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  1. Ochsner to lift minimum wage to $12

    New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System will raise its minimum wage from $8.10 per hour to $12 per hour.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 7 recent hospital, health system outlook and credit rating actions

    The following hospital and health system credit rating and outlook changes or affirmations occurred in the last week, beginning with the most recent:  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. Volatile net revenue continues to challenge nonprofit hospital CFOs

    Hospital CFOs continue to be challenged by the financial metric of net revenue per case, which fluctuates by payer type, according to a report from Crowe, a public accounting, consulting and technology firm.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Moody's 2019 global healthcare outlook generally stable, positive for US medical devices

    Moody's Investors Service  predicted a stable 2019 outlook for U.S. for-profit hospitals and global pharmaceuticals  and a positive one for U.S. medical devices.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. 4 generational differences in the patient financial experience

    Younger patients prefer to pay their medical bills through portals or by credit cards, and are more likely to use multiple hospitals compared to their older counterparts, according to data from revenue cycle technology company Waystar.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Separately owned hospitals in Missouri capital 'not sustainable,' St. Mary's president says

    St. Louis-based SSM Health is in talks to sell its Jefferson City, Mo.-based St. Mary's Hospital to a local competitor after deciding that having two separately owned hospitals in town is not sustainable, according to the News Tribune.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. ACA plan enrollment falls 11%: 3 things to know

    Roughly 3.2 million Americans signed up for health insurance through the ACA exchanges in the first five weeks of the 2019 open enrollment period — an 11 percent decrease compared to the same period a year prior, according to The Hill.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. How 9 hospitals, health systems show employee appreciation during holidays

    Hospitals and health systems show appreciation for employees all year, and that doesn't stop during the holidays. With parties, letters, meals and other efforts, organizations ensure workers know they are valued.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Parkland names permanent CIO: 4 things to know

    Dallas-based Parkland, a public hospital system, has named Joseph Longo as its permanent CIO, according to D CEO Healthcare.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Brigham Health physicians fight proposed changes to federal immigration policy

    About 150 physicians and other employees of Boston-based Brigham Health protested Dec. 4 against a proposed federal policy that would deem immigrants who have used Medicaid within 36 months ineligible for green cards, WBUR reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Healthcare spending hit $3.5T in 2017

    Growth in national healthcare expenditures slowed to 3.9 percent in 2017 due to slower spending growth across most categories, including hospital care and physician services, according to CMS data first published by Health Affairs.  By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. Christiana Care inks pay-for-performance contract for Medicaid patients

    Newark, Del.-based Christiana Care Health System signed a value-based agreement with Medicaid managed care plan AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, under which providers' payment will be tied to Medicaid beneficiaries' health outcomes.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Mercyhealth unveils $505M hospital

    Janesville, Wis.-based Mercyhealth debuted its $505 million, 194-bed hospital Dec. 5, according to 23 WIFR.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Kentucky hospital files for bankruptcy

    Pineville (Ky.) Community Hospital Association filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Nov. 29.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. More transplant centers requiring proof of payment before surgery

    In the wake of Hedda Martin raising nearly $31,000 to pay for her own heart transplant, more cases have surfaced of transplant recipients creating fundraisers to cover theirs, Kaiser Health News reports.  By Harrison Cook -
  5. Consolidation in the telehealth market may create 'all-purpose' virtual care vendors, KLAS says

    While most telehealth vendors struggle to offer a full range of virtual care services today, recent consolidation among leading companies may change this trend, according to a KLAS Research report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Life insurers declining coverage for those who purchase naloxone

    A nurse working at an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center was denied life insurance for carrying the life-saving drug naloxone, according to wbur.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. New Jersey hospital CEO resigns amid furor over bacterial outbreak: 6 things to know

    Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital CEO John N. Kastanis resigned, effective Dec. 14, according to NJ.com.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. 12 health systems with strong finances

    Here are 12 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to recent reports from Moody's Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. 23K patients received ineffective vaccines from California health clinic

    About 23,000 patients may have received ineffective vaccines or medications between October 2017 and November 2018 at Ventura, Calif.-based Ventura County Health Care Agency, according to VC Star.  By Harrison Cook -

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