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  1. 7 hospital applications for machine learning: a breast cancer-predicting algorithm, low-dose CT imaging & more

    Here are seven recent studies and launches illustrating novel applications — some theoretical and some already in use — for machine learning artificial intelligence in clinical settings:
  2. WaPo: This is what a rural healthcare shortage looks like

    The Washington Post follows a couple from rural Tennessee as they travel to a pop-up clinic for the first medical care they've had in years.
  3. 74 medical groups call for action on climate change for public health

    More than 70 health organizations are calling on policymakers and business leaders to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, move to renewable energy and promote behaviors that are good for the climate and public health.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve the Hospital Revenue Cycle

Each year when they draft their budgets, hospital executives and other healthcare leaders are challenged to find ways to cut costs while maintaining high-quality services within the hospital revenue cycle.
  1. 2020 Democrats divided over 'Medicare for All,' public option

    More than half of Democratic presidential candidates want a public option, rather than "Medicare for All," which would require a more extensive overhaul of the healthcare system, according to a survey of candidates conducted by The New York Times.
  2. Azar responds to reports of tension between HHS, White House

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar denied a report of "frosty" relations between the agency and Trump administration officials in an interview with Fox News reporter Shannon Bream.
  3. Deadly fungal infection can spread through skin shedding, study finds

    Patients heavily colonized with Candida auris can contaminate their surroundings by shedding the deadly fungus from their skin, new research shows.
  4. Gene that makes salmonella resistant to antibiotics found in US patient

    Researchers have identified a gene that makes the salmonella bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics in a human patient in the U.S.

4 healthcare leaders set to discuss best practices for data security

How healthcare CIOs can help their organization's protect patient data.
  1. 7 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following recent hospital and health system CFO moves.
  2. Noose found on employee's desk at University of Michigan hospital

    A noose was found on an employee's desk June 20 at Michigan Medicine's University Hospital in Ann Arbor, according to CNN.
  3. Decline in heart disease slows after decades of progress: 5 things to know

    The cardiovascular disease death rate has fallen by just 4 percent since 2011 after a decrease of over 70 percent in the last six decades, and the death rate rose 1.5 percent for middle-aged Americans, according to CDC statistics cited in The Wall Street Journal.
  4. FDA ends program that allows device companies to not report risks, adverse events

    The FDA has formally ended its Alternative Summary Reporting program, which allowed device manufactures to request exemptions from the requirement to file reports on certain events and risks from devices, according to a news release issued June 21.

Looking to expand pharmacy services without adding staff?

How to develop a business case for alternate pharmacy staffing models.
  1. Viewpoint: Patients have the right not to know their prognosis

    It is important that terminal patients be able to choose whether they are informed of their prognosis, BJ Miller, MD, a hospice and palliative care specialist at the University of California San Francisco, and Shoshana Berger, an editorial director at Ideo, wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times.
  2. Why physicians are pursuing MBAs after their MD

    Due to the uncertainty of Medicare for All, the shift to EHRs and employment in health systems rather then owning a private practice, physicians have started to diversify their backgrounds with MBAs, according to Bloomberg.
  3. Anthem exec: Beacon deal further integrates physical, behavioral care

    Anthem's definitive agreement to acquire Boston-based Beacon Health Options aligns with the importance of behavioral healthcare and provides opportunities to improve patient care, an Anthem leader told Becker's.
  4. 11 Medicare Advantage plans, ranked by members

    For the fifth year in a row, members were more satisfied with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan than with other Medicare Advantage insurers, according to the J.D. Power 2019 Medicare Advantage Study.
  5. Cigna opens Africa headquarters

    Cigna opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya, that will serve as the company's headquarters for its African operations, according to Hapa Kenya.
  6. Inspector general challenges Illinois health system's budget practices

    Cook County (Ill.) Inspector General Patrick Blanchard's office released an investigation report June 21 that challenges the finances and budget practices of Cook County Health system and its insurance program, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  7. California fines 8 hospitals $437K for patient safety issues

    The California Department of Public Health collectively issued $437,425 in fines to eight California hospitals for licensing compliance issues that caused or were likely to cause patient harm or death.
  8. Supreme Court to hear $12B ACA insurance funding dispute

    The Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge led by health insurers seeking billions in government payments related to the ACA insurance exchanges, according to Politico.
  9. Tenet, Aetna sign multiyear agreement

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare entered into a new multiyear agreement with CVS Health-owned Aetna, the companies said June 24.

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