Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Alphabet's Verily is developing a watch that collects blood using 'microneedles'

    A team at Verily Life Sciences is developing a prototype for a less invasive type of blood draw, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Senate votes to save net neutrality: 4 things to know

    The U.S. Senate approved a measure 52-47 on May 16 to subvert the Federal Communications Commission's plan to dismantle so-called "net neutrality" regulations, USA Today reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Georgia health system to pay $4.1M settlement over thousands of unaccounted opioids

    Springfield, Ga.-based Effingham Health System has agreed to pay $4.1 million to resolve allegations that it failed to provide procedures to protect against theft and loss of controlled substances, leading to opioid diversion, according to a statement released from the health system May 16.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. DOJ: Texas physician misdiagnosed patients to fund 'opulent lifestyle'

    A Texas physician was charged in a recently unsealed indictment for his role in a $240 million healthcare fraud scheme that involved falsely diagnosing patients with various degenerative diseases and then administering chemotherapy and other toxic drugs to patients based on the false diagnoses, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Alaska hospital faces closure over $964k telecommunications bill

    Cordova (Alaska) Community Medical Center, a 23-bed critical access hospital, may close due to cuts to a federal program that subsidizes the hospital's telecommunications costs, according to KTVA.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Johns Hopkins All Children's failed to tell regulators about needle left in baby's heart

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., broke Florida law by failing to inform regulators about two serious medical errors, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which cited a report from the Agency for Health Care Administration.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Baptist Health South Florida revenue cycle employees to transition to new joint venture with Navigant

    Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida will transition 588 employees to a new, jointly owned revenue cycle management venture — Health System Solutions, according to a South Florida Business Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CFOs during the past week.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Medicaid expansion in 19 states could cut $8B from cost of treating uninsured patients

    Hospitals' uncompensated care costs attributed to treating uninsured patients would decrease if the 19 states that haven't expanded Medicaid did so next year, according to a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Tenet taps new CIO, chief marketing officer: 5 things to know

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. selected Paola Arbour to serve as senior vice president and CIO and Marie Quintana as senior vice president and chief marketing officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Sutter Health fixes systemwide computer failure, launches investigation

    Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health resolved its systemwide computer network outage around 9 a.m. May 16 after more than 24 hours of downtime, according to The Sacramento Bee.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. What Dr. Tom Price, an Allscripts VP and 2 physician C-suite leaders predict about interoperability in the next 5 years

    Healthcare leaders discussed the nuances of policy, technology and market pressures during a keynote panel May 10 at Becker's Hospital Review Health IT + Clinical Leadership 2018 conference in Chicago. By Brooke Murphy -
  2. Attorneys general team up to oppose Trump administration rules over family planning services

    Twenty attorneys general — led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — are pushing back against the Trump administration over family planning services rules.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 2 senators threaten to subpoena CMS' Seema Verma

    Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., want to see CMS Administrator Seema Verma in court.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Palomar Health interim CEO assumes role permanently, board chair departs

    Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health appointed Diane Hansen its permanent CEO, according to an emailed statement from the organization. Additionally, the health system's Board Chair Joy Gorzeman resigned.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. BCBS of Massachusetts blames federal taxes for $97.2M operating loss

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest health insurer with 2.8 million enrollees, said its first quarter operating loss stemmed from the ACA's insurer fee and federal tax reform.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. Avizia CEO Mike Baird on the effects of the American Well acquisition and the future of telehealth

    Avizia CEO and cofounder Mike Baird has grown his company from an ambitious startup to a major telehealth player that was recently acquired by industry giant American Well, and he has learned a number of valuable lessons along the way.  By Leo Vartorella -
  7. Trump's health insurance plan could inflate federal spending $38.7B over next decade

    An independent federal study found President Donald Trump's planned expansion of short-term health plans will see higher enrollment and cost more than previously predicted, according to The New York Times.  By Morgan Haefner -
  8. Chicago area hospital sued, accused of failing to recognize patient's painkiller addiction

    A patient's family is suing Geneva, Ill.-based Delnor Hospital and the patient's physician for allegedly failing to follow protocols that aim to recognize patients at risk of becoming addicted to pain medications, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. Viewpoint: Why understanding pain is crucial to fighting opioid abuse

    Although the U.S. Senate recently approved a bill to address the opioid crisis, to truly curb painkiller abuse, it is crucial to understand why Americans are turning to these powerful drugs, Susan Sered, PhD, professor of sociology at Boston-based Suffolk University, argues in an op-ed.  By Megan Knowles -

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