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  1. CBO updates cost estimate of AHCA with amendment: 3 things to know

    The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation updated the cost estimate Thursday of the American Health Care Act after GOP leadership submitted the manager's amendments earlier this week.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. 4 key questions on Medicaid, the economy and how hospitals are preparing for the AHCA

    House Republicans put forward the American Health Care Act on March 6, which would repeal the ACA and replace it with new legislation that eliminates the individual mandate, calls for the Medicaid expansion to remain through Jan. 1, 2020, and restructures Medicaid's federal funding to a per-capita cap instead of the current open-ended federal entitlement.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Illinois Supreme Court leaves hospital property tax exemptions in place

    The Illinois Supreme Court has vacated an appellate court decision issued last year that said a state law that allows nonprofit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. 4 latest FDA approvals

    Here are the four latest drugs and medical devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration this week.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. The future of patient flow: 3 questions with TeleTracking's Nanne Finis & Kris Kaneta

    The time patients wait to schedule a physician appointment has reached its highest point in more than a decade, according to a Merritt Hawkins report. With the physician shortage only continuing to increase, many hospitals are left wondering about the impact on patient flow.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Dr. David Shulkin: VA to firm up EHR plan by July

    Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't have a hard deadline in place for deciding the future of its EHR system, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he's "targeting" July, according to FedScoop.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Texas Senate passes bill to protect hospitals from corrupt owners

    The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require background checks for hospital operators to protect hospitals against corruption, according to Dallas News. By Tamara Rosin -

Reducing SSIs & wrong-site surgeries

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  1. URMC CEO Dr. Mark Taubman: AHCA would have 'significant negative consequences'

    Mark Taubman, MD, CEO of University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center, said that if passed as is, the Republican-led American Health Care Act would have "significant negative consequences for UR Medicine, our patients and families and the communities we serve," according to a WHEC report. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Mass General unveils interactive visitor map

    Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital now offers visitors an interactive map and virtual tour platform.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Epic, Nuance bring AI to EHRs

    Epic joined forces with Nuance Communications, a voice and language solutions provider, to embed computer-assisted physician documentation services into its EHRs.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. ONC updates SAFER Guides for EHRs

    ONC released an updated version of its Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience Guides.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

ACA repeal and replace: What providers should be doing

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  1. 3 ways the AHCA could affect the healthcare workforce

    The American Health Care Act is likely to have numerous effects on the healthcare workforce in general, and specifically on employer-sponsored health coverage.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 8 things to know about tuberculosis for World TB Day

    World TB Day is recognized annually on March 24, the date in 1882 that Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacteria that causes tuberculosis — was discovered, according to the CDC. By Heather Punke -
  3. Google DeepMind, Royal Free London NHS face criticism; Epic develops EHR for nephrologists & more — 10 health IT key notes

    Here are 10 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. BMC taps Michael Botticelli to direct new addiction medicine center

    Michael Botticelli, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama administration, has been tapped to head Boston Medical Center's new Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. Study: Texans paid approximately 10 times more at EDs than urgent care centers for same diagnosis

    Texans are likely to pay more at freestanding emergency departments than at hospital-based EDs or urgent care centers, according to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Baptist Health Louisville to shutter outpatient counseling office

    Baptist Health Louisville (Ky.) plans to close its outpatient counseling office in St. Matthews, Ky., according to a statement emailed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. How these college students are working to fix the blood shortage problem

    Students at Milwaukee School of Engineering are developing artificial red blood cells as a potential solution to recurrent blood shortages, reports ABC2 News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. Trump meets with Congressional Black Caucus, promises lower drug costs

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday met with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss ongoing political issues, including high drug costs, reports Politico.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  9. York General Hospital appoints Jenny Obermier COO & CNO: 3 takeaways

    York (Neb.) General Hospital selected Jenny Obermier, BSN, MSN, to serve as senior vice president, COO and CNO, according to a York News-Times report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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