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  1. Drugmakers faced manufacturing dilemma during Hurricane Florence: 3 things to know

    Many drug companies questioned whether they should shutter operations at their drug plants in the Carolinas and Virginia during Hurricane Florence, which would put the region's drug supply at risk, according to STAT.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. More patients are accepting infected organs to cut transplant wait: 4 things to know

    Patient seeking organ transplants are accepting infected organs, effectively cutting their time on the transplant waitlist from years to just months or weeks, according to USA Today.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Senate passes opioid bill: 6 things to know

    The Senate passed its opioid bill Sept. 17 with bipartisan support. The Opioid Crisis Response Act aims to prevent illicit fentanyl trafficking, make individuals and institutions accountable for drug diversion and improve patient access to treatments, according to STAT.  By Harrison Cook -
  1. Only 18% of physicians say value-based payments will improve care, survey finds

    Although 47 percent of physicians' compensation is tied to quality or value, only 18 percent of physicians say these payments will improve care or cut costs, a report from Merritt Hawkins found.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Antidepressants could be fueling superbug growth, study finds

    A common antidepressant could be causing antibiotic resistance and contributing to the development of superbugs, according to a study published in Environmental International.   By Megan Knowles -
  3. Dozens transported to DC hospitals with suspected synthetic marijuana overdoses

    Emergency medical services and fire department personnel in Washington, D.C., responded to a spike in patients with a suspected synthetic marijuana overdose — taking dozens of people to hospitals during a 24-hour period between Sept. 12-13, The Washington Post reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. The healthcare professional's guide to giving: 15 ways to help the Northeast recover from Florence

    Florence, which made landfall Sept. 14, was a Category 1 hurricane that evolved to a tropical storm and, as of Sept. 18, a post-tropical cyclone. At least 35 people across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have died in storm-related incidents, and 343,000 people were still without power in North Carolina at the time of publication.  By Kelly Gooch, Morgan Haefner, Anuja Vaidya, Emily Rappleye, Leo Vartorella and Molly Gamble -

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  1. How the nationwide IV bag shortage helped Texas Health boost patient, nurse satisfaction

    Hospitals across the nation have been grappling with a shortage of IV bags since Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico and caused manufacturing disruptions last year. While supply shortages generally cause problems for healthcare organizations, one hospital — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — said this shortage has morphed into a positive experience for both patients and staff.   By Alia Paavola -
  2. Massachusetts hospitals, union clash over cost of nurse staffing ballot issue

    The Massachusetts hospital industry and Massachusetts Nurses Association have differing views on the estimated financial effects of the proposed November statewide ballot initiative to mandate nurse staffing ratios in hospitals, The Boston Globe reported.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center appoints permanent CEO: 4 things to know

    Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital & Medical Center selected David L. Longworth, MD, to serve as permanent CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Boston Children's Hospital COO takes on president's role: 5 notes

    Boston Children's Hospital appointed Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, president, splitting up the top post at the hospital.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Errors, malware & misuse: 4 Qs with Madison Regional Health System's director of IT on hospital cybersecurity

    Derek Dudley, director of IT and a security officer at Madison (Wis.) Regional Health System, discusses today's biggest threats to hospital data protection and what cyberattacks are in store for the future.  By Jackie Drees -
  2. Josie Abboud to serve as CEO of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women's: 6 notes

    Omaha, Neb.-based Methodist Health System selected Josie Abboud, BSN, to serve as president and CEO of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital, both located in Omaha.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. You can't transform, until you're informed: A 'ListenFirst' approach to supply chain transformation

    Caregivers and healthcare providers deliver compassionate, quality healthcare to patients in need, while also focusing on improving the overall health of individuals and communities. In recent years, the healthcare industry has evolved to include more policies pertaining to EHRs, meaningful use and performance goals. These additional administrative responsibilities have added a significant burden to our caregivers. With no corresponding increase in resources, coupled with the continued demand for medical services, our caregivers have far less time to spend with patients.  By Scott Caldwell, President and CEO, The Resource Group -
  4. Pennsylvania hospital CEO reverses decision to leave role

    Grove City (Pa.) Medical Center CEO Robert Jackson did a last-minute about-face, deciding to remain with the hospital and rejecting a job offer elsewhere to the surprise of hospital officials and board members, The Herald reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. Can patients with HSAs deduct the new Apple Watch as a medical device? Not yet

    The FDA-cleared Apple Watch Series 4 will allow wearers to take electrocardiograms on their wrists and receive alerts if their heartbeat becomes irregular, leaving some to question whether the device will count as a medical device for tax purposes, according to MarketWatch.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. San Francisco hospital lets young surgery patients drive to OR

    Modesto, Calif.-based Doctors Medical Center lets young patients drive to their own surgeries in mini cars, which helps alleviate patient stress, according to KTVU Fox 2.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. 5 healthcare companies on Forbes' Cloud 100 list

    Forbes published its Cloud 100, a ranking of private companies to know in the cloud sector.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. IBM sued for age discrimination after firing thousands: 6 things to know

    A prominent lawyer known for representing employees of tech giants filed a lawsuit Sept. 17 on behalf of three IBM employees who claim the company discriminated against their age when it fired them, Bloomberg reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. UCHealth urges blood donations after hitting critically low supply

    Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth issued an urgent call for blood donations after several severe trauma incidents drained supplies at the health system's Fort Collins, Colo.-based Poudre Valley Hospital and Loveland, Colo.-based Medical Center of the Rockies, according to the Coloradoan.  By Harrison Cook -

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