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  1. OhioHealth CEO to retire in 2019, ending 17-year tenure: 6 things to know

    David Blom, CEO of Columbus-based OhioHealth, plans to retire in fall 2019 after 17 years at the helm, according to The Columbus Dispatch.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Google posts 4 openings in its Brain group, a project to build a smart EHR

    Google is expanding Medical Digital Assist, an early-stage research project that hopes to bring artificial intelligence to physician offices, CNBC reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. California nurses move closer to strike

    Registered nurses at Alhambra (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center voted for the option to strike.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Healthcare executive gets prison time for role in $100M bribery scheme involving 38 physicians

    David Nicoll, president of Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, was sentenced to six years in prison June 13 for his leading role in a fraud scheme in which physicians were paid kickbacks for blood sample referrals worth more than $100 million, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. What Sutter Health's computer outage teaches healthcare about EHR vulnerabilities

    After a communications outage struck Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, knocking out access to its EHR, a Medscape report shines light on the frequency of these events in healthcare and the need to prepare for them.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. 9 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.    By Alia Paavola -
  4. New AMA policy encourages EHR training in medical schools

    The American Medical Association introduced a new policy that will help ensure future physicians are properly trained on EHRs.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. STAT: IBM Watson Health was crumbling long before layoff announcements — 10 things to know

    Internal competition and a disorganized operating structure have plagued IBM Watson Health since its inception three years ago — ultimately leading to a series of recent layoffs, according to a STAT report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Hospital CEOs hold on to their jobs longer in these 17 states

    Keeping with a three-year trend, hospital CEO turnover remained at 18 percent in 2017, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. UnityPoint Health-Meriter retains Medicare contract

    Madison, Wis.-based UnityPoint Health-Meriter is no longer at risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. The top reasons CIOs choose to outsource jobs

    The No. 1 reason IT leaders outsource jobs is to fill the gap of any skills not available in-house, according to a joint survey by IT outsourcing service provider Harvey Nash and professional services firm KPMG.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Consumerism — and why every community hospital should care about it

    "Consumerism" is one of the hottest buzzwords in the healthcare industry right now, but also one of the most misunderstood. When most people hear the term, CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart often come to mind — retailers that have all invested in providing healthcare services either independently or through partnerships with providers. But these retail clinics alone do not define consumerism — they are a result of it. Consumerism is a strategy, not a place. By Abbie Clary, Director, Health Practice, CannonDesign -
  2. Apple's latest patent targets blood pressure monitoring; FTC may be investigating 23andMe, & more — 9 health IT key notes

    Here are nine recent news updates on health IT companies:  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. Rural emergency departments struggling with physician shortages, analysis finds

    Workforce challenges persist in rural emergency departments amid physician shortages, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Cardinal Health sells majority stake in naviHealth

    Cardinal Health sold a 55 percent stake in naviHealth — a six-year-old, Nashville, Tenn.-based startup that helps manage post-acute care in value-based care arrangements — to the New York City-based private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle compliance issues under the ACA and implement payment models to transition from fee-for-service medicine, many institutions are looking to strengthen their financial management arms.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. Jersey Shore University Medical Center to open 10-story, $256M patient tower

    Pending final approval from the New Jersey Health Department, Neptune City-based Jersey Shore University Medical Center will open its 10-story tower to patients the week of June 18, according to a ROI-NJ report.    By Alia Paavola -
  7. Court OKs $150M Georgia hospital after 3-year battle

    After more than three years of legal pushback, a Georgia court has ruled Augusta (Ga.) University Medical Center can build a $150 million, 100-bed hospital in Columbia County, according to The Augusta Chronicle.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. NEJM corrects 5 papers with flawed statistics

    The New England Journal of Medicine corrected five previously published studies and retracted and republished a sixth, a year after an analysis suggested the journal published numerous studies with statistical errors, according to Science.  By Harrison Cook -
  9. Legionella detected in California VA hospital's water supply

    Quarterly water safety testing revealed the presence of Legionella bacteria at Loma Linda, Calif.-based Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, reports the San Bernardino Sun.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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