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  1. McLaren Health Care to open retail clinics, primary care centers in Walgreens stores

    Grand Blanc, Mich.-based McLaren Health Care plans to open retail health clinics, urgent care centers and primary care sites in several Walgreens stores throughout Michigan.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. UPMC Susquehanna to expand 2 hospitals in $115M renovation

    Thanks to nearly $115 million in investments, Williamsport-based UPMC Susquehanna will build a new center of excellence for physician medicine and rehabilitation and revamp its cancer center, the system said Oct. 16.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Southwestern Health Resources, BCBS of Texas launch ACO for 130K member

    Southwestern Health Resources, the clinically integrated network formed by Arlington-based Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, collaborated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to create an ACO, the organizations said Oct. 16.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. 7 latest hospital, health system CEO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system CEO moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Orange Park Medical Center appoints CFO: 3 notes

    Orange Park (Fla.) Medical Center selected Chris Glenn to serve as CFO, according to the Jacksonville Daily Record.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Floyd Valley Healthcare taps Dustin Wright as CEO: 5 things to know

    Le Mars, Iowa-based Floyd Valley Healthcare, a critical access hospital, named Dustin Wright CEO, effective Dec. 10, according to a Le Mars Daily Sentinel report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Northwell Health seeks to raise $530M for capital improvements, initiatives

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health seeks to raise about $530 million for improvements and initiatives, Newsday reported.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Physicians, hospitals respond to Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule: 8 notes

    The American Medical Group Association and the American Hospital Association issued responses to CMS' proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and made various recommendations to the agency.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Cost of common heart drug climbs in US after recall

    The cost of two dosages of valsartan, an active ingredient used in drugs to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure, more than doubled after  a recall of most of the drug's supply,  Reuters reports.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Minnesota sues 3 insulin makers, alleges price-gouging of diabetes patients

    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing three major pharmaceutical companies that make insulin in the U.S. — Sanofi-Aventis, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly — for the alleged price-gouging of people with diabetes who need the lifesaving drug.  This is the first state to take legal action over the issue.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. 7 latest hospital credit upgrades

    The following seven hospital credit rating upgrades occurred in the last month. They are listed below in alphabetical order.  By Alia Paavola -
  1. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to June 2018 ONC data.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Former Sen. Tom Coburn: Bipartisan healthcare improvements are possible — here are 2 I'd like to see

    Tom Coburn, MD, former Republican senator from Oklahoma, has not seen many issues trigger as much contention and debate as healthcare does. But despite Congress' partisan divide, he believes common ground still exists when it comes to protection of the physician-patient relationship. By Molly Gamble -
  3. Grady Health seeks $21M more from 2 Georgia counties after hike in expansion estimate

    Atlanta-based Grady Health System is asking two Georgia counties to pony up an extra $21 million toward an expansion project with a cost estimate that's risen from $203 million to $231.3 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The two counties already have committed $90 million to the project.  By Molly Gamble -
  4. Epic expects its energy demand to double by 2028

    Epic will pay up to $10.3 million to help cover the total cost of a $21 million substation and high-voltage power line in Verona to help meet its growing energy needs, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.  By Julie Spitzer -
  5. Viewpoint: How telling stories gives physicians more grit

    Storytelling is a critical component of self-care for physicians, Jessica Zitter, MD, a critical care and palliative care physician at Oakland, Calif.-based Highland Hospital, argues in an op-ed published in Harvard Business Review.  By Harrison Cook -
  6. Source of 127 polio-like illnesses is still a mystery, CDC says

    The CDC on Oct. 16 expressed concern about the nation's uptick in pediatric acute flaccid myelitis cases and said it is still working to identify the cause of this increase, according to STAT.  By Harrison Cook -
  7. Google creates AI to detect when breast cancer spreads

    Google's new artificial intelligence algorithm, dubbed LYNA, accurately detects the spread of breast cancer — but the company is taking pains to highlight that the tool is meant to assist, not replace, human pathologists.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. Warren Buffett, St. Peter's Health Partners CEO to livestream healthcare talk

    Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett will join Albany, N.Y.-based St. Peter's Health Partners President and CEO James Reed, MD, for a moderated discussion on the state of healthcare in the U.S. on Oct. 17.  By Alyssa Rege -
  9. Healthcare workers to deliver petitions to Kaiser Permanente executives over job outsourcing

    Healthcare workers in California will present employee-signed petitions to Kaiser Permanente executives Oct. 18 in Pasadena, Calif., the Service Employees International Union–United Healthcare Workers West announced.  By Kelly Gooch -

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