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  1. New Jersey hospital evacuates ER over oxygen leak

    Hackettstown (N.J.) Medical Center evacuated its emergency room around 12 p.m. July 10 after a construction worker struck an oxygen line, according to a Lehigh Valley Live news report.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Are state Medicaid policies helping or hurting telehealth? 7 stats

    Laws governing reimbursement often stand in the way of telehealth adoption — either hospitals don't want to offer it over confusion about getting paid or patients don't want to use it over confusion as to who pays.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Women in cybersecurity earn 8% less than men

    The gender pay gap is prevalent throughout the technology industry, and the cybersecurity sector is no exception, according to a new report from Infosec Institute.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. How a hospital bed shortage is harming mental healthcare in rural Kansas

    After Osawatomie (Kan.) State Hospital cut its bed count from 206 to 146 in 2015, a local mental health service provider is struggling to give sufficient care to those who need inpatient services, KOAM reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. PAs are increasingly moving to complex specialty areas

    The percentage of physician assistants working in surgical sub-specialties has increased over 70 percent since 2013, according to the 2017 Statistical Report of Certified Physician Assistants by Specialty released by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Cleveland Clinic study reveals leadless pacemakers cut patient complications

    Patients who received leadless pacemakers experienced fewer short-term and mid-term complications overall than those who had traditional transvenous pacemakers, a Cleveland Clinic-led research study found.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. NYU Langone Health selects Dr. Kim Glassman as 1st-ever endowed director of health promotion

    New York City-based NYU Langone Health appointed Kim Glassman, PhD, RN, the Lerner Director for Health Promotion at NYU Langone, a newly created, endowed position.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. UNC Rex Healthcare names Ernie Bovio COO: 3 notes

    Raleigh, N.C.-based UNC Rex Healthcare tapped Ernie Bovio to serve as COO, effective Sept. 2.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Houston proposes 70% increase in ambulance transport fees: 7 things to know

    Houston Fire Department leaders have proposed raising ambulance fees to curb unnecessary use of emergency medical services, according to a Houston Chronicle report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Virginia patient charged $1.2K after seeing out-of-network ER physician at in-network facility

    A woman received an unexpected $1,180 bill for an out-of-network emergency room physician at Henrico Doctors' Hospital-Forest Campus in Richmond, Va., reports NBC12.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Microfluidic chip detects sepsis at 98% accuracy

    Researchers at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock invented a microfluidic chip to help detect sepsis using less than a drop of blood — and the device is showing 98 percent accuracy in identifying the life-threatening condition in human patients.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. 6 stats on EHR-related physician burnout and 7 tips to combat it

    The American healthcare system is undergoing a burnout epidemic. One so fierce that physicians are 15 times more likely to experience symptoms of burnout than professionals in any other field, according to data compiled by Allscripts.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. VCU Health employee inappropriately accesses 4.7K patients' EHRs

    Richmond-based Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is alerting 4,700 individuals to a potential compromise of their or their child's EHR data.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Older black patients don't live as long as whites after cardiac arrest in hospital

    Care disparities may cause fewer older black patients to survive long-term after a cardiac arrest in the hospital when compared to older white patients, a study published in Circulation found.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. Majority of physicians worried MIPS could harm patient care, study finds

    Most physicians caring for Medicare patients are unaware how Medicare evaluates and pays them, but the majority of those physicians who do know these standards are concerned this approach could negatively affect patient care, a study published in Health Affairs found.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. Construction resumes at Texas hospital after deadly explosion

    Gatesville, Texas-based Coryell Memorial Healthcare System resumed construction on its expansion project after an explosion at the construction site June 27 killed two people and injured 14, according to a KWTX report.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. Compulsive sexual behavior is a mental health disorder, WHO says

    In a decision sparking controversy, the World Health Organization classified compulsive sexual behavior as a mental health disorder in its 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, according to CNN.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. Pfizer delays some drug price hikes after Trump's criticism

    Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer agreed to postpone some drug price increases one day after President Donald Trump slammed the company on Twitter, saying it should be "ashamed" of the decision.  By Alia Paavola -
  8. 28 ambulances break down while transporting patients to hospitals in Charlotte, N.C.

    An investigation found  dozens of ambulances in Charlotte, N. C., suffered from mechanical failure while responding to 911 calls and transporting patients to the hospital, according to a July 10 report from EMSI.com.  By Harrison Cook -
  9. How UPMC Presbyterian prepares for an Ebola patient: 6 things to know

    For the last three years, clinicians at UPMC Presbyterian's emergency room in Pittsburgh have practiced Ebola protection protocols using actors playing Ebola-stricken patients, according to WHYY.  By Harrison Cook -

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