Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Anthem denied 12K ER claims in second half of 2017, but paid most of them anyway

    Anthem has come under intense scrutiny by providers in recent months for denying patients' emergency room claims it deemed unwarranted. While a recent congressional report indicates Anthem has largely reversed the policy, some experts suggest the insurer may still be primed to save thousands of dollars on patient claims, The New York Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege & Morgan Haefner -
  2. First California infants dies of whooping cough since 2016

    The California Department of Public Health on July 17 confirmed the state's first whooping cough death in an infant since 2016.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. 5-state salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad

    Hy-Vee issued a product recall on July 17, after the CDC linked Salmonella cases to its pasta salad.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. New York to pay $20.8M to 1,600 city nurses in gender discrimination settlement

    New York City officials on July 18 agreed to pay $20.8 million to resolve allegations the city discriminated against city-employed registered nurses and midwives because they are women, according to the Justice Department.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. The top 8 reasons physicians say they won't use virtual care

    An estimated nine out of 10 physicians see the benefit of virtual care technologies, although many also voice concerns about their current functionalities, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. ECRI Institute to relaunch clinical guidelines website in September on subscription basis

    ECRI Institute will bring back the National Guideline Clearinghouse database in September on a subscription basis after the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shut down the website July 16 due to a funding cut, a spokesperson for ECRI Institute confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. 63% of hospitals share data with facilities treating the same patients, study finds

    Hospitals often don't share clinical information with facilities treating shared patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Embracing risk in value-based care

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  1. How can hospitals support physicians in adopting telehealth? Physicians weigh in

    Two-thirds of physicians agree the use of interoperable virtual care technology would encourage them to offer telehealth services, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Anonymous donor pays tuition for entire inaugural class of Houston med school

    An anonymous donor, who gifted $3 million, will fully fund tuition for the entire inaugural class of medical students at the University of Houston College of Medicine, the university announced July 18.   By Alia Paavola -
  3. CHS to divest 2 Arkansas hospitals

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to sell two Arkansas hospitals to Little Rock, Ark.-based Baptist Health.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. UnitedHealth explores acquisition of Tenet's Conifer business

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group is one of the companies exploring an acquisition of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's healthcare management subsidiary Conifer Health Solutions, sources told The Wall Street Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Man allegedly assaults nurse with bodily fluids, then claims to be HIV positive

    A man who allegedly said he is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a bodily fluid after police say he attacked a nurse while being treated in the emergency room at Northport (Ala.) Medical Center in June, according to WVTM.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 491-bed Ohio hospital to shutter ER ahead of looming full closure

    Dayton, Ohio-based Good Samaritan Hospital is scheduled to close its emergency room at 12 p.m. July 19, with the facility's full closure to take place four days later, the Dayton Daily News reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Navicent Health lowers readmission disparities, wins AHA award

    Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health received the 2018 American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award, which honors hospitals and health systems for reducing healthcare disparities and advancing inclusion.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Where are the highest, lowest annual living wages? A breakdown by state

    Washington, D.C., has the highest annual living wage in the U.S., according to an analysis by Zippia, a career search and employment services company.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. RCM tip of the day: Train registrars on insurance billing details

    Training hospital registrars on insurance requirements can improve billing and collections as well as increase patient satisfaction, advises Rebecca Farrington, chief revenue officer at Healthcare Administrative Partners.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. UnitedHealth's ACO plans to double enrollment: 3 things to know

    UnitedHealth Group said it is on its way to doubling membership in its national ACO, according to a Forbes report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. Why health insurers care when you binge-watch Netflix

    A joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica examines how the health insurance industry aggregates and utilizes individuals' "lifestyle" data to inform how much they should be charged for health insurance.  By Alyssa Rege -
  8. Only 23% of healthcare providers measure their consumer relationship, study shows

    Healthcare consumers are increasingly demanding efficient and smooth electronic experiences as they take a greater financial role in their care. However, healthcare providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies lack significant progress toward becoming more consumer-centric, according to new research by global brand and marketing consultancy Prophet.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Dignity Health, Anthem have 30 more days to negotiate contract

    San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Anthem tacked on 30 days to their negotiations to keep the system's California hospitals and physicians in Anthem's network, Dignity Health told Becker's Hospital Review.  By Morgan Haefner -

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