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  1. 7 things to know about Dr. Richard Stone, the VA's new top health official

    Richard Stone, MD, a practicing dermatologist, was named acting executive-in-charge of the Veterans Health Administration on July 16.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 20% of physicians prefer hospital employment, survey finds

    While most physicians seek to work in private practice, the highest number of employment opportunities tend to be at hospitals, according to a survey from The Medicus Firm, a national physician search firm.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Advocate Aurora Health plans first post-merger bond sale: 5 things to know

    In April, Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health merged to become the nation's 10th-largest nonprofit health system. Now, the combined Advocate Aurora Health plans its first bond sale since the deal was completed, according to The Bond Buyer.  By Kelly Gooch -

Population health issues and opportunities: Spotlighting high blood pressure

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  1. Rhode Island healthcare workers reject Lifespan's latest contract offer

    Healthcare workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence have rejected the latest contract offer from the hospitals' parent company, according to a WPRI report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Practices with more nurse practitioners, other nonphysician providers earn more money, study shows

    Medical practices see greater profit and productivity when they have more nurse practitioners and physician assistants per physician, new data from the Medical Group Management Association suggests.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Houston Methodist physician fatally shot

    A Houston Methodist Hospital physician was fatally shot by a man on a bicycle near the flagship campus, according to a Click2Houston news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. 10 congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates

    Alabama's 4th congressional district had the highest opioid prescribing rate in the country, according to an analysis published July 19 in the American Journal of Public Health.  By Harrison Cook -

Embracing risk in value-based care

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  1. Shares of PBMs drop on threat to drug rebates

    A proposed policy threatening to overhaul safe harbor protections for pharmaceutical company rebates, which largely benefits pharmacy benefit managers, sent shares of the PBMs sliding July 19, according to MarketWatch.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Chrysler creates primary care clinic exclusive to employees

    Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles established a primary care clinic, run by Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, that will exclusively serve its employees and their families.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Access to care in rural America, in quotes

    Many patients in rural areas of the country face limited access to care as hospitals close or cut back services amid financial pressures. This has become more common for women seeking obstetric care, according to an article published  in The New York Times.    By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 20 most beautiful hospitals in America, as ranked by Soliant

    Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers is the most beautiful hospital in the country, according to Soliant Health's 2018 list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.  By Mackenzie Bean -

How UW Health System drove millions in savings

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  1. Mallinckrodt, Endo sue drug dealers & online marketplaces over illegal opioid sales: 7 things to know

    Endo International and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals filed a lawsuit against multiple convicted drug dealers and internet sites, claiming their illegal opioid sales are to blame for the nation's ongoing opioid crisis, according to Bloomberg.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. How Illinois hospital nurses are improving care for sexual assault patients

    After a report found only 32 of more than 196,000 Illinois nurses are certified to treat adult sexual assault patients, nurses at four metro-east hospitals completed training to help provide better care and support for these patients, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Ex-drug company executive gets 15 years in prison for $50M pill distribution plot

    The former president of a Houston-based pharmaceutical distribution company was sentenced to 15 years in prison July 16 for his alleged role in a $50 million drug diversion scheme, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: End-of-life care not improving fast enough

    Although end-of-life care quality has improved since 2000, with a recent study finding fewer patients are dying in hospitals and more are dying at home, Ezekiel Emanuel, MD and PhD, told Medscape Medical News progress isn't coming fast enough.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. 10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a patient allegedly assaulting a nurse with bodily fluids to two surgeons indicted in a $950 million kickback scheme, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Novant Health Forsyth selects new president, COO

    Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., promoted Chad Setliff to president and COO, effective Aug. 12.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. 560-member New York medical group expands risk-based contracts with Aetna, Anthem, WellCare

    CareMount Medical Group, a 560-physician group in Chappaqua, N.Y., inked risk-based agreements with three Medicare Advantage health insurers: Aetna, Anthem and WellCare.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Physicians give patients 11 seconds to explain reasons for visit before interrupting

    On average, patients have 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before physicians interrupt, according to a recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. Massachusetts community hospitals may get $330M from new tax — Here's why urgent care groups oppose it

    Massachusetts lawmakers are proposing a tax that would raise more than $330 million for community hospitals by imposing assessments on other healthcare providers — including urgent care centers, according to The Boston Globe.  By Morgan Haefner -

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