Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Video shows nursing home staff laughing as patient died gasping for air

    Recently released footage reveals nursing home staff in Georgia laughed as a World War II veteran called for help numerous times, gasped for air and died, according to WXIA.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. United Medical Center board wants to extend contract for fired consultants

    The district board that oversees Washington, D.C.-based United Medical Center wants a 60-day extension for Veritas, the consultancy it fired Nov. 7 due to potential mismanagement and patient safety concerns, The Washington Post reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. CAHs speak out against cuts to swing beds in Medicare extenders bill

    The Critical Access Hospital Coalition wants its member hospitals to call on state representatives to protect swing bed payment rates, which are currently on the line to help pay for the House's latest Medicare extenders bill.  By Emily Rappleye -

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. CHS in negotiations to extend nearly $2B in debt

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is in talks with a group of bondholders led by Franklin Resources, an asset management company, to extend approximately $2 billion in bonds due in 2019, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. OIG: Rush University Medical Center overbilled Medicare by $10.2M

    Rush University Medical Center in Chicago failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for 57 of 120 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed by HHS' Office of Inspector General, according to a recent OIG report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Quorum Health receives $60M in outstanding payments from Illinois, California

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health announced Monday it has made progress in collecting outstanding payments from California and Illinois.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. The No. 1 priority for 2018: 4 thoughts from the C-suite

    Four executives disclosed what issues they're prepping for at Becker's Hospital Review's 6th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable in Chicago Nov. 14.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Georgia hospital, affiliates to pay $12.9M to settle billing fraud allegations

    Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, Ga., and affiliates have agreed to pay $12.9 million to resolve allegations they submitted fraudulent claims to government payers, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. The 30 hospitals participating in CMS' rural hospital payment program

    CMS named the 30 hospitals that make up the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Boca Raton Regional Hospital CEO to retire next year: 4 notes

    Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital, is planning to retire in August 2018, according to a Boca Raton Tribune report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Tenet promotes Mark Lisa to Central Coast market CEO: 3 things to know

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare named Mark Lisa Central Coast market CEO, according to The Tribune.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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

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  1. 13 health systems leading employment in their states

    Wal-Mart is the largest employer across 22 states, according to 24/7 Wall St. After the retail behemoth, hospitals are the largest employer in 14 states.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Bringing real-time analytics to a 2,500-physician network: 5 questions with Bill Gillis, CIO of BIDCO

    Closing care gaps, improving quality and driving down costs across a seven-hospital, 2,500-physician network is no easy feat — especially when you can only see performance data through a rear-view mirror.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Minnesota counties, cities join national surge of opioid epidemic lawsuits

    County board commissioners from at least six Minnesota counties have authorized attorneys to enter agreements with private law firms to either file a lawsuit or consider litigation against drugmakers and distributors to recoup expenses related to the public cost of responding to the opioid epidemic, according to a report from the StarTribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. RWJBarnabas CEO: Tech, not policy, will drive change in healthcare

    Barry Ostrowsky, CEO of West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health, said the greatest change in the healthcare industry won't come from politics, but from evolving technologies, the Asbury Park Press reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. AMA, Harvard Health Publishing 'pause' partnerships with Outcome Health

    The American Medical Association and Harvard Health Publishing suspended their partnerships with Outcome Health amid speculation select employees at the Chicago-based tech and advertising startup misled advertisers, The Wall Street Journal reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. 2 experts weigh in on revenue cycle efficiency in a shifting healthcare environment

    As patient financial responsibility grows and value-based reimbursement models become the norm, efficient and effective revenue cycle management becomes increasingly vital to a healthcare organization's bottom line.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. Where does the Puerto Rico Medicaid crisis stand?

    It's been roughly two months Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territory's Medicaid crisis continues to worsen as Congress heads into December, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. C. diff prevention: A proactive and programmatic approach to reducing infections

    Amid the growing prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms, hospitals must implement thorough prevention methods to reduce healthcare-associated infections and protect their bottom line.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  9. Sen. Collins says lawmakers should drop ACA mandate repeal from tax bill

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has indicated she wants to see lawmakers pass two bipartisan ACA bills if the proposed individual insurance mandate repeal from Senate Republicans' tax bill is not dropped, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -

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