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  1. PwC: Efforts to curb healthcare utilization 'have run their course'

    PwC's Health Research Institute estimates 2019's employer medical cost trend will be 6 percent, remaining "stable yet unsustainably high," according to its annual medical cost trend report.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Harvard scientists: Trump environmental policies could cost 80K lives per decade

    The Trump administration's environmental policies are likely to increase rates of disease and death over the next decade, according to Harvard scientists David Cutler, PhD, and Francesca Dominici, PhD.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. LA police search home of former USC gynecologist amid sexual misconduct allegations

    Los Angeles police on June 14 raided the home of George Tyndall, MD, a former University of Southern California gynecologist accused of sexually mistreating patients, reports the Los Angeles Times.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. Layoff reversal: Massachusetts health center keeps 20 workers

    Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Mass., will reinstate 20 employees who were laid off earlier this month, officials said June 18.     By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Medical device vulnerabilities threaten patient safety: 4 things to know

    Any healthcare device that connects to the internet is vulnerable for hacking and could pose a threat to patient safety, according to Renal and Urology News.  By Harrison Cook -
  3. Viewpoint: Physicians should no longer use opioids as 'simple solution' to pain

    The previously accepted notion of using opioids to completely eradicate pain has caused U.S. physicians to prescribe 50 times more opioids than the rest of the world combined, Heather Tick, MD, clinical associate professor in both the departments of family medicine and anesthesiology and pain medicine at Seattle-based UW Medicine, and Jane Ballantyne, MD, a pain medicine physician in Seattle, wrote in an op-ed for The Seattle Times.  By Harrison Cook -
  4. CMS may require hospitals to electronically share patient data

    CMS is proposing a new rule that would require hospitals participating in Medicare to electronically share medically necessary information with other providers when a patient is transferred or discharged.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. EHR vendors stock report: Week of June 11-15

    One of the three major publicly-traded EHR vendors saw their stock price fall last week.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Northern Hospital of Surry County names new CEO: 4 things to know

    Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C., selected Chris A. Lumsden, to serve as president and CEO, effective July 23, according to The Mount Airy News.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Larry Gray to step into president role at Baptist Health Louisville: 5 notes

    Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health tapped Larry W. Gray to serve as president of Baptist Health Louisville (Ky.), according to a Times-Tribune report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. UW health hires new chief marketing officer: 4 points

    University of Wisconsin Health in Madison appointed Chris J. Roth vice president and chief marketing officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Hospital room cleaning checklist did not account for smaller items containing bacteria

    Researchers from Chambersburg, Pa.-based Summit Health examined the effectiveness of a 175-item checklist its environmental services team used to complete terminal cleaning of hospital rooms in 2017.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. These are the 8 most disruptive issues in healthcare

    Presidential healthcare policy and the rise of health IT like artificial intelligence and precision medicine will all have a significant effect on how healthcare is delivered in the U.S.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. NPs prescribe fewer unneeded antibiotics than physicians, data shows

    Nurse practitioners may be less likely to inappropriately prescribe antibiotics than physicians, according to data from the athenahealth network.  By Megan Knowles -
  4. McKesson CEO takes 10% pay cut as company faces opioid lawsuit

    McKesson CEO John Hammergren will take a 10 percent pay cut in fiscal 2018 as the company faces a shareholder lawsuit for allegedly failing to audit controls for opioid-based painkillers, according to Bloomberg.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. Anthem completes acquisition of palliative care provider Aspire Health: 3 things to know

    Anthem closed its acquisition of the nation's largest provider of palliative care services for an undisclosed amount.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. 9 recent healthcare partnerships and transactions

    The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the week of June 11.  By Alyssa Rege -
  7. Physicians who maintain board certification may provide better care than peers who don't

    Physicians who regularly pass exams on the most recent clinical guidelines may provide higher quality care than their colleagues who do not maintain board certification, a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. 4 recent acquisitions involving UnitedHealth

    Here are four companies that have recenlty agreed to a transaction with UnitedHealth Group:  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. Beebe Healthcare ditches plan to add more hospital beds

    Citing a changing healthcare landscape, Lewes, Del.-based BeeBe Healthcare has abandoned its plan to add more inpatient rooms at the Lewes Campus.  By Alia Paavola -

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