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  1. St. Luke's University Health Network sees 1st wave of flu hospitalizations — all in unvaccinated patients

    Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network has already seen seven flu-related hospitalizations this season, all of which occurred among individuals who skipped their flu shots, according to The Morning Call.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. HHS overhauled 'Apply for Health Insurance' webpage during ACA enrollment

    The federal government altered the application page for health coverage on the ACA's HealthCare.gov a few weeks after the 2019 open enrollment period began, according to an analysis from the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Patients discharged around Christmas have worse outcomes, study finds

    Patients discharged around Christmas may have a higher risk of mortality or readmission compared to those discharged in November or January, according to a study published in the BMJ.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. 6 steps CVS took to become a healthcare giant

    "Health" was not always a part of CVS' name. Here are six steps CVS Health took in its push to become a healthcare namesake, according to CNBC:  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Jonathan Bush: Running a company with an activist investor is like having a 'gun to your head'

    Athenahealth co-founder and former CEO Jonathan Bush called out activist investment firm Elliott Management for its role in influencing the sale of the company during an interview with CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" Dec. 12.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. There's a new payer in town: How Intermountain transformed its billing experience to improve collections and patient satisfaction

    For decades, healthcare organizations have primarily focused on bolstering payments from private health plans and government insurers.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. How Connecticut Children's cut arrival-to-triage time by 80%

    Efficiency in the emergency department is vital, not only because EDs often face large patient volumes with many requiring immediate medical attention, but also because it is the front door to your hospital — often the first, and in some cases, the only place where a patient experiences care in your facility.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Tablets, inpatient portals for patients linked with lower readmission rates, study finds

    Offering patients access to an inpatient portal is correlated with lower 30-day readmission rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. 12 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 64% of execs worry about losing their jobs throughout a new EHR rollout

    More than half of healthcare executives — 64 percent — expressed concern about the future of their employment during an EHR implementation or replacement, according to a seven yearslong survey commissioned by Black Book.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Feds join lawsuit accusing Sutter Health of Medicare Advantage fraud

    The Department of Justice has intervened in a lawsuit against Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, alleging the health system and an affiliated medical foundation violated the False Claims Act by submitting inaccurate information about Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. House passes drug-pricing bill targeting 'big pharma's games'

    The House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan drug pricing bill that looks to crack down on "big pharma's games" that increase profits at the expense of the taxpayers, according to The Hill.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Virginia naloxone maker to launch generic version, drop list price by $3,922

    A month after Kaleo came under fire for raising the price of its opioid antidote 600 percent to $4,100, the Virginia drugmaker announced it will launch a generic version at a fraction of the cost, according to a STAT news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Mayo Clinic Arizona CEO departs for exec role at Optum

    Wyatt Decker, MD, vice president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, will retire from his role early next year, a spokesperson for the Rochester, Minn.-based health system confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review Dec. 12.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Vermont hospital struggles to pay its bills: 7 things to know

    Springfield (Vt.) Hospital, a nonprofit, critical access hospital, is struggling to pay its bills  amid budget woes, according to VTDigger.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Trinity Health CEO leaving in June; successor named

    Richard Gilfillan, MD, CEO of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will depart from the system in June.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Aetna to resolve 'ghost networks' in Massachusetts

    Aetna reached an agreement to improve its provider directories after a Massachusetts attorney general investigation uncovered inaccuracies in its network information, according to The Boston Globe.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. Aspire Health drops pursuit of hacker, says stolen emails were never opened

    Nashville-based Aspire Health is abandoning its search for a hacker that stole 124 emails in a phishing scam in September after an internal investigation determined the emails were intercepted before the hacker opened them, according to the Tennessean.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. 3 top execs resign from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

    The CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., and two other hospital executives have resigned, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. UPMC Pinnacle to close hospital

    Harrisburg, Pa.-based UPMC Pinnacle plans to close its hospital in Lancaster, Pa., early next year and transition inpatient services to another facility.  By Ayla Ellison -

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