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  1. WSJ: Outcome Health employees allegedly misled advertisers with inaccurate reports

    A subset of employees at Outcome Health, a Chicago-based tech and advertising startup, allegedly manipulated pricing and sales information to mislead pharmaceutical advertisers, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 8 statistics on the 2017 Medicare Shared Savings Program

    The Medicare Shared Savings Program comprised 480 ACOs in 2017, according to CMS.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Amazon, PwC join campaign to bring open-source EMR to Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

    The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a public-private partnership founded in 2008, launched the NHIT Care Campaign to bring healthcare resources to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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

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  1. St. Charles Health System eliminates 102 positions, cuts executives' pay to recoup finances

    Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System announced a series of actions Tuesday — including layoffs and pay cuts to the health system's executive leadership team — to compensate for an operating income deficit of up to $35 million during the coming year, according to NewsChannel-21.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. In the UK, a record-breaking loss of patient documents worsens

    The U.K.'s National Health Service discovered an additional 162,000 undelivered patient notes, building on a warehouse blunder initially reported in February, according to The Register.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Care New England to close hospital after sale to Prime Healthcare collapses

    Providence, R.I.-based Care New England plans to close Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, R.I., after a deal fell through to sell the hospital to Prime Healthcare Foundation, the Ontario, Calif.-based nonprofit arm of Prime Healthcare Services.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Report: 41% of healthcare breaches thus far in 2017 resulted from unintended disclosure

    The plurality of data breaches in the healthcare sector thus far in 2017 resulted from unintended disclosure, according to a report out of the the insurance company Beazley.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Trump to declare opioid crisis a national emergency next week

    President Donald Trump on Monday said he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency next week, according to a CNN report.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Mercy Health-Cincinnati selects permanent East Market CEO: 5 notes

    Mercy Health-Cincinnati appointed Kenneth James its permanent East Market president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Startup Insider: 4 questions with Hospital IQ CEO Rich Krueger on operations management

    Hospital leaders are inundated with a variety of data from EHR, revenue cycle and patient feedback systems. Now beyond simply collecting data from disparate sources, knowing how to leverage these diverse datasets for actionable insights poses a new challenge.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. McLaren Oakland appoints Margaret Dimond CEO: 4 points

    McLaren Oakland in Pontiac, Mich., selected Margaret Dimond, PhD, to serve as president and CEO, effective Nov. 20.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. 5 latest hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves were reported by Becker's Hospital Review since Sept. 27.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. EHR-related malpractice suits on the rise: 4 things to know

    The number of closed medical malpractice claims in which EHRs were a contributing factor has increased significantly over the past 10 years, according to a new study by The Doctors Company, the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Senators reach bipartisan deal on healthcare

    Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., agreed Tuesday on a two-year plan to stabilize the ACA exchanges and provide states more flexibility.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Sutter Santa Rosa reopens after wildfires forced 1-week closure

    Sutter Santa Rosa (Calif.) Regional Hospital reopened Tuesday, just eight days after the facility was shut down due to encroaching wildfires.   By Ayla Ellison -
  5. This biohacker is creating a recipe book of medicines patients can make at home

    Michael Laufer, PhD, a college professor and leader in the growing biohacker movement, wants to teach patients how to make their own medications to subvert the drug industry's high prices, according to STAT.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. VA head Shulkin goes to White House to interview for HHS Secretary

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has been interviewed by the White House for the HHS secretary post, according to a Wall Street Journal report from Oct. 13.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. Stoughton Hospital CEO Terry Brenny to retire: 3 takeaways

    Stoughton (Wis.) Hospital President and CEO Terry Brenny is retiring, effective June 2018, according to a WiscNews report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Spectrum Health CEO Richard Breon to retire in 2019

    Richard C. Breon, president and CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health, plans to retire, effective Jan. 1, 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Chicago pitches shuttered Michael Reese Hospital as Amazon HQ2 site

    Chicago pitched the former site of Michael Reese Hospital in its Bronzville neighborhood as a potential location for Amazon's second North American headquarters, according to The Chicago Tribune.  By Julie Spitzer -

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