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  1. Mercy Health executive resigns: 3 things to know

    Yousuf Ahmad, former CEO of Mercy Health-Cincinnati, plans to step down Wednesday from his current position as senior vice president for system development for Mercy Health's Ohio and Kentucky operations and as president of the Mercy Health Behavioral Health Institute, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. What is the ideal vacation to relieve stress, improve well-being?

    As we approach August, those who have yet to take any time off from work to enjoy the summer weather may wonder what kind of vacation would be best. Should you take a week-long trip somewhere new, or a long weekend at a vacation home? By Tamara Rosin -
  3. 2 hospital chains sue NJ governor over new paramedic law

    Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health and Trenton, N.J.-based Capital Health System have filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, claiming a new paramedic law in the state is unconstitutional, according to a Politico report.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. California oncologist pays $736k to settle false claims allegations

    A Stockton, Calif., oncologist, Neelesh Bangalore, MD, has agreed to pay the federal government $736,000 to settle allegations he violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for certain chemotherapy drugs purchased from an unlicensed pharmaceutical distributor, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. New Orleans executive named CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital: 4 things to know

    Mario Garner, EdD, has been appointed as the first senior vice president and CEO of Pearland, Texas-based Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2016.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. BJC HealthCare's operating income surges 37.3% in Q2

    St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare reported operating revenue of $2.1 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, up from $2 billion for the same period a year ago, according to the system's recently released unaudited financial statement.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. A deeper dive into CMS' proposed Stark Law modifications: 6 key points

    CMS released a proposed rule earlier this month that would update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016. The proposed rule contains a number of new policies, including Stark Law modifications.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. UPMC, Allegheny Health Network settle employees' lunch-pay lawsuits

    Three hospitals in UPMC and one hospital in Allegheny Health Network, both based in Pittsburgh, have settled lawsuits with seven employees who claimed their respective employers should have compensated them for working through meal breaks, according to a report from Trib Live. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. St. Elizabeth's Hospital names interim CEO: 4 things to know

    Belleville, Ill.-based St. Elizabeth's Hospital, an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, has appointed CNO Shelley Harris, DNP, interim CEO, according to a Belleville News-Democrat report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Atlanta executive named CEO of Children's Hospital at Erlanger: 3 things to know

    Donald J. Mueller has been named CEO of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Children's Hospital at Erlanger and vice president of Erlanger Health System, according to The Chattanoogan.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. UMass Memorial's Epic adoption to cost $700M

    Last week, UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass., announced plans to adopt Epic's EHR platform, a project which is slated to cost $700 million over the next 10 years, according to The Boston Globe. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. DOD EHR modernization contract announcement expected soon

    Within days, the Pentagon is expected to announce its decision as to who will receive the Department of Defense's EHR modernization contract, worth approximately $11 billion, according to The Washington Post. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. Mount Sinai Health System CIO Kumar Chatani: Mapping out the health IT budget

    The options in health information technology seem limitless, but all CIOs are held to a budget. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 15 latest hospital, health system layoffs

    The following hospitals and health systems shared plans for or implemented layoffs since June, starting with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 8 hospital bankruptcies, closures and service cuts

    Numerous hospitals and health systems filed for bankruptcy protection, closed or announced service cuts since June. Becker's Hospital Review covered the following instances of such, starting with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. What Anthem's Cigna deal means for BCBS: 3 things to know

    Blue Cross Blue Shield plans may be feeling apprehensive following Anthem's purchase of Cigna, according to a Forbes report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Sentara Healthcare and Pratt Medical Center seal partnership deal

    Woodbridge, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare and Fredericksburg, Va.-based Pratt Medical Center have finalized a partnership agreement. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. HHS' medical home demo fails to show savings, report says

    Nearly a year after HHS' innovation center concluded a $57 million, three year-long experiment to transform federally qualified health centers into patient-centered medical homes, analysts say the demonstration is unlikely to reduce spending. By Tamara Rosin -
  8. Good Shepherd Medical Center could lose CMS funding for putting patients at risk

    Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas, could lose its CMS contract Aug. 6 unless it resolves the issues uncovered during a survey of the hospital. By Heather Punke -
  9. Capella to be sold for $900M: 5 things to know about the deal

    Capella Holdings, the parent company of Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella Healthcare, has signed a definitive agreement for Birmingham, Ala.-based Medical Properties Trust to acquire Capella for $900 million in cash.  By Ayla Ellison -

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