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  1. Battle heats up between Stanford Health Care, union over hospital charge initiative

    Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and an employees union are disputing over a November ballot initiative to place a 15 percent cap on hospital charges in Palo Alto, Calif., The Stanford Daily reported.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Dissatisfied patients less likely to willingly pay their bill, survey finds

    Patients who have negative interactions in hospital business offices are less likely to willingly pay their bill, signaling an opportunity for hospitals to improve patient financial experience, an annual Connance consumer survey found.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Tenet hospital in Michigan accused of unfair labor practices

    The National Labor Relations Board has charged Commerce Township, Mich.-based Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital with multiple labor law violations.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. High-cost rehab for dying seniors up 65% among some nursing homes

    The proportion of nursing home residents who received physical, occupational and speech therapy in the last days of their lives increased 65 percent between October 2012 and April 2016, according to a study in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. WHO leaders discuss mental health issues facing young adults

    The World Health Organization is highlighting mental health adversities among young people in honor of World Mental Health Day, which is Oct. 10.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. High-deductible health plans hitting chronically ill, low-income members hardest, study finds

    Nearly half — 46.9 percent — of low-income adults with multiple chronic illnesses and employer-sponsored high-deductible health plans face burdensome out-of-pocket healthcare costs, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine research letter published in October 2018.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Medicaid expansion not linked to higher opioid misuse, study suggests

    While some policymakers claim Medicaid expansion is partially to blame for the nation's opioid crisis, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia found Medicaid expansion was not linked to increased opioid misuse, according to a Journal of General Internal Medicine study published in September.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Only 53% of inmates with HIV receive treatment 2 years after release

    More than half of HIV-infected individuals released from prison do not maintain a care routine due to adequate access to healthcare, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Sen. Amy Klobuchar calls on CDC to investigate rise in polio-like illnesses

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged the CDC to investigate the national uptick of acute flaccid myelitis infections among children in an Oct. 9 letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Seattle Children's appoints chief academic officer

    Seattle Children's tapped Leslie R. Walker-Harding, MD, to serve as senior vice president and chief academic officer, effective Feb. 15, 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. HCA closes freestanding ER in Texas

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare closed a freestanding emergency room in Cypress, Texas, after acquiring North Cypress Medical Center in September, according to Community Impact Newspaper.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. 8 states reporting flu cases

    Several states across the U.S. are already seeing flu cases at the start of the 2018-19 flu season.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Gag clauses are now illegal: 5 things to know

    In an effort to increase drug price transparency, President Donald Trump signed two bills into law that ban insurers from writing gag clauses into their contracts with pharmacists, according to CBS News.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Advocate Aurora Health breaks ground on $130M outpatient facility

    Advocate Aurora Health, a recently merged entity comprised of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Healthcare, broke ground Oct. 9 on a $130 million ambulatory surgery center and medical office building, according to Kenosha News.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Viewpoint: What physicians may miss in reading lab results

    Physicians often misunderstand test results, particularly in grasping how false positives work, meaning they may make crucial medical decisions based on incorrect assumptions, a chief of hospital epidemiology writes in The Washington Post.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. 10 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Nevada hospital breaks its record for flu shots given in a day

    Elko-based Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital gave 1,006 doses of influenza vaccine during its annual drive-thru flu shot clinic Oct. 6 — a nearly 25 percent increase from the clinic's 809 flu shots in 2017, the Elko Daily Free Press reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  7. PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center names new COO

    PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., appointed Gary Foster COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Driscoll Health System appoints CEO: 4 points

    Corpus Christi, Texas-based Driscoll Health System selected Eric Hamon to serve as permanent president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Slidell Memorial Hospital taps new CEO: 5 takeaways

    Slidell (La.) Memorial Hospital named Kerry R. Tirman CEO, effective Nov. 12.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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