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  1. Quorum sees net loss more than double, targets up to $215M in hospital divestitures

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health ended the first half of 2018 with a net loss, but the company aims to improve its financial position by restructuring its portfolio.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. CHS faces investigation related to EHR incentive program

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems has received a civil investigative demand related to the company's adoption of EHRs and adherence to the meaningful use program, according to CHS' latest financial filing.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Rite Aid, Albertsons call off $24B merger

    Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid and Albertsons, a Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain, terminated their planned $24 billion merger Aug. 8.  By Ayla Ellison -

Patients engage with health systems virtually before they ever step foot in a care setting

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  1. How Chicago hospitals handled most violent weekend since 2016

    A reported 74 shooting victims sought emergency care at various hospitals throughout Chicago between 3 p.m. Aug. 3 and 6 a.m. Aug. 6, making it one of the most violent weekends in the city since at least 2016, according to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Opioids after wisdom teeth surgery linked to risk of long-term use

    Young adults between ages 13 and 30 who fill an opioid prescription before or after having their wisdom teeth are 2.7 times more likely to demonstrate continued opioid use, according to a study published in JAMA.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Mercyhealth seeks workers for 2 hospitals

    Rockford, Ill.-based Mercyhealth will host a job fair Aug. 14 to  fill positions at its new Riverside hospital and Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue, both in Rockford.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. FBI informs Texas hospital officials of classified security threats

    FBI officials met with more than 100 leaders from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Medical Center — both in Houston — and roughly 18 other hospitals and health systems across the state Aug. 8 to warn officials about possible security threats from foreign entities, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Alyssa Rege -

Actionable, reliable data: A key to success in a value-based era

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  1. Mandated nurse staffing ratios could cause Massachusetts to lose 1,000 behavioral health beds, trade group says

    A proposed ballot initiative to mandate nurse staffing ratios in Massachusetts hospitals would lead to a reduction of 1,000 behavioral health beds, increase emergency room boarding for mental health patients and decrease access to recovery services statewide, according to a study by the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 5 must-read stories about for-profit hospital operator stocks

    Major for-profit hospital operators have seen their stock prices change significantly at times in the last couple of months.  By Kelly Gooch and Ayla Ellison -
  3. 22% of Americans say cost is an obstacle to healthcare, survey shows

    American households continue to struggle with healthcare costs, and most are concerned about access to affordable insurance coverage, according to a new Bankrate survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Text messages and $10K signing bonuses: How 2 health systems have found nurse recruitment success

    Hospitals and health systems are using various recruitment methods amid a national nursing shortage, including text messaging and large financial incentives.  By Kelly Gooch -

Poor communication contributes to 80 percent of medical errors

Learn what your organization can do to break down communication silos.
  1. SSM Health makes 3 leadership appointments

    St. Louis-based SSM Health announced three leadership changes.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Carney Hospital selects permanent president: 4 things to know

    Dorchester, Mass.-based Carney Hospital dropped "interim" from President Tom Sands' title, according to the Dorchester Reporter.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Drug recalls fall in Q2: 5 report findings

    Drug recalls declined more than 25 percent in the second quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of the year, according to Stericycle Expert Solutions' latest report on U.S. product recalls released Aug. 8.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at New York hospital

    Police confirmed two people were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide at Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester Medical Center Aug. 8, CBS 2 New York reports.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. Rate of hospital drug spending to slow in 2019, says Vizient

    Health systems will see a 4.92 percent price increase for drug purchases in 2019, according to estimates from Vizient's July 2018 Drug Price Forecast report.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. Appearance-altering apps are driving more young patients to seek plastic surgery, researchers say

    Social media, edited selfies and pioneering apps that assist in altering a person's appearance creates a false reality of unrealistic beauty, leading many younger patients to seek out plastic surgery, three authors write in an op-ed published in JAMA.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. Patient's family outraged after Atlanta hospital waited hours to tell them he was missing

    A patient diagnosed as mentally incompetent went missing from Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center for over a day before he was found, leaving his family to wonder why the hospital waited several hours to notify them he was missing, Channel 2 Action News reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic among most diverse hospitals, a health and wellness website for African-Americans, announced its 2018 Top Hospitals For Diversity, honoring hospitals that deliver high quality care while promoting equity and inclusion in their operations, programs, services and staffing.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. UnitedHealth scoops up physicians in purchase of 63K-member plan

    UnitedHealth Group will acquire four clinics through its purchase of Peoples Health, a Metairie, La.-based Medicare Advantage plan, according to the Star Tribune.    By Morgan Haefner -

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