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  1. Hospitals face critical saline bag shortage: 6 things to know

    Hospitals nationwide are experiencing shortages of small saline-solution bags due to supply chain disruptions at manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 6.9M Americans could become Medicaid eligible if nonexpansion states bolster coverage

    Millions more Americans could gain Medicaid coverage if there is additional federal flexibility around expanding the program, according to a study from Avalere.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Missouri long-term care hospital to close; 115 employees to lose jobs

    Kindred Hospital Kansas City (Mo.), a long-term care facility, is closing.  By Kelly Gooch -

Need for "a la carte" consulting leads to CHC: Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

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  1. Steward closes maternity unit at Massachusetts hospital over staffing disagreement with Partners HealthCare

    Boston-based Steward Health Care shuttered the labor and delivery unit at Morton Hospital, a 125-bed facility in Taunton, Mass., alleging the Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and its parent company Boston-based Partners HealthCare, which staff the department, are no longer sending enough physicians to tend to patients, according to The Boston Globe.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. CVS pharmacies experience system outage affecting prescription refills

    Some CVS Health pharmacies were unable to fill prescriptions due to network infrastructure issues, according to a report from CNBC.    By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Health policy expert and economist Uwe Reinhardt dies at 80

    Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, an 80-year-old health economist at Princeton (N.J) University, died Tuesday following an illness.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Cook County proposes 22 hospital layoffs

    Cook County has proposed nearly 600 layoffs, including at the public health system, after the repeal of a sweetened beverage tax, according to WTTW.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Prime Healthcare receives approval to convert Rhode Island hospitals to nonprofit following $1M fine

    The Rhode Island Department of Health Health Services Council unanimously approved Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services' proposal to convert Woonsocket, R.I.-based Landmark Medical Center and North Smithfield-based Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island into nonprofit entities Tuesday, according to Rhode Island Public Radio.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Senate includes mandate repeal in tax bill; healthcare groups react

    Senate Republicans have included a repeal of the ACA's individual insurance mandate in their new tax plan, according to The New York Times.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 12% of health IT pros increased cybersecurity spending by 50% in 2017, survey finds

    Eighty-five percent of IT professionals at healthcare organizations increased their cybersecurity spending during the past year, with 12 percent reporting increasing their spending by more than 50 percent, according to an Infoblox report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Researchers analyze DNA from 'supercentenarians' aged 110+ to discover secret to longevity

    James Clement, a self-described "citizen-scientist," has collected blood, skin and saliva samples from individuals aged 110-plus in 14 states and seven countries during the past six years, The New York Times reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

From 1 million to 3 million telehealth visits - a look back on lessons learned

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  1. AMA encourages payers to adopt standard processes for genetic testing coverage

    Physicians at the interim meeting of the American Medical Association Nov. 14 in Honolulu voted to encourage more consistent coverage of genetic tests and therapeutics.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 60% of New York patients don't think providers spend too much time on computers, survey finds

    The majority of New York residents — 60 percent — said "no" when asked whether their physician spent too much time on a laptop or computer during their medical visit, according to a HEALTHeLINK survey. Thirty-seven percent said "yes."  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Judge denies Outcome Health investors' request to freeze $225M account for company founders

    A New York state judge denied a request to freeze $225 million as part of a lawsuit a group of investors filed against Outcome Health and its two founders Nov. 7, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Alleged incident at Experian Health exposes at least 700 Cook County Health and Hospitals System patients' information

    HHS is investigating the unauthorized access and disclosure of at least 700 Chicago-based Cook County Health and Hospitals System patients' information after a third-party company experienced "an isolated processing error" earlier this year, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. American Heart Association president suffers heart attack during California conference

    American Heart Association President John Warner, MD, is in stable condition after suffering a minor heart attack Monday morning while attending a scientific conference in California, according to the Dallas Morning News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Amazon: We will use pharmacy licenses in Indiana, Tennessee to sell medical devices, not medication

    Amazon will use its pharmacy licenses in Tennessee and Indiana to sell medical devices and supplies instead of prescriptions, CNBC reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. Denials cost the average hospital $3.5M, survey finds

    Hospitals and health systems have shown improvement in revenue cycle performance since 2015, but they still face various challenges in this area, according to Advisory Board's latest revenue cycle survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. FDA approves first pill with digital ingestion tracking system

    The FDA approved the first drug in the U.S. Monday that can track medication ingestion and alert a patient's physician or caregiver when it is taken.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. Beth Israel Deaconess to build 10-story patient tower

    Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is planning to build a new 10-story, 345,000-square-foot inpatient building — its largest construction project in more than two decades, according to The Boston Globe.  By Alia Paavola -

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