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  1. Construction underway on $180M University of Mississippi pediatric tower

    Construction has begun on a $180 million pediatric tower at Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to the Construction Equipment Guide.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Walmart hires former senior Humana exec to lead healthcare business

    Walmart tapped Humana's former vice president of innovation Sean Slovenski to run its healthcare and wellness unit, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. University Hospitals seeks gag order in fertility clinic lawsuit

    Officials from Cleveland-based University Hospitals are asking a judge for a gag order against the attorneys representing the families and patients suing the hospital over the loss of their frozen eggs and embryos this year, according to a WKYC news report.  By Alia Paavola -

Population health issues and opportunities: Spotlighting high blood pressure

Learn the critical importance of focusing on high blood pressure as a major priority for health systems.
  1. Spectrum Health COO to step into CEO role: 6 notes

    Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health appointed Tina Freese Decker president and CEO, effective Sept. 1.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Hunterdon Healthcare System names interim CEO: 5 things to know

    Flemington, N.J.-based Hunterdon Healthcare System selected Robert J. Cody, MD, to serve as interim president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Mercy Health Network appoints president, COO for new Eastern Iowa region

    Des Moines, Iowa-based Mercy Health Network named Kay Takes president and Amy Berentes COO of its new Eastern Iowa region, effective July 16, according to a Clinton Herald report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. UPMC Cole notifies 800 patients about potential data compromise

    An estimated 790 patients from UMPC Cole in Coudersport, Pa., may have had their protected health information inappropriately accessed by hackers during two separate email phishing attacks that occurred one week apart in June.  By Julie Spitzer -

Embracing risk in value-based care

Learn how Eastside Health Network succeeded in four types of risk-based contracts.
  1. Montana hospital employee's email hacked while traveling, 8.4K patients' data stolen

    The email account of a Billings (Mont.) Clinic employee was hacked while they were on an overseas medical mission in May, potentially compromising 8,400 patients' information.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. UVM Medical Center, union urged to reach accord

    Burlington (Vt.) City Council members are calling on Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center and unionized nurses to resolve their labor dispute, reports Seven Days.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 must-reads on curbing insurance claim denials

    Reducing claim denials is among the top challenges hospitals and health systems face as they strive to receive timely and proper payment for services.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Walmart partners with Microsoft: 3 things to know

    Walmart and Microsoft agreed to a five-year partnership under which Walmart will move significant portions of its online shopping websites to Microsoft's cloud solution.  By Morgan Haefner -

How UW Health System drove millions in savings

Learn how you can do the same with a labor management system.
  1. Virtual care reimbursement proposed by Medicare: 5 things to know

    CMS made a series of suggestions to expand telehealth in its latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, a 1,473-page proposal released July 12.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. US News updates methodology for Best Hospitals 2018-19 list

    Ahead of its release of the 2018-19 Best Hospitals ranking Aug. 14, U.S. News & World Report revealed updates to its methodology to determine how hospitals included in the rankings are chosen.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Health insurers overtake hospital stocks: 4 things to know

    Despite their stock underperforming in the last six months, health insurers took back the lead from their hospital peers, according to Bloomberg.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Adoption of value-based healthcare hits IT speed bump

    Though physicians and health plan executives agree health IT technology will speed the shift to value-based care, only a quarter of respondents to a survey including them said they were investing in that technology within the next year.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. RCM tip of the day: Use law firms in disputes with payers

    When providers face disputes with health plans regarding denied or underpaid claims, it can help to use a third-party law firm to resolve the issue, advises Lyman Sornberger, vice president of client development at Charles J. Hilton and Associates law firm.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. OHSU anesthesiology chair forced to resign, allowed to retain professorship

    The chair of Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University's Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine was forced to resign from his position last week, but he will remain a professor, according to The Oregonian.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. UnitedHealth jump-starts Q2 earnings season with $2.9B profit

    UnitedHealth Group recorded a 28 percent increase in net income during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 as its Medicare Advantage membership grew and all its Optum units saw double-digit gains.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. HHS launches investigation into pending closure of Ohio hospital

    Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, is set to close July 23, and HHS has launched an investigation into whether shutting down the hospital will have a disproportionate effect on African-American residents, according to lawyers representing a group of clergy who filed a civil rights complaint.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. CHS shares continue to sink

    Shares of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems closed July 16 at $2.69, their lowest closing price ever and down 5.9 percent from the day prior.  By Ayla Ellison -

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