Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 20 Medicare Advantage plans earning 5 stars from US News

    Eight of the 20 Medicare Advantage plans selected as five-star policies by U.S. News & World Report for 2018 were Kaiser Permanente brands.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Sen. Claire McCaskill pushes for repeal of 2016 law reducing DEA's ability to investigate opioid distributors

    Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation Monday to repeal 2016 legislation that significantly limited the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid distributors suspected of wrongdoing.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. 11 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the past week.  By Alyssa Rege -

Small hospital realizes big savings: Community Hospital, McCook, NE

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  1. Most ACA subsidy beneficiaries are in pro-Trump states, AP poll finds

    President Donald Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction subsidies — which help insurers subsidize the cost of coverage for low-income Americans on the exchanges — most affects states Trump won last year, according to an Associated Press analysis.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 4 things to know about the health insurance industry

    Fifty-six percent of Americans are insured through a private payer, according to America's Health Insurance Plans' new report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Minnesota physician faces deportation to Malaysia following 'poor advice and bureaucratic bungling'

    A Rochester, Minn.-based physician who has lived in the U.S. for her entire adult life is scheduled to be deported Monday following several failed attempts to gain citizenship amid bureaucratic misinformation, according to ABC-5 News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Microsoft: North Korea to blame for WannaCry attacks

    North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks, which infected more than 300,000 devices in more than 150 countries in May, claimed Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, according to The Telegraph.  By Julie Spitzer -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Murkowski-Warren letter urges Trump to move on opioid crisis emergency declaration

    Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sent a letter to President Donald Trump Oct. 12, urging him to follow through on comments he made in August about declarating the nation's opioid crisis a national emergency.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Medtronic Care Management Services and American Well announce strategic partnership to integrate telehealth capabilities

    In a press release today, Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) announced its Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) business and American Well entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership to enable a more complete telehealth solution focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population.  By Staff -
  3. New York City Health + Hospitals to receive $360M in late DSH payments

    State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson said New York City Health + Hospitals will receive $360 million in funding previously withheld.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Congress weakened DEA's power to investigate drug distributors at height of opioid epidemic: 7 things to know

    Congress passed a law in April 2016, which effectively eliminated the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to freeze suspicious shipments of opioids from drug distributors, according to a joint investigative report conducted by The Washington Post and "60 Minutes."  By Brian Zimmerman -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. Acting HHS Secretary Hargan declares a public health emergency in California due to fires

    Eric Hargan, acting HHS secretary, declared a public health emergency in California Oct. 15, as wildfires burn down more than 200,000 acres across 10 counties.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

    For hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic EHR Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period, the deadline to apply for reconsideration of the 2018 payment adjustment is Nov. 30.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Kaiser nurse races to save nursing documents from California wildfires — 'I have to be able to care for patients'

      Julayne Smithson, RN, an intensive care unit nurse at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center, said she was taking care of a patient late on Oct. 8 when she learned wildfires threatened to engulf her home, according to NPR.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. What patients really want physicians to do after a medical error

    After a medical error leads to a serious injury, patients and family members want physicians to better communicate the hospital's efforts to prevent a similar error from occurring again, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  5. US drops lawsuit against UnitedHealth over alleged billing scheme

    The Department of Justice called off its lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group claiming the Minnetonka, Minn.-based insurer submitted false claims to increase Medicare payments, Reuters reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Broward Health Medical Center physician discovers newborn in hospital trash can

    An emergency medicine physician at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health Medical Center discovered a newborn baby inside a garbage can in a bathroom at the facility earlier this month, according to the Sun Sentinel.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. How the Next Generation ACOs compared on shared savings in 2016

    Eleven of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016 while seven saw losses, according to data CMS released Friday.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. 10 latest hospital, health system executive retirements

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive retirements in the last three weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Horn Memorial Hospital names Glen Winekauf CEO: 3 notes

    Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa, selected Glen Winekauf to serve as CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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