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  1. Formerly inexpensive drug gets $375K price tag: 8 things to know

    Firdapse, an old, formerly inexpensive drug that treats a rare autoimmune disorder, just received a new $375,000 price tag, according to a STAT news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Healthcare organizations will face these 23 risks next year, analysis says

    Revenue cycle issues such as denials management and patient access are among the risk areas for healthcare organizations next year, according to an analysis from Crowe, a public accounting, consulting and technology firm.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Supply chain tip of the day: Understand biosimilar nuances before integrating them into the system

    Biosimilars, or highly similar but not exact alternatives to biologic drugs, are creating new cost-saving opportunities for health system pharmacies.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Dignity Health CFO Dan Morissette discusses CHI megamerger, Apple partnership

    It has been a big year for Dignity Health, as the health system finalized a merger agreement with Catholic Health Initiatives and entered into other interesting partnerships.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Major health systems, insurers have converted nearly half of business to value-based payments

    The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a 41-member group that includes some of the nation's top health systems and payers, revealed Dec. 18 that members have made substantial progress toward transitioning to value-based payment arrangements.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. State-by-state breakdown of 93 rural hospital closures

    Of the 26 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are located in the South, according to research from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. St. Luke's University Health Network selects presidents for 2 hospitals

    Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network tapped John Nespoli to serve as president of the St. Luke's Lehighton, Pa.-based Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton (Pa.) campuses. It also named Frank Ford president of St. Luke's Sacred Heart Campus in Allentown, Pa.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. RCM tip of the day: Introduce appreciative inquiry

    Introducing appreciative inquiry can help hospitals and health systems improve patient experience, said Marie Burden, revenue cycle management adviser at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, a provider of consulting, process transformation services, IT optimization, analytics and design thinking solutions to healthcare entities.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health appoints president: 5 notes

    Baton Rouge, La.-based Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health selected Trey Dunbar, MD, to serve as president.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Lung transplant recipients face geographical discrimination, study finds

    Researchers found the system that distributes lung transplants may favor patients based on geographical location, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. Brian Charlier to serve as CEO of HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary's hospitals: 3 things to know

    Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System appointed Brian Charlier president and CEO of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, both in Green Bay, Wis.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Catholic Health appoints 1st-ever chief administrative officer: 4 points

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health tapped William B. Pryor to serve as chief administrative officer, a newly created role.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Chicago hospital performs record 54 heart transplants in 2018

    Surgeons at Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial Hospital completed 54 heart transplants in 2018, setting a new record for the health system, according to ABC 7.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Southeast Georgia Health System selects COO: 6 takeaways

    Brunswick-based Southeast Georgia Health System named Christy D. Jordan, RN, COO and general counsel.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Tennessee hospital will exhume patient's body after her burial without family's OK

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist University Hospital is exhuming the body of a patient  after she was buried without her family's consent, according to Fox13.  By Harrison Cook -
  5. 5 hospitals in the spotlight for patient safety issues — and how they're fixing them

    Several hospitals are working to improve patient safety and curb infection control problems after recent reports found lapses in patient care.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. UHS ups stock buyback program by $500M

    King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services' board authorized a $500 million increase to its stock repurchase program, which now allows the company to buy back $1.7 billion of its outstanding shares.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Acadia Healthcare fires CEO

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare has removed chairman and CEO Joey Jacobs from his roles with the company.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CFOs during the past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. The key to developing an incident response plan: Cedars-Sinai CISO Chris Joerg answers 4 Qs on cybersecurity

    Chris Joerg, chief information security officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, shares advice for how to best prevent email phishing attempts targeted at employees as well as some of the IT trends he would like to learn more about.  By Jackie Drees -

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