Where the Walgreens-Theranos partnership went wrong

Walgreens Boots Alliance of Deerfield, Ill., has all but said good bye to its $50 million stake in Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood testing startup Theranos, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal based on interviews with 20 current and former Walgreens officials and advisers, former Theranos employees and government records. The article suggests Walgreens was so eager to strike a partnership with a potentially huge industry disrupter, it never validated the technology.  By Emily Rappleye -

Paul Ryan to set GOP healthcare agenda

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Republicans will be releasing six policy papers throughout June, including one on healthcare, according to Roll Call.  By Emily Rappleye -

Franklin Hospital board votes to terminate CEO, but vote may be invalid

Board members of Benton, Ill.-based Franklin Hospital voted 4-3 Tuesday to terminate the contract of CEO Hervey Davis, effective Aug. 31. However, the vote may not count, according to the hospital's attorney, because the board must have five members vote in favor of the termination, The Southern Illinoisan reported. By Tamara Rosin -

This company assesses employee morale every 2 weeks. How often should you?

Many companies dedicate significant efforts to measuring employee engagement every year or two. They might use tools like Gallup polls or even online sites such as Glassdoor — where reviews of an organization are public for the world to see — to assess their employees' perceptions of work. But one company, John Deere, realized these once-annual check-ins aren't enough, according to the Harvard Business Review. By Tamara Rosin -

RCM company HealthRise Solutions adds to advisory board: 5 things to know

HealthRise Solutions, an end-to-end revenue cycle improvement company based in Southfield, Mich., has added four new members to its advisory board.  By Kelly Gooch -

Western Connecticut Health Network lays off dozens of managers: 3 things to know

Danbury-based Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Danbury, Norwalk and New Milford hospitals, has laid off dozens of managers, The Hour reports.  By Kelly Gooch -

Obama administration to host cancer moonshot summit

Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot is hosting a summit in Washington, D.C., on June 29 at Howard University, the Associated Press reported.  By Emily Rappleye -

VA director 'deeply regrets' Disney comments

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has already retracted comments made Monday that compared appointment wait times in the VA to wait times at Disney's theme parks.  By Emily Rappleye -

CJR program success: Stick to metrics that matter

In a recent blog post, ECG Management Consultants helps hospital administrators determine which metrics are most important when tracking CJR.  By Staff -

Oneview Healthcare PLC enters multi-year contract with NYU Langone Medical Center

In a press release Monday, Oneview Healthcare announced a multi-year contract with NYU Langone Medical Center.  By Staff -

Foundation HealthCare announces the acquisition of a majority interest in Ninety Nine Healthcare Management

In a recent press release, Foundation HealthCare announced its acuisition of a majority interest in Ninety Nine Healthcare Management, a physician practice management company.  By Staff -

How to use exit interviews to fix turnover problems

In a recent blog, Alissa Parr, Ph.D, a consultant for Select International, writes a simple guide on how to use exit interviews to fix turnover problems.  By Staff -

An Epic go-live, the opioid crisis and more: Mass General's CNO weighs in

Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, is the CNO and senior vice president of patient care services at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital — one of the founding hospitals of Partner's HealthCare. Mass General has been on the front lines of many of the contemporary challenges facing healthcare today. The hospital recently went live on its Epic EHR and is currently dealing with a serious influx of patients overdosing on opioids. In the midst of these challenges, Mass General and its nursing staff continue to excel.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Republicans unveil healthcare bill maintaining parts of ACA

Two Republican lawmakers have departed from their party's core goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act by putting forward a bill that maintains parts of the health reform law, according to The Hill.  By Ayla Ellison -

4 tips for how to follow through on your goals

Execution — or the ability to complete tasks and objectives — is key to success. Not only does the ability to follow through please your boss, but it also will likely aid you in future career advancement opportunities. By Erin Marshall -

ACHE's Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program now accepting applications

The American College of Healthcare Executives is now accepting applications to its Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, which supports diversity and inclusion in senior healthcare leadership. Six scholars will gain positions with the EDP. By Tamara Rosin -

Condoleezza Rice to speak to nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals at upcoming conference

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, PhD, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Press Ganey's 2016 National Client Conference this November in Orlando, Fla., an event that is attended by nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals from across the care continuum.  By Shannon Barnet -

How workplace democracy helps this organization thrive

What if physicians, nurses and other staff elected the leaders of their hospital?  By Emily Rappleye -

VA director: 'I have to compete with other medical systems'

VA Secretary Bob McDonald at a press meeting Monday said his organization is more similar to the private sector than other federal agencies, according to a report from Federal News Radio.    By Emily Rappleye -

Why public opinion on health is so fickle

Polls gauging public sentiment on healthcare policies seem to shift week by week — or even question by question within the same survey. This poll from Gallup shows 51 percent of Americans favor repealing the Affordable Care Act, but 49 percent oppose keeping the ACA in place.  By Emily Rappleye -

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