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  1. HHS issues 16 grants to curb opioid misuse among females

    The HHS' Office of Women's Health on Tuesday awarded 16 grants of $100,000 each to public and private nonprofit organizations across the country.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Providence St. Joseph Health names CFO: 4 things to know

    Providence St. Joseph Health, the organization formed through the merger of Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services and Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health, named Venkat Bhamidipati executive vice president and CFO.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Meritus Health invests $100M in Epic rollout

    Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health will invest nearly $100 million over the next five years to transition its EHR to Epic, reports Herald-Mail Media.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. St. Joseph's Hospital to close maternity ward Sept. 10

    Saint Paul, Minn.-based St. Joseph's Hospital will shutter its maternity ward Sept. 10, according to the Pioneer Press.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. MidMichigan Health demolishes building to pave way for $57M heart and vascular center

    Midland-based MidMichigan Health's Sugnet Building was demolished Monday to begin construction on a new $57 million heart and vascular center that will take its place, according to  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Becker's Healthcare Advisory Board welcomes COO of NewYork-Presbyterian, CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery

    Becker's Healthcare is pleased to welcome two executives to its Advisory Board: Laura Forese, MD, executive vice president and COO of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Lou Shapiro, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. Both organizations are based in New York City.   By Molly Gamble -
  4. Physician practices pay $14,000+ in IT operating expenses per physician

    IT expenses are on the rise for most physician practices, according to a Medical Group Management Association report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Missouri hospital searches for buyer as closure looms

    Fulton (Mo.) Medical Center is slated to close by Sept. 22, but officials hope to keep the facility open by securing a buyer, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. How to improve hospital revenue cycle management: 4 CFOs weigh in

    Revenue cycle management has become increasingly difficult for hospitals and health systems as the industry shifts to value-based payment arrangements and patients shoulder more financial responsibility for the care they receive.  By Ayla Ellison, Kelly Gooch and Morgan Haefner -
  3. Pence breaks tie, Senate votes to proceed with healthcare debate

    With Vice President Mike Pence acting as a tiebreaker, the Senate will proceed to debate the American Health Care Act after a 50 to 50 vote Tuesday, according to The New York Times.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. Supply chain leaders worried about potential market entry of Amazon

    The possibility of Amazon expanding its services into digital health has many industry insiders worried, according to CNBC.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. Survey: Most Americans say frank discussions about clinical trials should be the norm

    Eighty-six percent of Americans believe patient, provider discussions on clinical trials should be a standard of care, according to a new survey conducted by Zogby Analytics on behalf of Research!America.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Drug prices will jump nearly 8% for health systems in 2018: 3 report findings

    Health systems will see a 7.61 percent price increase for drug purchases in 2018, according to estimates from Vizient's July 2017 Drug Price Forecast.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Lucile Packard Children's head of patient experience answers 5 Q's on $1.1B patient-centered expansion

    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford will open a 521,000-square-foot pediatric and obstetric facility in December, more than doubling the current size of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. 15 RCM tips for hospitals

    Hospitals constantly strive to improve revenue cycle management performance amid increasing pressure to improve margins. Here are 15 RCM tips shared with Becker's Hospital Review this year, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. 3 quality measures that most influence overall HCAHPS scores

    The percentage of HCAHPS survey respondents who assign their hospitals top scores steadily increased from 2013 to 2017, according to a new report from Boston-based patient experience solutions provider Press Ganey.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  6. Nearly 1,500 nurses at Hackensack Meridian hospitals authorize strike

    Nearly 1,500 nurses represented by Health Professionals and Allied Employees Local 5138 voted last week to authorize a strike if a labor deal is not reached this month with Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Mission Health board inks op-ed on BCBS feud: 5 things to know

    Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System representatives penned an op-ed stating a "fair contract" with the state's largest insurer — Durham-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina — "is not a want, it is an absolute need."  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Bill with Veterans Choice Program funding fails in House

    House lawmakers rejected a budget plan Monday that includes boosting the Veterans Choice Program by rerouting funds from other places in the Veterans Affairs department, reports The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. McCain returns for Senate healthcare vote: 4 things to know today

    Though he was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will return to Capitol Hill today to vote on a healthcare bill, according to CNN.  By Leo Vartorella -

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