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  1. Apple hires CEO of medication adherence app: 3 things to know

    Apple picked up the CEO of medication tracker startup Mango Health in its latest healthcare hire, according to CNBC.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Mississippi health system, Humana MA plans to split

    Tupelo-based North Mississippi Health Services is set to go out of network with Humana's Medicare Advantage plans Jan. 1, according to the Daily Journal.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. ProMedica physicians: Aetna hasn't increased rates in 6 years

    Members of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica Physician Group said low rates are the main sticking point in an ongoing contract spat with Aetna, according to The Blade.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. California drugmaker resolves anti-kickback allegations for $360M

    Actelion Pharmaceuticals, a drug company based in South San Francisco, Calif., reached a $360 million settlement with the the Department of Justice to resolve accusations that it violated the False Claims Act.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. NIH awards $4.9M to study firearm injuries in children

    In the wake of recent mass shootings, the National Institutes of Health has established the largest grant to fund firearm research awarded in the last 30 years, according to Science.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. 10 cities with the biggest physician pay growth

    Fresno, Calif., is the city with the most physician pay growth, according to a study from Doximity, a social network for clinicians.   By Kelly Gooch -
  4. St. Vincent appoints North Region president: 5 notes

    Indianapolis-based St. Vincent tapped Julie Manas to serve as regional president of its North Region, according to an Inside Indiana Business report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 22 Legionnaires' cases in 2017 linked to Disneyland, physician testifies

    An infectious disease specialist at at Children's Hospital of Orange County, California, testified that he believes Disneyland is at fault for 22 Legionnaires' disease cases in 2017, despite the theme park's denial, BGR reported.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Scabies outbreak closes some patient units at Hawaii hospital

    A severe scabies outbreak prompted the recent shutdown of some patients units at Kealakekua, Hawaii-based Kona Community Hospital, according to The Star Advertiser.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Healthcare job growth slows; 13,000 hospital positions added in November

    Healthcare added 32,100 jobs in November, with hospitals contributing 12,700 to that total, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Massachusetts hospital alleges voter fraud in November union vote

    St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., confirmed that it has filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board alleging voter fraud in a Nov. 29 unionization election.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Why some hospitals are deploying giant 'Roombas' in fight against HAIs

    Hospitals reported a significant decrease in seven types of healthcare-associated infections in 2016, according to the CDC's 2016 Healthcare-Associated Infection Progress Report; however, 99,000 Americans still die each year from HAIs.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Nurse charged for stealing narcotics from Georgia hospital

    A registered nurse at Savannah, Ga.-based Memorial Health was arrested after authorities found various controlled substances from the hospital in her possession, according to WTOC.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. CMS' final rule on risk adjustment payments: 3 things to know

    CMS issued a final rule to continue its risk adjustment program for the 2018 benefit year.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are seven recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives:  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. Jason Rounds becomes Christus St. Michael Health System's permanent president: 5 takeaways

    Irving, Texas-based Christus Health appointed Jason Rounds permanent president of Texarkana, Texas-based Christus St. Michael Health System, according to a Texarkana Gazette report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Harmful medical errors fall 38% with improved provider-family communication, study finds

     An intervention designed to standardize communication between clinicians and families during patient rounds led to a 38 percent reduction in harmful medical errors, according to a study published in the BMJ.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. Flu activity low, but increasing: 5 things to know

    Flu activity increased slightly in the U.S. for the week ending Dec. 1, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. 24 Amazon employees hospitalized after warehouse robot discharges bear repellent

    Two dozen Amazon warehouse workers in New Jersey were hospitalized after a robot accidentally broke open a can of bear repellent spray, according to ABC News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  9. Seattle woman dies of brain-eating amoeba after using tap water in neti pot

    Clinicians at Seattle-based Swedish Medical Center witnessed the nation's first fatal case of a Balamuthia mandrillaris brain infection linked to improper nasal irrigation with tap water, according to a case study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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