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  1. 25 teaching hospitals with the most safety violations

    The next generation of U.S. physicians might be picking up bad habits at teaching hospitals nationwide that have received numerous safety violations, according to a STAT analysis.  By Megan Knowles -
  2. No criminal charges brought for Prince's drug overdose

    After singer-songwriter Prince accidentally overdosed on fentanyl in his home in 2016, attorneys said April 19 that no criminal charges will be brought in his death, according to ABC News.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. The average 1,500-bed hospital prints 96M pages each year — at a cost of $3.8M

    Seventy-six percent of healthcare organizations using an EHR still print consent forms instead of using electronic signature forms, according to an analysis by health IT consulting firm CynergisTek.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Anthem veteran to head HHS' efforts to trim health insurance costs: 4 notes

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar named James Parker senior adviser to the agency's secretary for health reform and director of the office of health reform.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Illinois state board finds conflict of interest in U of Illinois' Epic contract; Google's Nest may be interested in Nokia's health business & more — 14 health IT key notes

    Here are 14 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. NIH to fund gun research consortium of 12 universities, health systems

    The National Institutes of Health awarded $5 million to 20 researchers across 12 universities and health systems to study gun deaths among children and teens — the largest grant for gun research in two decades.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. KLAS: What EMR vendors are community hospitals looking to replace?

    KLAS Research released a report in April on health IT vendors in the community hospital market segment.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Key trends in ambulatory strategy: When an HOPD to ASC conversion makes sense

    The healthcare system is transitioning toward value-based care, which includes a movement to perform surgical procedures in the most appropriate clinical and economic setting. Due to several innovations in the healthcare space, surgeons are able to perform higher acuity procedures, such as total joint and spine surgery in outpatient surgery centers. As a result, hospitals are refining their ambulatory strategy. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Tenet beats class-action lawsuit stemming from kickback investigation: 6 things to know

    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on April 18 upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to force Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare to reimburse Hispanic women for travel and medical expenses allegedly incurred as a result of a kickback scheme.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Emory Healthcare to launch ACO, bundled payment program with Walmart

    Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare and Walmart are teaming up on an ACO for Walmart employees based in the metro Atlanta area, as well as a bundled payment program for spine surgeries and joint replacement surgeries.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. 8 medicine use and spending trends

    Medicine spending continued to increase in 2017 despite a sharp decline in prescription opioid use, according to a study from the Iqvia Institute for Human Data Science.  By Kelly Gooch -
  1. Consumerism and the patient payment transition: 2 experts discuss

    It's no question that consumerism, high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts are driving sweeping changes in payment collections for the healthcare industry. However, providers are still scrambling to find solutions to optimize payment collections in a patient-friendly manner as this transition accelerates, said Stuart Hanson, senior vice president and general manager of consumer payment solutions at Change Healthcare.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Man who dressed as Spider-Man to wash windows at pediatric hospital sentenced to 105 years for child pornography

    Jarratt A. Turner, who was known for dressing as Spider-Man to wash the windows at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced April 16 to 105 years in federal prison for multiple counts of producing and transporting child pornography, according to The Washington Post.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Mark Kimball is Erlanger Murphy Medical Center's new CEO: 4 things to know

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System named Mark Kimball CEO of Erlanger Murphy (N.C.) Medical Center, effective June 4.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center CEO resigns: 5 takeaways

    Crystal River, Fla.-based Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center CEO Austin Brown is departing for a new role at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg (Fla.), effective April 20, according to a Citrus County Chronicle report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Pocahontas Memorial Hospital CEO to retire: 4 things to know

    Barbara W. Lay, CEO of Pocahontas Memorial Hospital in Buckeye, W.Va., is retiring, effective Oct. 1, according to The Pocahontas Times.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. VA's pick for acting CIO was in charge of Trump campaign's data operations: 6 things to know

    After Scott Blackburn resigned from the Department of Veterans Affairs April 17, the agency tapped Camilo Sandoval, the former director of data operations for President Donald Trump's campaign as its new acting CIO, according to FedScoop.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. Former Berkeley Medical Center employee owes $22k after stealing patient data

    A former employee of Martinsburg, W. Va.-based Berkeley Medical Center — which is part of WVU Medicine University Healthcare — will pay more than $22,000 in restitution to resolve  allegations of obtaining patients' information to open credit cards and other financial accounts, according to Herald-Mail Media.  By Julie Spitzer -
  8. Intestinal issues land HHS Secretary Azar back in hospital

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar was hospitalized for a second time this month related to his diverticulitis, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. 4 stories on healthcare organizations adding jobs

    The following healthcare organizations shared plans to add jobs since March 22.  By Kelly Gooch -

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