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  1. Malicious bug on Mission Health website rerouted financial info to hacker

    Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health has mailed patients letters indicating that their financial information may have been stolen, according to local ABC affiliate WLOS.
  2. Drugmakers, distributors nearing $50B opioid settlement

    The country's three largest drug distributors and two manufacturers have agreed with several states on the framework of a $50 billion settlement to resolve thousands of opioid-related lawsuits, according to The New York Times.
  3. Oregon medical center EHR encrypted in ransomware attack

    Milwaukie, Ore.-based Monterey Health Center announced Oct. 11 that it is notifying patients their protected health information may have been exposed because of a ransomware attack.

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  1. Catholic Health offers buyouts to employees amid declining revenue

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health has offered buyouts to some of its nonclinical employees amid cost-cutting attempts and declining revenue, according to The Buffalo News.
  2. Viatrexx recalls injectable vials due to sterility issues

    Viatrexx is recalling 19 lots of its 10 mL sterile injectable vials of various products because they were manufactured in a way that cannot guarantee sterility.
  3. Turf war erupting over MUSC's expansion

    Several health systems are objecting to Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina's plan to build a new hospital in Berkeley County, arguing it would put them in financial jeopardy, according to The Post and Courier. 
  4. Walgreens, Centene and RxAdvance partner on cloud-based PBM

    Walgreens Boots Alliance, insurer Centene and pharmacy benefit manager RxAdvance are partnering on a cloud-based pharmacy benefit platform. 

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  1. Purdue Pharma's Beverly Sackler dead at 95

    Beverly Sackler, matriarch of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, has died, according to The New York Times. 
  2. Torrent plant linked to tainted blood pressure drugs, FDA says

    The FDA has named Torrent Pharmaceuticals one of the main culprits behind the manufacturing of tainted blood pressure medicines. 
  3. AI could pave way for more effective flu shots

    Researchers at Berg, a Boston-based pharmaceutical startup, are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop predictive ways to fight the flu, Time reports. 
  4. Gar Atchison to lead UP Health System-Marquette

    Gar Atchison has been appointed CEO of UP Health System-Marquette (Mich.) and market CEO of UP Health System, based in Marquette, according to WLUC-TV, a dual NBC/Fox affiliate.

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  1. Senate Democrats want to force a vote on healthcare

    Senate Democrats plan to use the Congressional Review Act to force Republicans to vote on healthcare, The Hill reports.
  2. 57,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California OK new contract

    Fifty-seven thousand workers in California have have ratified a four-year contract agreement with Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, according to the union that represents them.
  3. AdventHealth's arrangement with guardian called conflict of interest

    Rebecca Fierle, a former Orlando, Fla.-based professional guardian under criminal investigation, had an unheard-of billing relationship with AdventHealth, industry experts told the Orlando Sentinel.
  4. Tenet says bankrupt Pennsylvania hospital owner needs to pay up

    Tenet Business Services and Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions filed a motion Oct. 15 in Delaware bankruptcy court, requesting a judge enforce an order requiring a bankrupt Pennsylvania hospital owner to make payments for services provided, according to Law360.
  5. Ascension to sell 2 Wisconsin hospitals

    Ascension Wisconsin has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding to sell two Wisconsin hospitals to Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System.
  6. New York hospital's nurse recruitment violates trafficking law, union says

    A union is accusing Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center of trafficking law violations related to its program to recruit nurses from the Philippines to work in the hospital.
  7. Feds charge pain clinic chain's owner in $38M billing fraud case

    The owner of a Tennessee-based pain clinic chain and three employees have been charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and several counts of healthcare fraud for allegedly submitting $38 million in fraudulent claims government payers, according to the Department of Justice.
  8. Boston strong: Safety-net hospital raises $450M, defying expectations

    Despite facing unique fundraising challenges because it is a safety-net provider, Boston Medical Center defied expectations and raised $450 million in six years, according to The Boston Globe.
  9. Big malpractice verdicts becoming more frequent, report finds

    The average loss incurred from professional liability claims continues to increase due to a rising frequency of large medical malpractice verdicts, according to a new report published by Aon Plc. and the American Society for Health Care Risk Management.

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