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  1. Michael Dowling: To unlock the potential of EHRs, let's start from scratch

    Electronic health records have helped healthcare organizations move on from paper-based record keeping and reduced errors while enhancing compliance, but there has been no real transformation of this technology since the 1970s.
  2. CVS asks 60 drugmakers to suspend drug price hikes

    CVS Health sent letters to 60 drugmakers asking them not to increase the net costs of their drugs in response to a proposed rule that would overhaul the rebate system, according to an Inside Drug Pricing news report.
  3. Finalized drug rebate overhaul in the works: 7 notes

    An HHS official said the agency plans to finalize its proposed rule that would overhaul the rebate system in less than three months, according to Politico's Prescription Pulse newsletter.

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  1. Purdue Pharma to pay $270M to settle Oklahoma opioid lawsuit

    OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the billionaire Sackler family will pay $270 million to resolve Oklahoma's claims that the company helped fuel the opioid epidemic, according to Reuters.
  2. Maryland lawmakers ask AG whether proposed reform of board ties should affect private hospitals

    Maryland's General Assembly is considering legislation that would provide more oversight of the University of Maryland Medical Center after reports surfaced that a third of its 27-member board has business ties with the Baltimore-based health system, according to The Baltimore Sun.
  3. Navicent Health alerts patients of July 2018 cyberattack

    Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health is alerting patients of a cyberattack  last July that may have affected patients' personal information. The cyberattack targeted employee email accounts.
  4. Duke University to pay $112.5M to settle allegations of submitting false data for grants

    Duke University has agreed to a $112.5 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve a whistleblower case that claimed the university submitted false data to earn grant money.

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  1. HAIs decreased in 2017 — C. diff down 13%, MRSA down 8%

    Between 2016 and 2017, healthcare-associated infections decreased in the United States, according to the most recent National and State HAI Progress Report from the CDC.
  2. Beebe Healthcare CEO steps down: 6 things to know

    Lewes, Del.-based Beebe Healthcare President and CEO Jeffrey Fried left the role March 26.
  3. New York hospital ousts interim CEO after 7 months

    Charles Gijanto, interim CEO of Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital, is no longer employed with the organization, according to a Watertown Daily Times report.
  4. University Hospitals plans $200M expansion for Ahuja Medical Center

      Beechwood, Ohio-based University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center announced plans for a $200 million expansion that will include a patient tower and a sports medicine complex, according to Cleveland.com.

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  1. 20 cities where female physicians are paid the most, least

    The gender wage gap among physicians fell below a six-digit figure for the first time in 2018, according to Doximity's 2019 Physician Compensation Report.
  2. 9 labor and delivery nurses pregnant at Maine hospital

    Nine labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center in Portland are pregnant at the same time, according to ABC affiliate WMTW.
  3. 20 cities with highest, lowest physician compensation in 2018

    Physicians saw a less than 1 percent decrease in pay between 2017 and 2018, with compensation still varying greatly across metropolitan areas, according to Doximity's 2019 Physician Compensation Report.
  4. RCM tip of the day: Put bots to work on your claim denials

    Hospital revenue cycle management teams should use robotic process automation to research the reason for an insurance claim denial, advised Jeff Nieman, CEO of Meduit, a revenue cycle solutions company.
  5. House to hold first hearing on preventing surprise medical bills

    The House will hold its first hearing on surprise medical bills April 2, according to Vox.
  6. Physicians sue Tenet, Detroit Medical Center, allege cost-cutting led to patient deaths

    Two former Detroit Medical Center cardiologists filed a lawsuit March 25 against the hospital and its parent company, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  7. Medical billing could be ripe opportunity for Apple: 4 notes

    Having already moved into health technology and financial services,  Apple's next big opportunity may be in medical billing, experts told CNBC.
  8. Demand for uncompensated care would jump 82% if ACA repealed, study finds

    A full repeal of the ACA in 2019 would result in an increase in uncompensated care and a decrease in federal healthcare spending, according to a report from the nonprofit think tank Urban Institute.
  9. Wage lawsuit against Epic tossed by judge

    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit March 25 against Epic brought by employees who claimed the software company illegally denied them overtime pay, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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