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  1. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare posts $13.3M net loss, 3% rise in operating income for Q1

    Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's operating income rose in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, but the system ended the period with a net loss.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 3+ clicks needed to find online price lists of largest hospitals, Quartz says

    The websites of 75 percent of the nation's 115 biggest hospitals required three or more clicks to find their chargemaster, according to an analysis by Quartz.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Pennsylvania hospital employees work without pay

    Several disruptions to payroll at Ellwood City (Pa.) Hospital have been reported in recent months and employees haven't received their paychecks due Jan. 4, according to the Ellwood City Ledger.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. State-by-state breakdown of physician assistant median salary

    The median annual salary for full-time clinical physician assistants was $105,000 in 2017, a 2.9 percent increase from $102,000 the year prior, according to the 2018 AAPA Salary Report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Humana names UPMC exec CMO: 5 things to know

    Humana named William Shrank, MD, CMO of the insurance services division at UPMC Health Plan, its new CMO, the health insurer said Jan. 15.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. 10 recent payer, provider contract disputes, resolutions

    These 10 contract resolutions and dissolutions occurred between payers and providers since early December, beginning with the most recent:  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Vermont hospital, technicians in negotiations months after nurse contract dispute

    Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center and about 340 professional technicians are negotiating a new labor deal less than four months after unionized nurses ratified a contract agreement with management, according to a VTDigger report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Anthem inks OTC agreement with CVS

    Anthem Medicare Advantage members in California and New York can purchase over-the-counter medications and health supplies at CVS Pharmacy stores using their health plan allowance beginning in January, the companies said Jan. 14.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Tenet, Humana sign agreement through 2023

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare signed a multiyear agreement that will allow Humana members to access the system's hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians at in-network rates through May 2023, the companies said Jan. 15.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Trump's drug plan could lower total spending, but increase patient costs, study finds

    While a new proposal from the Trump administration may lead to reductions in overall prescription drug spending, some Medicare beneficiaries could see their out-of-pocket costs increase, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Athenahealth was the most expensive HIT acquisition of 2018

    Private equity firm Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital, an affiliate of hedge fund Elliott Management, purchased athenahealth in November for $5.7 billion, closing the largest digital health transaction of 2018, according to a report by market research firm Mercom Capital Group.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. CHI St. Vincent restructures leadership team after 2 executives depart

    Little Rock, Ark.-based CHI St. Vincent made five leadership changes.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Sentara Healthcare names 1st medical groups, ambulatory services president: 4 notes

    Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare appointed David James, MD, president of medical groups and ambulatory services, a newly created role.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Researcher who exposed Flint water crisis says it 'wouldn't have been possible without Epic'

    Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, recently visited Epic's headquarters in Verona, Wis., to discuss her research — which is largely credited with uncovering the water crisis in Flint, Mich.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Elevate340B CEO Dr. Jake Thompson on why healthcare M&A has his attention

    Jake Thompson, PharmD, serves as CEO of Elevate340B, a company dedicated to helping hospitals and clinics optimize their pharmaceutical purchasing.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. CompleteRx Regional Director of Pharmacy Joe Vargas offers 3 tips to manage drug spend

    Joe Vargas is the regional director of pharmacy operations for CompleteRx, a pharmacy management, consulting and operations improvement provider.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. Hospitals with value-based care contracts more likely to use emerging tech

    Hospitals that have implemented value-based payment models are more likely to adopt technologies for population health, care coordination, data management and analytics, according to Deloitte's "Beyond the EHR" report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. The hardest part of building blockchain in healthcare: Microsoft principal healthcare lead David Houlding shares insights

    David Houlding is principal healthcare lead at Microsoft and chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force. Here, he discusses blockchain technology and its potential to improve health IT interoperability, fraud prevention and more as well as what to expect in terms of blockchain's increased use in 2019.  By Jackie Drees -
  8. The driving force of blockchain's value? HIMSS Director of Informatics Mari Greenberger says connectivity

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Director of Informatics Mari Greenberger discusses blockchain technology in healthcare and how the HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force she launched last year is prepared to further develop use of the technology in 2019.  By Jackie Drees -
  9. Froedtert Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy Dr. Jordan Spillane on the market disruptors that have her attention

    Jordan Spillane, PharmD,  has directed ambulatory pharmacy for Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin for more than five years.  She oversees five retail pharmacies within Froedtert facilities and outpatient anticoagulation services across the health system.  By Alia Paavola -

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