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  1. Illinois Supreme Court to review constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions

    The Illinois Supreme Court will review a case that focuses on the constitutionality of exempting nonprofit hospitals in Illinois from paying property taxes.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. CEOs of private equity-owned systems face intense scrutiny for higher pay

    There are perks associated with becoming the leader of a company owned by private equity investors, but the move can also derail a CEO's career, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Accretive CEO steps down

    Accretive Health board member and CEO Emad Rizk, MD, has stepped down from his positions.  By Ayla Ellison -

How to empower patients and their caregivers through use of telecommunications

Learn how healthcare providers can utilize communications to deliver staff productivity gains and improve both staff and patient experience at the same time.
  1. Major for-profit hospital operators' bonds hit by downgrades

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare both received credit downgrades in the past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. University of Nebraska Medical Center to add dermatology department

    Omaha-based University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Medicine is launching its second new department in a year, this time establishing a department of dermatology to help address a statewide shortage.  By Emily Rappleye -

Three Keys to Optimizing Efficiency and Productivity in the Operating Room

Learn how addressing issues within governance, data, best practices and reporting can enhance the OR’s ability to maximize their potential for excellence.
  1. 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 -
  2. Texas hospital closes, lays off 175 before new owner's takeover

    Dallas-based Forest Park Medical Center's campus in Fort Worth, Texas, shut down late Tuesday and its employees were laid off, according to the Star-Telegram.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Health insurers in the news: May 19-26

    The following insurers made headlines this week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Erin Marshall -
  4. California's NorthBay Healthcare joins Mayo network

    Fairfield, Calif.-based NorthBay Healthcare has joined the rapidly expanding Mayo Clinic Care Network, making it the first healthcare organization in Northern California to do so, according to the North Bay Business Journal. By Tamara Rosin -

Harness the power of patient choice to improve outcomes, patient satisfaction and maximize risk based reimbursement.

Learn how innovative health systems are creating a marketplace for post acute providers to compete for their patients’ choice based on quality and satisfaction.
  1. Highmark proposes 48% hike on ACA exchange plans

    Pittsburgh-based Highmark, Pennsylvania's largest insurer, is joining the ranks of other payers looking to raise their premium prices on Affordable Care Act exchange plans, according to the Tribune Review. By Erin Marshall -
  2. WHO: In 2 years, nearly 960 killed in attacks against hospitals around the world

    From January 2014 to December 2015, there were 594 reported attacks in healthcare settings that resulted in 959 deaths and 1,561 injuries across 19 countries, according to a recent report from the World Health Organization. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Woman receives $3,500 ambulance bill after giving birth in hospital parking lot

    After Katie Moraida gave birth to son Sawyer in a hospital parking lot, she received two separate bills exceeding $3,500 for an ambulance ride to the hospital door.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. After suffering losses, some health plans seeking premium increases of +20%

    Losses incurred during the first few years of the Affordable Care Act's implementation are driving some big health plans to seek substantial premium increases in 2017 for individual plans sold through the insurance exchanges of more than a dozen states, according to The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  5. Healthcare CEOs earned highest pay in 2015 compared to other industries

    Compensation for CEOs of healthcare organizations in the Standard & Poor's 500 index was millions higher than their executive peers in other industries in 2015, according to Equilar and the Associated Press' S&P 500 CEO Pay Study 2016. By Tamara Rosin -
  6. 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 -
  7. AMA applauds Missouri's denial of Aetna-Humana merger

    The American Medical Association issued its full support of Missouri's decision to bar the Aetna-Humana merger for certain insurance products. By Erin Marshall -
  8. Massachusetts lawmakers reach healthcare pricing compromise to avoid ballot question

    Massachusetts lawmakers have reached a compromise that aims to avoid a ballot question concerning healthcare pricing.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Connecticut OKs Aetna-Humana merger

    The Connecticut Insurance Department has given the green light to the Aetna-Humana merger, according to The CT Mirror. By Erin Marshall -

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