Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. UnitedHealth reports 9% increase in Q3 revenues, offset by ACA exchange exit

    UnitedHealth Group generated revenues of $50.3 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, up 9 percent compared to the same period last year.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Inside sources say Apple pursued talks to buy medical clinics

    Apple was reportedly in talks to purchase Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Crossover Health, a healthcare startup that works with self-insured employers to provide medical and wellness services at onsite clinics. The move heightens speculation about the tech giant's potential foray into the healthcare space, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Atlanta hospital delays toddler's kidney transplant because donor father violated parole

    Two-year-old A.J. Burgess was scheduled to receive his father's left kidney in a life-saving transplant at Atlanta-based Emory University Hospital Oct. 3. The procedure did not occur. Although the hospital deemed A.J.'s father a match, his recent parole violation brought the operation to a halt.   By Molly Gamble -

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

Even with a GPO, Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska was paying too much for its supplies. They needed a community-hospital focused Supply Chain Solution.
  1. Adventist Health Simi Valley cuts 31 positions

    Adventist Health Simi Valley (Calif.), formerly Simi Valley Hospital, laid off 31 employees, according to a Ventura County Star report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Ohio hospital closed indefinitely after fire

    Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, remains closed after a fire broke out in the facility's basement Friday morning.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Northwell Health to lay off 107 as it winds down long-term care plan

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health will lay off 107 employees in January when it shuts down its Medicaid long-term care plan, North Shore-LIJ Health Plan.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Where to invest $10k right now? Chinese hospitals, says one fund manager

    Chinese hospitals and healthcare companies represent a great investment opportunity, as their profitability is likely to improve due to several factors, including inevitable consolidation and healthcare reform, said Sarah Ketterer, CEO and fund manager at Causeway Capital Management, in a recent Bloomberg article.  By Ayla Ellison -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

Learn how to prepare for changes associated with the new Medicare card initiative.
  1. Study: Nursing workforce is more diverse, educated and male than before

    There is increased diversity in gender and race/ethnicity within the nursing workforce, according to a study by New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing researchers.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Use interim C-Suite leadership to its full advantage: 4 Qs with BE Smith's SVP of Interim Leadership Sue Martin

    Becker's Hospital Review caught up with Sue Martin, senior vice president of interim leadership at B.E. Smith, about C-suite leaders' strategic options when an executive suddenly departs.  By Brooke Murphy -
  3. Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over California's hep A outbreak

    California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Oct. 13 declared a state of emergency regarding an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak primarily affecting the homeless and illicit drug user populations in the counties of San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.    By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. 16 Medicare Advantage plans earning 5 stars from US News

    Seven of the 16 Medicare Advantage plans selected as five-star policies by U.S. News & World Report for 2018 were Kaiser Permanente brands.  By Morgan Haefner -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

How C. diff and other HAIs greatly affect patient outcomes and benefits of UV disinfection to combat HAIs.
  1. Sen. Claire McCaskill pushes for repeal of 2016 law reducing DEA's ability to investigate opioid distributors

    Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation Monday to repeal 2016 legislation that significantly limited the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to crack down on opioid distributors suspected of wrongdoing.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 11 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the past week.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Most ACA subsidy beneficiaries are in pro-Trump states, AP poll finds

    President Donald Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction subsidies — which help insurers subsidize the cost of coverage for low-income Americans on the exchanges — most affects states Trump won last year, according to an Associated Press analysis.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 4 things to know about the health insurance industry

    Fifty-six percent of Americans are insured through a private payer, according to America's Health Insurance Plans' new report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. Minnesota physician faces deportation to Malaysia following 'poor advice and bureaucratic bungling'

    A Rochester, Minn.-based physician who has lived in the U.S. for her entire adult life is scheduled to be deported Monday following several failed attempts to gain citizenship amid bureaucratic misinformation, according to ABC-5 News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  6. Microsoft: North Korea to blame for WannaCry attacks

    North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks, which infected more than 300,000 devices in more than 150 countries in May, claimed Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, according to The Telegraph.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. Murkowski-Warren letter urges Trump to move on opioid crisis emergency declaration

    Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sent a letter to President Donald Trump Oct. 12, urging him to follow through on comments he made in August about declarating the nation's opioid crisis a national emergency.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  8. Medtronic Care Management Services and American Well announce strategic partnership to integrate telehealth capabilities

    In a press release today, Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) announced its Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) business and American Well entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership to enable a more complete telehealth solution focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population.  By Staff -
  9. New York City Health + Hospitals to receive $360M in late DSH payments

    State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson said New York City Health + Hospitals will receive $360 million in funding previously withheld.  By Kelly Gooch -

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