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  1. Bristol-Myers, Nektar ink $1.85B cancer drug deal

    Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay Nektar Therapeutics $1 billion to develop a cancer immunotherapy treatment — one of the largest deals ever inked for a single drug's development, reports Reuters.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Nurse at Jackson Health System establishes clothing closet for discharged homeless patients

    Oliver Castellanos, a nurse at Miami-based Jackson Health System, created a clothing closet at the hospital for discharged homeless patients after noticing throughout his 30-year career that many homeless patients were released without the bare necessities, reports CNN.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Michigan hospital at risk of losing Medicare funding

    CMS threatened to halt Carson City, Mich.-based Sparrow Carson Hospital's Medicare funding May 7, unless the hospital resolves infection control issues, according to the Lansing State Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. Duke Regional Hospital plans $102.4M expansion: 4 things to know

    Durham, N.C.-based Duke Regional Hospital unveiled plans Wednesday for a $102.4 million expansion project that calls for a bigger emergency department and additional capacity for behavioral health, reports the Herald-Sun.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. 8 initiatives FDA would pursue under FY 2019 budget

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on Tuesday outlined several initiatives the agency would take to improve patient treatments and lower healthcare costs, using resources proposed in its recent budget request.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates answer '10 toughest questions' in annual letter

    In their 10th annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-chairs and trustees Bill and Melinda Gates addressed the 10 questions they are asked most frequently. The questions range in topic from how they maintain their optimism in today's world, to if their efforts to save children lead to overpopulation, to whether they feel as if they are imposing their own values on other people and countries.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Community bemoans rebranding, says Atrium Health 'renamed to a buzzword'

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System announced the organization's rebranding to Atrium Health last week. However, many community members have since voiced their opposition to the name, stating the change erases the health system's cultural ties to the area, among other issues, according to The Charlotte Observer.  By Alyssa Rege -
  1. BCBS of Idaho to sell 5 plans bypassing ACA rules: 6 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Idaho submitted a request to state insurance regulators Tuesday to sell five plans that do not comply with ACA requirements, as informed by the executive order signed by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R)  in January, according to the Idaho Statesman.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. 11 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Bayfront Health names Joseph Mullany CEO: 4 takeaways

    St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Bayfront Health tapped Joseph Mullany to serve as regional president and CEO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Nonprofit executive pay up 7.3% from last year: 4 findings

    Executive pay in the nonprofit sector increased 7.3 percent on average when compared to last year, according to a Total Compensation Solutions survey.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. AHA seeks 5 clinicians to serve on leadership committee

    The American Hospital Association is accepting nominations through March 16 for five clinicians to serve on its Committee on Clinical Leadership.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. Oregon House passes bill declaring healthcare a right for all: 4 things to know

    The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would let voters decide whether healthcare should be a fundamental right on the November ballot, according to ABC News.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. HCA Midwest gets $3M incentive package for moving headquarters 4 miles

    HCA Midwest, which is currently located in Kansas City, Mo., will receive $3 million in tax incentives from the state of Kansas when it moves its headquarters 4 miles west to Overland Park, Kan., this summer, reports the Kansas City Business Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. New Hampshire hospital to close birthing unit, affecting 12 jobs

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital will shutter its maternity ward July 15, transitioning those services to Lebanon-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as part of a planned merger, according to the Valley News.  By Alia Paavola -
  5. Michigan hospital leaders: ED closure is primarily about responding to patient needs

    Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Health System leaders said their plan to close the emergency department at its St. Lawrence campus is part of an effort to adapt to patients' changing needs and busy schedules, reports the Lansing State Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. Massachusetts lawmaker offers to mediate labor dispute at Baystate Franklin, hospital opts for direct talks

    Greenfield, Mass.-based Baystate Franklin Medical Center said it plans to continue direct negotiations with the Massachusetts Nurses Association, despite an offer of help from U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. 5 findings on recent healthcare spending, prices

    An Altarum analysis released Tuesday examines healthcare spending and prices in 2017.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. IRS initiates enforcement of ACA's employer mandate: 4 things to know

    The IRS seeking payments from certain employers that did not provide required insurance coverage to employees per the ACA, according to a Lexology report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. When families participate in loved ones' hospital care, readmission rates go down: 4 things to know

    Hospitals can reduce readmission rates and improve care quality when patients' family members participate in their loved ones' hospital care, according to a study led by researchers at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare.  By Megan Knowles -

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