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  1. 4 recent healthcare partnerships and transactions

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the week of April 16.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Johns Hopkins All Children's scales back on surgeries, pauses complicated procedures after baby discharged with needle in heart

    St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is significantly cutting the number of operations performed at the facility and halting certain complicated surgeries after physicians discharged a baby with a suture needle in her heart from a surgery in 2016, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. UW Medicine to close one Seattle psychiatric unit, open another: 5 things to know

    Seattle-based UW Medicine will simultaneously close the inpatient psychiatric unit at University of Washington Medical Center and open a new 12-bed voluntary psychiatric inpatient unit at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. In wake of WannaCry, NHS assessed 200 facilities on cybersecurity preparedness — None passed

    The Public Accounts Committee of the U.K. Parliament released an update on the U.K. National Health Service's cybersecurity preparedness in a March 18 report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 5 things to watch at Dr. Ronny Jackson's confirmation hearing Wednesday

    Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, MD, will face Senate questioning Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for the position of secretary of Veterans Affairs. Here are five things to watch in the hearing.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Women's and Children's Hospital CEO Kathy Bobbs passes away at 59

    Lafayette, La.-based Women's and Children's Hospital President and CEO Kathy J. Bobbs, 59, died April 21, of an apparent heart attack.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Portneuf Medical Center adds 4 to exec team

    Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, appointed four individuals to new executive positions, according to an Idaho State Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 'The mind of a mathematician with the heart of a doctor': athenahealth CTO Prakash Khot shares 4 thoughts on AI in healthcare

    Prakash Khot, executive vice president and chief technology officer of athenahealth, shared his views on how artificial intelligence may be applied to healthcare in the near future during an April 13 presentation. The presentation was part of a series of discussions that took place during the Becker's Hospital Review 9th Annual Meeting in Chicago from April 11 through April 14.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. 3 links in the chain: Employee engagement, patient satisfaction & malpractice claims

    Greater staff engagement leads to improved patient satisfaction and lower medical malpractice claim rates, according to the findings of a recent Willis Towers Watson survey.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. 'Convoluted' and 'expensive' among US employers' most common descriptors for the drug supply chain

    High drug costs were a major topic of discussion at the National Business Group on Health's conference April 18-20 in Washington, D.C., according to CNBC health reporter Christina Farr.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. Fresenius deserts $4.3B Akorn deal over product development practices

    Bad Homburg, Germany-based Fresenius SE abandoned a $4.3 billion deal to acquire Lake Forest, Ill.-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals, a generic cancer drug manufacturer, according to Bloomberg.  By Emily Rappleye -
  1. Fresenius divests Sound Inpatient Physician Holdings for $2.15B

    Fresenius Medical Care, a division of Bad Homburg, Germany-based Fresenius SE, sold its majority share April 21 in Sound Inpatient Physician Holdings, a Tacoma, Wash.-based acute care services organization, for $2.15 billion. Fresenius divested its shares to an investment consortium led by Summit Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Rick Santorum, 35 other conservative leaders call for revival of Graham-Cassidy

    While congressional Republicans are shying away from healthcare ahead of midterm elections, conservative leaders outside of government are pushing again for ACA repeal.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. ACOs aren't ready to take on risk, lawmakers say

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged CMS Administrator Seema Verma to allow ACOs to do a third three-year stint in Track 1 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Nearly 50 medical associations call for reduction to MIPS reporting period

    Medical groups are calling on CMS to lessen the reporting period for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 and future years.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital's new CEO is Brian Lovdahl: 3 things to know

    Chippewa County Montevideo (Minn.) Hospital hired Brian Lovdahl to serve as CEO, according to a Montevideo American-News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. Sullivan County Community Hospital appoints new CFO: 3 notes

    Sullivan (Ind.) County Community Hospital selected Jim Bishop to serve as CFO, according to a Tribune Star report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. 7 most interesting questions NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins answered during his Reddit AMA

    National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, took to Reddit April 20 to answer users' questions about precision medicine, the Human Genome Project and how he balances religion and science.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Mylan eliminates more than 400 positions at West Virginia plant: 3 notes

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals laid off more than 400 employees at its manufacturing plant in Morgantown, W. Va. April 20, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. UnitedHealth's CEO makes 298 times more than its median employee

    UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann earned nearly $17.4 million in 2017, which is 298 times more than the company's median employee, according to UnitedHealth's 2018 proxy statement.  By Alia Paavola -

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