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  1. 17+ anesthesia companies to know | 2017

    Here are 17 companies focused on anesthesia practice management, billing, staffing and revenue cycle companies to know.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 4 ways the FDA is addressing the saline bag shortage

    Hospitals across the U.S. are facing critical shortages of IV fluids, particularly small saline solution bags, after Hurricane Maria disrupted manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico. On Friday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement on the FDA's efforts to mitigate these product shortages.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Florida hospital to open $203M facility

    Florida Hospital Apopka will open its $203 million, seven-story facility Dec. 5, according to the Orlando Business Journal.  By Alia Paavola -

Need for "a la carte" consulting leads to CHC: Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, was a good organization with a strong board and solid finances, but they wanted to do better.
  1. J&J to pay $247M for allegedly hiding defects in its artificial hip

    A court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $247 million Thursday to six patients who claimed the company concealed defects in its Pinnacle artificial hips — marking the third multimillion dollar loss over the products, according to Bloomberg.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. 18 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Irving family presents record $700M bequest to NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University

    NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University, both located in New York City, received a $700 million bequest from Florence Irving and her late husband Herbert Irving — the largest gift in the academic medical institution's history.   By Alia Paavola -
  4. Beaufort Memorial Hospital warns patients about phone scammers trying to steal sensitive information

    Officials at Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital are warning community members of a phone scam targeting Beaufort County residents in which callers pretend to be from the hospital to obtain their Social Security numbers or credit card information.  By Julie Spitzer -

How much does your MPI really cost?

Use this quick calculator to reveal your master patient index’s hidden and unexpected costs — and learn how to eliminate them.
  1. House committee urges HHS to enhance its medical device supply chain cybersecurity

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan asking the agency to better ensure the cybersecurity of medical devices by improving supply chains at a time when cyberattacks in the healthcare sector are becoming more complex and targeted.    By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Paging Dr. Siri: 51% of Americans interested in using voice assistants for health needs

    More than half (51 percent) of Americans are turning to artificial intelligence-powered voice assistants, like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa, to answer their questions on diseases and treatments, according to results of a DRG Digital and Manhattan Research survey.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. 5 most interesting health IT partnerships this week

    Hospitals and health systems teamed up with health IT companies and startups this week to develop new initiatives, technologies and innovative projects.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Residents in this city could pay up to 3 times as much for ACA coverage in 2018

    A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows monthly premiums for individual insurance plans on the ACA exchanges increased the most in Charlottesville, Va., and the surrounding Albemarle County this year, according to The Washington Post.  By Kelly Gooch -

From 1 million to 3 million telehealth visits - a look back on lessons learned

Learn ten lessons on leveraging telehealth to increase patient satisfaction, care coordination, and cost savings.
  1. Poll finds 45% of Americans less aware of ACA open enrollment this year

    The November Kaiser Health Tracking Poll surveyed Americans about the ACA enrollment period that began Nov. 1.    By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 5 latest FDA approvals

    Here are the five latest drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration this week.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. CMS proposes changes for Medicare Advantage, Part D plans: 6 things to know

    CMS released its proposed rule for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans for the 2019 benefit year.  By Kelly Gooch and Morgan Haefner -
  4. Q1 financial updates from UPMC, CHI & 3 other systems

    The following five health systems recently released their financial statements for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. Q3 financial updates from Kaiser, Mayo & 4 other systems

    The following six health systems recently released their financial statements for the third quarter of 2017.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Baltimore physician defies federal law to deliver opioid addiction treatment via telemedicine

    For the last two years, Eric Weintraub, MD, a psychiatrist with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, has defied federal law by providing treatment for opioid addiction via telemedicine to patients at a halfway house in Hagerstown, according to a report from Politico.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. Opioid epidemic cost US $95B in 2016

    The fiscal burden related to opioid-related overdoses and deaths in 2016 exceeded $95 billion, according to an analysis conducted by Altarum.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  8. CFOs roles are changing — so what are their top priorities?

    CFOs face various pressures amid federal legislative uncertainty and the shift to value-based care.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Medical Center Health System appoints Rick Napper CEO

    Odessa, Texas-based Medical Center Health System selected Rick Napper to serve as its new president and CEO, according to an Odessa American report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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