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  1. Why this tool to predict readmission risk may have a blind spot

    The "LACE index," a tool physicians and nurses often use to determine hospital patients' readmission risk, may have a blind spot, according to new research from Morgantown-based West Virginia University.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. How detecting false penicillin allergies helps physicians fight antibiotic resistance

    More than 32 million U.S. patients have a documented penicillin allergy, but studies have found more than 95 percent can be treated safely with this class of antibiotics. Providers can use several practices to verify a documented penicillin allergy and avoid spreading drug resistance, researchers report in JAMA.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Antibiotic prescriptions falling among dermatologists, study finds

    Overall antibiotic prescribing among dermatologists fell between 2008-16, but postoperative antibiotic prescriptions increased, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. DOJ must continue review of CVS-Aetna during shutdown, judge orders

    The Department of Justice must continue reviewing public comments and files related to CVS Health's $70 billion acquisition of Aetna despite a lapse in funds during the partial government shutdown, according to court documents.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Florida officials approve plans for 290-bed Venice Regional Hospital

    The Sarasota County commissioners have voted to approve plans for a 290-bed Venice (Fla.) Regional Hospital, according to WWSB, a local ABC affiliate. By Leo Vartorella -
  3. Appeals court affirms ruling in UnitedHealth billing case

    An appeals court affirmed its ruling that UnitedHealth Group isn't allowed to offset overpayments made to out-of-network providers from some of its health plans by withholding payments to the same provider from its different health plans, according to Law 360.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Corner Office: Erik G. Wexler, CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region

    Erik G. Wexler has held senior leadership positions at several major health systems, but it was only upon arriving at Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health that he understood how a faith-based mission can treat patients beyond their physical needs.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. Intermountain, Regence BCBS partner to end surprise ER bills

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield are collaborating to address high, unexpected emergency room patient medical bills, according to a KUTV report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Tenet looks at offshoring more than 1,000 healthcare jobs

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is looking to offshore roles throughout the organization to enhance efficiency, according to executive chairman and CEO Ronald Rittenmeyer's Jan. 8 presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 13 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Forrest Health president adds CEO to title: 4 notes

    Hattiesburg, Miss.-based Forrest Health President Andy Woodard will take over the CEO role after current CEO Evan Dillard retires this month.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Huntsville Memorial Hospital selects acting CEO: 5 things to know

    Huntsville (Texas) Memorial Hospital appointed Steven L. Smith interim CEO, effective Feb. 11.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Unfazed by Amazon competition: 'They won't offer anything new,' CVS chief says

    CVS has already sent shockwaves through the healthcare industry with its first-of-a-kind merger with health insurer Aetna — but its path to transforming healthcare won't stop there, CVS CEO Larry Merlo said at a National Press Club luncheon Jan. 14, according to STAT.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Purdue Pharma strategized to cast opioid users as 'reckless criminals,' new court filing claims

    Purdue Pharma's former president Richard Sackler, MD, knew his company's opioid painkiller OxyContin was being abused, but still pushed sales to physicians and tried to divert the blame to patients for becoming addicted, a revised court filing released Jan. 15 by the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey claims.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Boca Raton Regional launches $250M fundraising campaign for campus expansion

    Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital has begun a campaign to raise $250 million for expansion projects that include the construction of a new patient campus, according to South Florida Business Journal. By Leo Vartorella -
  5. CHOP sues over 'misappropriation' of its research: 4 things to know

    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sued the man it hired to develop markets for medical breakthroughs, claiming he "misappropriated" confidential research findings, according to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Apple in talks to subsidize its watch for some Medicare seniors: 6 things to know

    Apple reportedly has been in talks with at least three private Medicare plans about subsidizing the cost of its Apple Watch — which runs from $279 to $399 — for plan members over age 65, CNBC reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. For-profit nursing programs linked to lower licensing exam pass rates

    Graduates of for-profit nursing programs are more likely to fail their licensing examinations on the first attempt, according to a study published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  8. A quarter of US hospitals cut staff to cope with rising drug costs from 2015 to 2017, study finds

    Hospital drug spending jumped by 18.5 percent between 2015 and 2017, a rate that caused one in four hospitals to cut staff to ease budget pressures, a new study found.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. Jim Cramer: Why Apple should buy Epic

    With Apple's increasing investments in healthcare, CNBC's Jim Cramer said the company has to make a big move to show it is serious about its business in the industry.  By Alyssa Rege -

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