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  1. Mercy Iowa City reports improved finances, ready to grow

    Mercy Iowa City (Iowa) President and CEO Sean Williams said the 234-bed hospital is on a better financial path and poised for growth, The Gazette reported.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 47 Oklahoma hospitals meet 96% employee flu vaccination goal

    Forty-seven Oklahoma hospitals and specialty units completed a challenge issued by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to achieve an employee influenza vaccination rate of 96 percent or more in the 2017-18 flu season, according to Tahlequah Daily Press.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Vermont nurses vote no confidence in hospital leadership ahead of contract vote

    Unionized nurses at Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center have voted no confidence in the hospital's governing board and two top administrators, CEO John Brumsted, MD, and President and COO Eileen Whalen, RN, according to a WAMC report.   By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Tenet recruits CEO of Novant Health UVA Health System

    Maggie Gill is leaving her role as CEO of Culpeper, Va.-based Novant Health UVA Health System after only a year to assume multiple leadership positions in Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's Florida operations, according to WTOP.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. How many patients in each state skip a physician visit due to cost?

    Hawaii, Iowa and North Dakota were among the states with the lowest percentage of patients who reported there was a time during the past 12 months when they needed to see a physician but could not because of cost, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. New York regulators to probe $660K payment to former CEO of SUNY Upstate Medical University

    Reports surfaced in May that a former CEO of Syracuse, N.Y.-based SUNY Upstate Medical University was paid $660,500 for an off-campus assignment that involved no work. Now, the state comptroller's office will look into the payment, according to Syracuse.com.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Temple University Health System's finances improve as Epic install costs shrink

    Philadelphia-based Temple University Health System saw its financial position improve in the 12 months ended June 30, according to recently released unaudited financial documents.  By Ayla Ellison -

How technology and alignment improve value for the total joint replacement episode of care

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  1. Electric scooter ER visits jump 160% at Utah hospital, spiking across country

    Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health saw a 161 percent increase in emergency room visits involving scooters this year after comparing its statistics with the same three-month period in 2017, The Washington Post reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. KentuckyOne's Jewish Hospital at risk for closure if deal fails

    Four sources familiar with ongoing negotiations between Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health and a private equity firm said the deal has soured, according to Insider Louisville.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Trios Health cuts 32 jobs

    Trios Health in Kennewick, Wash., laid off 32 employees, or about 4 percent of its workforce, according to a Tri-City Herald report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. For-profit hospital stock report: Sept. 17-21

    Three of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 125+ cybersecurity companies in healthcare to know | 2018

    Healthcare organizations face an increasing threat from cyber attacks and hospitals are spending big to ensure their patients' data is protected. In 2017, healthcare spending on IT reached $100 billion and there were around 32,000 intrusion attacks per day on healthcare organizations, according to FortiGuard Labs, as reported by CSO.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. HHS seeks participants for innovation, investment summit

    HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan on Sept. 19 unveiled the Deputy Secretary's Innovation and Investment Summit, a yearlong collaboration between agency personnel and private sector leaders.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Intermountain launches 'transformation center'

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare opened a 12,000-square-foot "transformation center" on Intermountain Medical Center's campus in Murray, Utah.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. 12 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are 12 recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives:  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. 2 clinic operators, physician found guilty of $17M Medicare fraud scheme

    Two clinic owner-operators and a physician in Texas were found guilty of participating in a $17 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Urgent care centers, BCBS of South Carolina dispute elicits legislative response

    Two South Carolina representatives want to meet with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and several urgent care centers to address what they argue is an attempt by BCBS to limit competition among urgent care centers, according to the Greenville News.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. CVS Health CEO hints Aetna merger may work with hospital, physician EHRs to coordinate care

    CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo hinted the company's $69 billion proposed merger with Aetna may work with physician and hospitals' EHRs to help patients better understand their healthcare plans, according to CNBC.    By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Giving antibiotic to healthy dogs helped bacterial infection spread to people, study finds

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that infected over 100 people and were associated with pet store puppies spread in part because healthy dogs received antibiotics — a decision contributing to antibiotic resistance, according to a study covered by STAT.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. 19 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week.  By Leo Vartorella -

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