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  1. Health system executives expect 25% of care delivery payments to be value-based in 2019

    Health system executives predict the shift to value-based payment models will continue to increase this year, according to a survey conducted by The Health Management Academy for Lumeris.
  2. 'Data error' exposes 974,000 patient records at UW Medicine

    Seattle-based UW Medicine sent letters to 974,000 patients notifying them of a Dec. 4, 2018, data error that allowed patient information to come up in internet searches.
  3. RCM tip of the day: Customize patient payment plans

    As patients assume greater monetary responsibility for their healthcare, hospitals should focus on improving the financial experience they offer and implement customized payment plans to help those who are struggling to afford high out-of-pocket costs, advised David Shelton, CEO of PatientMatters, a revenue cycle management vendor.

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  1. Op-ed: First up for Partners' new CEO? Repair relationship with Harvard

    In a Feb. 21 letter to The Boston Globe, Mitchell Rabkin, MD, the former chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said the new CEO of Partners HealthCare should repair the institution's relationship with Harvard Medical School.
  2. CHS' loss shrinks to $328M in Q4

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, which operates 110 hospitals in 19 states, saw its net loss narrow in the fourth quarter of 2018.
  3. Quorum Health shares sink to new low

    Shares of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health closed Feb. 20 at $2.52, their lowest closing price ever, and traded as low as $2.50 throughout the day.
  4. RCM tip of the day: Customize payment plans to maximize collections

    Hospitals should consider a patient's traits when establishing a payment plan, said David Shelton, CEO of PatientMatters.

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  1. Former Mount Carmel physician may have inappropriately deemed patients brain dead

    Some patients at Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System believed to have been given potentially fatal painkiller doses may also have been inappropriately deemed brain dead before getting the medication, attorneys who have filed lawsuits in the matter said, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
  2. Testimony gives insight on key aim of Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan venture

    In a testimony unsealed Feb. 20, one of the core missions of the healthcare venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase was revealed: It's looking to redesign insurance, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  3. FDA: There's 'no proven clinical benefit' to buying young people's blood to halt aging

    The FDA on Feb. 19 issued a safety alert about the growing trend of taking plasma from a young person and infusing it into an older person to ward off aging, Bloomberg reports.
  4. Microsoft, global health organizations launch 3 tech programs to catch rare diseases in children

    Microsoft outlined how emerging technologies can support diagnosis of rare diseases among children in a report released Feb. 20.

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  1. California lawmakers seek health insurance mandate

    Legislators in California introduced two bills that aim to reinstate an individual mandate requiring all residents to have health insurance, according to the Desert Sun.
  2. US health spending estimated to reach nearly $6 trillion in 8 years

    National health spending is projected to grow 5.5 percent on average annually and reach nearly $6 trillion by 2027, according to federal estimates published in Health Affairs.
  3. Federal labor board affirms disbanding USC hospital union

    The National Labor Relations Board has affirmed election results that led to the disbanding of a union at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Calif., according to the Glendale News-Press.
  4. National healthcare groups outline surprise-billing principles

    Six national healthcare groups penned a letter to Congress Feb. 20 outlining principles for lawmakers to consider amid their efforts to eliminate surprise billing.
  5. UMass Memorial records $37M net loss in most recent quarter

    UMass Memorial Medical Center saw revenues increase during its most recent financial quarter, but losses on investments dragged down the Worcester, Mass.-based system's bottom line.
  6. Kaleida Health makes 2 leadership changes: 6 takeaways

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health appointed two new leaders.
  7. University of Cincinnati Medical Center chief administrative officer resigns: 3 notes

    Rick Shumway, vice president and chief administrative officer of University of Cincinnati Medical Center, is leaving the role for a new opportunity, effective April 18.
  8. 5 healthcare organizations hiring in Atlanta

    A number of healthcare companies are hiring in the Atlanta area, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  
  9. CVS shares plummet 8% amid Aetna, PBM uncertainties

    CVS shares fell 8 percent Feb. 20 after the company reported a lower-than-expected earnings forecast as it works to integrate health insurer Aetna and uncertainty over rebates weigh on its pharmacy benefit unit, according to CNBC. It was CVS' worst trading day since November 2016.

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