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  1. UNC Health Care deploys patient navigation mobile app

    UNC Health Care implemented a new mobile application that helps patients navigate around the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based health system's campuses, according to a Dec. 4 news release.
  2. Centene, WellCare secure more approvals: 3 things to know

    Centene Corp. and WellCare Health Plans received approvals from Illinois and New Jersey to merge, the organizations said Dec. 5.
  3. Kentucky hospital CEO: Revenue from Anthem can't keep up with costs

    Murray (Ky.)-Calloway County Hospital terminated its contract with Anthem and is attempting to negotiate a new one with the health insurer before a February deadline, according to local news station WPSD.

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  1. Vermont insurer to pay members for improper denials

    More than 200 students in Vermont will be repaid for claims denied by their health insurer, according to the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.
  2. Partnerships are key to Walgreens' survival, CEO says

    Walgreens remains committed to exploring partnerships to remain competitive and transform its business, the drugstore chain's CEO Stefano Pessina said at a healthcare summit this week, according to Forbes.
  3. Lehigh Valley Health Network's net income more than triples to $115M

    Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network saw its net income more than triple from $35.1 million in fiscal year 2018 to $115.3 million in fiscal year 2019, according to financial documents released Dec. 4. 
  4. Intermountain's $150M Utah hospital to open next fall

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare's $150 million Spanish Fork (Utah) Hospital is expected to open in fall of 2020, according to the Daily Herald. 

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  1. Hackers get past Microsoft Outlook vulnerability fix: 5 things to know

    Cybercriminals and other hackers can still find ways around what Microsoft Outlook said was a fix for a vulnerability, according to Wired.
  2. Colorado medical center alerts 28,000 patients of data breach

    Elizabeth (Colo.) Family Health began notifying 28,375 patients Nov. 22 of a security incident that may have exposed patient information.
  3. Cerner CEO unveils next layer of Amazon partnership & 16 other health IT notes

    Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Cerner, Facebook and Google.
  4. 'Cobalt lung': New vaping-related lung injury resembles exposure to hard metals

    A vaping-related lung injury case closely resembles injury from exposure to hard metals such as cobalt, according to a case study published Dec 4. in the European Respiratory Journal.

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  1. Melissa Memorial Hospital names Cathy Harshbarger interim CEO

    Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo., has selected Cathy Harshbarger, BSN, RN, to serve as interim CEO, according to The Holyoke Enterprise.
  2. Warren legislation would block $40B+ companies from making acquisitions: 5 things to know

    A Senate anti-monopoly bill is in the works that could transform the health system landscape, reviewing past megamergers and banning them entirely for companies with revenue over $40 billion, Bloomberg reports.
  3. Trump would lose just 2 percent of voter base if he supported 'Medicare for All'

    A surprising statistic from a survey of Midwestern voters suggests Americans' views on healthcare may not follow party lines in 2020.
  4. UnityPoint Marshalltown to consolidate services into 1 hospital

    UnityPoint Health Marshalltown (Iowa) plans to consolidate medical services at one location, and close its North Campus hospital. 
  5. UPMC hospital in Lock Haven appeals denial of tax-exempt status

    UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven (Pa.) has appealed a county board's decision to deny it tax-exempt status, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 
  6. Neurologist sues patient family member for bad Yelp review

    Nandigam Neurology in Murfreesboro, Tenn., filed a $25,000 lawsuit against a patient's family member after she posted a negative review of neurologist Kaveer Nandigam, MD, local news station WTVF reported.
  7. Rhode Island Hospital president to leave amid Lifespan losses

    Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence are losing their president, Margaret M. Van Bree, according to The Boston Globe, which cites an announcement from the hospitals' parent company.
  8. CEOs get paid more when they pick CFO, report finds

    When incumbent CEOs hire a new CFO, their compensation, on average, increases 10 percent, according to a study to be published in Management Science.
  9. Rural hospital closures hit record high in 2019 — here's why

    About 60 million people — nearly one in five Americans — live in rural areas and depend on their local hospitals for care. This year, 18 of those hospitals have closed, making 2019 a record year for rural hospital closures.

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