Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Week in review: 11 biggest stories in healthcare

      Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Children's National Health System honored with HIMSS Davies Award

    Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System received the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Enterprise Davies Award for deploying innovative technology to improve the health and lives of children.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. This week's 3 most-read transactions and valuations stories

    The following were among the most-viewed transactions and valuations stories published by Becker's Hospital Review the week of Oct. 20.  By Alyssa Rege -

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

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  1. US uninsured rate grows to 12.3%, highest since 2014

    The percentage of Americans lacking health insurance grew to 12.3 percent in the third quarter of this year, up from 11.7 percent in the previous quarter, according to a Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index poll.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. 5 latest FDA approvals

    Here are the five latest drugs and medical devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the past week.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. 5 things to know about hospitals' response to the US nursing shortage

    Hospitals across the nation are increasingly investing in recruitment and retainment as they grapple with a nursing shortage, according to Reuters.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 8 recent grants, donations to healthcare organizations

    Numerous healthcare organizations recently received donations to fund research, advance treatments, improve patient care and start renovations.  By Alia Paavola -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Pollution kills more people worldwide than AIDS, malaria, COPD combined

    Exposure to air, water and soil pollution caused 9 million premature deaths around the globe in 2015 —killing three times more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to a report published in The Lancet.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. New York Assemblywoman: State should deny tax breaks to companies that fail to address sexual harassment

    New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal argues the state should deny tax breaks to companies that poorly handle sexual harassment complaints in the workplace, according to the Los Angeles Times.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. 5 Qs with Lucile Packard Children's CMO on their new patient-centered hospital

    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., will open a more than $1.2 billion pediatric and obstetric facility in December, after nearly a decade of development.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Internal emails suggest NIH divided on gun violence research: 6 things to know

    In the months before the January discontinuation of a three-year gun violence research initiative backed by the National Institutes of Health, emails between NIH staff indicated an internal split on the issue, according to a report from Science.    By Brian Zimmerman -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. 10 most interesting health IT partnerships this week

    Federal agencies, hospitals and health systems teamed up with health IT companies this week to develop new initiatives, technologies and innovative projects.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. CMS strengthens support to California residents affected by wildfires: 4 things to know

    CMS is monitoring conditions in support of Californians displaced and recovering from the wildfires devastating the state, which HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan declared a public health emergency Oct. 15.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Lynn Fulton to assume CEO role at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center: 3 things to know

    OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Ill., named Lynn Fulton president, effective Nov. 5.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Operator of troubled United Medical Center to replace CEO

    Veritas of Washington is moving Washington, D.C.-based United Medical Center CEO Luis Hernandez to another role within Veritas, according to a Washington Business Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Assessing healthcare security compliance in the cloud

    The "cloud" has almost become a buzzword in health IT, with many hospitals considering a shift to remote servers to reduce costs and improve scalability. However, some executives have hesitated, given the cybersecurity implications of accessing protected health information through the internet.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. Athenahealth to cut 9% of its employees

    Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, a provider of medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, care coordination and population health services, will cut its total workforce by approximately 9 percent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. 4 recent RCM hires

    The following organizations announced they hired individuals with revenue cycle management experience, or for a RCM-related role, since Sept. 29.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Oct. 16-20

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's plans to close Abrazo Maryvale Campus in Phoenix most captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Insurers No. 1 worry right now: Consumer confusion

    The majority of insurers already finalized plans they will sell during this year's six-week open enrollment period on HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces. However, payers fret confusion among the approximately 11 million Americans expected to shop the exchanges beginning Nov. 1 will plague enrollment, The Washington Post reports.  By Morgan Haefner -

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