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  1. 100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs | 2016

    Becker's Hospital Review has named the following organizations to the 2016 edition of its list, "100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs." The hospitals and health systems on this year's list are national forerunners in neuroscience, providing treatment for patients suffering from various conditions and injuries pertaining to the brain and spine.  By Brian Zimmerman & Morgan Haefner -
  2. 10 statistics about treating patients with complex needs

    The healthcare industry is not meeting the needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions, according to a brief issued by the Commonwealth Fund Dec. 9.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. NIH Clinical Center names new director

    The National Institutes of Health has tapped Major General James K. Gilman, MD, U.S. Army (Retired), to lead the NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Gilman is expected to assume the post in January 2017. By Brian Zimmerman -

State of the connected patient report

Understand how Americans today communicate with their healthcare providers, their opinions on telemedicine and wearable devices, and their experiences with post-discharge care.
  1. 7 healthcare companies among 170 most empathetic companies worldwide

    The Empathy Business ranked the top 170 most empathetic companies in the world using its 2016 Global Empathy Index.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 1 in 3 long-term opioid users say they're addicted: 3 survey takeaways

    One-third of long-term prescription opioid users said they were physically dependent on the drugs, according to a collaborative survey from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. DOJ questions viability of Aetna-Humana asset sale to Molina in trial

    A U.S. Department of Justice lawyer questioned Aetna and Humana's plan to divest $117 in Medicare Advantage assets to Molina Healthcare to address the department's antitrust concerns over Aetna's proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana, The Wall Street Journal reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. CDC: Heroin overdose deaths surpass gun homicides for first time

    Heroin overdose deaths narrowly surpassed gun homicides as the more prolific killer last year, according to new CDC data relayed by The Washington Post. Nearly 13,000 people died from heroin overdoses in 2015, marking a 2,000-case increase from the year prior. By Brian Zimmerman -

Are you prepared for MACRA's first performance year?

MACRA’s first performance year is less than 60 days away. Ignoring MACRA can result in payment increases and decreases of 4% of total Medicare revenue. Learn which steps you should be taking to prepare your organization.
  1. China fines Medtronic $17M for price fixing medical devices

    The Chinese government's National Development and Reform Commission fined Medtronic 118.5 million yuan ($17 million) for allegedly setting a minimum price on its medical devices and barring dealers and distributors from discounting them to patients, reports The Wall Street Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 10 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported within the past week.  By Erin Dietsche -
  3. CMS' new models to improve patient engagement: 8 things to know

    The CMS Innovation Center plans to test two new models designed to improve patient engagement in their care decisions, the agency announced Thursday in a blog post. By Heather Punke -
  4. 10 recent hospital outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last two weeks, starting with the most recent.  By Erin Dietsche -

Diagnosing which devices provide more for healthcare

Although zero clients might seem like a reliable choice in the clinical setting, they do not stand up to rich-client devices for efficiency or flexibility.
  1. Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Trump, the ACA's future and more: 5 quotes

    Earlier this month, Toby Cosgrove, MD, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, was named to a panel that will offer advice to President-elect Donald Trump once he talks office. On Thursday, Bloomberg released a video interview with Dr. Cosgrove, covering the panel, President-elect Trump and more. By Heather Punke -
  2. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Dec. 5-9

    The sudden closure of a Texas hospital that failed to make payroll most captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week. By Brooke Murphy -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Invest in mobile payment options

    Investing in mobile and consumer friendly payment technology can directly impact hospitals' patient collection rates. By Brooke Murphy -
  4. Express Scripts stock tumbles 9% after short-seller's 'take-down' tweet

    Citron Research's tweet suggesting President-elect Donald Trump begin his war on drug pricing with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts caused the company's stock to fall as much as 9 percent Thursday, reports Investor's Business Daily. By Brooke Murphy -
  5. Investigation finds Broward CEO 'ran afoul' of anti-kickback laws

    An investigation into fraud allegations against former interim Broward Health CEO Pauline Grant found she "ran afoul" of federal anti-kickback laws when awarding emergency room contracts to orthopedic physicians. Investigators found she did not receive direct payments for her actions, however, reports Politico. By Brooke Murphy -
  6. 25 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves were reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Colleton Medical Center CEO Brad Griffin to leave: 4 things to know

    Walterboro, S.C.-based Colleton Medical Center CEO Brad Griffin is departing, effective Jan. 1, 2017, according to a Walterboro Live report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Infection control in the US: 2016 year in review

    2016 has been yet another busy year for infection control and hospital quality professionals, as new hospital rankings were released, the threat of superbugs continued to grow and drug diversion from hospitals increased.  By Heather Punke & Brian Zimmerman -
  9. TriHealth appoints new CFO

    TriHealth has named Andrew DeVoe CFO. He has served as the Cincinnati-based system's interim CFO since July 2016.  By Ayla Ellison -

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