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  1. 68% of nurses agree flu vaccine is safe, survey finds

    Researchers conducted a recent survey gauging nurses' knowledge and beliefs about infection control practices, according to a study published Dec. 13, in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Babies born with opioid withdrawal syndrome have smaller heads, study finds

    Infants born with opioid withdrawal syndrome have smaller heads than babies not exposed to opioids while in utero, according to a study published Dec. 10, in the journal Pediatrics.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Walmart extends contract with Express Scripts

    Walmart signed a three-year contract extension with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, which will allow Express Scripts' covered members to access Walmart's prescription services.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise in the last week.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. 6 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last two weeks to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities:  By Alia Paavola -
  3. 68% of patients face social determinants of health challenges, 3 other survey findings

    Most patients face challenges related to social determinants of health, but many have not sought help in identifying and addressing their risks, according to a survey from Waystar, a revenue cycle technology provider.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Insurance premiums increasing faster than hospital prices, analysis finds

    Growth in insurance premiums and prescription drug prices is outpacing growth in hospital prices, according to an analysis by the American Hospital Association.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Why the 1-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for hospital cybersecurity: Q&A with Proficio CISO Dickon Smart-Gill

    Dickon Smart-Gill, CIO and chief information security officer at managed security services provider Proficio in Carlsbad, Calif., shares the big cybersecurity threats he thinks hospitals need to be on the lookout for as well as how technology is keeping up with changes in cyberattacks.  By Jackie Drees -
  2. Self-pay patients may be hospitals' best revenue source, study finds

    Hospitals may be losing significant money if their revenue cycles aren't focused on collecting from patient accounts that are most likely to generate full reimbursement, according to an analysis from TransUnion Healthcare, part of credit and information management company TransUnion.   By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Troubled New Jersey hospital names successor 1 week after CEO resigns

    Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital named Judith Persichilli, BSN, RN, acting president and CEO Dec. 13.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. Patient experience key to driving brand loyalty, report finds

    Patient experience is five times more likely to influence patients' brand loyalty than traditional marketing strategies used by health systems, according to a new report from Press Ganey.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. Baptist Healthcare reverses $69M operating loss

    Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Healthcare System improved its operating performance in fiscal year 2018 as its revenues outpaced expenses, according to recent financial documents.    By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Dignity Health buys naming rights to major league soccer stadium

    San Francisco-based Dignity Health purchased the naming rights to Carson, Calif.-based StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy soccer team.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. CHI Franciscan Health cuts workforce building $500M replacement hospital

    CHI Franciscan Health is reducing the number of workers hired to build a $500 million replacement hospital in Silverdale, Wash., due to budget adjustments, according to the Kitsap Sun.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Health Fidelity CEO Steve Whitehurst debunks health IT's biggest misconceptions

    Steve Whitehurst, CEO at Health Fidelity in San Mateo, Calif., discusses the future standard of natural language interfaces and speech capabilities in healthcare as well as what needs attention when it comes to health IT innovation.  By Jackie Drees -
  5. US obesity rate at all-time high, report finds

    The country's obesity rate reached its highest-ever level in 2018, a report from the United Health Foundation found.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. 6 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are six recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives:  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Two-thirds of businesses use Amazon's cloud service, report finds

    Businesses across a range of industries adopted public cloud services during 2018, according to a report from cloud management provider RightScale.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. 5 healthiest, unhealthiest states of 2018

    Hawaii is the highest-ranked state for overall health in 2018 while Louisiana is the lowest-ranked state, according to a report from the United Health Foundation.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. Joint Commission encourages hospitals to report safety incidents in new alert

    The Joint Commission published a new Sentinel Event Alert to help healthcare leaders eliminate the fear of negative consequences for reporting patient care mistakes.  By Megan Knowles -

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