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  1. CMS to hold nursing home inspectors more accountable

    CMS is updating the system it uses to monitor the performance of nursing home inspectors to hold them more accountable and revamp the inspection process.  
  2. 10 hospitals hiring COOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking COOs in the past few weeks.
  3. Ballad Health selects new hospital CEO, CMO in Southwest market

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health named two new executives in its Southwest market region, effective Nov. 4.

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  1. 11 updates on payer-provider relationships

    Here are 11 recent articles posted by Becker's Hospital Review that concern payer-provider relationships:
  2. Dr. Hui Jiang-Saldana will no longer take COO role at Catholic Health

    Hui Jiang-Saldana, MD, who was selected as COO of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health, will no longer be able to take on the role due to a "personal family matter," a health system spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  3. Cigna, Massachusetts hospital avoid service disruption with 3-year contract

    After more than 10 months of negotiations, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., agreed to a new three-year contract with Cigna, according to Mass Live.
  4. North Carolina hospital must delay sale, commissioners say

    New Hanover County commissioners voted Oct. 15 to delay a possible sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., for at least a year, according to the Star News Online.

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  1. 10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From Sutter Health settling an antitrust case to a union suing a New York hospital over its nurse recruitment methods, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
  2. Erlanger stops rape crisis center expansion due to CEO's exit

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System halted a plan to expand its rape crisis services after the hospital's CEO Kevin Spiegel left the organization in September.
  3. Ex-CSL exec stole trade secrets before joining rival, lawsuit claims

    A former CSL Behring senior medical affairs director allegedly stole more than 21,000 files containing valuable trade secrets before he left the company for a job at Pharming, a competing drugmaker, according to STAT. 
  4. Former Iowa hospital CEO pleads guilty to theft

    The former CEO at Manchester, Iowa-based Regional Medical Center has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft, according to KDTH, a local radio news station.   

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  1. How an Army hospital project in Texas went $629M over budget

    Design errors, time delays and contract changes helped push a military hospital construction project $629 million over the original contract amount, according to The El Paso Times. 
  2. 4 recent FDA approvals

    Four drugs approved by the FDA since Oct. 3:
  3. New Jersey hospital becomes 12th affiliate of Cleveland Clinic's heart institute

    Browns Mills, N.J.-based Deborah Heart and Lung Center is the 12th hospital to become a clinical affiliate of Cleveland Clinic's heart institute.
  4. Cheating scandal prompts California to invalidate pharmacist test scores

    The California State Board of Pharmacy invalidated 1,400 pharmacists' state exam scores after it discovered around 100 exam questions were leaked online, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  5. Pelosi's drug pricing bill advances

    Two congressional committees approved House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug pricing bill Oct. 17, leaving just two more committees to vote on it before it goes to the full House floor, according to CNBC.
  6. Bernie Sanders, 2 other lawmakers urge FDA to resolve Natpara shortage

    Three Vermont lawmakers sent a letter to the FDA Oct. 18 accusing the agency of failing to be transparent about Takeda Pharmaceutical's recall of the lifesaving drug Natpara. The lawmakers also called on the agency to quickly resolve the shortage of the recalled drug.
  7. Viewpoint: Medical schools need term limits to promote diversity

    Academic medicine should follow the lead of the National Institutes of Health and implement term limits to open up leadership positions for women and minorities, write three female physician researchers in a commentary for The New England Journal of Medicine. 
  8. Immigration dispute at Florida hospital draws questions about HIPAA, patient rights

    A recent incident involving U.S. Border Patrol at Aventura (Fla.) Hospital and Medical Center reflects a growing trend of immigration enforcement crossing over into hospital settings, The Washington Post reports. 
  9. Movers and shakers: 7 latest leadership changes affecting health IT

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following health IT executive moves recently affecting hospitals, companies and federal agencies:

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