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  1. Study: Utilizing EHRs, educating staff can eliminate wasteful medical tests

    Researchers from five universities are urging physicians to reconsider their automated habits of ordering costly, often unnecessary lab tests and instead, opt for improved education and EHR use to inform these clinical decisions, based on findings from a recent study.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. University of Rochester Medical Center names Adam Anolik permanent CFO

    University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center made CFO Adam P. Anolik's appointment permanent, effective immediately.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. NYT: ACA repeal threatens jobs and healthcare in rural America

    The debate over the ACA has many rural Americans concerned they could not only lose healthcare access, but also lose their jobs, according to a report from The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -

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

Even with a GPO, Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska was paying too much for its supplies. They needed a community-hospital focused Supply Chain Solution.
  1. Senators introduce public option bill, Medicare-X: 5 things to know

    Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced a bill Wednesday that would add a public option to the ACA exchanges, providing a lifeline to rural areas where all or nearly all commercial payers have dropped out.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Trump's EO on healthcare could limit provider consolidation

    President Donald Trump's executive order issued last Thursday included language suggesting the administration will limit consolidation among providers.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. 60 of the greenest hospitals in America | 2017

    Becker's Healthcare is pleased to name 60 of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.  By Staff -
  4. Former pharma executive emerges as top candidate for HHS secretary

    Alex Azar, a former executive at pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, is allegedly the top candidate to serve as the next HHS secretary, reports The Hill.  By Alia Paavola -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

Learn how to prepare for changes associated with the new Medicare card initiative.
  1. 16 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena president to retire next year: 5 things to know

    MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena President Karmon Bjella is retiring, effective July 1, 2018.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Barbara Duncan is Habersham Medical Center's acting CEO: 5 notes

    Habersham Medical Center in Demorest, Ga., selected Barbara Duncan as acting CEO, according to a report by The Northeast Georgian.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Pennsylvania county opioid epidemic lawsuit names 23 defendants

    Attorneys representing Beaver County, Pa., filed a lawsuit Monday against nearly two dozen drugmakers, drug distributors and physicians for their alleged roles in the county's spike in opioid-related overdoses, according to a report from CBS Pittsburgh.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

How C. diff and other HAIs greatly affect patient outcomes and benefits of UV disinfection to combat HAIs.
  1. Hospitals aim to decrease spending, limit high ER utilizers by helping homeless

    Hospitals continuously look for ways to decrease spending. One method embraced by some organizations involves helping homeless people find housing, according to a California Healthline report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Trump backs off initial support for bipartisan healthcare deal

    President Donald Trump called the healthcare stabilization proposal drafted by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., "a very good solution" Tuesday afternoon, but backtracked later in the night by saying he could not support a bill that funded cost-sharing subsidies, according to ABC News.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. McCain, Murkowski get behind bipartisan deal

    Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska indicated their support for a bipartisan deal on healthcare reached Tuesday, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Aetna's New York City HQ price tag: $85M

    Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna will pay approximately $85 million for its New York City headquarters, according to a Hartford Courant report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. Senators reach bipartisan healthcare agreement: 8 things to know

    Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., went public with a bipartisan healthcare agreement Tuesday that would extend cost-sharing reduction payments through 2019 and give states greater flexibility in using ACA innovation waivers, or 1332s, to shape their health insurance marketplaces.  By Molly Gamble and Emily Rappleye -
  6. CMS releases preliminary CJR program results: 7 things to know

    CMS recently released preliminary results for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program, which show hospitals earned $37.6 million in reconciliation payments for the program's initial performance year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. CMS lets health plans refile premium rates following Trump subsidy cuts: 4 things to know

    In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to cut federal funding of cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, states are falling back on secondary plans or hassling to map next steps, The Washington Post reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Dr. Anthony Tersigni: America, we need to focus on mental and behavioral health in the aftermath of the Las Vegas tragedy

    Fifty-nine lives.   By Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, President and CEO, Ascension -
  9. Timeline: The Berkshire Medical Center-Massachusetts Nurses Association dispute

    Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Medical Center and the union representing nearly 800 of its nurses have had various conflicts over the past year.  By Kelly Gooch -

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