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  1. Oklahoma health department leader resigns after domestic violence allegations

    Preston Doerflinger resigned from his role as Oklahoma State Department of Health interim commissioner and state Cabinet secretary of finance, administration and information technology after reports of alleged domestic violence arose Monday in the local media, Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Novant Health, Kaiser Permanente win first CMS Health Equity Award

    CMS awarded Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health and Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente the first Health Equity Award at the CMS Quality Conference.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. MIPS performance scores for 2017 claims data are live

    Individual providers who submitted 2017 quality performance data with claims for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System can now see their scores on the Quality Payment Program website.   By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. How physicians are learning to talk to patients about dying

    A conversation guide is helping physicians learn strategies for some of the most difficult discussions they have as care providers — telling patients they are dying.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Tulane Health System names Tom Patrias COO: 3 points

    New Orleans-based Tulane Health System selected Tom Patrias to serve as COO, effective March 12.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Adventist Health CFO Jack Wagner to retire in March

    Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health CFO Jack Wagner is retiring, effective March 2.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center selects new COO: 4 notes

    MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Calif., appointed Ryan Olsen COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. Missouri court bans CMS from using Medicaid DSH rule, FAQs to calculate payments: 5 things to know

    A Missouri judge banned CMS from enforcing a final rule and two Frequently Asked Questions documents related to calculating Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. UPMC makes $200M investment in immunotherapy hub: 3 things to know

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, will build an eight-story immune transplant center in Pittsburgh.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Maine hospitals prepare for flu season to get worse before it gets better

    As emergency rooms across the country continue to be swamped with flu patients, Maine hospital officials are expecting this year's flu onslaught to become even more severe, according to a Bangor Daily News report.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. 12 best metro areas for healthcare jobs

    As the healthcare industry continues to grow, the Birmingham, Ala., metro area has the highest concentration of healthcare practitioner and technical jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled by ABODO.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. Bristol-Myers, Nektar ink $1.85B cancer drug deal

    Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay Nektar Therapeutics $1 billion to develop a cancer immunotherapy treatment — one of the largest deals ever inked for a single drug's development, reports Reuters.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Nurse at Jackson Health System establishes clothing closet for discharged homeless patients

    Oliver Castellanos, a nurse at Miami-based Jackson Health System, created a clothing closet at the hospital for discharged homeless patients after noticing throughout his 30-year career that many homeless patients were released without the bare necessities, reports CNN.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Michigan hospital at risk of losing Medicare funding

    CMS threatened to halt Carson City, Mich.-based Sparrow Carson Hospital's Medicare funding May 7, unless the hospital resolves infection control issues, according to the Lansing State Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. Duke Regional Hospital plans $102.4M expansion: 4 things to know

    Durham, N.C.-based Duke Regional Hospital unveiled plans Wednesday for a $102.4 million expansion project that calls for a bigger emergency department and additional capacity for behavioral health, reports the Herald-Sun.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. 8 initiatives FDA would pursue under FY 2019 budget

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on Tuesday outlined several initiatives the agency would take to improve patient treatments and lower healthcare costs, using resources proposed in its recent budget request.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates answer '10 toughest questions' in annual letter

    In their 10th annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-chairs and trustees Bill and Melinda Gates addressed the 10 questions they are asked most frequently. The questions range in topic from how they maintain their optimism in today's world, to if their efforts to save children lead to overpopulation, to whether they feel as if they are imposing their own values on other people and countries.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. Community bemoans rebranding, says Atrium Health 'renamed to a buzzword'

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System announced the organization's rebranding to Atrium Health last week. However, many community members have since voiced their opposition to the name, stating the change erases the health system's cultural ties to the area, among other issues, according to The Charlotte Observer.  By Alyssa Rege -
  8. BCBS of Idaho to sell 5 plans bypassing ACA rules: 6 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Idaho submitted a request to state insurance regulators Tuesday to sell five plans that do not comply with ACA requirements, as informed by the executive order signed by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R)  in January, according to the Idaho Statesman.  By Leo Vartorella -
  9. 11 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 -

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