Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 1st recording of unknown 'sonic health attack' affecting American diplomats, tourists in Cuba released

    The first public recording of the "sonic attacks," which affected at least 22 Americans at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, was released Thursday, according to Fox News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Kaiser staff prioritize patient care over saving their own homes during wildfires

    As wildfires consumed parts of Northern California, including the area near Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center, hospital staff remained committed to patient care — all while knowing they may lose their own homes to the flames, NBC Bay Area reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Dennis Pullin steps into CEO role at Virtua

    Dennis W. Pullin assumed the president and CEO roles at Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua health system, effective Oct. 12.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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

Even with a GPO, Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska was paying too much for its supplies. They needed a community-hospital focused Supply Chain Solution.
  1. SCL Health drops 'interim' from CEO Lydia Jumonville's title: 5 notes

    Broomfield, Colo.-based SCL Health selected Lydia Jumonville to serve as permanent president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Mission Health CEO calls BCBS 'unethical, bullying foe' in internal email to senior leadership

    The CEO of Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System called Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina "the most unethical, bullying foe that I have ever faced" in an email to senior employees obtained by Citizen-Times.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. The 2 actions Trump took on healthcare Thursday: 9 things to know

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday morning to ease restrictions on association health plans, short-term insurance coverage and health reimbursement agreements. Later in the day, he ended cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers — a move that will take effect immediately with no transition period.  By Emily Rappleye and Leo Vartorella -
  4. 7 reactions to Trump's healthcare executive order

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday morning that seeks to loosen regulations on association health plans.  By Leo Vartorella and Morgan Haefner -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

Learn how to prepare for changes associated with the new Medicare card initiative.
  1. Ohio hospital forced to evacuate patients, staff after fire breaks out

    Patients and staff were evacuated Friday morning from Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, after a fire broke out around 6 a.m. in the facility's basement, according to News 5 Cleveland.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Nearly 80 volunteers from Northwell, NewYork-Presbyterian, others head to Puerto Rico to help hurricane victims

    Seventy-eight healthcare professionals from several New York hospitals and health systems traveled to Puerto Rico Oct. 12 to assist medical professionals on the island and provide care to those who need it, according to Newsday.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Willis-Knighton Health System COO resigns amid controversy between physicians, CEO: 5 things to know

    Shreveport, La.-based Willis-Knighton Health System COO Charles Daigle tendered his resignation, according to a statement published by KTBS 3 ABC.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. AI venture capital funding exceeds $1B for 3rd quarter in a row

    Venture capital funding in the artificial intelligence sector hit $1.09 billion in the third quarter of 2017, according to a joint report by PwC and CB Insights.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

How C. diff and other HAIs greatly affect patient outcomes and benefits of UV disinfection to combat HAIs.
  1. Philips to suspend some defibrillator manufacturing in US: 5 things to know

    The North American subsidiary of Amsterdam-based Royal Philips reached an agreement on a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Food and Drug Administration, the company announced Oct. 11.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Most Track 1 ACOs to score in top MIPS tier

    Most 2017 Track 1 ACOs are likely to score above the exceptional performance threshold under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to recent analysis.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Dignity Health's operating loss widens to $66.8M with loss of state provider-fee revenue

    Dignity Health, a 39-hospital system based in San Francisco, saw its operating loss widen in fiscal year 2017 even as it booked higher revenue and held expenses in check. However, like many systems, it benefited from higher investment income.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. HIMSS Analytics re-validates Nemours hospital's Stage 7 designation

    A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society subsidiary recognized Wilmington, Del.-based Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for its EMR initiatives.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. Digital health venture capital funding falls to $919M in Q3

    Venture capital funding in the digital health sector declined 66 percent in the third quarter of 2017, according to a joint report by PwC and CB Insights.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Google Research hires former UChicago Medicine chief quality officer; Nokia to increase focus on digital health & more — 12 health IT key notes

    Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. Physician starts petition calling for LifePoint to renovate Virginia hospital's ED

    A physician is collecting signatures in an effort to convince Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health to update the emergency department at one of its hospitals, SOVAH Health-Danville (Va.), according to the Danville Register & Bee.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Police officer fired for forcibly arresting U of Utah nurse to appeal decision

    A lawyer on behalf of Detective Jeff Payne, who was fired Tuesday for forcibly arresting a nurse at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Hospital in July, said Mr. Payne plans to appeal the "unfair" decision, according to Utah Public Radio.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. Senator Claire McCaskill on the opioid epidemic, her ongoing investigation and more

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told Vox pharmaceutical companies should begin worrying about their role in the nation's opioid epidemic.  By Brian Zimmerman -

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