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  1. STD rates rising among senior patients: 7 things to know

    Sexually transmitted diseases diagnoses have increased by 23 percent between 2014 and 2017 in adults over the age of 60, according to an analysis conducted by athenainsight.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. South Sudan health teams vaccinated amid Congo's Ebola outbreak

    The South Sudan Ministry of Health has vaccinated its health workers on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Business Today.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center notifies 47,000 after credit card info breach

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco (Texas) said one of its vendors suffered a cyberattack in late September which may have compromised 47,000 patients' or guarantors' credit card information.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. Higher healthcare premiums major worry for 61% of Americans

    The prospect of paying higher health insurance premiums is more of a concern to Americans than paying medical bills or being denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, according to a recent Gallup poll.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. More than a quarter of providers now offer text-based payment options, survey finds

    Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to text-based payment options and other revenue cycle technologies to improve patient collections, according to a survey from BillingTree, which offers technology-focused payment processing and solutions.   By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to host job fair in wake of hurricane

    Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial HealthCare, a private, nonprofit community health system, will host a job fair this month to attract people seeking employment after Hurricane Michael, according to a Tallahassee Democrat report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. New York providers were overpaid nearly $33M for giving free vaccinations, audit finds

    New York made $32.7 million in overpayments to healthcare providers for administering free vaccines for needy children, according to an audit by the state comptroller's office.  By Kelly Gooch -

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      The following white papers have been made available to readers of Becker's Hospital Review. Click on the category below to see the whitepaper available on that topic.  By Staff -
  2. RCM tip of the day: Personalize the patient experience

    The patient experience is more crucial than ever as hospitals seek to build brand loyalty and keep patients coming back. To succeed, hospital need to make sure they give their patients personal, customized service, said Gerilynn Sevenikar, vice president of revenue cycle at Sharp Healthcare.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Michigan hospital CEO will take pay cut to boost facility's finances

    The CEO of Sturgis (Mich.) Hospital said he'll take a 10 percent pay cut to help the 84-bed acute care facility improve its finances amid planned job and services cuts, according to a Sturgis Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Michigan hospital asks county for $7M backing as it seeks federal financing

    Dickinson County Healthcare System, a 49-bed hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich., is asking the county to back a $7 million line of credit from the bank as it seeks alternative federal loans, according to The Detroit News.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. California county buys 2 hospitals for $235M

    Santa Clara County (Calif.) bought two financially struggling hospitals for $235 million in an attempt to ease crowding at Fruitdale, Calif.-based Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which is operated by the county, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. Envision, UnitedHealthcare extend contract: 5 things to know

    UnitedHealthcare and Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare, one of the country's largest providers of emergency room services, agreed to extend their contract, effective Jan. 1.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Troubled New Jersey hospital awaits vote on interim CEO

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has reportedly selected an interim CEO to replace Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital's outgoing chief executive who resigned last week, according to nj.com.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Apple patents wireless earbuds with biometric sensors: 4 notes

    Apple is looking to add health-monitoring features to its wireless earbuds, AirPods, according to a newly awarded patent reported by The Verge.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. 4 areas of health policy state legislators agree on

    States are positioned to take the reins of healthcare reform as progress continues to stagnate at the federal level, according to a viewpoint written for NEJM.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Physician fee schedule update could solve primary care shortage

    Subsidizing graduate medical education programs that favor primary care physicians is ineffective in growing ranks of PCPs, according to an analysis published by the Brookings Institution, a centrist think tank based in Washington, D.C.   By Emily Rappleye -
  7. VA, T-Mobile partner on telehealth services

    T-Mobile will provide 70,000 lines of wireless service to Veterans Affairs Department physicians, nurses, social workers and crisis hotline staff as part of a new partnership aimed at expanding veterans' access to health services.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. How a CIN shows 'the most significant hope' for improving patient care: 5 Qs with UNC Health Care leaders

    UNC Health Alliance — Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care's physician-led clinically integrated network — has worked tirelessly over the past few years to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care to patients as the industry transitions away from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. CDC confirms record number of AFM cases: 4 things to know

    The number of confirmed acute flaccid myelitis cases reached a record high this week, according to U.S. News & World Report.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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