Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Congress weakened DEA's power to investigate drug distributors at height of opioid epidemic: 7 things to know

    Congress passed a law in April 2016, which effectively eliminated the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to freeze suspicious shipments of opioids from drug distributors, according to a joint investigative report conducted by The Washington Post and "60 Minutes."  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Acting HHS Secretary Hargan declares a public health emergency in California due to fires

    Eric Hargan, acting HHS secretary, declared a public health emergency in California Oct. 15, as wildfires burn down more than 200,000 acres across 10 counties.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

    For hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic EHR Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period, the deadline to apply for reconsideration of the 2018 payment adjustment is Nov. 30.  By Julie Spitzer -

Small hospital realizes big savings: Community Hospital, McCook, NE

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  1. Kaiser nurse races to save nursing documents from California wildfires — 'I have to be able to care for patients'

      Julayne Smithson, RN, an intensive care unit nurse at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center, said she was taking care of a patient late on Oct. 8 when she learned wildfires threatened to engulf her home, according to NPR.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. What patients really want physicians to do after a medical error

    After a medical error leads to a serious injury, patients and family members want physicians to better communicate the hospital's efforts to prevent a similar error from occurring again, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. US drops lawsuit against UnitedHealth over alleged billing scheme

    The Department of Justice called off its lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group claiming the Minnetonka, Minn.-based insurer submitted false claims to increase Medicare payments, Reuters reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Broward Health Medical Center physician discovers newborn in hospital trash can

    An emergency medicine physician at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health Medical Center discovered a newborn baby inside a garbage can in a bathroom at the facility earlier this month, according to the Sun Sentinel.  By Alyssa Rege -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. How the Next Generation ACOs compared on shared savings in 2016

    Eleven of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016 while seven saw losses, according to data CMS released Friday.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. 10 latest hospital, health system executive retirements

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive retirements in the last three weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Horn Memorial Hospital names Glen Winekauf CEO: 3 notes

    Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa, selected Glen Winekauf to serve as CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Avista Adventist Hospital taps Jillyan McKinney as CEO: 4 things to know

    Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Colo., appointed Jillyan McKinney CEO, effective Nov. 20, according to a Daily Camera report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. St. Jude's research: Flu vaccine does not protect young cancer patients during treatment

    Young leukemia patients who received the influenza vaccine were equally likely to develop the flu as their unvaccinated peers, according to a recent study conducted by Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Most and least expensive hospitals in Chicago and NYC, according to Amino

    Bronx (N.Y.)-Lebanon Hospital Center is the least expensive Leapfrog-graded hospital in the New York City region, according to an analysis from Amino.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 questions with Alignment Healthcare CEO John Kao on remote patient monitoring

    While the decision to deploy telehealth services often becomes mired in concerns over reimbursement, quality and care continuity, one facet of remote care continues to gain traction — remote patient monitoring.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. A new patient engagement model for payment collection

    Many patients with high-deductible health plans are struggling to pay their hospital bills. The traditional "pay-and-chase" collection model no longer is effective for most healthcare providers.  By Julie Spitzer -
  5. CVS Health, Epic partner for more informed prescribing

    Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health will integrate with Verona, Wis.-based Epic's Healthy Planet population health and analytics platform to help prescribers access better data on prescription drugs.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. Police charge woman with murdering husband at Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Baltimore police charged a woman with first degree murder for fatally stabbing her husband during an altercation at Baltimore-based The Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to The Baltimore Sun.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. AMA partners with Cerner, IBM to develop common data model

    The American Medical Association founded a collaborative effort between the healthcare and technology sectors to develop a common data model, the group announced Oct. 16.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. 7 must-read articles for healthcare leaders this week

    Start your week off right by taking a look at some of Becker's Hospital Review's top stories from last week.  By Leo Vartorella -
  9. For-profit hospital stock report: Oct. 9-13

    All five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Kelly Gooch -

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