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  1. Kaiser evacuates dozens from medical offices after oxygen tanker truck explosion

    A Kaiser Permanente outpatient clinic in Santa Rosa (Calif.) evacuated dozens of patients and employees July 18 after a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen exploded next to the facility, according to an ABC 7 news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. FDA commissioner criticizes big pharma for stalling introduction of cheaper drugs

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, slammed drugmakers, accusing them of using "gaming tactics" to stall biosimilars, a move that cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars last year, Bloomberg reports.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. CEO Dr. Atul Gawande's listening tour to focus on workers' health challenges

    Atul Gawande, MD, recently named chief executive of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase's unnamed healthcare company, will travel across the country to meet the employees he will serve and discuss their healthcare problems — one of Dr. Gawande's first tasks at the helm, STAT reports.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Epic in the news: 13 recent stories about Epic's affect on and in its community

    Located just outside of the Wisconsin Capital city of Madison sits Epic, the EHR vendor that has helped shape patient electronic data storage since its inception in 1979.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. IBM Watson Health, VA extend cancer research partnership

    The Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health are expanding their partnership to bring artificial intelligence-powered technology to support precision oncology at VA facilities, the organizations confirmed July 19.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. IBM reports 3rd consecutive quarter of revenue growth: 6 things to know

    IBM reported revenues were up 4 percent, marking a third consecutive quarter of revenue growth after five straight years of declining profits, according to second quarter company financial results released July 18.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Cerner adds 50 Dublin-based jobs; Amazon Alexa integrates Nimblr; InTouch teams up with Rite Aid & more — 7 health IT keynotes

    Here are seven recent news updates on health IT companies:  By Julie Spitzer -

Embracing risk in value-based care

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  1. Bozeman Health names new CFO: 4 things to know

    Bozeman (Mont.) Health selected Brad Ludford to serve as CFO, effective in September.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Anthem denied 12K ER claims in second half of 2017, but paid most of them anyway

    Anthem has come under intense scrutiny by providers in recent months for denying patients' emergency room claims it deemed unwarranted. While a recent congressional report indicates Anthem has largely reversed the policy, some experts suggest the insurer may still be primed to save thousands of dollars on patient claims, The New York Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege & Morgan Haefner -
  3. First California infants dies of whooping cough since 2016

    The California Department of Public Health on July 17 confirmed the state's first whooping cough death in an infant since 2016.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. 5-state salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad

    Hy-Vee issued a product recall on July 17, after the CDC linked Salmonella cases to its pasta salad.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. New York to pay $20.8M to 1,600 city nurses in gender discrimination settlement

    New York City officials on July 18 agreed to pay $20.8 million to resolve allegations the city discriminated against city-employed registered nurses and midwives because they are women, according to the Justice Department.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. The top 8 reasons physicians say they won't use virtual care

    An estimated nine out of 10 physicians see the benefit of virtual care technologies, although many also voice concerns about their current functionalities, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. ECRI Institute to relaunch clinical guidelines website in September on subscription basis

    ECRI Institute will bring back the National Guideline Clearinghouse database in September on a subscription basis after the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shut down the website July 16 due to a funding cut, a spokesperson for ECRI Institute confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. 63% of hospitals share data with facilities treating the same patients, study finds

    Hospitals often don't share clinical information with facilities treating shared patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. How can hospitals support physicians in adopting telehealth? Physicians weigh in

    Two-thirds of physicians agree the use of interoperable virtual care technology would encourage them to offer telehealth services, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Anonymous donor pays tuition for entire inaugural class of Houston med school

    An anonymous donor, who gifted $3 million, will fully fund tuition for the entire inaugural class of medical students at the University of Houston College of Medicine, the university announced July 18.   By Alia Paavola -
  7. CHS to divest 2 Arkansas hospitals

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to sell two Arkansas hospitals to Little Rock, Ark.-based Baptist Health.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. UnitedHealth explores acquisition of Tenet's Conifer business

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group is one of the companies exploring an acquisition of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's healthcare management subsidiary Conifer Health Solutions, sources told The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Man allegedly assaults nurse with bodily fluids, then claims to be HIV positive

    A man who allegedly said he is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a bodily fluid after police say he attacked a nurse while being treated in the emergency room at Northport (Ala.) Medical Center in June, according to WVTM.  By Ayla Ellison -

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