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  1. 86% of long-term care admins don't electronically exchange health info with referring hospitals, survey finds

    Eighty-six percent of long-term care administrators indicated they do not electronically exchange health information with referring hospitals, physicians or home health providers, according to a Black Book survey.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Geisinger, Intermountain among 11 healthcare groups urging CMS to add device identifiers to claims forms

    A group of health systems, medical associations and healthcare companies penned a Nov. 15 letter asking CMS Administrator Seema Verma to add device identifiers to Medicare claims forms.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Judge denies Outcome Health investors' request to freeze $225M account; GE restructures to enhance focus on healthcare & more — 8 health IT key notes

    Here are eight recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Need for "a la carte" consulting leads to CHC: Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

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  1. Sen. Cornyn says ACA payments to insurers will likely be part of funding bill

    A Republican senator told reporters the ACA's cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers — which help subsidize the cost of coverage for low-income Americans — will likely be included in an end-of-year spending bill, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Anthem, Cigna face multimillion dollar fines; UnitedHealth to hire 400 in Iowa & more — 11 payer key notes

    Here are the 11 biggest payer stories this week, beginning with the most recent.   By Morgan Haefner -
  3. House reaches bipartisan agreement on Medicare extenders

    The House Ways and Means Committee reached a bipartisan agreement Wednesday to authorize funding for several ongoing Medicare initiatives that expired in September or were set to run out at the end of the year.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. 7 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 -

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  1. UnityPoint Health reaches contract impasse with Medicaid insurer covering 54k

    West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health notified about 54,000 patients it may end its contract with Amerigroup of Iowa, one of two insurers managing Medicaid coverage in the state.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. 12 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle compliance issues under the ACA and implement new payment models to transition away from fee-for-service medicine, many institutions are looking to strengthen their financial management arms.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Anthem hit with $5M fine over allegations it didn't promptly resolve complaints

    The California Department of Managed Health Care fined Anthem subsidiary Blue Cross of California $5 million, accusing the insurer of "systemic" grievance resolution violations.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. US investments in medical and health research grew 20.6% from 2013 to 2016: 5 things to know

    Investments in medical and health research and development grew 20.6 percent between 2013 and 2016, although R&D spending only accounts for a modest portion of the total $3.5 trillion of U.S. health expenditures, according to a Research America report.  By Julie Spitzer -

From 1 million to 3 million telehealth visits - a look back on lessons learned

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  1. Scientists at UCSF Benioff Children's deploy first ever CRISPR-based therapy: 5 things to know

    For the first time, scientists have attempted to edit a gene inside a patient's body to permanently change their DNA and cure a genetic disorder, according to Science.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Dartmouth-Hitchcock names new COO

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system tapped Patrick F. Jordan III to serve as COO, effective Nov. 20.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Susan Cornejo to serve as COO for Sacred Heart Health System, Providence Hospital: 4 notes

    Susan Cornejo will step into the COO role at Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System and Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., both members of St. Louis-based Ascension, according to a Pensacola News Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. VA seeking $782M to begin EHR overhaul, guarantees 100% interoperability with DOD

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, asked the House Appropriations Committee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies for $782 million for its Cerner transition in a hearing Wednesday, according to Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.  By Julie Spitzer -
  5. Express Scripts pens deal with digital health startup to treat people with chronic pulmonary disease

    Express Scripts, a U.S. pharmacy benefits manager, and Propeller Health, a Madison, Wis.-based startup, are joining forces to advance treatment for patients with chronic respiratory problems, according to CNBC.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. LHC Group, Almost Family to merge into 781-facility home health behemoth

    Lafayette, La.-based LHC Group agreed to enter into an all-stock merger-of-equals transaction with Louisville, Ky.-based Almost Family Nov. 16, following a definitive merger agreement unanimously approved by the boards of directors for both organizations.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines names Karl Keeler president: 5 takeaways

    Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines (Iowa) selected Karl Keeler to serve as president, effective in January 2018.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Norton Healthcare taps Adam Kempf to serve as CFO: 4 notes

    Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare appointed Adam Kempf senior vice president and CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. U of Texas renames nursing school after receiving record-breaking donation

    Houston-based University of Texas Health Sciences Center renamed its nursing school Wednesday after a record-breaking $25 million donation, according to the Community Impact Newspaper.  By Alia Paavola -

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