Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 'Truckload' of Florida physician's billing records mistakenly dumped in landfill

    A mix-up at a Merritt Island, Fla.-based physician's office led to confidential, unshredded billing files being dumped in a nearby landfill, according to Florida Today.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Partners in Health gets 'visionary' $15M gift: 4 things to know

    Partners in Health, a Boston-based foundation that broadens access to healthcare for marginalized populations, received the largest gift in its 13-year history — a $15 million donation from the Wagner Foundation, according to The Boston Globe.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Investor Carl Icahn ends fight against Cigna-Express Scripts deal

    Activist investor Carl Icahn will stop soliciting votes from Cigna shareholders against the insurer's $54 billion takeover of Express Scripts, the billionaire investor said in an Aug. 13 statement.  By Alia Paavola -

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

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  1. 6 things to know about high-deductible health plans

    Hospital and health system executives know high-deductible health plans are growing in popularity and affecting patients' pocketbooks.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 4 recent RCM service expansions

    Here are four revenue cycle management service expansions involving healthcare vendors and providers implemented or announced on or after July 20:  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Use tech to doublecheck bills, maximize reimbursements

    To maximize their reimbursements, hospitals should use technology to examine changes before bills are sent to patients and identify areas of potential charge discrepancies, advises Kevin Smith, vice president of product management at nThrive.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Ex-CEO pleads guilty in kickback case involving California health clinics

    The former CEO of Merced, Calif.-based Horisons Unlimited, a nonprofit chain of health clinics, pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to healthcare fraud and conspiracy to receive kickbacks, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -

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

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  1. Tech giants pledge to get healthcare solutions on the same page

    Six major tech giants — Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce — vowed to work together to remove barriers to interoperability in healthcare, the companies said at CMS' Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference in Washington D.C.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. 5 things to know about the FCC & its influence on healthcare

    The Federal Communications Commission has the potential to play an unprecedented role in shaping how healthcare is delivered as trends like telehealth, remote patient monitoring and health information exchange become mainstream.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. UCSF, Dignity Health partner to create patient engagement platform

    Dignity Health and UC San Francisco Health, both based in San Francisco, plan to merge their digital engagement platforms to improve the patient experience, the health systems recently announced.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. Billings Clinic foots $140K bill for staff police officer

    The Billings (Mont.) City Council approved a plan to begin assigning police officers to the Billings Clinic, according to the Billings Gazette.  By Alyssa Rege -

Poor communication contributes to 80 percent of medical errors

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  1. South Dakota hospital's Medicare contract at risk over patient safety issues

    CMS has placed the Indian Health Service hospital on the Rosebud (S.D.) Sioux Indian Reservation on "immediate jeopardy" status and will terminate the hospital's Medicare provider agreement Aug. 30 unless the deficiencies are corrected, according to the Argus Leader.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. US News' Best Hospitals 2018-19 Honor Roll

    U.S. News & World Report released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2018-19 on Aug. 14.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Put your advocacy where your tech is — How a new online platform is amplifying the political voice of physicians and healthcare leaders

    New laws and regulations continuously shape the healthcare industry and impact the way medical providers conduct business. Physicians and healthcare executives can help drive these changes by getting involved in the legislative process, but many fail to do so because they lack the time needed to research the issues and contact local, state, and federal lawmakers.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Most adults stay out of health services administration roles, survey finds

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical and health services manager employment will grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026. However, most adults have never considered a health services administration career, according to a University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Out-of-network bills result from nearly 18% of inpatient admissions for large employer plans

    A significant portion of inpatient hospital admissions billed to large employer health plans are out-of-network charges, which can leave patients subject to balance billing, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. To succeed, 'find solutions in difficult situations,' says Thomas Jefferson University Hospital VP of Digital Design Viraj Patwardhan

    In this special Speaker Series, Becker's Healthcare caught up with Viraj Patwardhan, vice president of digital design and consumer experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  By Staff -
  7. Massachusetts hospitals required to develop dementia care plan by 2021

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed first-in-the-nation legislation last week that aims to improve Alzheimer's treatment and diagnosis, The Boston Globe reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Tower Health more than doubles net income in FY 2018

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health reported positive results in its fiscal year ended June 30.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. Illinois physician claims imitator wrecked his career

    Jay Joshi, MD, an Illinois physician specializing in pain treatment, sued another physician with the same name in federal court, claiming the other physician's criminal case has destroyed his career.  By Ayla Ellison -

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