Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. CHI taps T. Douglas Lawson as Texas division CEO: 5 notes

    Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives appointed T. Douglas Lawson CEO of its Texas division and senior vice president of the organization, effective March 19, according to a Houston Business Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Viewpoint: CEOs should invest tax cut money in human capital

    Although a number of companies are doling out raises and bonuses this year after the tax cut, more of these organizations should invest these funds in human capital, argues Richard Levin, economist and former CEO of online education company Coursera, in The New York Times.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Mercy names Dr. Marc Gunter president of 2,100-physician group: 4 things to know

    Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy selected Marc Gunter, MD, to serve as the inaugural systemwide president of Mercy Clinic.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Standing Rock Sioux file lawsuit against 24 opioid makers, distributors

    Attorneys on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against 24 drugmakers and drug distributors for the companies' alleged roles in facilitating the opioid epidemic within the tribe's reservation, according to a report from the StarTribune. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Georgia hospital group sues Anthem over new ER and imaging policies

    Atlanta-based Piedmont Hospital and five sister facilities have sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, Anthem, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff on ongoing feud with Highmark: 'That's what disruption is about' — 5 things to know

    UPMC and Highmark Health, both based in Pittsburgh, have been locked in a years-long feud fueled by the continued hybridization of their organizations. Their respective CEOs look upon this dispute with more optimism than patients, according to The Washington Post.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. Atrium Health's chief information & analytics officer suddenly departs

    Craig Richardville, chief information and analytics officer at Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health, no longer works for the organization, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. AHA recommends CMS delay application deadline for BPCI Advanced

    The American Hospital Association is urging CMS to provide additional information and delay implementation of a new voluntary bundled payment model.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Elite medical schools fail to offer faculty the same policy physicians recommend for all: 3 months of paid parental leave

    While most physicians recommend new parents receive at least 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, faculty at some of the nation's top medical schools receive far less, according to Bloomberg.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Leadership shakeout at Axovant — CEO, COO, 3 board members step down: 5 things to know

    After just 10 months at the helm, Axovant's CEO David Hung, MD, resigned Monday to "pursue other opportunities." In addition, Axovant's president and COO Marion McCourt and three board members also stepped down.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. NIH funding helped 210 new drugs to the market between 2010 and 2016: 4 findings

    Studies backed by the National Institutes of Health contributed to the science that underlies every one of the 210 new drugs approved between 2010 and 2016, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cited by STAT.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Apple CEO Tim Cook tells investors he wants position in healthcare beyond apps and devices

    Apple is taking its health goals beyond wellness apps and devices in an attempt to make a "significant contribution" in healthcare, CEO Tim Cook told shareholders at Apple's annual meeting Tuesday, according to CNBC.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. How to rein in drug costs while improving patient care: 4 Qs with a pharmacy expert

    To protect their bottom line amid ever-increasing drug prices, most hospitals agree they must implement cost containment strategies for medication spend.  However, realizing and sustaining cost savings over time is an achievement few obtain.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Seattle Children's receives landmark $60M bequest

    Seattle Children's received a $60 million bequest from late Seattle businessman Bruce Leven Feb. 13 — the second largest single charitable gift in its 111-year history.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. North Carolina treasurer asks UNC Health Care for $1B bond to ensure cost savings from pending merger

    North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell is calling for Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care to issue a $1 billion performance bond to guarantee cost savings from the health system's pending merger with Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health, according to The News & Observer.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Police investigate unexplained injuries at Wisconsin hospital's NICU

    The Madison (Wis.) Police Department is investigating a handful of unexplained injuries among patients in the newborn intensive care unit at Madison, Wis.-based UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital, reports WISC-TV News 3.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  6. Press Ganey adds to patient experience portfolio with $65M acquisition: 4 things to know

    Press Ganey acquired HealthStream's patient experience and engagement businesses as a part of recent agreements with the health IT company.    By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Geisinger's Dr. Alistair Erskine shares 5 elements of Apple's Health records app

    In late January, Apple said its latest iPhone iOS update would integrate patient health records into its Health app as part of a beta run, shaking up the EHR industry and taking a giant leap toward interoperability.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. Maryland AG reaches $81M settlement in dispute with Medicaid IT company

    Computer Sciences Corp. will pay Maryland $81 million to resolve allegations involving its Medicaid technology contract with the state, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said on Feb. 9.     By Kelly Gooch -
  9. 3 innovative revenue cycle strategies driving financial success

    Declining reimbursements and increased complexity have put pressure on the margins of many hospitals and health systems across the country. However, there are steps healthcare leaders can take to increase the efficiency and adaptability of their revenue cycles.  By Leo Vartorella -

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