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  1. Health insurance often fails sickest members, survey of 1,495 Americans reveals

    While health insurance is intended to safeguard policyholders when severe illnesses arise, a survey of 1,495 of the sickest Americans found even those with insurance can experience financial fallout after a serious diagnosis, according to The New York Times.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Massachusetts lawmakers ready for another try on healthcare bill

    Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to tackle healthcare again after they failed to agree on a bill in July, according to a report from State House News Service published on MassLive.com.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Use data analytics to predict patient behavior, cut losses

    Data analytics — using technology to examine and make conclusions from data sets — can help hospitals and health systems improve revenue cycle performance, said Bo Shi, assistant professor of finance at Morehead (Ky.) State University.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. WHO: Congo's Ebola outbreak not international emergency

    The World Health Organization's emergency committee called for heightened response efforts Oct. 17 to prevent the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak from drastically worsening, according to Reuters.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Arkansas reports state's 1st flu death

    The Arkansas Department of Health on Oct. 16 confirmed the state's first flu death of the 2018-19 season, according to 40/29 News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Ascension, Adventist Health JV slashes outpatient sites by 50%

    Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Amita Health, the joint operating company created through the merger of St. Louis-based Ascension and Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health subsidiaries, revealed plans to cut the number of outpatient care sites in half, according to Crain's Chicago Business.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. 663 North Carolina physicians no longer prescribe opioids, survey finds

    More than 600 physicians have stopped prescribing opioids altogether in North Carolina, according to a survey from the North Carolina Medical Board cited by North Carolina Health News.   By Harrison Cook -

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  1. Qatar donates $2.5M to reopen Texas hospital that closed in 2015

    The country of Qatar provided Texas with $30 million to be used toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Now, part of the funding will be used to reopen Houston-based Riverside General Hospital, which closed in 2015, according to Houston Public Media.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. San Antonio hospitals report better trauma outcomes after ambulances stock blood for transfusions

    San Antonio paramedics now carry whole blood in their ambulances to perform transfusions on trauma patients, and someare reporting better outcomes as a result, according to EMS1.com.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. 20 generic drugmakers must answer price-fixing lawsuit

    A Pennsylvania federal court judge rejected motions from 20 generic drugmakers to toss out a lawsuit accusing them of engaging in unlawful schemes to fix, maintain and stabilize prices for certain generic pharmaceutical products, according to court documents filed this week.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Tech companies are competing for a new kind of talent — cardiologists

    Large technology companies in Silicon Valley often compete for talented hires with specialized skills in artificial intelligence or programming. Now, those companies are also competing for a new kind of talent: cardiologists.  By Alyssa Rege -
  1. Novartis strikes $2.1B deal to buy cancer drugmaker Endocyte

    In a deal valued at $2.1 billion, Swiss pharma giant Novartis AG will purchase Endocyte, a U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for prostate cancer.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Pfizer offers buyout packages ahead of layoffs

    Ahead of planned layoffs next year, pharma giant Pfizer is offering buyouts to U.S. employees in the form of an early retirement program, according to CNBC.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Novant Health seeks approval to build its 16th hospital

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health filed a certificate of need with North Carolina regulators to build its 16th hospital, according to a WFAE news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. How Case Western researchers are eliminating drug-resistant infections without antibiotics

    Molecules designed to inhibit toxin formation in bacteria could prove an effective alternative to antibiotics, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  5. Hospital linens may be source of C. diff outbreaks, study finds

    Commercial laundering processes using industrial detergent and high disinfecting temperatures do not completely eliminate the presence of Clostridium difficile bacteria on hospital sheets, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. Johns Hopkins still interfering with union efforts despite NLRB case, nurse says

    A nurse is accusing Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital of hindering unionization efforts, according to a Baltimore Business Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Children's hospitals reported higher cash flow than adult counterparts last year, Moody's says

    Children's hospitals reported stronger financial positions in fiscal year 2017 compared to adult hospitals, according to Moody's Investors Service.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Florida Hospital interviewing nurses in 7 locations Nov. 13

    Orlando-based Florida Hospital will hold a nurse hiring event to fill positions systemwide, the Orlando Business Journal reported.    By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Oklahoma union to sue state health department over employee terminations

    The union representing public employees in Oklahoma will sue the state's health department over employees it says were wrongfully terminated, The Oklahoman reported.  By Kelly Gooch -

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