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  1. What hospital, residential damage means for providers post-Hurricane Michael: 4 thoughts

    Some analysts estimate property damage caused by Hurricane Michael will cost the insurance industry up to $5 billion, while others project the losses could mount to $8 billion, according to NPR. The insurance industry's ability to cover these claims could have implications for some area health systems damaged by the storm, as well as for patients' propensity to pay.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center cuts 50 jobs one month after hospital acquisition

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has cut 50 jobs systemwide, according to a Winston-Salem Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Athenahealth has at least 5 potential bidders, Bloomberg says

    At least five potential bidders have expressed interest in acquiring athenahealth, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. UPMC-Highmark dispute on feds' radar, Azar says

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar and another CMS official commented on the ongoing feud between Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Highmark Health, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Cash-strapped Oklahoma hospital closes; 130 employees laid off

    Despite efforts to avoid closure by  raising money through GoFundMe and  soliciting donations from country music star Toby Keith, Pauls Valley (Okla.) Regional Medical Center opted to close its doors Oct. 12, according to the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Oct. 8-12

    Four of the five major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 10 thoughts on the state of healthcare from Scott Becker

    1. Healthcare, given that we have 325 million-plus people in the U.S. with an aging and growing population that is living longer, is a very complex problem. By Scott Becker -

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  1. Chicago health system to add 240+ jobs

    Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago will reportedly add at least 240 jobs in 2019 to keep up with the system's growth, according to Crain's Chicago Business.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. CHS shares sink to all-time low

    Shares of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems closed Oct. 12 at $2.62, their lowest closing price ever and down 1.5 percent from the day prior.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. US flu activity low as 2018-19 season kicks off

    Influenza activity in the U.S. remained low throughout the summer months and early October, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. Hospital-acquired conditions dropped 21% from 2010-15

    Hospitals and health systems have significantly reduced hospital-acquired conditions, unplanned readmissions and healthcare-associated infections over the last 10 years, according to a report from the American Hospital Association.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. Only predictable thing about flu season is its unpredictability, says United Hospital Center's chief quality officer

    Physicians and healthcare teams should prepare for an unpredictable flu season, according to WBOY 12News.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Physician charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water crisis wins public health award

    A physician facing involuntary manslaughter and other charges linked to the Flint, Mich., water crisis has received the highest individual award from two Michigan public health groups, according to MLive.com.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Premature babies face higher risk of maltreatment, study finds

    Infants born before 37 weeks of gestation face a higher rate of maltreatment, according to a study published in Annals of Epidemiology.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. Akron Children's to take over Ohio hospital's NICU, maternal services

    Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital will take over operations of Canton, Ohio-based Aultman Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit and maternal fetal medicine practice under a new agreement, according to Crain's Cleveland Business.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. 10 highest-paying nursing jobs

    Nurse anesthetists had the highest average salary in 2018 out of 27 nursing job titles, earning about $150,900 on average, according to a survey conducted by Advance Healthcare Network.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. More young kids not getting vaccines, CDC finds 

    A small but growing proportion of young children are not receiving recommended vaccinations in the U.S., according to the CDC's most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published Oct. 12.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. Premier Health COO to drop Miami Valley Hospital president title: 3 notes

    Michael Maiberger, president of Dayton, Ohio-based Miami Valley Hospital and executive vice president and COO of its parent Dayton-based Premier Health, will drop his dual role, according to a Dayton Daily News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Walmart wants to cut healthcare costs for customers

    Walmart is exploring ways to reduce healthcare costs for its employees and customers, according to CNBC.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. 16 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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