Today's Top 20 Articles
  1. Medical group sues Trinity Health for trying to hire away clinicians

    Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor (Mich.) has sued Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health in state court, alleging the health system ignored non-compete agreements and improperly tried to hire away clinicians.
  2. Memorial Sloan Kettering's operating income rises to $161.7M in first half of 2019

    New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ended the first six months of 2019 with higher revenue and operating income than in the same period a year earlier, according to unaudited financial documents.
  3. VA, USF launch mini-residency to improve women's care

    The VA is teaming up with the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in Tampa to create a "mini-residency" for women's health, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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  1. LA Times: Purdue Pharma sought to steer web traffic away from opioid news

    Internal documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times reveal Purdue Pharma officials considered manipulating keyword searches to direct web traffic away from a series of articles on the opioid crisis to a site called PurduePharmaFacts.com.
  2. UPMC's 130-bed replacement hospital opens this weekend

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC's replacement Memorial Hospital in York, Pa., will open Aug. 18 as services begin to wind down at its predecessor, according to the York Daily Record.
  3. Medical cost ratios for 6 national payers

    Medical cost ratio, which measures how much of an insurer's revenue goes toward medical claims, is a number investors frequently scrutinize when analyzing an insurer's financial performance.
  4. News report on healthcare billing fraud prompts senators' call for federal action

    Six U.S. senators are seeking more information about CMS efforts to combat healthcare fraud, waste and abuse after a recent media report that followed the scam of a Texas personal trainer and detailed how such scams are possible, according to Vox.

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  1. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise in the last week:
  2. 11 Epic implementations, go-lives in the past 90 days

    Hospitals and health systems across the country, big and small, are undergoing various efforts to implement a single EHR, and in many cases it's Epic.
  3. 3 ways to avoid denials due to unmet 'incident to' billing requirements

    Joette Derricks, a Baltimore-based healthcare compliance and revenue integrity consultant, shared three  tips with Medical Economics on how to prevent claim denials due to unmet "incident to" billing requirements.
  4. SSM, Paladina to offer primary care with no copays, out-of-pocket expenses

    St. Louis-based SSM Health and Denver-based Paladina Health have created a joint venture that will offer direct-to-employer primary care to businesses in the St. Louis region.

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  1. Vermont hospitals seek $118M revenue hike for FY 2020

    Financially struggling Vermont hospitals are asking state regulators to increase their patient revenue growth and the rate they charge insurers, according to VTDigger.
  2. Hawaii health system urges court to dismiss Kaiser's lawsuit over billing practices

    The Queen's Health Systems is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan alleging that the Honolulu-based nonprofit is unfairly billing patients, according to the Star Advertiser.
  3. Meet Prat Vemana, Kaiser Permanente's 1st chief digital officer

    Kaiser Permanente named Prat Vemana the Oakland, Calif.-based health system's inaugural chief digital officer on July 29, with Mr. Vemana slated to begin his new role on Aug. 12.
  4. Excela takes action after error results in hundreds of bad refund checks to patients

    Greensburg, Pa.-based Excela Health is addressing an error that resulted in about 800 patients being sent refund checks that were sometimes hundreds of dollars more than what they should have been, according to TribLive.com.
  5. Pfizer recalls migraine tablets, cites contamination risk

    Pfizer is recalling two lots of Relpax, tablets to treat migraines, due to bacterial contamination concerns.
  6. UCB, CVS Health join $9M funding for chronic disease social network startup

    MyHealthTeams, a San Francisco-based startup developing social networks for people with chronic health conditions, announced on Aug. 15 an infusion of $9.44 million in Series B financing.
  7. Midwest hospitals report dozens of severe lung injuries linked to vaping

    Health officials have reported a rise in severe lung injuries that could be linked to vaping in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, according to CNN.
  8. 'Off-service' patient placements linked to worse outcomes, study finds

    Patients placed "off-service" in wards specializing in areas of care they do not require have longer hospital stays and a higher chance of being readmitted within 30 days of discharge, according to a study published in the upcoming Informs journal Management Science.
  9. Viewpoint: Intellectually and developmentally disabled patients deserve better healthcare

    Congress should pass a proposed bill to improve healthcare access for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, wrote Jo Ann Simons, president and CEO of Northeast Arc, an organization serving people with I/DD, in an op-ed for The Hill.

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