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  1. Buyer of 4 California hospitals misses closing deadline

    Corona Calif.-based KPC Group missed the court-appointed deadline to purchase four hospitals from El Segundo, Calif.-based Verity Health, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2018.
  2. UHS improperly diverted $100M from DC hospital, lawsuit claims

    George Washington University is suing King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services in District of Columbia Superior Court, alleging UHS is keeping profits that should be invested in the university's medical school and network of physicians, according to The Washington Post.
  3. US physicians fall behind international peers in care coordination

    American primary care providers are more siloed and less flexible than their counterparts abroad, according to a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund.

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  1. Study: Politics affect the moods of physicians

    Political events affect young physicians' moods, suggesting current events could impact patient care, according to a new study published by The BMJ.
  2. NYC Health + Hospitals launches house call program for primary care

    New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals on Dec. 5 launched a two-year pilot program for home-based primary care, targeted at patients who are frail and homebound.
  3. Outlook is stable for nonprofit hospitals, Fitch says

    Fitch Ratings has upgraded the outlook on the U.S. nonprofit hospital sector from negative to stable for 2020, as it expects hospitals and health systems to adapt to industry pressures.
  4. 3 of healthcare's fastest-growing jobs

    LinkedIn has released its 2020 emerging jobs report identifying 15 U.S. jobs that have seen the largest rate of hiring growth in the last five years.  

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  1. 5 updates on Google leadership changes

    Google has made headlines recently for various acquisitions, initiatives and leadership changes. Below are five updates on executives who have been recruited to Google or stepped down from leadership positions at the tech giant reported by Becker's Hospital Review.
  2. Wellforce taps Michael Dandorph as CEO

    Burlington, Mass.-based Wellforce health system has named Michael J. Dandorph president and CEO.
  3. IBM blockchain leader: Users must feel comfortable with blockchain for it to be successful

    Although blockchain technology has made major strides in 2019, the technology has a long way to go before it becomes mainstream, IBM Blockchain general manager Marie Wieck said in an interview with Coindesk.
  4. BJC HealthCare cuts 200 jobs as part of IT support outsourcing

    St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare said it has cut 200 jobs as an external managed services provider takes on responsibility for most of the health system's information technology support services.

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  1. 7 hospitals, physician groups agree to share risk under BCBS of Michigan payment model

    Seven hospitals and physician groups agreed if their costs surpass a specific target, they will pay the difference back to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan under a new risk-sharing program, the organizations said Dec. 11.
  2. Letter to the editor: Nurse practitioners are not 'mid-level' providers

    Fifteen physicians are expected to be let go from the suburban Edward-Elmhurst Hospital in the next year, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review. These physicians, who work in immediate care clinics, will be replaced by nurse practitioners.
  3. From appetizer to main course: How HonorHealth is taking HAI reduction to a new level

    Scottsdale, Ariz.-based HonorHealth has a lot to be proud of on the quality improvement front, achieving a nearly 40 percent drop in patient harm events in just four years.
  4. Alkermes warned to stop misleading ads, reveal risks of opioid treatment

    The FDA sent a warning letter to Alkermes Dec. 11 for failing to warn against potentially fatal risks associated with its drug, Vivitrol, which is used to treat opioid addiction.
  5. Cancer Treatment Centers must pay millions to indigent care fund

    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America agreed to pay $5 million to Georgia to fund indigent care, according to NPR affiliate WABE.
  6. Most commercial payments flowing through alternative payment methods, report says

    In the commercial sector, most physician and hospital payments are being made through alternative payment methods — but nearly all of those methods are built on fee-for-service functions, according to a report from the nonprofit value-based care organization Catalyst for Payment Reform.
  7. Financial updates from Ascension, Cleveland Clinic, UPMC + 3 other systems

    The following six health systems recently released their financial statements for the three, nine or 12-month periods ended Sept. 30:
  8. US states ranked by suicide rate

    Montana has the highest rate of suicides among U.S. states, with nearly 29 per 100,000 individuals, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  9. Baptist Health South Florida taps Lourdes Boue as Miami hospital CEO: 4 things to know

    Baptist Health South Florida has named Lourdes Boue CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami.

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