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  1. Anthem latest insurer to ink agreement with Tenet

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross signed a new multiyear agreement, the organizations said Jan. 16.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Georgia health system duped out of $1.2M recovers funds

    Dalton, Ga.-based Hamilton Health Care System has recovered most of the $1.2 million it was scammed out of by someone purporting to work for a construction company.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Lawsuit seeks to oust operator of Oklahoma hospital

    The City of Prague (Okla.) filed a lawsuit against the owner of Prague Community Hospital, seeking to have a receiver appointed to immediately assume operational control of the facility, according to The Shawnee News-Star.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. 6 must-reads about surprise medical bills

    Here are six articles that address unexpected medical bills patients receive, commonly called surprise medical bills.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Healthcare relying more on electronic transactions, but inefficiencies persist, study says

    The medical industry has seen an increase in electronic transactions this year; however, billions in savings could still be realized by switching from manual to electronic transactions, according to a report by nonprofit organization CAQH.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. How the shutdown is complicating addiction treatment for some providers

    The ongoing government shutdown could hinder treatment for patients with opioid use disorder, since clinicians need approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe medication-assisted treatments like buprenorphine, reports amNewYork.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. High court hears arguments in Medicare hospital reimbursement case

    U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments Jan. 15 in a case to determine whether HHS inappropriately altered methods for calculating Medicare hospital reimbursement, The Epoch Times reported.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Mass General physicians develop pain management app for cancer patients

    Two physicians at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an app called ePAL to help cancer patients manage their pain, ABC-affiliate TV station WCVB reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. How machine learning can reduce tests, improve treatments for ICU patients

    Researchers from Princeton (N.J.) University are using machine learning to design a system that could reduce the frequency of tests and improve the timing of critical treatments for intensive care unit patients.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Hospitals and unions: 6 recent conflicts, agreements

    Becker's Hospital Review has reported the following hospital-union events — including protests, contract agreements and unionization votes — since Dec. 21.   By Kelly Gooch -
  4. How to establish a patient-physician relationship via telemedicine, according to the American College of Physicians

    It's important for patients and physicians to establish a relationship before a telemedicine visit, according to the most-recent edition of the American College of Physicians' ethics manual. However, there are ways to adequately establish this relationship via remote care technology.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Microsoft's 3 most recent healthcare partnerships

    Microsoft is continuing to make headway in healthcare, an industry it has been targeting for years.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. 5 notes on EHR ethics from the American College of Physicians

    Healthcare providers may legally own medical records, but patients own the information held within the record — posing a challenging ethical landscape for physicians to navigate, according to the most recent edition of the American College of Physicians' ethics manual.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. AmerisourceBergen cuts half its workforce at Tennessee compounding plant

    Pharmedium, AmerisourceBergen's troubled compounding unit, will lay off 225 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., facility by March 12, according to the Commercial Appeal.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. Pfizer closes 5 biosimilar R&D programs, sheds 150 jobs

    Pfizer is ending five preclinical programs in its biosimilar research and development unit, which will result in 150 employees losing their jobs, according to a BioSpace news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. USC hospital workers vote this month on whether to keep union

    Healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Calif., will vote this month on whether they want to stay unionized, according to a Glendale News-Press report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Why Apple's health records project is important for patients, according to U of California hospitals

    The nearly 5 million patients who receive care at a University of California medical center — including Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco — can enroll in Apple's health records feature to store their health information on their iPhone's Health app, according to a post on the UC IT Blog.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. 7 notes on Apple's health strategy so far

    Apple has been ramping up its presence in the healthcare space, following the recent trend of big tech's foray into the industry, ZDNet reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. Medical device cybersecurity & how hospitals may be affected in a breach: Q&A with MedCrypt CEO

    Mike Kijewski, CEO of medical device cybersecurity company MedCrypt, discusses the reality of cyberattacks on patient medical devices and how hospitals can best approach prevention.  By Jackie Drees -

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