Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Male nurses make 7% more than female peers, survey finds

    Although only 8 to 10 percent of nurses are male, male nurses make an average 7 percent more than their female peers ($6,000 per year), according to a Medscape report.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. ACA sign-up site scheduled to be down most Sunday mornings during open enrollment

    The Trump administration has planned 60 hours of downtime maintenance for the federal health insurance exchange — Healthcare.gov — during the 2019 open-enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, according to The Hill.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. How hospitals in the South are preparing for Hurricane Michael

    Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 4 storm just hours before it is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle Oct. 10, making it one of the strongest weather events to hit the U.S. in 2018, according to CNN.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Northshore University HealthSystem selects new CFO: 4 things to know

    Evanston, Ill.-based Northshore University HealthSystem appointed Doug Welday CFO, effective Oct. 15.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Louisiana hospital enters negotiations with Ochsner as LifePoint exits market

    Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, La., is looking for a new management company after Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health proposed to terminate its lease agreement with the hospital, according to the Franklin Banner-Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. OhioHealth's annual revenue tops $4B as operating income declines

    Columbus-based OhioHealth saw revenue increase in fiscal year 2018, but growing expenses offset the health system's financial gains, according to recently released financial documents.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Corner Office: Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital CEO Caitlin Stella on how payer, provider struggles hurt patients

    Caitlin Stella has held a number of healthcare leadership positions, though in no other role has she been able to advocate for patients as much as she has in her short time as CEO of Hollywood, Fla.-based Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. 2 CDC researchers awarded 2018 Service to America Medals

    Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD, and Margaret Hoein, PhD, MPH — both researchers at the CDC — received 2018 Service to America Medals. The awards, often referred to as the "Sammies," recognize federal employees' talents and achievements in the realm of public health.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Higher temperatures linked to mental health issues

    Increased average monthly temperatures may be linked to a modest rise in adverse mental health issues, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Congo's Ebola outbreak up to 177 cases: 5 things to know

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo on Oct. 7 reported 12 new cases of Ebola in the country's North Kivu province, bringing the total number of cases involved in the outbreak to 177.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. Opioids bill permits hospice workers to destroy unused painkillers: 6 things to know

    The bipartisan opioids bill, awaiting President Donald Trump's signature, would allow hospice workers to destroy a patient's unneeded opioids to reduce the risk of future misuse, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. How Florida health officials linked an 18-state Campylobacter outbreak to pet store puppies

    An investigation by the Florida Department of Health's epidemiological team identified pet store puppies as the source of an outbreak of Campylobacter infections, which sickened 100 people across 18 states since January 2016, according to News 6 Colorado.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. HCA, Dignity Health and Tenet among 1,299 providers to join BPCI Advanced

    CMS announced Oct. 9 that 1,299 entities, including hospitals and physician groups, signed agreements with the agency to participate in Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced, CMS' newest bundled payment model.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Rush hospital nurse: Why providers should revisit how they discuss death with patients

    Providers often struggle to have open end-of-life discussions with critically ill patients, prompting a need for hospital leaders to reevaluate how nurses discuss death and dying, a nurse argues in The Hill.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. St. Charles Bend nurses allege unsafe staffing in operating room

    State officials have investigated allegations of inadequate staffing at St. Charles Bend (Ore.), Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.   By Kelly Gooch -
  5. National Library of Medicine names 1st chief health data standards officer

    The National Library of Medicine, a program of the National Institutes of Health, appointed Clem McDonald, MD, its first chief health data standards officer, effective Nov. 1.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. How Florida's HCA-dominated for-profit market affects insurance payments

    In 2016, nearly a fifth of commercial insurance payments for the 20 highest-priced hospitals in Florida came from casualty, workers' compensation and travel insurers, according to a study published in the October 2018 issue of Health Affairs.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. 7 health systems investing in express care sites

    Health systems across the U.S. are looking for ways to improve the overall health of the communities they serve while simultaneously cutting costs. One of the popular trends emerging in the healthcare space to combat these seemingly competing incentives is an emphasis on primary care or other express care sites.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. How unlocking the power of data can proactively shape your reimbursement environment

    For years, organizations have been talking about how to better use their data to influence payers, increase reimbursement and grow volume. Many health systems are feeling pinched by reductions in overall reimbursement rates, high deductible health plans, more aggressive payer tactics to reduce payments and potential growth in uninsured populations. They want to get rewarded for their high quality, their care coordination and their investment to go into the community.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  9. SSM Health names Michael Richards system vice president

    St. Louis-based SSM Health appointed Michael Richards to system vice president of government affairs and public policy, effective Oct. 1.  By Leo Vartorella -

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