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  1. Melham Memorial Medical Center CEO to retire: 3 takeaways

    Broken Bow, Neb.-based Melham Memorial Medical Center President/CEO Michael J. Steckler is retiring, ending a 32-year tenure, according to a News Channel Nebraska report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Eastern Connecticut Health Network names Michael Collins permanent CEO: 4 things to know

    Manchester-based Eastern Connecticut Health Network dropped the 'interim' tag from CEO Michael Collins' title, according to a Hartford Business report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 6 notes on salary & bonuses for health informatics directors

    The median annual income for U.S. health informatics directors is $147,752, according to Salary.com data.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Alabama hospital's #hairraisingchallenge campaign aims to garner awareness, funds for preemies

    When Om Prakash Jha, MD, saw nurses sporting a "Trolls"-style hairdo as a fun thing for patients, it sparked a campaign idea to benefit preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 12 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Trump to Senate: Stay in Washington and work on healthcare

    President Donald Trump told Republican senators Wednesday they should stay in Washington, D.C., through the August recess and continue work on healthcare reform following the failure of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to repeal and replace the ACA, reports Reuters.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Fitch: US insurers face increased uncertainty after BCRA failure

    The failure of Senate Republicans' healthcare bill creates greater uncertainty for insurers, especially in regard to the future of cost-sharing reductions that help insurers subsidize the cost of coverage for low-income Americans, according to Fitch Ratings.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the past week.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Husband of Massachusetts nurse stabbed by patient lobbies for state workplace violence bill

    The husband of a nurse who was stabbed 11 times by a patient June 14 at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Mass., lobbied for state legislation to address hospital workplace violence in hospitals on Wednesday, according to the Telegram & Gazette.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Bath Community Hospital hires new CFO: 3 notes

    Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Va., a critical access hospital, selected Deb Shipman to serve as CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Medical City Healthcare taps Laura Irvine as chief administrative officer

    Irving, Texas-based Medical City Healthcare named Laura Irvine division executive vice president and chief administrative officer, effective Aug. 1.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 5 nurses share their best piece of advice

    Five Louisiana-based nurses recently spoke with nola.com about their careers and shared their best pieces of nursing advice.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. EMS wait times twice as long in rural America, study finds

    Rural Americans wait nearly twice as long for emergency medical service personnel to arrive at the scene of an emergency than individuals in urban or suburban areas, according to a research letter published in JAMA Surgery.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. CMS leader proposes Medicaid policy

    During a meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican senators at the White House Wednesday, CMS Administrator Seema Verma unveiled a new Medicaid policy created to ease the concerns of moderate senators worried about cuts to the program, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. Cancún hospital allegedly withholds Indiana family's premature baby over $37k bill

    An Indiana family claims a hospital in Cancún, Mexico, refused to release their premature baby until a $37,000 medical bill was paid, according to family members' GoFundMe page.   By Morgan Haefner -
  5. CBO says repeal-and-delay plan would increase uninsured by 32 million: 4 things to know

    The Congressional Budget Office scored the financial impact of the repeal-and-delay plan proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer at Mayo Clinic – Phoenix

    Physicians at Mayo Clinic-Phoenix diagnosed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., with an aggressive form of brain cancer soon after the longtime senator underwent surgery for a blood clot above his left eye late last week, according to Bloomberg.  By Leo Vartorella -
  7. AMGA survey: 77% of physician specialties saw median compensation increase from 2016 to 2017

    AMGA, a trade association in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday revealed data from its 2017 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. RCM tip of the day: Renew focus on patient eligibility verification to reduce claim denials

    Healthcare organizations should focus on multiple aspects of the revenue cycle to reduce claim denials, particularly patient eligibility verification, according to Dustin Hamilton, director of product at Louisville, Ky.-based ZirMed.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. An action plan for leaders: 5 questions on hospital performance improvement amid political uncertainty

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans' bill to replace the ACA, would have rescinded key elements of the current healthcare law and imposed dramatic changes on the U.S. healthcare system, including the repeal of Medicaid expansion, tax cuts and waivers to enable states to opt out of coverage for essential health benefits. Although this particular healthcare legislation is now dead, it is clear the American healthcare system is on a path of change.  By Staff -

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