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  1. Boston hospitals warn physicians to disclose industry ties amid Memorial Sloan controversy

    Triggered by an unfolding ethics crisis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, several Boston hospitals are warning physicians to publicly disclose all of their financial ties to pharmaceutical or medical device companies, The Boston Globe reports.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise in the last week.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. 7 latest hospital credit downgrades

    The following seven hospital credit rating downgrades occurred in the last month. They are listed below in alphabetical order.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. 10 cities with the highest uninsured rates

    Eight of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest uninsured rates are in Texas, according to an analysis by WalletHub.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Colorado hospitals doubled overhead spending over 7 years

    Average capital and administrative costs of a hospital visit in Colorado increased at nearly double the rate of the national average from 2009-16, The Denver Post reported, citing preliminary information collected for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Focus on personalization

    Resources for a more consumer-friendly revenue cycle should revolve around customer service and personalization, said Chris Ritchie, strategic account executive at healthcare software company Olive.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Humana fined for network deficiencies at 20+ hospitals, surgery centers

    Humana faces a $700,000 fine from the Texas Department of Insurance due to its network adequacy, the department said Oct. 8.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Ascension's plan to close DC hospital to face roadblocks, city officials say

    Washington, D.C., officials said they will do everything they can to keep St. Louis-based Ascension from closing Washington, D.C.-based Providence Health System later this year, according to the Washington Business Journal.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Penn Medicine wants to transform EHRs: 4 things to know

    Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine plans to turn EHRs into clinical tools that expedite care and drive better patient outcomes, the health system said Oct. 10.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. The 2019 Medicare plans with 5 stars

    CMS released its report card for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans Oct. 10.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Facebook's head of health research says physicians need more personal patient data

    Freddy Abnousi, MD, Facebook's head of health research, wants physicians to have access to more granular data on patients' social and behavioral characteristics to better predict and treat illnesses, according to CNBC.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Sen. Grassley asks FTC to probe hospitals' contracts with payers

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission Oct. 10 asking the agency to investigate contracts between hospital systems and insurers, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Kaiser blames 'unfair business practices' for $65M loss in Colorado in 3 years

    Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the largest insurer in the state, recorded losses of $65 million in the last three years, and says soaring hospital prices are to blame, according to The Denver Post.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Texas hospital co-founder admits bribing physicians as part of $200M billing scheme

    A founding physician of now-defunct Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas admitted his role in a $200 million bribery and kickback scheme Oct. 4, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. 22 latest hospital bankruptcies, closures

    Here are 22 hospitals that filed for bankruptcy protection or closed since Jan. 1, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Michigan nurse donates kidney to her patient

    Iris Zink, MSN, RN, went above and beyond the call of duty to keep patients healthy by donating a kidney to one of her longtime patients at Lansing (Mich.) Rheumatology, reports Fox 47 News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. Federal officials to inspect 2 DMC hospitals after ex-cardiology leaders cite patient safety issues

    CMS authorized an investigation of Detroit Medical Center after four cardiologists who were pushed out of their leadership roles at the institution voiced their concerns about patient safety issues at DMC, The Detroit News reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. CMS to terminate Texas hospital's Medicare contract over patient safety issues

    CMS is cutting Medicare and Medicaid funding to Grand Prairie-based Texas General Hospital Oct. 18.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Living like a leader: A day with AHA chair elect and Atlantic Health System CEO Brian Gragnolati

    Between clinical objectives, financial concerns, patient needs and complex payer dynamics, there seem to be too few hours in the day for healthcare executives to address the diverse set of organizational goals they are tasked with accomplishing.  By Leo Vartorella -
  9. Public outrage prompts Montana hospital to fire nurse with felony child porn record

    Culbertson, Mont.-based Roosevelt Medical Center officials said Oct. 9 they fired a nurse one week after receiving backlash during a community meeting regarding the decision to rehire her after she spent time in prison on a child pornography charge, according to the Billings Gazette.  By Alyssa Rege -

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