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  1. 'Staffing situation' forces Baylor Scott & White hospital to suspend labor, delivery services

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Brenham (Texas) has suspended labor and delivery services until Dec. 21, according to The Banner-Press.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Aurora Health will pay $12M to resolve improper compensation claims

    Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care has agreed to pay $12 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Atrium Health to expand into Georgia

    The boards of Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health and Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health approved the systems' combination on Dec. 11, bringing the organizations one step closer to finalizing their partnership, according to The Telegraph.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. FTC declines to challenge Partners-Care New England deal

    The Federal Trade Commission has agreed to not challenge the proposed merger of Boston-based Partners HealthCare and Providence, R.I.-based Care New England, according to WPRI-12 News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Florida hospital CEO: 'Misunderstanding' led to outcry over new policy

    The president and CEO of Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System said the system's new policy placing hospitalists in charge of patient care has been largely misunderstood as distressing toward physicians, according to Fox 4 News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Merck's global human health president to step down, advise CEO

    Adam Schechter, Merck's president of global human health, will step down from his position Dec. 31. He has been with Merck for 30 years.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. Target to pay $3M after allegedly refilling prescriptions without patient OK

    Target will pay $3 million to resolve allegations that the company automatically refilled Medicaid recipients' prescriptions without explicit request in Massachusetts. The allegations violate the False Claims Act.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Florida hospital increases safety measures in the wake of mass shootings

    St. Johns County, Fla.-based Flagler Hospital has implemented additional security measures in the wake of national hospital shootings, according to staugustine.com.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Wanaque Center adenovirus outbreak is over, but new patients still barred

    The adenovirus outbreak at Haskell, N.J.-based Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is over, but health officials still are barring new patients in the children's unit, according to northjersey.com.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Kaiser Permanente strike delays surgeries

    Kaiser Permanente nurses and hospital staff joined the system's 4,000 striking mental health employees on the picket line, which has led to the cancellation of some patient surgeries, according to CBS Sacramento.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. Opioids top culprit as overdose deaths increase 54% from 2011-16, study finds

    A study in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Reports found opioids were among the drugs most often reported in overdose deaths, which increased by 54 percent from 2011-16.  By Harrison Cook -

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  1. Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is tackling cardiac health: 4 notes

    Amazon is teaming up with healthcare products developer Omron Healthcare to build out a first-of-its-kind blood pressure skill for its voice assistant Alexa, CNBC reports.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. UNC Health Care to lift living wage to $15

    Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care UNC Health Care plans to incrementally increase the living wage for its employees to $15 per hour.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 10 most-read sepsis stories in 2018 

    About 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis annually, and nearly 270,000 die from the condition, according to the CDC.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2018 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. US senator seeks information on how to reduce healthcare costs

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is seeking input from healthcare experts on how to reduce healthcare costs for taxpayers, employers and families.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Congo's Ebola outbreak hits 500 cases: 3 things to know

    The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak hit 500 cases this week, according to an Dec. 11 update from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  7. 49% of nurses have considered leaving the profession in the last 2 years, study finds

    Nurses continue to consider leaving their profession amid complaints of burnout, overwork and harassment, according to a new study by RNnetwork, a travel nurse staffing agency.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. 4.2M Americans eligible for $0 premiums on ACA marketplace

    Twenty-seven percent of uninsured Americans, or 4.2 million people, are eligible to purchase a bronze plan with a $0 monthly premium off the ACA marketplace for 2019, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. More physicians support assisted suicide, 6 other survey findings

    A new Medscape survey shows physician support for assisted suicide is growing and sheds light on physician beliefs on other ethical issues.  By Kelly Gooch -

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