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  1. Supreme Court to hear Microsoft data privacy case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the protection of data stored overseas, reports The Hill.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Patients could end up paying more than $1M for new gene therapy

    Total costs of Kymriah, Novartis' breakthrough cancer drug, are expected to be significantly higher than the initial price tag, according to a Kaiser Health News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. VA proposes changes to Choice Program criteria: 4 things to know

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences Act.  By Kelly Gooch -

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

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  1. Critical access hospital in Iowa to eliminate 16 full-time positions

    Emmetsburg, Iowa-based Palo Alto County Hospital will cut the equivalent of 16-full time positions, impacting 19 employees, to help offset recent financial losses, according to Emmetsburg News.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. How to develop an effective patient throughput initiative: 2 healthcare leaders weigh in

    Inefficient discharge planning and patient flow is a widespread issue for many hospitals.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Kaufman Hall: 2017 Hospital M&A activity to potentially outpace 2016

    Eighty-seven hospital and health system transactions have occurred as of the end of the third quarter of 2017, leading some experts to suggest the total number of deals in 2017 may exceed the 102 deals completed in 2016, according to a recent analysis from Kaufman, Hall & Associates.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Kaiser reopens medical office buildings following wildfires; hospital still closed

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente reopened two medical office buildings in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Rohnert Park, Calif., following wildfires that broke out across Northern California last week. However, the area hospital — Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center — remains closed, The Press Democrat reports.  By Alyssa Rege -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Ransomware market on the dark web hits $6.2M: 4 report insights

    The sale of ransomware on the dark web grew more than 2,500 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to a Carbon Black report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Former Louisiana hospital employee may have improperly accessed patient records since 2003

    A former employee of a Louisiana hospital may have accessed thousands of patient records without authorization for nearly 15 years, a spokesperson from Bogalusa, La.-based Our Lady of the Angels Hospital told Becker's Hospital Review.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. How cost-sharing reduction cuts will affect insurer finances in all 50 states: Avalere

    Health plans are projected to lose more than $1 billion through the end of this year if Congress does not reverse President Donald Trump's decision to end federal funding for cost-sharing reductions, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Healthgrades: 25 cities leading the way in healthcare

    Healthgrades on Tuesday released its inaugural National Health Index, which provides consumers with an analysis of 25 cities leading the way in health and healthcare.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. Northwest Texas Healthcare System CEO resigns: 5 notes

    Mark Crawford, CEO of Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, has resigned, according to a statement published by MyHighPlains.com.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Western Montana Mental Health Center CEO steps down

    Missoula-based Western Montana Mental Health Center CEO Jodi Daly resigned to take on a new job opportunity, according to a Montana Standard report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Seattle Children's names Suzanne Beitel CFO: 4 things to know

    Seattle Children's tapped Suzanne Beitel to serve as senior vice president and CFO, effective in December.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws amid controversy spurred by opioid report

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning tweeted his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew himself from consideration for the post, according to a report from The Washington Post.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. Only 33 of 250 beds on USNS Comfort hospital ship being used in Puerto Rico

    Deployment of the USNS Comfort hospital ship was regarded as an essential part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico, but only 33 of its 250 beds are being utilized, according to CNN.  By Leo Vartorella -
  6. Trump renews promise to curb rising drug prices

    President Donald Trump renewed his promise to combat skyrocketing drug prices during a press conference Monday, according to The Hill.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. 12 recent healthcare layoffs

    The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in October. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Beaumont contract termination prompts rehab provider to lay off 113 employees

    Home Rehabilitation Services of Michigan will close its business in Commerce Township, resulting in the permanent layoff of all its employees, according to a WARN Act notice filed with the state.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. RCM tip of the day: Audit for underpayments

    Healthcare organizations have various methods at their disposal to help identify and fix underpayments from payers, according to Leonard Wenyon, vice president of solutions at New York City-based IKS Health.  By Kelly Gooch -

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