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  1. DEA reduced enforcements as opioid epidemic gained momentum: 5 things to know

    Drug Enforcement Administration officials delayed and blocked enforcement actions as the nationwide opioid epidemic raged on, reports The Washington Post.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 3 highlights from Cleveland Clinic's innovation summit this week

    The Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic's annual Medical Innovation Summit, which runs from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, will bring together more than 1,500 medical and technology experts to discuss healthcare innovations, according to  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Goldman says these 25 healthcare stocks are immune from the election

    Healthcare companies, particularly pharmaceuticals, faced criticism this election season after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made prescription drug prices a key factor in her healthcare platform.  By Alyssa Rege -

Hillcrest Q&A: How they saved $2M annually

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  1. Zika case count in the US tops 4,000

    As of Oct. 19, 4,016 people in the United States have contracted Zika, and 899 of them are pregnant women, according to the CDC. By Heather Punke -
  2. 7 trends in financial services outsourcing

    Hospital administrators face increasing pressure to contain spending and cut overhead expenses as healthcare delivery costs grow. At the same time, the impending industry transition to outcomes-based reimbursement has presented hospital leaders with a new set of investment demands for financial and IT systems.  By Brooke Murphy -
  3. CMS put Allina hospital in 'immediate jeopardy' for drug error during nurses' strike

    During a six-week-long nurses' strike at Minneapolis-based Allina Health, a replacement nurse working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis was involved in a medication error that caused CMS to place the hospital in "immediate jeopardy" status.  By Heather Punke -
  4. The selfie lie: Staged photographs linked to poor self-esteem

    Spending too much time looking at selfies on social media sites like Facebook may adversely affect self-esteem and life satisfaction, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Telematics and Informatics. By Brian Zimmerman -

Building payer/provider collaboration for optimal results

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  1. Cigarettes linked to nearly 30% of cancer deaths: 6 things to know

    With approximately 40 million active adult smokers in the United States, smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in the nation. A new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, sought to determine the proportion of cancer deaths attributable to cigarette smoking. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Texas Health Resources settles lawsuit filed by nurse who survived Ebola

    Texas Health Resources has settled a lawsuit filed in March 2015 by Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted and survived Ebola in 2014 after caring for a patient diagnosed with the virus at a THR hospital. By Molly Gamble -
  3. 15 under 15: How these kids are changing IT

    Passcode identified 15 kids aged 15 and under who are improving the world of IT and promoting tech education.  By Erin Dietsche -
  4. Dignity Health, CHI ink agreement to explore further alignment

    San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a nonbinding agreement to explore aligning their organizations.  By Ayla Ellison -

Healthcare Breach Security Assessment

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  1. Former Calif. senator who accepted bribes from ex-hospital CEO gets prison time

    Ron Calderon, a former California senator, was sentenced Friday to 42 months in prison for accepting $150,000 in bribes from a corrupt hospital executive and undercover FBI agents, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. SEC clarifies executive pay ratio guidelines

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has unveiled guidelines for a pay ratio disclosure rule under the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires publicly traded companies to calculate pay ratios that compare executive compensation to the median compensation of all other employees, according to the Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Walgreens posts strong Q4 earnings, delays $9.4B Rite Aid deal

    Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance saw profits increase in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to The New York Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. FTC, DOJ guidance puts health system hiring practices in the crosshairs

    The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued guidance Oct. 20 for human resource professionals and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Baystate Health phishing scam affects 13k patients

    A phishing email scam sent to Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health employees may have exposed 13,000 patients' personal information, reports. By Erin Dietsche -
  6. 6 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid fraud enforcement

    Federal officials in recent years have increasingly worked to combat Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  By Kelly Gooch, Ayla Ellison, Alyssa Rege and Emily Rappleye -
  7. Sauk Prairie Healthcare CEO Larry Schroeder will retire next year: 3 takeaways

    Prairie du Sac, Wis.-based Sauk Prairie Healthcare CEO Larry Schroeder plans to retire in January 2017.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Texas Tech University System names Gary Barnes CFO

    Lubbock-based Texas Tech University System appointed Gary Barnes vice chancellor and CFO, effective Dec. 1. The university system includes institutions throughout Texas including Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, based in Lubbock.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Why these 4 health systems abandoned traditional budgeting

    As markets become increasingly volatile, some hospital systems are ditching static annual budgets for more dynamic alternatives.  By Brooke Murphy -

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