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  1. Physician's daughter hit with a $17k bill for urine test: 7 things to know

    A Texas woman took a urine drug test after back surgery and was hit with a $17,850 lab bill, according to a Kaiser Health News report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Severe flu season causes 10% drop in blood supplies at North Carolina blood bank

    Blood banks across the country, including those that supply blood to North Carolina hospitals, are seeing a decline in blood donations as a result of the widespread, severe flu outbreak, reports the The News & Observer.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. New Mexico hospital CEO: We have enough money to fund payroll short-term, but we need more cuts

    Taos, N.M.-based Holy Cross Hospital's CEO Bill Patten assured employees this week there is enough money to fund payroll for the next two pay periods, but noted additional cuts will be necessary to ensure long-term solvency, according to The Taos News.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. 31 interview questions for nurses — and how to answer them

    When interviewing applicants, healthcare employers often ask behavior-based interview questions to assess how the individual would perform their duties and fit into the organization.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. 7 latest FDA approvals

    Here are the seven latest drugs or medical devices approved by the FDA this week.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Tufts Medical Center swings into black in Q1: 4 things to know

    Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, an affiliate of Burlington, Mass.-based Wellforce, ended the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 with net income of $7.6 million, turning around a $1.5 million net loss reported in the same period a year prior.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Olympic norovirus outbreak spreads to athletes: 5 things to know

    Two Swiss freestyle skiers contracted norovirus amid an ongoing outbreak at the Pyeongchang Games, according to a report from Reuters.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  1. 28 latest hospital, health system executive moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 2 drug distributors shipped 12M+ opioids to West Virginia pharmacy over 8 years: 7 things to know

    McKesson Corp. and Cardinal Health shipped 12.3 million doses of opioids to a small pharmacy in West Virginia between 2006 and 2014, according to an analysis conducted by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee cited by The Washington Post. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Presence Health taps R1 for revenue cycle services

    Chicago-based Presence Health plans to deploy R1 RCM's end-to-end revenue cycle services across its 10 hospitals and more than 150 Illinois physician care locations.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Allscripts' FY 2017 revenue up 20%: 6 things to know

    Allscripts released its 2017 full-year earnings results Thursday.    By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. Nantucket Cottage Hospital CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann to retire in 2019: 3 notes

    Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital President and CEO Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD, is retiring, effective in the summer of 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Study: Hospitals saw 1.5% higher private payer payments under ACA penalties

    Hospitals penalized under two ACA Medicare reimbursement policies engaged in a degree of "cost shifting" to boost payments from private payers, suggests a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Florida Hospital adds to exec teams at 4 hospitals

    Orlando-based Florida Hospital announced executive appointments at four of its hospitals.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Congressional hearing on healthcare consolidation: 3 things to know

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing Wednesday examining the effects of consolidation within the healthcare industry.  By Leo Vartorella -
  5. LRGHealthcare to restructure programs, lay off 16 employees

    Laconia, N.H.-based LRGHealthcare said it plans to merge and consolidate several medical facilities and programs, affecting 16 employees.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Virtua's Bob Segin: Health system CFOs should 'get out of their comfort zone'

    Bob Segin serves as executive vice president and CFO of Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua, one of the state's largest health systems.   By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Flu vaccine 36% effective at midseason: 4 things to know

    Health officials expect the flu season to continue for several more weeks, and the CDC estimates that overall, the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective at preventing the disease, according to a report released Thursday.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. The state of value-based payments: 5 things to know from 117 financial executives

    The Healthcare Financial Management Association asked 117 senior financial executives how hospitals, physicians and payers are feeling about using value-based payment models.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. Anthem updates 'always pay' conditions under ER policy: 5 things to know

    Anthem increased the number of "always pay" exceptions under its controversial discretionary emergency care policy.  By Morgan Haefner -

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