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  1. Bucks stop here: Vermont nurses divest in protest

    AFT Vermont, the parent of the union representing 1,800 nurses at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, is divesting its funds from New England Federal Credit Union to put pressure on the hospital's board, which includes two bank board members.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Immigrants have lower healthcare costs than US-born Americans, study finds

    Immigrants spend less on healthcare and require less spending from private and public insurance sources than those born in the U.S., according to a study published in the International Journal of Health Services.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Which innovations have executives most excited? 6 insights from healthcare leaders

    Healthcare is ripe with innovation and new technologies, which hold great promise to transform the way care is delivered.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. St. David's Medical Center taps new CFO: 4 things to know

    St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, appointed Dan Huffine CFO, effective Aug. 6, according to a North Austin Patch report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle ACA compliance and implement payment models to transition from fee-for-service medicine, many are looking to strengthen their financial management teams.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. How end-of-life documents create dilemmas in the ER: 6 insights

    Clinician's misunderstanding of end-of-life documents can have significant ramifications for patients, yet most U.S. health systems and state regulators don't track these mix-ups when they surface, according to a column written by Kaiser Health News and published in The Washington Post Aug. 5.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. Advocate Aurora Health selects president for 2 hospitals: 3 notes

    Advocate Aurora Health, formed through the merger of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health, appointed Robert S. Miller president of two hospitals, according to a Lake Geneva Regional News report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Induced labor at 39 weeks linked to fewer c-sections, study finds

    Inducing labor at 39 weeks is just as safe as waiting for naturally occurring labor and may actually lower the risk of cesarean section, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Timeline: The Lifespan-union dispute — Where things stand now

    Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan and the union representing 2,400 nurses, therapists, technologists and other professionals at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children's hospitals in Providence continue to negotiate a new contract.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Risk adjustment payments to be based on 2018 premiums, CMS proposes

    CMS will use the statewide average premium for the 2018 benefit year in its risk adjustment payment calculations, allowing the program to continue for the 2018 benefit year, federal officials proposed Aug. 8.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Sean Hogan is St. Anthony's Medical Center's new president

    O'Fallon, Mo.-based Mercy selected Sean J. Hogan to serve as president of St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, effective Sept. 4.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital taps Robert Parker as CEO: 5 things to know

    Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky., appointed Robert Parker CEO, effective Aug. 27.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Trump's short-term health plans facing pushback from states: 5 things to know

    The Trump administration's final rule for short-term health plans, released Aug. 1, already is facing resistance from state governments and state insurance regulators, according to The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Cigna prevails in Texas hospital's suit over $50M in unpaid claims

    Cigna defeated a lawsuit filed by North Cypress (Texas) Medical Center accusing the insurer of underpaying medical benefit claims, according to Bloomberg Law.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Pennsylvania man receives 2 echocardiograms at same hospital — one cost $170, the other $3,101

    A Pennsylvania man received two echocardiograms at Paoli (Pa.) Hospital: the first diagnosed a heart defect, and the second was to confirm a procedure was successful. The price was $339 for the first and $3,484 for the latter, according to the The Philadelphia Inquirer.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. RCM tip of the day: Use objective analytics to work with payers during case management

    When managing care, using analytics that predict future outcomes can help hospitals align utilization review decisions with their payers, said Heather Bassett, MD, CMO of Xsolis.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Mylan's Q2 revenue down 5%; US healthcare changes cited

    Mylan, the maker of EpiPen, saw its sales in North America drop 22 percent to $1 billion in the second quarter of 2018, according to its recently released earnings report.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. CVS Health 12-hour nasal spray recalled over bacterial contamination

    Product Quest Manufacturing issued a recall of CVS Health 12-Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist after the product was contaminated with bacteria identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. Partners' Neighborhood Health Plan gets new name: 5 things to know

    Neighborhood Health Plan, acquired six years ago by Boston-based Partners HealthCare, will change its name to AllWays Health Partners next year — a rebranding aimed at positioning the insurer as one of the top health plan providers in the state, according to The Boston Globe.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. Academic medical centers generally behind counterparts in cost, quality, study finds

    Academic medical centers do not necessarily achieve better cost and quality metrics compared to non-academic medical centers, suggests a new Navigant study.  By Kelly Gooch -

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