Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Patients lack access to primary care follow-up after ED visit, study finds

    Patients discharged from the emergency department often struggle to secure a follow-up with a primary care physician within seven days, according to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Baxter expects temporary shortage of small saline IV bags

    Baxter International anticipates a temporary shortage of small saline IV bags in the U.S. due to manufacturing issues in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico, reports USA Today.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. 10 actions the government should take to address the opioid crisis, according to 2 experts

    Former CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, and Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., shared 10 actions the federal government should take to address America's opioid overdose crisis in a paper published Thursday in JAMA.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Small hospital realizes big savings: Community Hospital, McCook, NE

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  1. Florida clinic owner arrested for practicing medicine without a license

    Police on Thursday arrested Jose A. Ramirez, the president of Med-Clinic Health Care in Doral, Fla., for practicing medicine without a license.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Beatrice Community Hospital selects Richard Haraldson as CEO: 5 notes

    Beatrice (Neb.) Community Hospital and Health Center appointed Richard Haraldson CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2018.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Mississippi hospital will charge $200 upfront fee for nonurgent ED visits

    Beginning Nov. 1, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport (Miss.) will ask nonurgent patients who present at the hospital's emergency department to visit a walk-in clinic instead. Nonurgent patients who insist on receiving care in the hospital's ED will be required to pay their insurance copay or a $200 deposit toward the cost of their care before receiving treatment.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Stony Brook University Hospital taps Ernest Baptiste as CEO

    Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital named Ernest Baptiste CEO, effective Nov. 27.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Shortage of anesthesiologists causes Denver VA hospital to postpone dozens of surgeries

    Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center has delayed between 65 and 95 nonemergency surgeries since early August due to a shortage of anesthesiologists, according to The Denver Post.   By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 13 recent hospital, health system outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system credit rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place in the last week, beginning with the most recent.    By Alia Paavola -
  3. How the Pioneer ACOs stacked up on shared savings, quality in 2016

    The majority of Pioneer ACOs ended the model's final performance year with at least $1 million in shared savings, according to data CMS released Friday.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. 18 states to sue Trump administration over discontinuation of health insurance subsidy payments

    Attorney generals from 18 states will sue the Trump administration after President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will end cost-sharing subsidies to payers, according to ABC News.  By Leo Vartorella -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. AHA report: Community benefits from tax-exempt hospitals outweigh tax revenue foregone by an 11-1 ratio

    The community benefit from nonprofit hospitals far outweighs the federal revenue forgone due to the tax-exempt status of these nonprofit facilities by an 11-1 ratio, according to a report conducted by Ernst and Young commissioned by the American Hospital Association.   By Alia Paavola -
  2. CMS revokes Medicare funding, imposes $63k penalty to nursing home where 14 residents died

    CMS cut off Medicare funding and imposed an approximately $63,000 penalty to Hollywood, Fla.-based Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where 14 residents died after the facility lost power when Hurricane Irma made landfall in the state, according to the Miami Herald.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Houston Methodist Hospital receives record-breaking $101M donation

    Houston Methodist Hospital received a $101 million donation from Rusty and Paula Walter — the largest philanthropic gift in the hospital's 98-year history, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Medical device venture capital funding falls to $5.8B in 2016

    Investment and startup activity in the medical technology sector is in decline, according to a joint report from Deloitte and AdvaMed.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. 5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

    From a former healthcare executive pleading guilty in a fraud scheme to a policyholder suing Cigna over home healthcare charges, these are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Report: 6 types of ransomware to know

    There are six major ransomware threats hitting businesses this year, according to a Symantec report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Florida Hospital Oceanside remains closed 1 month after hurricane

    Florida Hospital Oceanside, an 80-bed hospital in Ormond Beach, remains closed more than a month after Hurricane Irma damaged the facility, and it is unclear when the hospital will reopen, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Oct. 9-13

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's cost-cutting initiatives most captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. Week in review: 10 biggest stories in healthcare

    Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week.  By Alyssa Rege -

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