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  1. Rhode Island hospital closure stretches resources of Lifespan ERs

    After Pawtucket, R.I-based Memorial Hospital closed last year, The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, both in Providence and operated by Providence-based Lifespan, are caring for more patients — causing the emergency rooms to operate at capacity, RIPR reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Banner Health's Tucson Cerner switch triggers reports of medical errors, state finds

    Phoenix-based Banner Health's $45 million switch from Epic to Cerner at its Tucson, Ariz.-based hospitals and clinics resulted in "numerous" reports of medical errors, state records obtained by the Arizona Daily Star show.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Epic halts 15-year HQ expansion as construction catches up to growing workforce

    For the first time since 2003, construction has hit a standstill at Epic's 1,100-acre headquarters in Verona, Wis., according to Xconomy.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. Pennsylvania long-term care facility to shutter, lay off 122 employees

    LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg (Pa.) is closing and will lay off 122 employees, according to a Central Penn Business Journal report.    By Kelly Gooch -
  2. California hospital reverses $15,666 trauma fee for baby who napped, drank formula in ER

    Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital agreed to waive a $15,666 trauma response fee it charged a vacationing South Korean family after their son, who had experienced a fall, received no critical care but slept and drank formula in the hospital's emergency room, according to Vox. Jang Yeo-im called an ambulance after her son Park Jeong-whan fell 3 feet off a hotel bed. Despite little outward injury, her son was inconsolable and she feared he might have internal injuries. During the three-hour and 22-minute visit at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a triage nurse evaluated Jang Yeo-im's son and sent him to an emergency department resuscitation bay. Aside from minor bruising to his nose and forehead, the baby did not show any signs of major injury and was not given any critical care. During his time at the hospital, he took a quick nap, drank formula and was transferred to an exam room for observation before being released.When the family, which had travel insurance covering $5,000 of treatment, received the final $18,836 bill two years later, most of the charge reflected a $15,666 trauma response fee. Patients face trauma fees when they present to the emergency room with potential serious injuries and the trauma center assembles a team of physicians to respond. Trauma fees are billed in addition to ER physician, procedure, equipment and facility fees.Vox, in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reported the story June 28. On July 20, after the hospital conducted a clinical review of the case, Zuckerberg San Francisco General reversed the charge. A patient experience manager issued "a sincere apology for any distress the family experienced over this bill." The hospital manager told Vox/KHN the case "offered us an opportunity to review our system and consider changes."More articles on healthcare finance:Parents charged $15,666 trauma fee after baby takes nap, drinks formula in ERWhy a Missouri hospital can't afford accounting help after a 2,353% spike in revenue    Shares of CHS hit new low By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Texas hospitals treat record number of patients after high weekend temperatures

    Hospitals across Texas are treating a particularly high number of patients with heat-related illnesses after triple-digit temperatures broke records across the Dallas-Fort Worth area July 21, The Dallas Morning News reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. Private equity firm to buy LifePoint Health for $5.6B

    Private equity firm Apollo Global Management will purchase Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health for $5.6 billion including debt, the two entities announced July 23.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of July 16-20

    Three of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 491-bed Ohio hospital closes: 5 things to know

    Good Samaritan Hospital, a 491-bed facility in Dayton, Ohio, closed July 23.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. 7 things to know about Dr. Richard Stone, the VA's new top health official

    Richard Stone, MD, a practicing dermatologist, was named acting executive-in-charge of the Veterans Health Administration on July 16.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 20% of physicians prefer hospital employment, survey finds

    While most physicians seek to work in private practice, the highest number of employment opportunities tend to be at hospitals, according to a survey from The Medicus Firm, a national physician search firm.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Advocate Aurora Health plans first post-merger bond sale: 5 things to know

    In April, Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health merged to become the nation's 10th-largest nonprofit health system. Now, the combined Advocate Aurora Health plans its first bond sale since the deal was completed, according to The Bond Buyer.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Rhode Island healthcare workers reject Lifespan's latest contract offer

    Healthcare workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence have rejected the latest contract offer from the hospitals' parent company, according to a WPRI report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Practices with more nurse practitioners, other nonphysician providers earn more money, study shows

    Medical practices see greater profit and productivity when they have more nurse practitioners and physician assistants per physician, new data from the Medical Group Management Association suggests.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Houston Methodist cardiologist fatally shot

    A cardiologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, who once treated President George H.W. Bush, was fatally shot by a man on a bicycle near the flagship campus, according to a Click2Houston news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. 10 congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates

    Alabama's 4th congressional district had the highest opioid prescribing rate in the country, according to an analysis published July 19 in the American Journal of Public Health.  By Harrison Cook -
  6. Shares of PBMs drop on threat to drug rebates

    A proposed policy threatening to overhaul safe harbor protections for pharmaceutical company rebates, which largely benefits pharmacy benefit managers, sent shares of the PBMs sliding July 19, according to MarketWatch.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. Chrysler creates primary care clinic exclusive to employees

    Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles established a primary care clinic, run by Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health, that will exclusively serve its employees and their families.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. Access to care in rural America, in quotes

    Many patients in rural areas of the country face limited access to care as hospitals close or cut back services amid financial pressures. This has become more common for women seeking obstetric care, according to an article published  in The New York Times.    By Kelly Gooch -
  9. 20 most beautiful hospitals in America, as ranked by Soliant

    Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers is the most beautiful hospital in the country, according to Soliant Health's 2018 list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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