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  1. Providers want more from vendors than traditional HIE capabilities, KLAS finds 

    Provider organizations want their vendor's technology to go beyond traditional health information exchange capabilities, including supporting the use of more precise and innovative data, according to a recent KLAS Research report.
  2. Massachusetts hospital eliminates 15 nursing jobs

    Twenty employees at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, Mass., including 15 nurses on the medical/surgical floor, have lost their jobs, according to MassLive.com.
  3. UVA Health implements digital network to address social determinants of health

    Charlottesville-based University of Virginia Health System integrated a digital referral network with its EHR to better connect patients with community resources that address their social determinants of health needs.

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  1. Livongo expands services available to BCBS Kansas City

    Livongo Health announced Oct. 17 that it will begin offering its diabetes management program to all Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Mo.) fully insured clients.
  2. Molina Healthcare to buy NY Medicaid plan for $40M

    Molina Healthcare entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Medicaid assets from a New York health plan, the health insurer said Oct. 16. 
  3. Moody's: Hospital, payer margins threatened by 3 public health insurance options

    Hospitals and health insurers could have negative credit implications under three public health insurance proposals, according to a research note from Moody's Investors Service. 
  4. Inova gets approval for innovation district

    Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health was granted approval to develop its innovation district in Fairfax, Va.

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  1. Samsung SDS pilots blockchain-based claims processing system

    Information technology solution developer Samsung SDS plans to roll out a blockchain-based medical claims processing system later this month, according to CoinDesk.
  2. Cerner to transfer nearly 1,300 more employees to Adventist & 10 other health IT notes

    Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Amazon, athenahealth and Cerner.
  3. Doctors Without Borders protesting for lower TB drug prices

    Doctors Without Borders is urging drugmakers that manufacture tuberculosis medications to significantly lower their prices ahead of a major tuberculosis conference, according to STAT. 
  4. J&J has strong Q3 despite mounting litigation

    Johnson & Johnson's third quarter earnings beat Wall Street's expectations, despite the mounting losses coming from thousands of lawsuits, according to CNBC.

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  1. Generic drug approvals reach record high in 2019

    Ned Sharpless, MD, the FDA's acting commissioner, said Oct.16 that the agency broke its record for most generic drug approvals this year.
  2. Researchers create antibiotic-free approach to tackle superbug

    The use of antibiotic-free nanocapsules could help prevent and treat Helicobacter pylori infections, according to a study published in ACS Applied Bio Materials.
  3. Akron Children's rolls out NICU cameras for parents

    Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital is helping families feel more connected to their infants in the neonatal intensive care unit through live camera feeds, reports Fox 8 Cleveland.
  4. Judge vacates discrimination protections for transgender patients

    A federal judge in Texas overturned a 2016 regulation protecting transgender patients from discrimination Oct. 15, according to AHA News.
  5. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Here are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  6. UnitedHealth, Optum offer care + coverage under new package

    UnitedHealth Group and its health services subsidiary Optum are undertaking a new effort to combine health insurance and medical care, according to Forbes contributor Bruce Japsen.
  7. Sutter Health reaches surprise settlement in antitrust case

    Sutter Health, a 24-hospital system based in Sacramento, Calif., has reached a preliminary agreement in an antitrust case brought by employers and later joined by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. AMA CEO: Innovation isn't about theory — it's 'a new idea'

    Innovation is not merely a synonym for brainstorming, but should instead describe the process of developing actual life-changing solutions, according to James Madara, MD, CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association.
  9. FDA taps VUMC, Duke, others to lead medical product safety innovation center

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center will serve as one of four co-leaders of the FDA's new Sentinel Innovation Center, part of the FDA's national electronic safety surveillance program.

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