Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Geisinger launches national precision medicine initiative, appoints Huntington Willard director

    Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger is rolling out a National Precision Health Initiative as part of its strategy to expand its precision health program on the national level, and it has appointed Huntington F. Willard, PhD, as its first director.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. CHS shares continue downward spiral, hit all-time low

    Shares of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems closed Tuesday at $4.23, their lowest price ever.   By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Park Plaza Hospital taps Peyton Elliott to serve as CEO

    Houston-based Park Plaza Hospital, part of Houston-based HCA Gulf Coast Division, named Peyton Elliott CEO, effective Dec. 26.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Children's Minnesota CEO Bob Bonar to retire; COO to succeed: 5 things to know

    Bob Bonar, CEO of Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota is retiring, effective Dec. 8, according to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Regional Health selects interim leader for Spearfish Hospital after president's death: 3 notes

    Rapid City, S.D.-based Regional Health appointed Thomas Worsley president of Regional Health Spearfish (S.D.) Hospital as well as the Spearfish and Belle Fourche Market, according to a KOTA TV report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Shuttered Tennessee hospital needs patients to pay up to cover $40k in past-due wages

    Copper Basin Medical Center in Copperhill, Tenn., was behind on its payroll when it closed Oct. 1, and some employees are still waiting to be paid, according to WTVC.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Florida surgery center files for bankruptcy

    GulfCoast Surgery Center in Sarasota, Fla., which was established in 2003, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 3.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. VA taps CSRA to digitize health records in $158M contract

    The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded CSRA a $158 million contract to help digitize its patients' health records before it begins its transition to the Cerner EHR, according to FedScoop.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Salt Lake County to sue drugmakers over opioid epidemic

    Salt Lake County officials on Monday shared plans to file suit against multiple drugmakers for their alleged roles in Utah's opioid epidemic.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. California hospital board considers harassment allegations involving CFO

    Fort Bragg, Calif.-based Mendocino Coast District Hospital board members evaluated the performance of the hospital's CFO during a closed meeting Thursday, Fort Bragg Advocate-News reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. New AMA policy opposes removing ACA essential health benefits

    The American Medical Association is showing its support for the ACA's essential health benefits.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Trump will not meet with American 2017 Nobel Prize winners for medicine, physics and economics

    President Donald Trump will break with an almost 20-year tradition after deciding not to personally meet with eight Americans who won Nobel prizes earlier this year, according to STAT News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Trump's HHS pick Azar says others are to blame for high drug costs, government should not intervene

    Alex Azar, who President Donald Trump intends to nominate secretary of HHS, said he believes pharmaceutical companies are not to blame for the high cost of prescription drugs, which contradicts much of President Trump's rhetoric on the issue, according to Bloomberg.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. UPMC Hamot, cardiology practice pay $20.7M to settle whistle-blower lawsuit

    UPMC Hamot and cardiology practice Medicor Associates, both in Erie, Pa., have agreed to pay the federal government $20.7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. RCM tip of the day: For concurrent denials, use a clinical narrative in peer-to-peer reviews

    A peer-to-peer review process using predictive analytics can help healthcare organizations with denial management, according to Heather Bassett, MD, CMO of XSOLIS.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. 5 things to know about Alex Azar, Trump's pick for HHS secretary

    President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Monday he selected Alex Azar to fill the post of HHS secretary, left open by Tom Price, MD, who resigned Sept. 29 following an investigation into his extensive use of taxpayer-funded private jets.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he's 'fully committed' to mandating calorie counts on menus in 2018

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said he is "fully committed" to adding calorie counts to restaurant menus by May 7, 2018, according to a Nov. 7 statement.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Google, UC Berkeley researchers find 27.8% of phishing victims use Gmail

    Half of phishing victims use Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail as their email provider, according to recent research led by Google.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. VA to reportedly pay $10B for Cerner EHR contract

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Cerner reportedly agreed to an EHR contract in the range of $10 billion, an unnamed VA source told FCW.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  9. Study: Inpatients cared for by primary care physicians have lower mortality rates

    Hospitalized patients may see lower mortality rates if seen by their primary care physician rather than a hospitalist, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -

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