Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Arkansas governor seeks more PBM regulation: 4 things to know

    Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson plans to hold a special legislative session to discuss low reimbursement rates pharmacies receive from pharmacy benefit managers, reports Arkansas Times.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Bon Secours Health System, Mercy Health to merge: 4 things to know

    Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System declared its intent to merge with Cincinnati-based Mercy Health Feb. 21 to create an $8 billion system.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. New York hospital cuts 9 jobs, saves $1.67M for 'mission-critical' positions: 5 things to know

    East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center eliminated nine appointed positions in a move expected to save $1.67 million, according to a Newsday report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. USA Today editorial board: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan can't 'fix our nonsensical health care system'

    While health insurers and benefit managers saw stocks tumble on news Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will enter the healthcare arena, the editorial board at USA Today isn't convinced the move will be as disruptive as some think.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. UNC Health Care, Atrium execs reportedly frustrated by issue of control over merged entity

    Executives at Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care and Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health have reportedly addressed a number of shared concerns regarding their proposed merger. However, the issue of control over the merged organization has yet to be decided — a decision that will have ramifications for both institutions, according to The News & Observer.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Christ Hospital CEO Mike Keating to depart for private equity firm

    Cincinnati-based The Christ Hospital Health Network President and CEO Mike Keating is departing later this year, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Broward Hospital North physicians reflect on treating alleged gunman of Florida school shooting

    In the aftermath of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., victims of the incident began streaming into Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Broward Health North. However, unbeknownst to the medical staff, one of those patients reportedly injured during the shooting was the alleged gunman, according to The New York Times.  By Alyssa Rege -
  1. Amazon, Aetna-CVS deals plagued with security concerns: 5 things to know

    Recent, unconventional mergers in healthcare, like CVS and Aetna or Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway, have cropped up with hopes to disrupt the industry.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. U of Virginia Health System may have exposed 1.8k patients data in a 17 month malware infection

    An unauthorized third party may have accessed the protected health information of nearly 1,882 University of Virginia Health System's patients that was stored on a physician's laptop and other devices.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Dignity Health workers protest amid pending CHI merger

    Healthcare workers protested across California Tuesday at facilities owned by San Francisco-based Dignity Health, including Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and Mercy Hospital Southwest in Bakersfield.   By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Trump's IRS sends hundreds of ACA fine notices to employers: 5 things to know

    The Internal Revenue Service is issuing prospective fines to hundreds of companies for violating the ACA's employer mandate, according to a Politico report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Troubled Illinois VA facility sees 4 Legionnaires' cases in February: 5 things to know

    Illinois health officials on Tuesday confirmed an additional case of Legionnaires' at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, bringing the total number of cases reported since Feb. 12 to four.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. How New Jersey's busiest ED slashed opioid prescriptions by 58%

    Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Health System, which runs the state's busiest emergency department, achieved a 58 percent decline in opioid prescriptions within a year of implementing an opioid reduction program, according to a report from NPR. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. 15 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 -
  4. Former Roper St. Francis COO joins Medical University Hospital's exec team: 4 notes

    Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina tapped Matthew Severance to serve as chief of affiliations and network development at Medical University Hospital in Charleston, according to a report by The Post and Courier.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital CEO suddenly resigns: 7 things to know

    Peggy A. Sebastian, president and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon, Ill., resigned Feb. 19.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Researchers say EHR adoption doesn't cut hospital billing costs: 5 study findings

    In a large academic health system using an EHR, billing and insurance costs can range from $20 for a primary care visit to $215 for inpatient surgical care, according to a study published in JAMA.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. Cedars-Sinai receives record-breaking $50M gift to launch heart institute

    Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai received a $50 million gift — the largest gift in its 116-year history — from The Smidt Foundation to establish a heart institute.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. Novant Health cuts 23 jobs

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health eliminated 23 positions systemwide this week, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. CMS threatens to revoke Kentucky hospital's Medicare funding

    Pineville (Ky.) Community Hospital is at risk of losing its Medicare contract March 7, after a survey found multiple deficiencies, including infection control concerns, a spokesperson from CMS confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Alia Paavola -

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