Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Bankrupt California hospital lines up potential management partners to terminate current lease early

    Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center, which filed for bankruptcy Sept. 30, is reportedly in talks with two health organizations to run the facility, placing the hospital in a position to break ties with its current management company early, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Police lock down Los Angeles hospital for 3 hours following reports of gunman

    Police issued a lockdown for Sylmar, Calif.-based Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Thursday following reports of a gunman, the Los Angeles Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Hawai'i Pacific Health ends FY 2017 with 69% increase in net income

    Honolulu-based Hawai'i Pacific Health recorded net income of $97.19 million in fiscal year 2017, up 69 percent from $57.57 million in the previous fiscal year.  By Morgan Haefner -

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. New policy in UK denies nonurgent surgery to overweight patients, smokers

    A controversial new policy introduced in the U.K. prohibits patients from undergoing nonurgent surgery if they are obese or have smoked in the last eight weeks, according to a report from The Telegraph.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Physicians rarely speak these 4 common patient languages

    There is a significant disconnect between the languages spoken by physicians and patients, according to a report from Doximity.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. What CEOs think about MACRA, value-based care

    Health system CEOs agree the healthcare industry is moving to value-based care, but it's much slower than they expected, especially in the commercial payer market, according to a report from Deloitte.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. The power of UVC: How 3 health systems slashed their HAI rates through a hybrid approach to infection prevention

    Throughout the U.S., healthcare-acquired infections plague many patients and cost hospitals and health systems a large sum of capital. Each year, HAIs infect 2 million Americans and cost the healthcare industry $3.05 billion annually. However, these numbers can be significantly reduced through a comprehensive approach to infection prevention, which entails using UVC light in tandem with terminal cleaning.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

Learn how to prepare for changes associated with the new Medicare card initiative.
  1. Freestanding ER operators want Google to find out who left them 22 bad online reviews

    Two Dallas-based freestanding emergency room operators — Highland Park Emergency Room and Preston Hollow Emergency Room — filed a joint petition Tuesday in Dallas County District Court seeking to find out who left them 22 negative online reviews, according to The Dallas Morning News.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Leadership exodus at Baptist Health System — CEO, CFO, COO & VP to depart

    Four executives from San Antonio-based Baptist Health System are leaving their roles, a Baptist spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Tomi Ryba to serve as chief exec of Providence's Southern Oregon region: 3 things to know

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services appointed Tomi Ryba chief executive for its Southern Oregon Service Area, effective Dec. 4.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. CEO of Florida's Adventist Health System talks Hurricane Irma response, relief efforts

    Like other Florida healthcare organizations, Altamonte Springs-based Adventist Health System has been busy with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  By Kelly Gooch -

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. Google removes cupcake calorie tracker on Maps amid pushback

    Google terminated an iOS feature Oct. 16 that estimated the number of calories users would burn by walking — rather than driving — routes searched on Maps, TechCrunch reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. National Medicaid spending rose to 3.9% in FY 2017, survey finds

    Nationally, Medicaid enrollment growth slowed in fiscal year 2017, while Medicaid spending grew during the same time period, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Management Associates survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Orlando Health CEO David Strong on the details of crisis response few people anticipate

    On June 12, 2016, a shooter opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 49 and injuring 58 more. At the time, it was the deadliest terrorist strike in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks and the nation's deadliest mass shooting. All of the victims were rushed to Orlando Health, where CEO David Strong's team was charged with not only caring for dozens of critically injured patients, but navigating the aftermath of unprecedented tragedy.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. 13 latest hospital credit downgrades

    The following 13 hospital credit rating downgrades occurred in the past two months. They are listed below in alphabetical order.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. Analysis: Merck cyberattack could cost insurers $275M

    Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck's losses from the NotPetya cyberattack, which struck companies across the globe in June, according to Reuters.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. San Diego VA administers 1.5k ineffective flu shots

    Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System gave nearly 1,300 veterans and 240 VA employees flu shots that may not be fully effective due to a refrigeration error, according to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. Epic ranks highest on patient safety improvement in the ED, KLAS finds

    Epic is the No. 1 emergency department information systems vendor in terms of patient safety improvement, according to a KLAS Research report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Appeals court reverses $751k award in physician's wrongful termination case

    An appeals court in Missouri recently overturned a lower court's order that required Mercy Springfield (Mo.) to pay $751,000 to a physician who claimed she was fired for raising concerns over the hospital's treatment and billing practices, according to the Springfield News-Leader.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. CVS Health partners with Epic; Cerner, IBM join AMA's data effort & more — 8 health IT key notes

    Here are eight recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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