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  1. Antibiotics used in space could rapidly cause drug resistance, researchers warn

    Antibiotics should be used with caution in outer space since they may quickly fuel drug resistance in bacteria, researchers report in mBio.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Northwell's home health agency recognized for heart failure care  

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health's home health agency — Northwell Health at Home — received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Heart Failure Certification.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Americans more likely to die of overdose than car crash, report finds  

    Americans are more likely to die from a drug overdose than in a car crash for the first time in U.S. history, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. Walmart splits with CVS in drug-pricing dispute

    Walmart will leave the drugstore networks run by CVS Health's pharmacy benefit management unit because of a pricing dispute.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. No-haggle policy on drug pricing cost Medicare at least $14.4B, study finds

    Medicare Part D could have saved $14.4 billion on the top 50 medications covered in 2016 if the program had been able to pay the same prices as the Department of Veterans Affairs, which often negotiates discounts, according to new analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine cited by STAT.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Government shutdown threatens drug approvals: 5 things to know

    The partial government shutdown soon could impede the FDA's ability to review new drugs, a blow to drugmakers expecting to receive approval of their highly anticipated drugs, according to STAT.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. NewYork-Presbyterian pharmacy manager Dr. Susan Kokura on what needs to change in healthcare

    Susan Kokura, PharmD, is the corporate clinical pharmacy manager at New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian, a role she has held since July 2013.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Virginia county in talks with Ballad Health to reopen hospital

    As Lee County (Va.) Hospital Authority negotiates to end its operating agreement with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Americore Health regarding the shuttered Lee County Hospital, it has engaged a new potential partner in talks to reopen the facility, according to WJHL. By Leo Vartorella -
  2. BayCare bid to build 60-bed Florida hospital challenged again

    Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System's attempt to build a new 60-bed hospital in Wesley Chapel, Fla. is being opposed by AdventHealth on the grounds that the area does not need more hospital beds, according to the Tampa Bay Times. By Leo Vartorella -
  3. New strain of ransomware claims to donate profits to fictitious children's cancer charity

    Cyberattackers have reportedly been using a strain of ransomware called CryptoMix to remotely hack computers and then falsely claiming that victims' ransom payments will be used to fund children's medical help, HealthcareInfoSecurity reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Clay County Hospital president to resign: 3 notes

    Chris Hunt, president of Flora, Ill.-based Clay County Hospital, will resign effective Feb. 8, according to Premier Broadcasting.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Antelope Valley Hospital appoints new CEO

    Lancaster, Calif.-based Antelope Valley Hospital tapped Edward Mirzabegian to serve as CEO, effective Jan. 15.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. US News names 2018-19 Best Nursing Homes: 5 things to know

    U.S. News & World Report released its 2018-19 Best Nursing Home rankings Oct. 30.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Medical City Plano, Medical City Frisco selects chief development officer: 3 things to know

    Medical City Plano (Texas) and Medical City Frisco (Texas) named James Mendez chief development officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. RCM tip of the day: Keep healthcare pricing data current

    Health systems should update antiquated pricing benchmarks to boost revenue cycle integrity and performance, said Kevin Smith, vice president of product management at nThrive, a revenue cycle management company.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. December 2018 a record-setting month for US healthcare job growth

    Healthcare added 50,200 jobs in December, making it the top month for industry job growth since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics survey began in 1990, according to a report from AMN Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Summersville Regional Medical Center to join WVU Health System

    A subsidiary of Morganton, W. Va.-based WVU Health System has filed a certificate of need application to operate Summersville (W. Va.) Regional Medical Center. By Leo Vartorella -
  7. Parkland Hospital to build $154M Dallas breast cancer center, office complex

    Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System plans to break ground next month on a new 525,000-square-foot building that will house a comprehensive breast care center and some administrative offices, according to The Dallas Morning News. By Leo Vartorella -
  8. UnitedHealth's Optum revenues surpass $100B for 1st time

    Growth in UnitedHealth Group's health services business Optum helped the health insurance company beat Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, according to Reuters.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. 70% of Americans believe healthcare is in 'state of crisis,' poll finds

    Seven in 10 Americans identified the U.S. healthcare system as being "in a state of crisis" or having "major problems" during a recent Gallup poll.  By Alyssa Rege -

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