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  1. The winners and losers under Trump's plan to combat high drug prices

    Last week, Donald Trump unveiled his blueprint to combat rising drug prices, called the "American Patients First" plan.   By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Tech helps healthcare workers get the job done, study finds

    Healthcare chief human resources officers from hospitals, clinics, insurance companies and other organizations are more successful than their counterparts in other industries in helping employees improve work performance through technology, according to a new study.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Hospitals and unions: 6 recent conflicts, agreements

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital-union events — including protests, legal issues and elections — since April 27.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 11 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Plumas District Hospital CEO to step down: 3 things to know

    Jeffrey Kepple, MD, CEO of Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, Calif., is departing at the end of 2018, according to a Plumas County News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Top lawyer at Novartis to step down amid Michael Cohen scandal

    Felix Ehrat, the top lawyer at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, has decided to step down from his role over the drugmaker's $1.2 million payment to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen for healthcare policy lobbying services.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services lays off 42 employees

    Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Penrose-St. Francis Health Services laid off 42 employees — including one of its chief administrative officers — on May 14, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette.  By Alia Paavola -
  1. Explosion at California medical office complex that killed 1 could have been intentional

    A suspicious explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo, Calif., killed one person and seriously injured three others around 1 p.m. May 15, CBS News reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Fitch: Most nonprofit hospitals have 5-year time horizon to see desired financial results from large capital projects

    Most U.S. nonprofit hospitals' large capital and strategic projects have a five-year time horizon before Fitch Ratings expects to see the projects go from the beginning stages to fully realized project results, according to a report from the rating agency.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. CEO of health insurance startup Oscar: Expansions on the way

    New York City-based health insurance startup Oscar is expanding into four new markets, the health plan's CEO told Bloomberg.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Texas man convicted in multimillion dollar Cerner fraud scheme

    A federal jury convicted a Texas man for  his role in a multimillion dollar scheme to defraud Cerner, the EHR vendor, by conspiring to impersonate the company in business and legal activities, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri said in a May 15 news release.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. California hospital up for sale following toxicology lab shutdown

    Ongoing financial struggles and debt have led the Palm Drive Health Care District to issue a request for proposals for the sale of Sebastopol, Calif.-based Sonoma West Medical Center, according to The Press Democrat.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Physicians from shuttered California hospital allege care quality declined under HCCA control

    Physicians and patient advocates allege a significant decline in medical care occurred at Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center — which closed in October 2017 — while under Healthcare Conglomerate Associates' control. Critics believe this care decline resulted in the endangerment and deaths of patients, according to The Business Journal.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Why nutrition matters: How Advocate Health Care cut readmissions, LOS & costs

    Upon admission to a hospital, 30 percent to 50 percent of patients are already malnourished. During a hospital stay, many normally nourished patients experience a decline.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Feds won’t approve lifetime limits on Medicaid

    CMS does not plan to approve state requests to impose lifetime limits on Medicaid benefits, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  5. How reconsidering pricing strategy could help save more hepatitis C patients

    Hepatitis C treatment experts are recommending a revised pricing strategy implemented at the state level that could help a greater number of affected patients access the treatment, according to a report published in Annals of Internal Medicine.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. 8 thoughts on business development and growth

    1. Be niche-dominant. Focus on a specific niche.  By Scott Becker -
  7. Florida hospital slashes painkiller use by 36% after revamped emergency protocol

    Bradenton, Fla.-based Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) Medical Center are no longer using opioids as a first line of defense in the emergency department, resulting in a significant decrease in opioid use, the Bradenton Herald reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Hedge funds invest in US health insurers despite Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire threat

    Prominent hedge fund managers like Jana Partners and Omega Advisors increased their stakes in U.S. health insurers during the first quarter of 2018 despite Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway's imminent foray into the space, Reuters reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. Inspector general: Billing, clerical errors cost Cook County Health and Hospitals System $165M

    In the past three years, Chicago-based Cook County Health and Hospitals System lost at least $165 million in potential revenue due to widespread errors, including employee mistakes and billing lapses, according to an inspector general report cited by the Chicago Tribune.  By Alia Paavola -

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