Today's Top 20 Articles
  1. California biotech files for bankruptcy

    Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, a Westlake Village, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company, has filed for bankruptcy. 
  2. Maryland hospitals merge, unveil name for combined system

    Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., and Doctors Community Health System, a single-hospital system based in Lanham, Md., have merged to create a new system: Luminis Health. 
  3. Illinois hospital will stay open — for now

    MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., told employees the facility would close Sept. 30, but the hospital will now stay open longer than expected after a state board postponed a decision on whether to approve the closure, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

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  1. Former Texas hospital executive gets 10 years for $16M fraud

    A former Houston-area hospital administrator was sentenced to 10 years in prison Sept. 16 for his role in a $16 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.
  2. Helen DeVos Children's Hospital President Dr. Bob Connors to retire, ending 14-year tenure

    Bob Connors, MD, president of Spectrum Health's Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., plans to retire Jan. 3, 2020.
  3. PIH Health taps Richard Trogman as COO, hospital president

    Whittier, Calif.-based PIH Health appointed Richard Trogman system COO and president of PIH Health Hospital-Downey (Calif.), effective Oct. 7.
  4. Covenant Health hires Stephen Forney as CFO

    Tewksbury, Mass.-based Covenant Health named Stephen Forney senior vice president and CFO.

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  1. Wyoming County Community Health System appoints CEO

    Wyoming County Community Health System in Warsaw, N.Y., has selected Joseph McTernan to serve as CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020, according to The Daily News.
  2. Bernie Sanders asked Twitter users to reveal their most absurd medical bill: 7 responses

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked the following question on Twitter Sept. 14: "What’s the most absurd medical bill you have ever received?"
  3. Sepsis patients should get blood culture before antibiotics, study suggests

    Physicians should take at least one blood culture from sepsis patients before administering antibiotics, as the therapy can create less reliable test results, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
  4. 12 Legionnaires' cases linked to Illinois nursing home

    Health officials on Sept. 12 confirmed two additional Legionnaires' cases in the surrounding community of a Batavia, Ill.-based senior living home, which reported 12 cases in late August, according to the Daily Herald.

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  1. Air ambulance memberships may still result in high medical bills

    Air ambulance companies are increasingly offering memberships to consumers in rural areas, but state insurance leaders and others are skeptical about the prepaid subscriptions and whether they stop surprise medical bills, according to Kaiser Health News.
  2. Sackler family wants protection from further litigation during bankruptcy hearings

    Lawyers for Purdue Pharma said they will ask a judge to issue an injunction on any further lawsuits against the Sackler family during the company's bankruptcy hearings, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  3. California to spend $20M on anti-vaping awareness campaign

    California plans to launch a $20 million public awareness campaign next month regarding the dangers of vaping, NBC News reports.
  4. FDA warns of more device shortages linked to sterilization plant closure

    Another Sterigenics sterilization plant is temporarily closed in an effort to reduce its gas emissions, which could impact medical device supply chains, the FDA warned Sept. 13.
  5. 4 executive leadership moves at Cerner this year

    Following the introduction of a new operating model and the company's pivot from EHRs to platforms in January, Cerner has also experienced various changes in executive leadership this year.
  6. CAUTI reporting guidelines inflate hospitals' performance, study suggests

    Changes in national reporting guidelines for catheter-associated urinary tract infections have significantly improved hospitals' infection ratios since 2015, which offers an inaccurate depiction of quality performance unrelated to patient outcomes, according to a study published Sept. 16 in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 
  7. Texas Health Aetna to provide free virtual behavioral healthcare services

    Texas Health Aetna, a health plan jointly owned by Texas Health Resources and Aetna, will begin offering more than 100,000 Northern Texas-based members free behavioral health services through its virtual care platform.
  8. Q2 brings smaller hikes to wholesale, net drug prices

    Increases to both wholesale and net drug prices trended downward in this year's second quarter, according to STAT.
  9. Blockchain startup for ethical supply chain management raises $4M

    OpenSC, a blockchain startup that aims to help supply chains avoid illegal, environmentally harmful or unethical products, received $4 million in seed funding.

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