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  1. HHS launches new division as part of 'conscience and religious freedom' rule: 6 things to know

    The Trump administration formed a new HHS Office for Civil Rights division, which offers protections for healthcare workers with religious or moral objections to medical services such as abortions, according to The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Study: Nearly 63% of Yelp reviewers give top-ranked hospitals mediocre to poor ratings

    Almost two-thirds of online reviewers gave the nation's top 20 hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, mediocre to poor ratings on social media website Yelp.com, according to an analysis by Vanguard Communications & Healthcare Process Improvement.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Rate of women taking over as CEO stagnant in 2017: This and 6 other findings

    In 2017, 183 women across 25 industries assumed the role of CEO, down slightly from 2016 when 193 women took over the CEO post, according to a report released Jan. 18 by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Inaccurate report of possible gunman sends police rushing to UPMC Susquehanna; hospital placed on lockdown

    A false report of a man firing gun shots at Williamsport, Pa.-based UPMC Susquehanna caused police to rush to the facility Wednesday morning, reports the Sun Gazette.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Scribes improve 'joy of practice' among family physicians, study finds

    Family physicians who work with medical scribes report increased benefits related to quality of care and "joy of practice," according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. GE CEO says company looking to restructure portfolio; Philips to move North American headquarters to Cambridge & more — 11 health IT keynotes

    Here are 11 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Intermountain, SSM, Ascension and Trinity Health to launch generic drug company

    Four health systems from across the country plan to form a nonprofit generic drug company to address the high costs and shortages of generic medications.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center's chief compliance officer leaves for UW Medicine: 5 notes

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Chief Compliance Officer James Mathis is leaving to Seattle-based UW Medicine, where he will also serve as chief compliance officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Jared Smith to assume CEO role at Broward Health Coral Springs: 4 things to know

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health appointed Jared M. Smith CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs (Fla.).  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Wellforce taps Dr. Michael Wagner as chief physician executive

    Burlington, Mass.-based Wellforce selected Michael Wagner, MD, to serve as chief physician executive, effective in May. He currently serves as president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Allscripts investigating ransomware incident, some services unavailable to customers

    Allscripts is investigating a ransomware attack that impacted a limited number of its applications, company spokeswoman Concetta Rasiarmos told Becker's Hospital Review Thursday.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. MSSP ACOs would have seen $966M in additional payments by assuming greater risk in 2016

    Medicare ACOs would have earned $966 million in additional net payments from participating in advanced alternative payment models in 2016, updated Avalere data revealed.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Risk of opioid misuse jumps 44% with each refill, study finds

    While most clinical efforts to mitigate the risk of opioid misuse have focused on limiting dosage levels, reducing the length of an opioid prescription actually has greater influence over the risk of misuse, according to a study published in BMJ.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Bon Secours taps Effy Healthcare for RCM, AccessOne acquires HealthFirst Financial & more — 4 RCM key notes

    Here are four recent updates on companies providing revenue cycle management services.   By Morgan Haefner -
  4. 6 payers in the headlines

    From UnitedHealth Group more than doubling its profits in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 to Molina Healthcare eliminating its COO position, here are six payers making headlines this week.   By Morgan Haefner -
  5. 10 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.    By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Should executives trust their guts? 3 thoughts from a Nobel Prize winner in conversation

    One of the most common pieces of decision-making advice is to trust your gut, but is that really the case? Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, PhD, sat down with psychologist Gary Klein, PhD, and reporters at McKinsey Quarterly to discuss the issue of when leaders should trust their instincts and when they should ignore them.  By Leo Vartorella -
  7. 10 recent ED expansions with pricetags of $12M or more

    Hospitals and health systems are increasingly investing in their emergency departments to respond to issues such as high wait times, increased patient volumes and need for specialized care.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Children's Hospital Colorado hires chief strategy officer: 3 takeaways

    Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora selected Raphe Schwartz to serve as senior vice president and chief strategy officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Rockledge Regional Medical Center selects new CFO: 3 notes

    Rockledge (Fla.) Regional Medical Center, a part of Boston-based Steward Health Care System, appointed Jonathan Immordino CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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