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  1. Humana, 2 equity firms to acquire hospice operator Curo Health for $1.4B: 6 things to know

    Humana, in partnership with two private equity firms, will purchase hospice operator Curo Health Services, based in Mooresville, N.C., for $1.4 billion — marking the trio's second deal in five months to beef up its hospice care portfolio, reports Reuters.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Healthcare leaders have a responsibility to find and mentor the healthcare leaders of the future

    As leaders in the industry, it is our responsibility to get people interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.  By Kim Bassett -
  3. UPHS-Marquette nurses vote to put option for second strike on table

    Nurses at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette (Mich.) have opened the door for another strike.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. EHR vendors stock report: Week of April 16-20

    One of the three major publicly-traded EHR vendors saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Study: 4 in 10 Americans live in counties with unhealthful pollution levels

    More than 133.9 million people are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, up from 125 million people, according to 2014-16 data from the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2018 report.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Las Vegas clinic may close over $6M funding dispute with state, area hospitals

    A Las Vegas clinic under the Henderson, Nev.-based WestCare umbrella is threatening to close due to disagreements over funding, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Iowa hospital taps eClinicalWorks for RCM, EHR; Cognizant acquires RCM firm Bolder Healthcare & more — 6 RCM key notes

    Here are six recent updates on companies offering revenue cycle management services.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. After ousting CEO, Nassau University Medical Center names COO

    East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center appointed Donald Ashkenase executive vice president and COO, effective April 18, according to The Island Now.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 22 latest hospital, health system CNO and CMO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system chief nursing officer and CMO moves in the last four weeks.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Baylor Scott & White fires pediatrician accused of keeping child porn at the hospital

    Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health fired John Palmer, MD, — a pediatric pulmonologist at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Hospital in Temple, Texas — after authorities found child pornography in a locked drawer in his office at the hospital, according to The Dallas Morning News.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Lawsuit accuses another Michigan hospital of honoring patients' requests for white-only caregivers

    Six employees filed a lawsuit against Zeeland, Mich.-based Providence Christian Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, accusing the medical center of honoring patients' requests for white-only caregivers, according to The Detroit Free Press.    By Alia Paavola -
  1. St. Joseph Health hit with anti-trust lawsuit for allegedly stifling competition: 5 things to know

    Wahidullah Medical Corp., which owns Eureka, Calif.-based Redwood Urgent Care and its outpatient medical testing laboratory, filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Eureka-based St. Joseph Hospital claiming the hospital used unfair business tactics and stifled competition to protect 10-fold price markups, according to The North Coast Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Survey: 1 in 3 patients used no opioids prescribed after surgery

    Nearly one-third of patients said they did not use any of the opioids they were prescribed after surgery, and just 8 percent of patients said they got rid of their remaining opioids, according to a survey conducted by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Montana hospital lays off 16 employees, points to Medicaid cuts as cause

    Community Medical Center, a 151-bed hospital in Missoula, Mont., cut 16 jobs in the wake of decreased Medicaid reimbursement, according to a Missoulian report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Iowa health system slashes 48 jobs

    Davenport, Iowa-based Genesis Health System is cutting 48 jobs, or about 1 percent of the organization's workforce, according to The Dispatch-Argus.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Connecticut hospital locks down for 3 hours over white powdery substance later identified as baking soda

    Meriden, Conn.-based MidState Medical Center locked down for three hours April 20 after a man entered the hospital's emergency room with what police said was a white powdery substance on him later revealed to be baking soda, according to the Record-Journal.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. Disease detection, insurance & more — 8 ways Google may enter healthcare

    Market research firm CB Insights outlined eight potential initiatives Google and its parent company Alphabet may take to enter the healthcare industry in a recent report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  7. The lesson hospitals may be able to teach police officers

    American police officers have come under fire for public displays of excessive force and escalated responses to situations that did not seem to call for them. Law enforcement officials may be able to learn some valuable lessons about de-escalation from healthcare workers who have long dealt with these scenarios in nonviolent ways, according to an op-ed by Douglas Starr in The New York Times.  By Leo Vartorella -
  8. Penn State Hershey drops 2,100 neurology patients

    Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center sent letters to roughly 2,100 patients last week stating the hospital could no longer provide them with adequate neurology care, ABC-27 News reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. Wayne State medical group to Detroit Medical Center: Finalize contract by May 15 or partnership is dissolved

    Six months after finalizing a contract extension, Troy, Mich.-based Wayne State University Physician Group reportedly gave Detroit Medical Center officials an ultimatum to finalize the details of their contract by May 15 or risk terminating their agreement, according to The Detroit News.  By Alyssa Rege -

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