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  1. 10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a medical group suing Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health to a Washington hospital settling an age discrimination case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
  2. Star ratings coming to ACA plans: 4 things to know

    Health insurers selling policies on the ACA exchanges will be required to show star ratings for the first time during the 2020 enrollment period, CMS said Aug. 15.
  3. State approves Ascension's sale of Connecticut hospital

    The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy has approved Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare's acquisition of substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., from Ascension.

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  1. High-value primary care providers are the secret to ACO success

    If you are looking for a consensus on the success or failure of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organization experiment, you are not likely to find it. That’s because while most ACOs have improved the quality of care, few have been able to cut costs enough to earn meaningful financial rewards under the program. They have achieved only half of the goal of creating greater value.
  2. Viewpoint: Rural healthcare needs a transformation

    The federal government must come up with a bipartisan solution to improve the quality of rural healthcare, according to Tom Daschle, a former Democratic senator and the cofounder of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Tom Tauke, a former Republican congressman and cofounder of the House Rural Health Coalition.
  3. ICD-10-PCS changes: 20 codes added for FY 2020

    CMS has provided ICD-10 Procedure Coding System updates for fiscal year 2020 that include 734 additions.
  4. 7 recent vendor contracts, go-lives

    Here are seven recent health information technology vendor contracts and go-lives affecting healthcare organizations.

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  1. 8 hospitals hiring billing specialists

    The following hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking a billing specialist in the last week:
  2. More than 50% of healthcare providers not compliant with HIPAA right of access

    Despite recent policy push to increase patients' access to their health records, more than half of providers are out of compliance with the HIPAA right of access, according to a recent Ciitizen report.
  3. How data can predict which employees are about to quit

    Rather than relying on exit interviews and their comparisons to occasional employee surveys to determine engagement, organizations can turn instead to big data and advanced analytics to identify those workers at greatest risk of quitting.
  4. Physician viewpoint: How surgeons can use VR, AR to improve outcomes

    Due to the massive influx of new and increasingly advanced medical technology, the clinician training process has never been more complex — but it can be made easier with the help of similarly high-tech tools.

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  1. VA launches mobile app to streamline veterans' access to health records, resources

    Department of Veterans Affairs released a new mobile application that aims to simplify veterans’ and caregivers’ access to healthcare information by storing it on a single platform. 
  2. RCM companies to combine, serve nearly 400 hospitals

    Healthcare revenue cycle management companies Aspirion Health Resources and Specialized Healthcare Partners are combining into one organization that will serve 369 hospitals in 31 states, company officials announced Aug. 15.
  3. ICD-10-PCS changes: 20 codes deleted for FY 2020

    CMS has provided ICD-10 Procedure Coding System updates for fiscal year 2020 that include 2,056 deletions.
  4. Navy Medicine grants Accenture $79M for EHR, virtual health and informatics support

    U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery is granting $79 million to Accenture, a digital and technology services company, to help drive improvements in health informatics, virtual health and artificial intelligence initiatives.
  5. Alabama psychologist to plead guilty to $1.5M Medicaid fraud

    A psychologist in Birmingham, Ala., will plead guilty to falsely billing the state's Medicaid program for services that weren't performed, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
  6. Oscar Health strikes Berkshire Hathaway deal

    Oscar Health signed a reinsurance deal with a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, the health insurance startup shared in a second-quarter earnings statement cited by Forbes contributor Bruce Japsen.    
  7. California hospital receives $7M donation to support expansion

    Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., has received a $7 million donation from local philanthropists Terri and Jerry Kohl, the founders of accessories company Brighton Collectibles, hospital officials announced Aug. 14.
  8. 12 healthcare companies that are the highest-paying employers in their state

    Healthcare companies are the highest-paying employers in more than a quarter of all states, according to Money.
  9. Missouri, Kansas HIEs team up to share EHR data of 20M+ patients

    Health information exchange networks Missouri Health Connection and Kansas Health Information Network formed an agreement Aug. 12 that will allow the organizations to share EHR data of more than 20 million combined patients across the Midwest.

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