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  1. Michigan system CEO resigns amid financial troubles, failed merger

    John Schon, CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich., has resigned, according to a statement released by the system Nov. 13 and obtained by TV 6 News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Hospitals are the biggest employers in these 13 states

    Hospitals and health systems, like Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and others represent the biggest employers in 13 states, according to data obtained by Visual Capitalist.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. New Jersey health system lifts minimum wage to $15

    Camden, N.J.-based Cooper University Health Care said the system will increase the minimum wage for full-time, part-time, and per-diem employees to $15 an hour, effective Jan. 1.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 10 states with the lowest 2019 average Medicare Advantage costs

    Nevada has the lowest average Medicare Advantage costs for 2019, according to a study from HealthMarkets, a health insurance agency.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 10 states with the largest increases, decreases in average Medicare Advantage costs for 2019

    Kansas has the largest decrease in average annual Medicare Advantage costs for 2019, while New Hampshire has the largest increase, according to a study from HealthMarkets, a health insurance agency.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Former employee alleges New Hampshire hospital fired her for accepting Medicaid patient

    A former employee is suing Nashua-based Southern New Hampshire Health, alleging the system's Southern New Hampshire Medical Center fired her for accepting a hospice patient who had Medicaid coverage, according to a New Hampshire Union Leader report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Michigan's Medicaid program granted approval to pay for drugs based on efficacy: 5 things to know

    Michigan's Medicaid program received approval from CMS to enter into value-based care arrangements with drugmakers, CMS administrator Seema Verma announced during a speech at a biopharma conference Nov. 14. The proposal grants the state's Medicaid program permission to pay for drugs based on their efficacy.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. IT for care collaboration improves patient outcomes, provider satisfaction

    Communication is key for effective care collaboration, but hospital workers face many challenges to seamless communication.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Physicians who have patient contact should have to get flu shot, most physicians say

    When asked whether they thought physicians who come into contact with patients should be required to get an annual flu shot, 69 percent of physicians said yes, 21 percent said no, and 10 percent said it depends, a Medscape survey found.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Oregon hospital removes gender designation from patient wristbands

    Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System removed the gender designation from patient identification bracelets in October — a significant change for its transgender patients, according to the Bend Bulletin.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. CDC failed to report 2 polio-like illness deaths, parents say

    The parents of two children who died from acute flaccid myelitis — the rare, polio-like illness affecting children across the U.S. — allege the CDC failed to publicly report their children's deaths, according to CNN.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. 15 hospital, health system construction projects worth $300M or more

    Below are seven hospitals or health systems that recently announced or completed construction projects worth more than $300 million in the last three months, reported by Becker's Hospital Review.    By Alia Paavola -
  2. 9 quotes from CMS Administrator Seema Verma's speech on drug-pricing reform: 'The status quo is simply unacceptable'

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma discussed the Trump administration's drug-pricing initiatives in Medicare during a speech at the Biopharma Congress in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Pfizer loses lengthy UK patent battle over pain drug Lyrica

    In a blow for the U.S. drugmaker, Pfizer lost a yearslong patent battle for its blockbuster pain drug Lyrica after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled against it Nov. 14, according to Reuters.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. With $10M infusion BCBS, Texas A&M partner to improve rural healthcare

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, in partnership with College Station-based Texas A&M University Health Science Center, will launch a project aimed at improving rural healthcare.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. E-cigarette maker Juul shuts down Facebook, Instagram accounts after FDA criticism

    Kevin Burns, CEO of e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, released an action plan to curb teenage use of its nicotine products, effective Nov. 13.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. 10 health IT company leaders: What the midterm elections mean for healthcare through 2020 & beyond

    Here are healthcare industry leader responses to the midterm elections and thoughts on where health IT is headed.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. HIMSS to offer executive education program at Harvard Medical School

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will offer a three-day educational program on data practices at Boston-based Harvard Medical School in 2019.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Hospitals must look beyond the EMR for precision medicine programs, KLAS finds

    Hospitals looking to establish precision medicine programs may need to investigate niche vendors, rather than relying on EMR functionalities, according to a KLAS Research report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  9. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2018 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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