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  1. Uninsured accounts pay approximately 6% on the dollar, analysis finds

    The more patients owe in out-of-pocket costs, the less likely hospitals are to collect their payment, according to an analysis by Crowe Horwath.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. White House proposes $1.2B in cuts to NIH for 2017: 3 things to know

    The Trump administration has proposed a $1.2 billion budget cut to the National Institutes of Health to be instituted this fiscal year, according to a report from STAT. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Key West commissioner: CHS hospital's profit margin is 'obscene and unconscionable'

    Key West, Fla., commissioners are concerned about the high prices patients face at Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, which is part of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems. However, hospital officials say improving patient care is the top priority, not lowering prices, according to Konk Life.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Partners, GE help lead initiative to combat opioid epidemic in Massachusetts

    In Massachusetts — one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic — local business leaders, healthcare professionals and elected officials have launched a nonprofit to address the rising rates of opioid abuse in the state, according to the Boston Globe. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Nurse arrested during 3rd robbery attempt of Chicago pharmacy

    Ernelle Oliver, RN, robbed the same Jewel-Osco pharmacy in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood twice before being arrested Monday on her third attempt, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. 5 Wayne State medical professors may see tenure revoked for 'not doing anything'

    Hearings to revoke tenure for the first of five Detroit-based Wayne State University medical school professors commenced Wednesday. Officials said the possible loss of tenure is based on the grounds that the professors are "grossly underperforming" and "not doing anything," according to The Detroit News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Quorum Health records $348M net loss, considers adding more hospitals to sale pipeline

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health Corp.'s 2016 financial results were rocky, as admissions declined and impairment charges took a toll on the company's bottom line.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Leapfrog safety grades penalize hospitals for transparency, study suggests

    After analyzing The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade system, researchers from Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan determined hospitals may receive higher grades if they don't self-report certain scores to the patient safety watchdog group. By Heather Punke -
  2. Word from the C-suite: 'Physicians can be healthcare innovators too'

    To create thoughtful, patient-centered solutions to the growing number of health issues facing U.S. residents, physicians must be able to share their knowledge and take an active role in developing the technology that will help shape the practice in the future.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. 7 things to know about medical coding and billing specialists | 2017

    Medical coding and billing specialists are an integral part of hospitals' and health systems' efforts to optimize revenue cycle management processes.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Saint Vincent Hospital CEO Scott Whalen announces retirement: 4 things to know

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., announced its CEO Scott Whalen is retiring, according to a GoErie.com report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Crozer-Keystone hospital employee used dirty scope on patient, state report reveals

    Crozer-Chester (Pa.) Medical Center submitted a correction plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Health after discovering an employee used a dirty endoscope on a patient. By Heather Punke -
  2. ACOs could help physicians earn up to 25% positive payment adjustment under MIPS

    Participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO could potentially help physicians earn up to a 25 percent positive Medicare payment adjustment in 2018 under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Merit-based Incentive Payment System, according to an issue brief from Caravan Health, a population health management firm.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. HHS is tracking its progress to undo the ACA: Here's what it's done so far

    HHS is tracking its efforts to improve the ACA on a webpage called "Providing Relief Right Now for Patients."  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Billings Clinic fires nurse, notifies 341 patients after drug diversion

    A former nurse in the catheterization lab at Billings (Mont.) Clinic Hospital was caught exchanging patients' fentanyl — a powerful opioid pain medication 50 times more potent than morphine — with saline solution, according to a report from the Billings Gazette.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. 5 things to know before becoming a healthcare consultant

    Considering a switch from industry to consulting?  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. 14 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. UPMC Jameson President Doug Danko to retire in June

    New Castle, Pa.-base UPMC Jameson President Doug Danko announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, 2017. He has worked with the organization for 42 years.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Mary Black Health System–Spartanburg selects Brett English as CFO: 3 takeaways

    Mary Black Health System–Spartanburg (S.C.) appointed Brett English CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Becker's Speaker Series: 4 questions with Ochsner Health System CEO Warner Thomas

    Warner Thomas has served as president and CEO of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System since 2012.  By Erin Dietsche -

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