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  1. Data analytics segment tops digital health VC funding in Q3

    The digital health sector raised $5.5 billion in venture capital funding during the first nine months of 2017, according to a Mercom Capital Group report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Viewpoint: Telemedicine reimbursement should target access, not geography

    National policies for telemedicine reimbursement should aim to improve access to care, a metric that affects rural and urban residents alike, four health and emergency medicine researchers wrote in an Oct. 12 op-ed published in Health Affairs.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Anthem launches in-house pharmacy business with CVS Health after Express Scripts fallout

    Indianapolis-based Anthem will establish an in-house pharmacy benefits manager called IngenioRx.  By Morgan Haefner -

Small hospital realizes big savings: Community Hospital, McCook, NE

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  1. First Hospital Wyoming Valley workers plan strike in Pennsylvania

    Workers at First Hospital of Wyoming Valley, a psychiatric facility in Kingston, Pa., plan to strike Friday "to fight for safe working conditions for healthcare workers and their patients and better care," according to a Facebook post by Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Tenet to close 232-bed Phoenix hospital

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare will close Abrazo Maryvale Campus, a 232-bed hospital in Phoenix, by the end of the year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. DOJ: Personal trainer posed as physician in $25M scheme

    A 54-year-old personal trainer was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 12, and charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud insurance companies by submitting more than $25 million in false claims for medical services, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Hacking accounts for 50% of healthcare breaches in September: 5 report insights

    There were 46 healthcare breaches disclosed in September, up from 33 breaches in August, according to a Protenus report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. $72M award in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case tossed

    In February 2016, a Missouri state jury ordered New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in a legal suit involving the company's talcum powder and a woman dying of ovarian cancer. But the Missouri Eastern District appeals court tossed that award Tuesday based on jurisdiction-related issues, according to The Kansas City Star.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 20 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to attest to the meaningful use program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2016 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network to invest $1B in new hospital, renovations

    Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network, both based in Pittsburgh, will spend more than $1 billion to construct new facilities and renovate existing medical buildings over the next four to five years.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Mohawk tribe, SRC Labs sue Microsoft, Amazon for patent infringement

    The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and SRC Labs joined together to file lawsuits against Microsoft and Amazon, alleging the two tech companies infringed on their patents, reports CNBC.  By Julie Spitzer -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. 160+ healthcare revenue cycle companies to know | 2017

    Hospitals, health systems, physician practices and healthcare organizations are experiencing increasingly complex revenue cycles, working with government and private payers as well as patients to collect. Here are more than 160 companies with revenue cycle management solutions in the healthcare space.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Study: Cancer drug costs increase 25% in 8 years

    The price of injectable brand-name cancer drugs are rising at a pace faster than inflation, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Stanford Medical School Dean: Physician burnout is 'not just individuals acting out' it is a systemic issue

    Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, emphasized that physician burnout is a systemic issue the industry must address, according to a Stanford Medicine blog post.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Regional Health in Washington rebrands as Astria Health

    Sunnyside, Wash.-based Regional Health rebranded as Astria Health, according to the Yakima Herald.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. U of Wisconsin medical school administrators: proposed bill limiting abortion training 'would cost the school its OB/GYN accreditation'

    Madison-based University of Wisconsin Medical School and Public Health leaders are warning that the state's proposed bill limiting abortion training "would cost the school its OB/GYN accreditation," according to the Wisconsin Public Radio.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016 than in the Vietnam War

    Provisional data the CDC released in September suggested more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, which surpasses the 58,200 Americans who died in the Vietnam War and the 50,682 people who died from HIV/AIDS in 1995, according to a report from the Police Executive Research Forum.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. Trump's tax reform plan: 7 things to know

    President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's tax reform proposal in late September, and as Congress transitions its attention from healthcare legislation to tax reform, Becker's Hospital Review takes a look at the details of President Trump's plan.  By Leo Vartorella -
  8. The problem with eye drops — and why drug companies won't fix it

    Drug companies produce eye drops at a size much larger than the human eye can hold, reports ProPublica.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  9. 911 calls highlight chaos at overheated Florida nursing home

    Newly released 911 calls demonstrate the chaos and confusion that occurred when a Florida nursing home overheated amid power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, according to CNN.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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