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  1. Pillpack rebrands to include 'Amazon Pharmacy'

    PillPack, the internet pharmacy Amazon acquired in 2018, has rebranded to include "Amazon Pharmacy" in its logo and other paperwork, according to CNBC.
  2. FTC clears Bristol-Myers takeover of Celgene

    The Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to complete its acquisition of Celgene for $74 billion, one of the largest deals in pharmaceutical history.
  3. 30% of parents only worry about child's health during emergencies, survey finds

    Nearly a third (30 percent) of parents said they did not have time to worry about their children's health unless it was an emergency, according to a Nemours Foundation survey. 

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  1. Former Louisiana AG launches investigation into CHS

    Former Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr., a partner at Kahn Swick & Foti, has begun an investigation into Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.
  2. BCBS plans debut national provider network: 4 things to know

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents 36 independent Blue companies, launched a national provider network that includes healthcare providers who routinely offer high-quality care at a lower price, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
  3. Texas Children's, Children's National are founding investors of AI analytics startup

    Configo Health, a company developing artificial intelligence-powered data analytics solutions for pediatric healthcare facilities, launched Nov. 18 with the announcement of Texas Children's Hospital and Children's National Hospital as founding investors.
  4. Some users forgo Fitbits following Google acquisition

    Some Fitbit users are leaving their devices behind after hearing the company would be acquired by Google, according to CNBC.

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  1. How Apple helped inspire Stanford's new hospital

    Stanford Health Care incorporated user experience ideas from Apple to leverage technology in ways that make its new Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital more hospitable, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  2. 17 latest hospital credit rating downgrades

    The following 17 hospital and health system credit rating downgrades occurred between June 1 and Nov. 15. They are listed below in alphabetical order:
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week ending Nov. 15

    Four major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices rise last week.
  4. Physician practices spend nearly $3B annually updating provider directories, survey finds

    A recent survey of physician practices revealed that they spend $2.76 billion annually updating and verifying information in health plan provider directories.

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  1. Senate Democrats seek to create federal agency for drug cost control

    Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., both Democratic presidential hopefuls, introduced a bill Nov. 15 that would create a federal Bureau of Prescription Drug Affordability and Access to regulate drug prices, The Hill reports. 
  2. Deval Patrick plans to step down from healthcare boards for presidential run

    Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick, a former governor of Massachusetts, plans to leave two healthcare company boards he has served on in recent years, but could still face criticism for his involvement, according to The Wall Street Journal. 
  3. GW medical school to create Center for Culinary Medicine

    Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is launching the GW Center for Culinary Medicine, which will be led by the newly hired physician-chef Timothy Harlan, MD. 
  4. 5 hospital strike updates

    Here are five updates on hospital strikes or planned strikes reported by Becker's Hospital Review in November.
  5. Company in federal surprise billing debate to staff 2 Maine hospital ERs

    A Nashville, Tenn.-based company that has opposed a surprise billing solution under consideration in Congress will take over emergency room staffing at Calais (Maine) Regional Hospital and Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine, according to the Bangor Daily News.
  6. Sutter Health to settle kickback lawsuit for $30M 

      A lawsuit unsealed Nov. 14 reveals Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health settled allegations of a referral fraud scheme for $30 million — $5.8 million of which will be paid to the whistleblower who filed the case, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee.
  7. Former Hacienda HealthCare physician voluntarily gives up medical license 

    Phillip Gear, a former physician at Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare, surrendered his license Nov. 8 after failing to diagnose pregnancy in an incapacitated patient, reports AZ Central. 
  8. Men somewhat less likely to understand healthcare information than women, CDC says

    Men were somewhat less likely than women to have easily understood information from healthcare providers most or all the time in 2017, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Nov. 15. 
  9. FDA approves breakthrough treatment for sickle cell disease

    The FDA approved Nov. 15 Novartis' drug, Adakveo, the first targeted therapy approved to treat sickle cell disease.

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