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  1. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are seven recent health information technology vendor contracts and go-lives affecting healthcare organizations.
  2. A 'very, very fine line': How the gender 'double bind' affects workplace feedback & 3 strategies to stop it

    Women have long juggled contradictory expectations. Being too nice means women aren't taken seriously, and being too assertive means they are labeled difficult. Research shows this double bind prevents women from receiving the candid feedback they need to advance in the workplace.
  3. HCA hiring 10 execs for Orlando teaching hospital

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and the University of Central Florida in Orlando are hiring executives to lead services like quality, emergency services and patient safety at their new 64-bed facility in Orlando.

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  1. Indiana spent more than $1M on dead Medicaid patients

    Indiana made at least $1.1 million in payments to managed care organizations for deceased beneficiaries from 2016-17, according to an audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
  2. Depressed emergency medicine physicians may take it out on patients, survey shows

    Most depressed emergency physicians say that they are "easily exasperated with patients" as a result of their depression, according to a new Medscape report.
  3. Medicare Advantage growth among biggest for-profit payers in Q4

    Three of the five largest for-profit payers saw double-digit growth in their Medicare Advantage membership in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019.
  4. Meet the CEOs of the 10 largest payers

    The 10 largest U.S. health insurers, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners cited by Insurance Business America, are listed below, along with their CEO:

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  1. UPMC Bedford temporarily closes ICU

    UPMC Bedford in Everett, Pa., has temporarily closed its intensive care unit to allow staff to provide support in other hospital departments, the hospital confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  2. What hospital CIOs are doing differently in 2020 to combat cyberattacks — it may not be tech related

    While cybersecurity isn't a new issue for healthcare organizations, it remains among the top areas of concern for CIOs in 2020.
  3. BCBS responds to physician pushback on mail-order pharmacy plan

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee said its plan to require providers to order specialty drugs from select mail-order pharmacies won't affect patient access to critical drugs, in response to a letter from a group of medical societies criticizing the policy change.
  4. Depression can last up to a year after a stroke, study finds

    Stroke survivors commonly experience depression in the early months of recovery, and it can persist for a full year, new research shows.

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  1. UC San Francisco to launch new online training for nurse practitioners

    University of California San Francisco is launching an online program to help nurse practitioners get national certification to provide psychiatric and mental health services.
  2. Healthcare top issue for New Hampshire voters

    The plurality — 37 percent — of voters said healthcare was the most important issue they considered in the Democratic primaries, according to exit poll data cited by The Washington Post. 
  3. Flu death estimate hits 14,000, CDC says

    The CDC estimates flu has caused 26 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths this season, according to the agency's most recent FluView report.
  4. States ranked by infant mortality rate

    Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate of all U.S. states, according to a ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  5. Physician-led ACOs need more help transitioning to downside risk, study finds

    ACOs run by physicians need greater assistance from CMS, private insurers and others to take on more financial risk, according to a report from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy in Washington, D.C.
  6. Coding for coronavirus: 6 things to know

    As the U.S. responds to a growing threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus, CMS and other organizations are clarifying how to code for testing and treatment of the disease.
  7. FDA director urges EPA to regulate ethylene oxide

    Less than a month after the FDA claimed jurisdiction in regulating ethylene oxide emissions at medical device sterilization facilities, an FDA director is now urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue emissions limits on the chemical, which is used to sterilize most of the country's medical devices. 
  8. Baxter overstated its income by $276M the last 4 years, probe finds

    Baxter International said in a Feb. 13 filing with the U.S. securities and exchange commission that it had overstated its income by $276 million for the last four years. 
  9. CMS: 2 patient deaths resulted from failures by Kansas hospital staff

    After CMS regulators said Overland Park, Kan.-based Pinnacle Regional Hospital put patients in "immediate jeopardy" in June 2018, the agency linked two patient deaths to several failures by hospital staff, according to NPR affiliate KCUR.

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