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  1. McLaren Lapeer Region nurses authorize strike

    Unionized nurses at McLaren Lapeer (Mich.) Region, a 222-bed acute care hospital, voted for the option to strike, according to Michigan Radio.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. North Carolina nursing homes face Medicare termination due to patient abuse allegations

    Universal Healthcare North Raleigh (N.C.) and Universal Healthcare Lillington (N.C.) are both at risk of losing their Medicare certification amid allegations of patient abuse, according to WRAL.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. ACA insurers offering patients fewer choices at higher prices, study finds

    Patients face higher costs and increasingly narrow healthcare networks in ACA exchange markets, a new study reveals.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Wilbarger General Hospital CEO to resign in September: 3 takeaways

    Claudia A. Eisenmann, CEO of Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon, Texas, is resigning, after Sept. 7.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Healthcare executives may be underestimating disruptive threats

    Disruptive forces within healthcare threaten to drastically alter the basic business models of the industry, but not all executives may be prepared to handle those threats, according to a study published by the American Hospital Association.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. These 3 opioids were most commonly used by surgery patients preoperatively

    In a JAMA Surgery-published study of 34,186 surgical patients, 23.1 percent reported preoperative opioid use.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the last week.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. Alcohol-based rub improves hand hygiene compliance by 36%

    A study published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control examined the effect of alcohol-based surgical hand preparation on the quality and duration of the procedure as well as on surgical site infection prevention.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Hackers steal, sell dead patients' health data on the dark web

    Although the value of health records on the dark web has declined, hackers are increasingly selling the personal health data of deceased patients for cryptocurrencies online, according to a column on Threatpost by Cynerio security researcher Oren Koriat.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. 15 latest findings on sepsis

    Here are 15 stories from Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control on sepsis, the life-threatening condition that affects more than 1 million U.S. patients yearly, starting with the most recent.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. How rural hospitals can improve revenue cycle performance by renewing focus on the fundamentals

    Nearly 50 million Americans live in rural areas and depend on their community hospitals for care. Rural hospitals, however, face significant financial challenges. If unaddressed, these challenges could jeopardize the availability of services at these vital healthcare organizations. To remain financially viable, rural hospitals must build a culture of revenue cycle excellence.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Most surgeons feel pressure to operate in emergencies, even when patient won't benefit, study finds

    Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found most surgeons feel pressure to operate under severe emergency situations, even when they think it won't improve the patient's condition, according to a study based on conversations with 20 hospital-based surgeons.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. Challenges and Opportunities for Cardiac Cath Labs: Focus on Health Economics of the Cath Lab

    For cardiology practice or cardiovascular service line directors and administrators, the shift from volume to value is now very much a reality, particularly those considering signing up for Bundled Payments for Care Improvement advanced programs. In this article, we share some insights on the challenges and opportunities for cardiac cath labs for CV administrators and cardiovascular physicians.  By By Amit Amin, MD, MS and Patricia Crimmins-Reda, RN, BSN, Cardiovascular Service Line Leader, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. -
  3. Dr. Anthony Tersigni: Robert Wilkie is the right pick for our nation's next VA secretary

    Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs  Robert Wilkie is the right choice to serve as our country’s VA secretary. Mr. Wilkie has decades of experience with international and national issues in his previous roles serving as a counselor and senior leader to the White House, Pentagon and members of Congress, and wants to be a catalyst for change that will best serve our nation’s veterans.  By Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, President and CEO, Ascension -
  4. How health systems are refining their response to the opioid crisis

    Opioid misuse and overdoses are rising at an alarming rate. The crisis is due in part to wider use of prescription opioids, despite the risk for addiction and lack of evidence about long-term effectiveness to treat pain. It will require a comprehensive response from many stakeholders to stem the tide of the devastation from opioid abuse.  By Staff -
  5. Ease is the new experience: Why making care easy will keep patients coming back

    Your hold on your customers might be less secure than you think.  By Staff -
  6. 3 drug distributors shipped 1.6B doses of opioids to Missouri in 5 years

    Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp. and AmerisourceBergen distributed 1.6B opioids in Missouri between 2012 and 2017, which equates to about 260 pills per resident, according to an investigative report Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released July 11.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. CVS adds opioid disposal containers to 750 store fronts: 3 things to know

    More than 750 CVS storefronts nationwide will carry deposit containers for unused opioid prescriptions, according to The Baltimore Sun.  By Harrison Cook -
  8. Legacy Health taps MultiCare executive as new CFO: 4 notes

    Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health appointed Anna Loomis as senior vice president and CFO, effective in mid-September.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. New Mexico physician fakes cancer diagnosis to avoid 4-year sentence for billing fraud

    A judge sentenced a Santa Fe, N.M.-based physician to more than four years in prison for healthcare billing fraud and obstruction of justice after he allegedly faked a cancer diagnosis to postpone the hearing, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  By Morgan Haefner -

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