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  1. Anthem hit with $5M fine over allegations it didn't promptly resolve complaints

    The California Department of Managed Health Care fined Anthem subsidiary Blue Cross of California $5 million, accusing the insurer of "systemic" grievance resolution violations.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. US investments in medical and health research grew 20.6% from 2013 to 2016: 5 things to know

    Investments in medical and health research and development grew 20.6 percent between 2013 and 2016, although R&D spending only accounts for a modest portion of the total $3.5 trillion of U.S. health expenditures, according to a Research America report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Scientists at UCSF Benioff Children's deploy first ever CRISPR-based therapy: 5 things to know

    For the first time, scientists have attempted to edit a gene inside a patient's body to permanently change their DNA and cure a genetic disorder, according to Science.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. Dartmouth-Hitchcock names new COO

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system tapped Patrick F. Jordan III to serve as COO, effective Nov. 20.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Susan Cornejo to serve as COO for Sacred Heart Health System, Providence Hospital: 4 notes

    Susan Cornejo will step into the COO role at Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System and Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., both members of St. Louis-based Ascension, according to a Pensacola News Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. VA seeking $782M to begin EHR overhaul, guarantees 100% interoperability with DOD

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, asked the House Appropriations Committee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies for $782 million for its Cerner transition in a hearing Wednesday, according to Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Express Scripts pens deal with digital health startup to treat people with chronic pulmonary disease

    Express Scripts, a U.S. pharmacy benefits manager, and Propeller Health, a Madison, Wis.-based startup, are joining forces to advance treatment for patients with chronic respiratory problems, according to CNBC.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. LHC Group, Almost Family to merge into 781-facility home health behemoth

    Lafayette, La.-based LHC Group agreed to enter into an all-stock merger-of-equals transaction with Louisville, Ky.-based Almost Family Nov. 16, following a definitive merger agreement unanimously approved by the boards of directors for both organizations.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines names Karl Keeler president: 5 takeaways

    Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines (Iowa) selected Karl Keeler to serve as president, effective in January 2018.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Norton Healthcare taps Adam Kempf to serve as CFO: 4 notes

    Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare appointed Adam Kempf senior vice president and CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. U of Texas renames nursing school after receiving record-breaking donation

    Houston-based University of Texas Health Sciences Center renamed its nursing school Wednesday after a record-breaking $25 million donation, according to the Community Impact Newspaper.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. WVU Medicine to build 10-story tower

    Morgantown, W. Va.-based J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, the flagship facility of Morgantown-based WVU Health System, will build a $152 million, 10-story patient tower to house WVU Medicine Children's.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Creating strong physician leaders to mold healthcare's future

    Identifying potential physician leaders early and equipping them with the tools for success is crucial for every hospital looking to thrive moving forward.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. OSU's James Cancer Hospital CEO Dr. Michael Caligiuri resigns abruptly

    Michael Caligiuri, MD, CEO of Columbus-based James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has resigned, according to a report by The Columbus Dispatch.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Medical Center Health System CFO Jon Riggs to step down: 5 things to know

    Odessa, Texas-based Medical Center Health System Senior Vice President and CFO Jon Riggs is resigning, effective Nov. 17, according to an Odessa American report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Former Insys CEO to plead not guilty in opioid scheme indictment

    John Kapoor, the billionaire founder and former CEO of Insys Pharmaceuticals, is expected to enter a not guilty plea Thursday over allegations he participated in a company scheme to bribe physicians to prescribe Insys' fentanyl-based painkiller Subsys, according to a report from Reuters.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  6. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the past week.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. FTC orders Abbott to divest 2 Alere medical devices after $8.3B acquisition

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday ordered Abbott Laboratories to divest two medical device product lines to settle a complaint that the company's $8.3 billion acquisition of Alere is anticompetitive.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. Nearly 1.5M sign up for ACA coverage in first 2 weeks of open enrollment

    CMS reported the first two weeks of ACA open enrollment saw nearly 1.5 million people sign up for coverage, according to Reuters.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Advocate Health Care's net income falls 27%

    Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care saw net income fall as expenses climbed in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.  By Morgan Haefner -

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