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  1. Illinois can't stop hospital from closing: 6 things to know

    Illinois isn't able to do much to stop the planned closure of a Chicago area hospital, despite disapproval from the community, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
  2. CVS Health reports net loss of $421M in Q4, releases 2019 guidance

    CVS Health reported a net loss of $421 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from a profit of $3.29 billion the same period a year earlier.
  3. 10 states with the most rural hospitals at high financial risk

    Mississippi is the state with the most rural hospitals at high financial risk, according to a new analysis from management consultancy firm Navigant.

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  1. 40 physicians leaving Novant in March, 2 months sooner than expected

    A group of physicians that planned to leave Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health will now do so two months earlier than expected, according to the Charlotte Observer.
  2. Fortune's 'Best Companies to Work For' 2019 names 10 hospitals

    Fortune and people analytics firm Great Places to Work released their annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" on Feb. 20.
  3. Washington hospital will lay off staff, freeze wages to stay afloat

    Garfield County Hospital in Pomeroy, Wash., needs to eliminate at least $125,000 in monthly expenses to keep its doors open, officials said in a Feb. 19 news release.
  4. Quorum Health shares hit all-time low

    Shares of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health closed Feb. 19 at $2.58, their lowest closing price ever, and traded as low as $2.52 throughout the day.

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  1. 1 in 5 rural hospitals at high risk of closing, analysis finds

    Twenty-one percent of U.S. rural hospitals are at high risk of closing unless their finances improve, according to an analysis from management consultancy firm Navigant.
  2. Summa Health's chief anesthesiologist wants to eliminate opiates from surgeries

    In response to the opioid crisis, Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health is drastically reducing the use of opioids in surgeries, according to News 5 Cleveland.
  3. U of Louisville seeks partner for Jewish Hospital acquisition

    The University of Louisville (Ky.) has formally opened a search for a partner to join in its potential purchase of Louisville-based Jewish Hospital and other local healthcare assets KentuckyOne Health wants  to sell, according to
  4. Pennsylvania hospital shortchanges workers' paychecks

    Several disruptions to payroll at Ellwood City (Pa.) Hospital have been reported in recent months, and workers only received a portion of their pay on Feb. 15, according to the Ellwood City Ledger.

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  1. Most new nurses work 12-hour shifts, some have second jobs

    Newly licensed nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts, nearly half work overtime and more than 1 in 10 have a second job, a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found.
  2. Mortality rates lower in US counties with more primary care physicians

    Mortality rates are lower in U.S. counties with more primary care physicians than in areas with fewer physicians, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found.
  3. Top execs of America's 5 largest commercial health plans

    Here are the leaders of the five insurers with the most members and revenue in 2018, listed alphabetically:
  4. Epic, athenahealth lead in patient-portal satisfaction, KLAS finds

    Epic was the No. 1 EMR vendor when ranked by providers' satisfaction with patient portals, according to a KLAS Research report.
  5. Montana health system meets requirements in whistle-blower settlement

    Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare System has met deadlines for compliance program mandates as part of a $24 million whistle-blower lawsuit settlement, according to a Daily Inter Lake report.
  6. ANA on nurse's reckless homicide charge: Criminalizing medical errors may deter future reporting

    The American Nurses Association released a statement regarding a former nurse at Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center who is facing a reckless homicide charge over a medication error.
  7. National healthcare groups urge Congress to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts

    The American Hospital Association, along with seven other national healthcare organizations, are calling on federal lawmakers to delay the start of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts scheduled to begin Oct. 1. 
  8. 3 hospital revenue cycle leaders predict how price transparency will affect healthcare

    Price transparency has come to the forefront recently amid CMS' new requirement that hospitals publish their standard charges on the internet.
  9. Kansas hospital reaches out to shuttered hospital's displaced employees

    Labette Health in Parsons, Kan., held an employee fair Feb. 18 to reach staff affected by the closure of Oswego (Kan.) Community Hospital, according to

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