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  1. How 100+ healthcare executives ranked 10 industry challenges

    Healthcare executives see addressing medical cost growth and increasing access to care as their biggest issue heading into 2020, according to a survey of more than 100 leaders.
  2. 6 hospitals hiring billing specialists

    The following hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking a billing specialist in the last week:
  3. Debt-collection lawsuits from hospitals receive federal attention

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma and consumer advocates are speaking out about recent media reports that highlighted hospitals' medical debt collection practices and lawsuits they filed against patients, according to ProPublica.

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  1. Americans struggle more with medical debt than people in other countries, LA Times reports

    Struggling to pay for medical bills and keep up with starkly high out-of-pocket costs are uniquely an American patient experience, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  2. UVA moves to dismiss 14 medical debt lawsuits, changes collection practices after media probe

    The University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville moved to drop 14 medical debt lawsuits and change collection practices after a special report for The Washington Post revealed it sued thousands of former patients, seized wages and put liens on homes, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  3. Tennessee lawmaker who called healthcare exec an 'Irish gangster' claims immunity in defamation suit

    A Tennessee lawmaker says he is immune to liability in a defamation lawsuit filed by Rennova Health President and CEO Seamus Lagan, according to the Independent Herald.
  4. DEA proposes to cut opioid production in half

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to set more stringent limits on the amount of opioids the U.S. is allowed to produce, according to Drug Topics.

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  1. Embattled guardian accused of improperly billing AdventHealth nearly $4M

    Rebecca Fierle, a former professional guardian under criminal investigation, improperly billed AdventHealth nearly $4 million in the last decade for services she provided to its most vulnerable patients, according to an investigation report released by the Orange County comptroller.
  2. Hackensack Meridian Health breaks ground on $714M expansion

    Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health broke ground Sept. 13 on its nine-story, $714 million pavilion, according to NorthJersey.com.
  3. Pharmacist-led HIV prevention treatment program could boost patient satisfaction, study finds

    Implementing a pharmacist-led program for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment could improve patient satisfaction and pharmacist acceptability, according to a study from Oxford University cited by Pharmacy Times.
  4. 7 physicians to leave CaroMont Medical Group, join team that left Atrium

    Seven physicians plan to break away from the CaroMont Medical Group to join Tryon Medical Partners, an independent practice formed by nearly 100 physicians who ditched Atrium Health last year, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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  1. Ohio hospital will keep Medicare contract after investigation into patient safety issues

    Sequel Pomegranate, an acute care hospital and psychiatric facility in Columbus, Ohio, is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare contract, according to WBNS.
  2. Loyola Medicine appoints Dr. Richard Freeman regional chief clinical officer

    Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola Medicine has selected Richard K. Freeman, MD, to serve as regional chief clinical officer, a newly created role.
  3. 8 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are eight recent health information technology vendor contracts and go-lives affecting healthcare organizations.
  4. Bedbugs found at New York hospital's cancer center

    Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital restricted access to its outpatient cancer center Sept. 13 due to bedbugs, reports The Post-Star.
  5. Phelps Health to implement Epic EHR: 3 notes

    Rolla, Mo.-based Phelps Health plans to deploy an Epic EHR system by late 2020, according to Rolla Daily News.
  6. AMA: Adding prescription drug prices to EHRs may boost transparency, combat rising costs

    Incorporating prescription drug prices in EHRs could help improve price transparency as well as sway physicians from ordering as many expensive diagnostic tests, according to the American Medical Association.  
  7. 11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a Texas physician paying $2 million to settle false claims allegations to a nurse suing a Tennessee hospital over a patient attack, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
  8. Hedge fund ups stake in Tenet

    Glenview Capital Management recently purchased 8,160 shares of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's common stock.
  9. Physician who underwent heart transplant turns to telemedicine to treat patients

    A San Diego-based physician who received a heart transplant in 2017 now treats patients through telemedicine after he was restricted from providing in-person care, local ABC affiliate KGTV reports.

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