health System named Dane W. Henry CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Catholic Health CEO to retire next year: 8 things to know

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health Joseph D. McDonald announced his plans to retire in early 2018, according to The Buffalo News.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. HIEs can help save Medicare billions, new research shows

    Health information exchanges can result in healthcare cost-savings up to billions of dollars, according to research published in Information Systems Research.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Mercy Iowa City to cut 115 jobs

    Mercy Iowa City (Iowa) will eliminate or scale back the hours of approximately 65 full- and part-time employees, and another 50 positions have already been eliminated via attrition and planned retirements, hospital officials confirmed in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Fitch: New Republican ACA repeal bill could lead to significant reductions in federal funding for states

    Republicans revealed their latest ACA repeal bill roughly two weeks prior to the Sept. 30 budget reconciliation deadline. This latest effort includes a Medicaid repeal-and-replace approach that could result in significantly less federal funding for states, according to Fitch Ratings.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Survey: 74% of struggling hospitals reprioritizing RCM over other initiatives

    Most struggling hospitals are reprioritizing revenue cycle management through the last quarter of 2017, according to a Black Book Market Research survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 3 former employees sue Google over alleged gender pay discrimination: 5 things to know

    Three former Google employees filed a lawsuit against the company Sept. 14 citing alleged gender discrimination in pay and promotions, Reuters reports. The three women filed the proposed class action lawsuit in a California state court in San Francisco.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. 3 steps to improve central line home care

    While central lines allows patients with cancer and other serious illnesses to receive antibiotics, liquid nutrition and chemotherapy from the comfort of their own home, the catheters can cause serious infections and complications if caregivers don't clean them properly, reports Kaiser Health News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Former Centerville Clinics admin gets prison time for computer hacking

    A Houston man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for damaging 13 servers and committing wire fraud on Fredericktown, Penn.-based Centerville Clinics' computers in 2013, according to the Department of Justice.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Biosimilars are getting approved, but few have hit the market — here's why

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved seven biosimilars drugs since 2015, but only three are on the market, reports Bloomberg.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. 11 cybersecurity terms to know

    In recent months, cyberattacks have hit hospitals at alarming rates.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. UPMC workers' data breach lawsuit goes to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear a 2014 class-action lawsuit filed by employees of Pittsburgh-based UPMC filed against the health system, the Tribune-Review reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Augusta University Medical Center reports breach 5 months after phishing attack

    Augusta (Ga.) University Medical Center disclosed a potential breach of patient information five months after the associated phishing attack, The Augusta Chronicle reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Banner Health appoints Margo Karsten Western Division president: 4 notes

    Phoenix-based Banner Health selected Margo Karsten to serve as Western Division president, effective Jan. 1, 2018, according to a Biz West report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 37 state AGs call on insurance industry to prioritize non-opioid pain meds: 3 things to know

    Attorneys general from 37 states are urging insurers to alter their coverage policies to prioritize non-opioid pain medications over opioids for the treatment of chronic pain not related to cancer.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. UT System officially names Dr. Peter Pisters MD Anderson president

    Austin-based University of Texas System's board of regents finalized the appointment of Peter Pisters, MD, as Houston-based UT MD Anderson Cancer Center president.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Lori Shibinette to serve as New Hampshire Hospital CEO

    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services named Lori Shibinette CEO of Concord-based New Hampshire Hospital, effective Oct. 20.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Vanderbilt Health, Aetna launch ACO health plan: 3 things to know

    Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, a Nashville, Tenn.-based organization of physicians, health systems and employers, rolled out an accountable care product with Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. ACA repeal in 11 days? 10 things to know Tuesday about the Graham-Cassidy bill

    The ACA repeal bill proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has gained momentum in recent days as Republicans whip votes ahead of the September 30 budget reconciliation deadline.  By Leo Vartorella -
  9. 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 -

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