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  1. Rush CIO Dr. Shafiq Rab to chair CHIME in 2019

    Shafiq Rab, MD, senior vice president and CIO of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, will serve as chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives starting Jan. 1, 2019.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 5 healthcare ballot issues to know ahead of November

    State and local residents will decide on various healthcare ballot issues when they head to the polls in November.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Connecticut hospital cuts budget amid merger talks

    Milford (Conn.) Hospital is taking various steps to improve its financial picture, including budget cuts, as Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health seeks to integrate the facility into its system, according to a New Haven Register report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Pennsylvania moves one step closer to safe injection site: 4 things to know

    Former Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell launched a nonprofit called Safehouse, which will operate a safe injection site in Philadelphia despite government pushback, according to NPR.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Former Alaska hospital executives claim they were fired for reporting improper billing

    Two former executives filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit claiming they were fired from their jobs at Anchorage-based Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for making accusations about improper billing, the Anchorage Daily News reported.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Frankfort Regional Medical Center CEO steps down: 4 notes

    Frankfort (Ky.) Regional Medical Center CEO Chip Peal resigned at the end of September, according to The State Journal.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 17 IT workers laid off at UMass Memorial Health Care

    Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care laid off 17 IT workers Oct. 11 as it faces financial struggles, according to a Worcester Business Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Altru Health System appoints chief philanthropy officer: 3 things to know

    Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System selected Kristi Hall-Jiran to serve as executive vice president and chief philanthropy officer, effective January 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. North Carolina sees tenfold increase in endocarditis infections

    Hospitalizations and surgeries to treat drug-associated infective endocarditis increased more than tenfold in North Carolina, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Walgreens to expand in-store health services across 600 stores

    Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens and LabCorp announced a collaboration Oct. 12 to open LabCorp patient service centers at at least 600 Walgreens stores across the nation during the next four years.  By Alyssa Rege and Morgan Haefner -
  4. Pfizer settles coupon deception charges for $700K: 5 things to know

    Pharma giant Pfizer agreed to pay $700,000 to settle charges that it misled customers in its drug co-payment coupon program into thinking they would pay less to fill prescriptions, according to Reuters.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Viewpoint: Big pharma should drop battles with Amazon, CVS, Walgreens

    Big pharma and the even bigger retail giants — Amazon, CVS and Walgreens — seem to be moving toward a battle over healthcare and the consumer. However, each industry should focus instead on what it does best, writes John Nosta, founder of digital health think tank Nostalab, in an op-ed published in Forbes.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Sanders fires back at Trump on 'Medicare for All'

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., fired back at President Donald Trump's USA Today op-ed lambasting "Medicare for All" with a USA Today op-ed of his own.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Turning user feedback into usability success

    Usability is not a new concept and has been part of the healthcare discussion for several years. Healthcare solutions offering intuitive user experiences reduce clinician burden and decrease task time. Strengthening this usability, however, is still challenging. It requires us to engage our users in meaningful ways that enable them to provide actionable feedback.  By By Carin Mann, RN, Allscripts User Experience Clinician -
  4. Hurricane Michael forces 5 Florida hospitals to shut down

    Hurricane Michael forced some Florida hospitals to close entirely, and others to evacuate their patients.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. CHS to divest 2 South Carolina hospitals

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Mary Black Health System, a two-hospital system based in Spartanburg, S.C.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Private equity firm completes $9.9B acquisition of Envision

    New York City-based private equity firm KKR completed the acquisition of Envision Healthcare, a Nashville, Tenn.-based physician services provider.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Indiana hospital files for bankruptcy, scales back services

    Fayette Regional Health System, a single-hospital system based in Connersville, Ind., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 10.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Missouri hospital to close

    Ripley County Memorial Hospital in Doniphan, Mo., will cease operations Oct. 15, making it the fifth rural hospital to close in the state since 2010.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. The highest-paying states for nurses

    Full-time nurses in California have the highest annual average salaries of nurses in all 50 states, averaging $106,000 per year, according to a survey conducted by ADVANCE Healthcare Network.  By Megan Knowles -

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