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  1. Massachusetts long-term acute care center reportedly set to close

    Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts in Springfield is slated to close in March, according to a report on  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Alabama hospital to close, lay off 87 employees

    Lakeland Community Hospital, a 59-bed hospital in Haleyville, Ala., plans to close by the end of 2017.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Advisory Board finalizes $1.3B deal with UnitedHealth's Optum

    Advisory Board shareholders have approved a deal to sell the company's healthcare division to Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group's Optum arm for $1.3 billion.  By Ayla Ellison -

Need for "a la carte" consulting leads to CHC: Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, was a good organization with a strong board and solid finances, but they wanted to do better.
  1. 6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a Pennsylvania hospital and a cardiology practice settling a whistle-blower lawsuit for $20.7 million to Indianapolis filing an opioid epidemic lawsuit against drugmakers and drug distributors, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Massachusetts health system to cut 50 jobs

    New Bedford, Mass.-based Southcoast Health System informed approximately 50 employees Friday that their positions will be cut.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 7 Hawaii State Hospital employees put on unpaid leave after psychiatric patient escapes

    Hawaii State Hospital administrator William May said seven employees were put on 30-day unpaid leave following the escape of a patient, according to KHON.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System CEO announces retirement plans

    Jill Fuller, president and CEO of Watertown, S.D.-based Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, announced her intention to retire. She will continue in her current roles until the health system selects a replacement.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 11 recent hospital, health system outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system credit rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week, beginning with the most recent.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. UPMC hospital experiences data breach affecting 1.2k patients

    A data breach led to the inappropriate access of at least 1,200 Williamsport, Pa.-based UPMC Susquehanna patients' information, the hospital said in a statement Friday.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. NIH leaders say they have no plans to revamp lapsed gun violence research program

    Directors of two arms of the National Institutes of Health that fund firearm research said they have no intentions to reboot a discontinued gun violence research initiative launched under President Barack Obama in 2012 in the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a report from Science.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Survey: 53% of healthcare execs, providers plan to grow telemedicine programs

    The majority of healthcare executives and providers — 81 percent — report interest in telemedicine as a method to expand their digital health services, according to a Foley & Lardner survey.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

From 1 million to 3 million telehealth visits - a look back on lessons learned

Learn ten lessons on leveraging telehealth to increase patient satisfaction, care coordination, and cost savings.
  1. 6 recent grants, donations to healthcare organizations

    Numerous healthcare organizations recently received donations to fund research, advance treatments, improve patient care and start renovations.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. FCC reportedly plans December vote to overturn 'net neutrality' rules

    Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to hold a final vote on whether to reverse Obama-era net neutrality legislation during a Dec. 14 agency meeting, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    The following health IT vendor contracts and go-lives were reported during the past week.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. HCA bids $415M to purchase Indian River Medical Center

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare bid $415 million to purchase Vero Beach, Fla.-based Indian River Medical Center, the highest of eight bids to acquire the hospital, according to TCPalm.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. Florida saw opioid overdose deaths surge 35% in 2016

    The total number of drug overdose deaths in Florida increased by 22 percent from 2015 to 2016, with opioid-related overdoses increasing 35 percent, according to a report compiled by the state's medical examiners released Wednesday and cited by The News Service of Florida.   By Brian Zimmerman -
  6. Why Harvard's $37B endowment is at risk of mediocrity

    In the last 10 years, Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University's endowment has grown by less than 2 percent, which places its position as the world's richest school at-risk, according to Bloomberg.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. S&P: Repealing the individual mandate would only save $60B

    S&P Global Ratings estimates repealing the ACA's individual mandate would have a much more limited effect than what was projected by the Congressional Budget Office.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. 6 strategic imperatives for providers in at-risk environments

    Despite what may happen on the Hill, healthcare providers must continue to shift into value-based care business models to stay competitive in the years to come. A recent report from global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal outlines several survival strategies for providers navigating this change.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs | 2017

    Becker's Healthcare has named the following organizations on the "100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs" list for 2017.  By Staff -

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