Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Police subdue man flailing hatchet at Lawrence Memorial Hospital

    Police subdued a man who allegedly threatened security personnel with a hatchet at Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, reports the Lawrence Journal-World.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Merck to purchase Viralytics for $394M: 3 things to know

    In a move to expand its cancer immunotherapy pipeline, Merck & Co. inked a deal Wednesday to buy Viralytics, a virus-based cancer drug firm, for 502 million Australian dollars ($394 million), according to Reuters.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Cook Medical reorganizes workforce: 6 things to know

    Cook Medical, a Bloomington, Ind.-based medical device company, revealed Tuesday it is realigning its global workforce to adapt to today's healthcare needs.  By Kelly Gooch -

Hospital C-suite: How do you feel about value-based payments?

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  1. Medical errors contributed to 12 deaths in Minnesota last year: 5 report findings

    Minnesota hospitals and licensed surgery centers reported 341 medical errors in 2017, marking a marginal increase from the 336 errors tallied a year prior, according to the state health department's 14th annual report on adverse events published this month. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 11 states, DC lack enough certified prescribers to meet opioid addiction treatment demands

    The District of Columbia and 11 states in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States lack enough providers certified to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction to meet current treatment demands, according to an analysis conducted by Avalere Health. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. New York hospital sheds $2.34M of expenses in 2-day cost purge

    East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center eliminated an additional $674,000 in salary and contract costs Wednesday, which brings the two-day expense purge to more than $2.34 million, according to Newsday.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. San Diego orthopedic surgeon dies in small plane crash on commute to work

    John Serocki, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced at Yuma (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center and San Diego-based Scripps Memorial Hospital, died Wednesday in a small plane crash commuting to work, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.  By Alia Paavola -
  1. University of Iowa hospitals seek 6% service cost hike

    Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is seeking approval to raise rates for its services by 6 percent as it grapples with leadership changes and a weaker-than-budgeted operating performance, according to The Gazette.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Larry Goldberg is Banner-University Medicine's new president: 4 things to know

    Phoenix-based Banner Health selected Larry M. Goldberg to serve as president of Banner-University Medicine, effective April 30.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 12 hospital, health system executives who departed with little notice

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive departures in the first two months of the year. These departures came with little or no notice.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Viewpoint: Mass shootings are a public health crisis

    In the wake of mass shootings across the country, the U.S. health sector must work to prevent shootings as they would for any other contagious problem, argues Gary Slutkin, MD, founder and CEO of Cure Violence and professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  By Megan Knowles -

Executive compensation considerations post tax reform

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  1. Association for Healthcare Philanthropy names Alice Ayres CEO

    Alice Ayres will join the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as president and CEO, effective April 16.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. ER nurse: Sexual harassment from patients is 'par for the course'

    For many women in healthcare, sexual harassment is a workplace reality that can come from peers, superiors and patients, NBC News reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. 1 in 3 early clinical trials post exaggerated results, Mayo Clinic study finds

    For chronic medical conditions, researchers may considerably exaggerate the results of over one-third of early clinical trials, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. 4 things to know about ICD-11

    The World Health Organization is preparing ICD-11 coding guidelines for official release in June.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Humana takes $148M hit from workforce cuts in 2017

    Humana recorded charges of $148 million for a voluntary early retirement program and involuntary layoffs it initiated in 2017, according to financial documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Nurse charged with murder of patient who died gasping for air as staff laughed

    A grand jury indicted two nurses and one nursing home aide on numerous charges — including felony murder — relating to the 2014 death of a patient at a Georgia nursing home, according to WXIA.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. Ohio lawmakers consider banning tax breaks, state contracts from Anthem over ED policy: 4 things to know

    Three Ohio legislators want to draft a bill barring insurers like Anthem who cover emergency department visits on a discretionary basis from state contracts and tax incentives, The Columbus Dispatch reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Supreme Court won't review CareFirst data breach case

    The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected CareFirst's appeal to review a case involving a 2014 data breach, according to Bank Info Security.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. FluMist returns: CDC greenlights nasal spray vaccine for next flu season

    A CDC advisory committee voted Wednesday to once again recommend FluMist, the only nasal flu vaccine approved in the U.S., for the 2018-19 flu season — effectively ending a two-year suspension of the non-injected vaccine, according to STAT.  By Alia Paavola -

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