Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Foundation HealthCare emerges from bankruptcy

    Oklahoma City-based Foundation HealthCare, which owns and operates surgical hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to Bankruptcy Data.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Massachusetts opioid prescriptions drop 28% in last 3 years

    Massachusetts providers issued about 638,000 Schedule II opioid prescriptions in the second quarter of 2017, which represents a 28 percent reduction compared to the first quarter 2015, according to data the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released Thursday.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Professor with leukemia teaches Texas A&M class from his hospital bed

    Vaughn Bryant, PhD, is receiving treatment for leukemia at Houston-based MD Anderson, but that has not stopped him from teaching classes and conducting research for College Station-based Texas A&M University, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Leo Vartorella -

Small hospital realizes big savings: Community Hospital, McCook, NE

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  1. Nearly all states have updated their telehealth laws since last year: 3 things to know

    All but two states — Connecticut and Massachusetts — have made recent, substantive changes to their telehealth laws, according to an Epstein Becker Green report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. KLAS: 14% of providers report 'deep interoperability' among disparate EMRs

    Fourteen percent of respondents from hospitals and clinics indicated they have "deep interoperability" when sharing data among different EMRs, up from 6 percent last year, according to a KLAS Research report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Nurse sues Spectrum Health, claiming system accommodated patient request for no black caregivers

    A black nurse claims officials at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health discriminated against her by granting a patient's request for no black caregivers, according to mLive.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Virginia home healthcare company files for bankruptcy

    Cardiac Connection Home Health Care Nursing Services, a home healthcare company in Richmond, Va., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  By Ayla Ellison -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Chesapeake Regional Healthcare taps new CFO: 4 notes

    Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Healthcare appointed Stephen McDonnell CFO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. White House outlines changes it wants to see in Alexander-Murray bill

    Significant changes must be made to the Alexander-Murray bill in order to receive President Donald Trump's approval, an unnamed White House official told The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. Schumer: Trump has 'no understanding' of Alexander-Murray bill

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blamed President Donald Trump's rescinded support of the Alexander-Murray bill on a lack of knowledge of the proposal, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. Some states seek to change Medicaid eligibility requirements, plan to expand coverage

    States are moving forward with changes to their Medicaid programs amid uncertainty about federal financing, according to a Medicaid budget survey.  By Kelly Gooch -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. Bedford VA Medical Center under investigation after patient died while nurse aid played video games

    Federal officials are investigating care lapses at Bedford (Mass.) VA Medical Center that may have contributed to the 2016 death of a patient, reports The Boston Globe.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Intermountain hospital now screens all mothers for emotional wellness before discharge

    Intermountain Healthcare's Utah Valley Hospital in Provo now conducts an emotional wellness screening on every woman who gives birth at the hospital prior to discharge.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. 14 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle compliance issues under the ACA and implement new payment models to transition away from fee-for-service medicine, many institutions are looking to strengthen their financial management arms.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Pikeville Medical Center COO Juanita Deskins resigns: 3 things to know

    Juanita Deskins, COO of Pikeville (Ky.) Medical Center, resigned earlier this month, according to a Williamson Daily News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Cartersville Medical Center CEO to retire in 2018

    Cartersville (Ga.) Medical Center President and CEO Keith Sandlin will retire in January 2018, according to a report by The Daily Tribune.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Partners HealthCare seeks state OK for $73M ED expansion at Brigham and Women's

    Boston-based Partners HealthCare is seeking state approval for a $73 million expansion at its Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. Parkwest Medical Center breaks ground on $99M expansion

    Knoxville, Tenn.-based Parkwest Medical Center broke ground on a $99 million expansion and renovation project Wednesday, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. 60+ Wisconsin counties expected to participate in opioid epidemic lawsuit

    The Wisconsin Counties Association expects 60 to 70 of the state's 72 counties to join a proposed lawsuit alleging drug companies engaged in fraudulent practices when promoting opioids in the state, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  9. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the past week.  By Brian Zimmerman -

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