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  1. Cash-strapped rural hospitals accuse BCBS of Texas of 'strongarm' tactics

    Rural hospitals are questioning Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' use of "strongarm" tactics to negotiate lower rates, according to the Observer.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Massachusetts General Hospital might store patient data on blockchain through new partnership

    Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston partnered with Korean blockchain startup MediBloc to explore using the blockchain to store and share patient health information, according to CoinDesk.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Focus on compliance, security

    With patient payment collections, hospitals should take steps to ensure compliance with HIPAA and payment card industry requirements, advised Dan Berger, national director of healthcare at AxiaMed, a healthcare financial technology company.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Steward to reopen Arizona hospital

    Dallas-based Steward Health Care, a private, for-profit hospital operator, plans to reopen the former Florence (Ariz.) Hospital at Anthem, PinalCentral.com reported.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Massachusetts hospital to pay $2.3M for Medicare overpayments

    UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton (Mass.) Hospital will pay $2.3 million to HHS after a two-year investigation into Medicare overpayments at the facility, according to telegram.com.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. KentuckyOne's Jewish Hospital, city's only adult organ transplant center, may cut services

    Louisville, Ky.-based Jewish Hospital may end its adult organ transplant programs if the University of Louisville pulls its providers from the hospital, according to the Courier Journal.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. George Washington University halts talks over new DC-area hospital

    Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University suspended negotiations over managing a new hospital in Washington in a letter to officials Dec. 5, The Washington Post reports.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Financial troubles force Texas health system to shut down

    Rockdale, Texas-based Little River Healthcare closed all of its facilities Dec. 4, including two hospitals and several medical clinics.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Walgreens launches next-day prescription delivery with FedEx

    Walgreens is teaming up with FedEx to launch a nationwide next-day delivery service for prescription drugs.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Bipartisan drug pricing bill to crack down on 'big pharma's games': 4 things to know

    A bipartisan drug pricing bill — introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore. — looks to crack down on "big pharma's games," according to The Hill.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. 5 key strategies to mitigate the effect of antimicrobial resistance

    As antibiotic resistance continues to climb to dangerously high levels across the globe, new resistance mechanisms are threatening hospitals' capacity to treat common infections. To prevent patients from contracting potentially deadly drug-resistant infections, healthcare leaders are challenged to implement strategies that prioritize accurate diagnostic testing and proper antibiotic use.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. Primary care physicians most likely to report EHR-related burnout, study finds

    EHR-related burnout hits some physician specialties more than others, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Infections raise risk of mental disorders in kids

    A variety of infections, such as bronchitis, are associated with a higher risk of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry found.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Dr. Brian Gantwerker: 3 best ideas for business development

    I am Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, a neurosurgeon and small business owner. I've been in private practice for over nine years now.  By Staff -
  4. Errors in use of antibiotics, blood thinners among most common leading to death

    Medication administration errors that lead to patient deaths are particularly common with antibiotics and blood thinners, according to research published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. How millennial healthcare revenue cycle professionals feel about their employers

    Most millennial healthcare revenue cycle professionals are satisfied with their employers but are open to new career opportunities, according to a report from LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. 8 trends in hospital IT support, according to Black Book

    ​Healthcare organizations are beginning to redesign how they approach IT support, according to a recently released Black Book poll.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. UCHealth taps UPMC exec for top post at University of Colorado Hospital: 4 takeaways

    Denver-based UCHealth named Christopher A. Gessner president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, effective February 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. 15 physician specialists most in demand

    Family medicine is the most common and in-demand medical specialty for physicians, according to a study from Doximity, a social network for clinicians.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Tenet names chief medical operations officer: 4 things to know

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare tapped Ernest Franklin, MD, to serve as chief medical operations officer, effective Jan. 7, 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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