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  1. Viewpoint: How telling stories gives physicians more grit

    Storytelling is a critical component of self-care for physicians, Jessica Zitter, MD, a critical care and palliative care physician at Oakland, Calif.-based Highland Hospital, argues in an op-ed published in Harvard Business Review.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Source of 127 polio-like illness is still a mystery, CDC says

    The CDC on Oct. 16 expressed concern about the nation's uptick in pediatric acute flaccid myelitis cases and said it is still working to identify the cause of this increase, according to STAT.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Google creates AI to detect when breast cancer spreads

    Google's new artificial intelligence algorithm, dubbed LYNA, accurately detects the spread of breast cancer — but the company is taking pains to highlight that the tool is meant to assist, not replace, human pathologists.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Warren Buffett, St. Peter's Health Partners CEO to livestream healthcare talk

    Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett will join Albany, N.Y.-based St. Peter's Health Partners President and CEO James Reed, MD, for a moderated discussion on the state of healthcare in the U.S. on Oct. 17.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Healthcare workers to deliver petitions to Kaiser Permanente executives over job outsourcing

    Healthcare workers in California will present employee-signed petitions to Kaiser Permanente executives Oct. 18 in Pasadena, Calif., the Service Employees International Union–United Healthcare Workers West announced.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Former healthcare company CEO to face sentencing in $150M fraud scheme

    A former healthcare company CEO has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money- laundering charges for his part in a $150 million fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say involved the unnecessary prescription of millions of opioids and the administration of medically unnecessary, harmful injections, according to the Department of Justice.   By Kelly Gooch -
  4. New Jersey hospital to pay $550K annually to city after challenge of tax-exempt status

    Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center has reached an agreement with Jersey City after the city appealed the hospital's tax-exempt status, The Jersey Journal reported.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. D.C. council approves bill mandating approval before hospital closures

    The Washington, D.C. Council unanimously voted to advance a bill that would require hospitals and other care providers to get regulatory approval before closing, according to WTOP.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. Atrium Health seeks OK for North Carolina hospital to open in 2022

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health is seeking a certificate of need to construct a new hospital in Stallings, N.C., according to WFAE.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. Mississippi health system blames Humana split on improper denials

    Tupelo-based North Mississippi Health Services notified patients it is ending a provider network agreement with Humana's Medicare Advantage plans due to frequent denials, according to the Daily Journal.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Kansas reports 2 flu deaths

    As the 2018-19 flu season begins, Kansas health officials have reported two flu deaths as of Oct. 15, according to The Wichita Eagle.  By Megan Knowles -
  1. Yale New Haven taps 1st-ever chief quality officer

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health appointed Steven Choi, MD, its inaugural chief quality officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Alabama hospital clears CMS inspections after death of improperly restrained patient

    After a CMS survey put Birmingham, Ala.-based Brookwood Baptist Medical Center at risk of losing its Medicare contract over patient safety issues in July, CMS says it is no longer in danger of losing funding, according to WBRC.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Veteran left with $50K bill after VA refuses to perform his kidney transplant

    Obie Moore, a 73-year-old retired army sergeant exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War, was forced to partially cover the costs of a kidney transplant at a hospital in Atlanta after the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to perform and cover the transplant, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. CEO Larry Merlo's goal for CVS? Eliminate 'white space' Amazon could disrupt

    CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo doesn't want to leave any room for Amazon to disrupt the pharmacy benefits industry, according to CNBC.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. Arkansas' Medicaid work rule boots another 4,100 from program

    Another 4,109 Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas lost their health insurance in October after failing to comply with the program's work requirements for three months, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Discharging heart patients on weekends not linked to higher readmission rates, study finds

    Discharging a cardiac surgery patient on a weekend or holiday does not affect hospital readmission rates, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. Intermountain Healthcare opens 23rd hospital

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare opened its 23rd hospital Oct. 15 — a full-service, 43-bed facility.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. Good Samaritan Puyallup adds 80 beds

    To accommodate patient volume growth, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., added 80 beds to its facility, according to The News Tribune.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. 'Hallway admissions' abound at overcrowded Montefiore ER, nurses say

    Overcrowding at New York City-based Montefiore Medical Center — one of the state's busiest emergency rooms — has forced caregivers to treat patients through "hallway admissions," several nurses and patients at the hospital told the New York Daily News.  By Alyssa Rege -

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