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  1. Ephraim McDowell Health taps Daniel McKay as CEO: 5 things to know

    Danville, Ky.-based Ephraim McDowell Health appointed Daniel E. McKay president and CEO, effective July 16, according to The Lane Report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Lawsuit accuses HCA hospital of covering up medical error that led to patient's death

    The family of a 25-year-old patient who died due to the improper removal of a central catheter line is suing Loxahatchee, Fla.-based Palms West Hospital, alleging it concealed the medical mistake that led to the man's death, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Consumers and providers deserve a better Star Ratings system. Here's how.

    The Overall Hospital Star Rating system from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was meant to give consumers an easy way to pick the best hospitals for them and loved ones.  By David Levine, MD, FACEP Senior Vice President, Advanced Analytics and Informatics, Vizient -

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  1. 3 hospitals harnessing quality initiatives, technology to cut readmission rates

    To boost care quality, hospital executives are challenged to prioritize quality initiatives and adopt emerging technologies that can help cut 30-day readmission rates.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Communication lapses led to 16 patient deaths at Memphis VA hospital, OIG says

    A report by the Office of Inspector General revealed 16 preventable patient deaths in a two-year period and unsanitary conditions at the Memphis, Tenn.-based Veteran Affairs Medical Center, according to WREG.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. CMS launches new data resource to support interoperability for post-acute care organizations

    CMS introduced a new database that will assist healthcare organizations with the electronic exchange of health information as part of the MyHealthEData initiative, the agency announced June 21.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. 4 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle ACA compliance and implement payment models to transition from fee-for-service medicine, many of them are looking to strengthen their financial management arms.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. St. Jude hospital is Generation Z's No. 1 dream employer, survey shows

    Generation Z named Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as their top employer of choice, above Amazon and Google, according to the most recent National Society of High School Scholars annual career interest survey.   By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Essential hospitals delivered 20% of US charity care in 2016, report finds

    The 325 members of America's Essential Hospitals, which includes organizations serving a high proportion of vulnerable patients, are providing more uncompensated care and charity care than the nation's other hospitals, according to AEH's annual membership profile.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Viewpoint: Opioid treatment calls for more than just new drugs

    Action is needed to tackle the ever-growing problem of opioid addiction, but the National Institutes of Health's initiative to combat the epidemic won't address its complex root causes, contends an anonymous editorial in Nature.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. Jason Dunkel to serve as Florida Hospital North Pinellas CEO: 3 takeaways

    Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System appointed Jason Dunkel president and CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs, effective immediately.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. New data shows increase in opioid overdoses all over Philadelphia

    An analysis of opioid-related deaths and the zip codes where they happened illustrated a widespread rise in fatal overdoses all over Philadelphia, according to The Inquirer.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Opioid overdose deaths sending record number of children into foster care

    Since 2014, the number of children introduced into foster and state care systems has increased due to parent-related overdoses, relapses or prolonged recovery, according to The Hill.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. How Advocate Health Care's nutrition program is slashing readmission rates

    After implementing a nutrition care program for malnourished surgical patients, Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care hospitals saw a nearly 50 percent reduction in readmission rates, a study published in The Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition found.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. Most infection control pros don't trust their hospitals' cleaning system

    The majority of infection control practitioners do not trust their hospital's laundering system, with 72 percent of ICPs reporting they would not wipe their drinking glass with a freshly laundered hospital mopping pad or wipe, according to a recent survey conducted by Contec.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the last week.  By Megan Knowles -
  7. How New Jersey hospitals are tackling unneeded C-sections

    Each of New Jersey's 49 hospitals that delivers babies is involved in an initiative to cut unnecessary C-sections — a risky procedure performed more frequently in the Garden State than most other states, NJ Spotlight reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Nurse attitudes vs. knowledge: Which is linked to greater infection control compliance?

    A study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examines attitudes among community nurses and whether their attitudes affect compliance with infection control practices.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Gundersen Health System taps new CEO for Moundview hospital: 3 notes

    La Crosse, Wis.-based Gundersen Health System appointed Frank Perez-Guerra CEO of Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics in Friendship, Wis., effective in July.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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