Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Steward Health Care, Cleveland Clinic express interest in partnership with Indian River Medical Center

    Boston-based Steward Health Care; Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA; and Cleveland Clinic are three of 12 suitors who expressed preliminary interest in partnering with Vero Beach, Fla.-based Indian River Medical Center, according to the TCPalm.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Anthem takes pharmacy business in-house, Molina plans 53 layoffs in Milwaukee & more — 7 payer key notes

    The following payers made headlines this week, beginning with the most recent.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. 8 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.  By Morgan Haefner -

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

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  1. Molina to lay off 53 Milwaukee employees

    Long Beach, Calif.-based Molina Healthcare will lay off 53 employees in Milwaukee beginning Dec. 15, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. State investigators: Former USC Keck dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito saw patients 'within hours' of misusing drugs

    An investigation conducted for The Medical Board of California revealed former Los Angeles-based Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen Puliafito, MD, "would return to his medical office to see patients within hours of using methamphetamine," the Los Angeles Times reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Examine data for higher-functioning employed physician practices

    Hospital-employed physician practices and medical groups can achieve improved performance by leveraging data, according to Kyle Kobe, vice president of consulting/analytics services for Alpharetta, Ga.-based nThrive.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit to tackle precision medicine

    Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit, slated for Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 in downtown Cleveland, will focus on advancements in genomics and precision medicine.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Care New England, Partners deal reportedly unaffected by Memorial Hospital closure

    A spokesperson for Providence, R.I.-based Care New England told Becker's Hospital Review the health system remains committed to completing its proposed affiliation with Boston-based Partners HealthCare despite the recent closure of one of its hospitals.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. HCA reports $140M hit from hurricanes, expects 31% drop in Q3 profit

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare ended the third quarter of 2017 with net income of $426 million, down 31 percent from $618 million in the same period of the year prior, according to a preliminary earnings statement released Wednesday.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Which 10 US states have the most overworked nurses?

    There is a shortage of nurses throughout the U.S., with Hawaii having the fewest nurses per 1,000 residents.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Data analytics segment tops digital health VC funding in Q3

    The digital health sector raised $5.5 billion in venture capital funding during the first nine months of 2017, according to a Mercom Capital Group report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection

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  1. Tenet to close 232-bed Phoenix hospital

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare will close Abrazo Maryvale Campus, a 232-bed hospital in Phoenix, by the end of the year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Anthem launches in-house pharmacy business with CVS Health after Express Scripts fallout

    Indianapolis-based Anthem will establish an in-house pharmacy benefits manager called IngenioRx.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Viewpoint: Telemedicine reimbursement should target access, not geography

    National policies for telemedicine reimbursement should aim to improve access to care, a metric that affects rural and urban residents alike, four health and emergency medicine researchers wrote in an Oct. 12 op-ed published in Health Affairs.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. DOJ: Personal trainer posed as physician in $25M scheme

    A 54-year-old personal trainer was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 12, and charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud insurance companies by submitting more than $25 million in false claims for medical services, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. First Hospital Wyoming Valley workers plan strike in Pennsylvania

    Workers at First Hospital of Wyoming Valley, a psychiatric facility in Kingston, Pa., plan to strike Friday "to fight for safe working conditions for healthcare workers and their patients and better care," according to a Facebook post by Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Hacking accounts for 50% of healthcare breaches in September: 5 report insights

    There were 46 healthcare breaches disclosed in September, up from 33 breaches in August, according to a Protenus report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. $72M award in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case tossed

    In February 2016, a Missouri state jury ordered New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in a legal suit involving the company's talcum powder and a woman dying of ovarian cancer. But the Missouri Eastern District appeals court tossed that award Tuesday based on jurisdiction-related issues, according to The Kansas City Star.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 20 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to attest to the meaningful use program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2016 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  9. Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network to invest $1B in new hospital, renovations

    Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network, both based in Pittsburgh, will spend more than $1 billion to construct new facilities and renovate existing medical buildings over the next four to five years.  By Alia Paavola -

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