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  1. California physician gets 15 months in prison for $900M kickback scheme

    The former owner of Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Hospital received a 15-month prison sentence for his role in a kickback scheme that led to more than $900 million in fraudulent bills being submitted, according to Bloomberg Law. 
  2. Kentucky hospital, Anthem reach agreement

    Murray (Ky.)-Calloway County Hospital and Anthem struck a contract agreement that allows Anthem members to maintain in-network status at the hospital, the organizations said Jan. 15.
  3. 297%: The average difference between highest, lowest outpatient charges, study says

    Nationally, the difference between the lowest and highest gross charges for individual outpatient procedures in the U.S. averaged 297 percent, according to a study from consulting firm Crowe.

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  1. Hospital-linked dark money group launches pricey ad blitz in Colorado

    A dark money group that has poured money into fighting "Medicare for All" and other federal healthcare proposals by Democratic presidential candidates is now taking aim at healthcare reform efforts in Colorado, according to Colorado Public Radio.
  2. Missouri hospital hit with class-action suit over failure to pay for employees' insurance

    Employees filed a class-action lawsuit against Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville, Mo., on Jan. 15, the same day it abruptly closed, according to KCUR.
  3. Healthcare predictions for 2020: Health systems will get bigger, demand for physicians will grow

    There are seven healthcare industry sectors ripe for growth, consolidation and investment in 2020, according to a report from Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors.
  4. 19 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From hospital groups suing HHS over Medicare payment policies to Cigna filing a lawsuit against health clinics in Texas, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

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  1. Newark Beth Israel put patients in 'immediate jeopardy,' CMS says

    Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center's heart and lung transplant program put patients in "immediate jeopardy," and, even after planning corrective measures, the hospital still isn't in compliance with all federal standards, ProPublica reports.
  2. State bans Florida physician from treating women

    The Florida Department of Health has banned a physician from treating women after he inappropriately touched a patient's breasts multiple times, the Miami Herald reports.
  3. Study: Women in leadership face more sexual harassment

    Women with authority in the workplace are not immune to sexual harassment. In fact, new research confirms just the opposite: Women in management positions experience 30-100 percent more sexual harassment than other female staff.
  4. 3 US airports to screen passengers for Chinese coronavirus amid outbreak

    Officials announced Jan. 17 that travelers from Wuhan, China, will be screened at three U.S. airports amid a mysterious viral infection outbreak that has already spread to two other countries, STAT reports. 

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  1. Judge lowers J&J Risperdal settlement by $1.2 billion

    A Philadelphia judge shaved $1.2 billion off the amount Johnson & Johnson has to pay in a lawsuit over the marking of its antipsychotic drug, Risperdal, The New York Times reported. 
  2. HHS proposes rule to lift referral requirements for faith-based organizations

    HHS proposed a rule Jan. 16 to eliminate Obama-era requirements for faith-based hospitals to provide information for services they do not offer or referrals to patients who object to religious policies.
  3. States ranked by opioid overdose deaths

    Ohio has the highest numbers of opioid overdose deaths in the country, according to the most recently available data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  4. How Civica Rx became a force in the generic drug industry: A timeline

    Civica Rx is a nonprofit generic drug company created in 2018 by seven major health systems to combat drug shortages and rising drug costs. 
  5. What's going on at the FDA? 10 agency updates

    The FDA is a government agency tasked with protecting public health by making sure prescription drugs are safe and efficient. 
  6. 11 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are 11 recent health information technology vendor contracts and go-lives affecting healthcare organizations.
  7. Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug can now be used to treat cardiovascular diseases

    The FDA has approved Novo Nordisk's drug, Ozempic, to be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke in adults with Type 2 diabetes who have a known history of heart disease. 
  8. South Carolina health system launches virtual care services for ICU patients

    Orangeburg, S.C.-based Regional Medical Center implemented telemedicine services to support its intensive care unit and coronary care unit patients, according to a Jan. 17 news release.
  9. 19 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week:

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