Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Aetna agrees to pay $17M to settle HIV data breach incident

    Aetna reached a $17 million settlement Wednesday to resolve a federal class-action lawsuit filed in August after the insurer revealed thousands of customers' HIV statuses in mailings, according to court documents.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Trump: CHIP should not be included in stopgap bill

    President Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval Thursday for the inclusion of Children's Health Insurance Program funding in a stopgap bill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. How healthcare companies with highest-paid boards match up to peers

    Compensation for a company's board of directors is often overlooked due to a lack of mandated checks and balances, and several healthcare industry giants have significantly higher annual director retainers than their peers, according to a recent report published by Equilar.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. City, physicians seek to halt Quorum's closure of Ohio hospital

    Physicians and Massillon, Ohio, city officials are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health from closing Affinity Medical Center in Massillon for 120 days.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Study finds Maryland's all-payer program contained costs, but didn’t change care delivery

    After two years under an all-payer model, Maryland hospitals have reduced healthcare spending, but have not reduced unnecessary hospital utilization or moved more patients into a primary care setting, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine and featured by The Baltimore Sun.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Study: Senior physician-scientists received 58% of NIH pediatric research grant funding since 2012

    More than half (58 percent) of pediatric research project grants from the National Institutes of Health awarded during a five-year period were given to senior-level physicians from a relatively small number of institutions, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics Jan. 16.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Premier Health to close 491-bed Ohio hospital

    Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, part of Dayton-based Premier Health, will close by the end of 2018.  By Ayla Ellison -
  1. The impact of hurricanes, the revenue loss, the tough leadership decisions: 5 questions with Schneider Regional Medical Center CFO Scott Nothnagel

    Two Category 5 hurricanes slammed the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, stripping off roofs, knocking out power and flooding streets.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Estranged twin of former Cleveland Clinic physician accused of sexual assault faces similar allegations

    A former Cleveland Clinic surgeon for whom the health system allegedly obscured allegations of sexual misconduct said he was "horrified" to learn his identical twin brother, also a physician, faces similar accusations of sexual assault in Maryland, reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Study: More opioids prescribed during office visits than ED visits

    Emergency departments represent one of the most tightly regulated healthcare spaces for opioid prescriptions. However, the bulk of these drugs are actually prescribed during outpatient visits, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Umbrella mistaken for rifle causes lockdown at Washington hospital

    Kirkland, Wash.-based EvergreenHealth Medical Center locked down for about two hours Wednesday morning after an "ornate umbrella" was mistaken as a potential weapon, reports KIRO.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Study: Some nursing homes inflate self-reporting to boost CMS star rating

    While providers, patients and payers widely use CMS' Nursing Home Compare site to assess care quality at nursing homes, a major component of the five-star rating system is susceptible to inflation, according to a study published in the journal Productions and Operations Management. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. United Medical Center nurses claim deliveries still occur at hospital despite ward shutdown

    A staff attorney for the D.C. Nurses Association, which represents nurses, said Washington, D.C.-based United Medical Center has continued to perform labor and delivery operations despite closure of the hospital's labor and delivery ward last August, The Washington Post reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Most seniors optimistic about their health: 5 survey findings

    Although nearly half of Americans age 65 and older report above-average health, nearly 97.5 percent of seniors have at least one chronic disease, according to Professional Research Consultants' recent national health survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Narcan now available OTC at Midwest pharmacy chain

    Jewel-Osco pharmacies now sell the opioid overdose antidote Narcan — known generically as naloxone — without a prescription, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. Prominent AIDS researcher Dr. Mathilde Krim dies at 91

    Mathilde Krim, PhD, founding chairman of amfAR, an organization dedicated to fostering and supporting HIV/AIDS research, died Jan. 15 in her home in New York. She was 91 years old.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Nash UNC Health Care appoints Dr. L. Lee Isley CEO: 5 notes

    Rocky Mount, N.C.-based Nash UNC Health Care selected L. Lee Isley, PhD, president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. AHA, AHIP and 4 other associations join to improve prior authorization processes

    Six healthcare groups agreed to take steps to make prior authorization processes more effective and efficient.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Will Google or Apple acquire an EMR in 2018? This and 4 more IT predictions from University Health System CMIO Dr. Maulik Purohit

    As senior vice president and chief medical information officer at San Antonio-based University Health System, Maulik Purohit, MD, MPH, is constantly thinking of how new technologies can enable better care and meet government regulations.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. New Hampshire hospital allegedly exposes patient to HIV

    Nashua-based Southern New Hampshire Medical Center may have exposed an 85-year-old patient to HIV after mistakenly injecting him with an insulin pen used earlier on an HIV-positive patient, reports ABC News.  By Alia Paavola -

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