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  1. UMass Memorial Health to close Medicaid-heavy clinic as part of $50M cost reduction plan

    Seeking to improve its 0.4 percent operating margin, Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care System is eyeing a $50 million cost reduction plan, which includes closing a clinic that serves a large portion of low-income residents, reports the Worcester Business Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Aetna to hire 250+ employees for Massachusetts innovation hub

    Aetna is adding more than 250 jobs at its Wellesley, Mass.-based consumer health and services offices, The Boston Globe reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Illinois suspends BCBS from offering managed Medicaid plans: 3 notes

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois can no longer enroll members in the state's overhauled managed care Medicaid program, according to Crain's Chicago Business.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. DOJ to probe Cigna-Express Scripts deal: 4 things to know

    Cigna confirmed it will undergo Department of Justice scrutiny as it attempts to acquire Express Scripts for $54 billion, according to a Bloomberg report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. California AG orders 3 hospitals to pay millions to meet charity care requirements

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has ordered Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, Calif.; Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif.; and University of Southern California Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Calif., to pay local nonprofits millions of dollars to meet the state's charity care rules, according to California Healthline.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Carilion Clinic, Inova and Sentara Healthcare: Thank you to the House of Delegates for supporting the health of all Virginians

    After wrestling with Medicaid expansion for years, the Virginia House of Delegates voted in favor of providing coverage for hundreds of thousands of our neighbors across Virginia. We want to commend the delegates from both parties for their perseverance in tackling a difficult topic and thank them for voting to improve health care for all Virginians.  By By Nancy Howell Agee President and CEO of Carilion Clinic; J. Stephen Jones, MD, CEO of Inova; and Howard P. Kern, President and CEO of Sentara Healthcare -
  4. Woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Washington hospital worker: 5 things to know

    A woman faces a felony harassment charge after allegedly threatening to kill a housekeeper in an attempt to enter Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, Wash., according to a Tri-City Herald report.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. RCM tip of the day: Limit transfusions and blood acquisition expenses

    Hospitals can realize cost savings and potentially save lives by taking a "less is more" approach to blood transfusions and use of red blood cell, platelet and plasma products, according to Joseph Thomas, BSN, RN, national director of clinical optimization at Accumen.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 6 takeaways from Jeff Bezos' latest letter to Amazon shareholders

    Jeff Bezos sent his annual letter to Amazon shareholders April 18 commending the company's high customer service ratings but outlining how his company plans to rise above the already high expectations of "divinely discontent" customers.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 5 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.   By Alia Paavola -
  4. Shriners Hospital for Children Minneapolis to sift out inpatient care

    Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis is working to halt inpatient care and instead focus on outpatient services, reports the StarTribune.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Nassau University Medical Center board unanimously ousts CEO

    Victor Politi, MD, the CEO and president of East Meadow, N.Y. based-Nassau University Medical Center, was fired April 18 by the board that oversees the hospital, according to Newsday.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Report details Chicago physician amassed $248k+ in unauthorized expenses for piano, flights

    A former Chicago-based Cook County Health and Hospitals System physician reportedly spent more than $248,000 on unauthorized expenses like plane tickets, a piano and a radar detector, among other items, during his time at the institution, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. CHS to sell 421-bed Florida hospital

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems inked a definitive agreement to sell Ocala, Fla.-based Munroe Regional Medical Center and its assets, the 126-hospital system announced April 18.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Study: No hospital ad campaign stands out in Philadelphia

    Although the Philadelphia region has one of the highest concentrations of available medical services in the U.S., the advertising techniques for these healthcare facilities lack variation and seem to be from the same 'playbook,' according to a study conducted by Philadelphia-based Drexel University researchers.  By Megan Knowles -
  5. Comcast, Independence Health join forces to build consumer-facing healthcare platform

    Telecommunications giant Comcast is partnering with Independence Blue Cross' parent company, Philadelphia-based Independence Health Group, to develop a patient-centered technology and communications platform aimed at improving the care experience for both patients and providers, the companies announced April 19.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. The 3 most important things for hospitals to do after getting a regulatory citation

    The key to resolving regulatory citations from federal, state or accreditation auditors? Resist the urge to over-correct.  By Brooke Murphy -
  7. Tenet offers nurses up to $25k sign-on bonuses to solve shortage

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the U.S. nursing field will have over one million vacancies by 2022, leaving health systems to implement strategies to recruit and retain nurses. For Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, these strategies include offering sign-on bonuses of $10,000 to $15,000 for experienced nurses and up to $25,000 for nurses in certain geographically challenged areas, a Tenet spokesperson confirmed to Becker's.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. CDC director resigns from 4 groups to comply with ethics rules

    Newly appointed CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, resigned from his positions at four groups, including a gene therapy biotechnology company and AIDS organization, to meet government ethics rules, according to Dr. Redfield's financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Post.  By Megan Knowles -
  9. HCA challenges Lee Health's 'monopolistic dominance' with plan for new Florida hospital

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare submitted an 817-page proposal to Florida regulators outlining its plan to build an 80-bed hospital in Estero, Fla., according to the News-Press.  By Ayla Ellison -

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