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  1. Mayo's Epic go-live slated for May 5, but how is training going?

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's May 5 Epic go-live is quickly approaching, but the health system has been preparing for months and says everything is on track, according to the Post-Bulletin.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Greenway Health adds 104 jobs at Florida headquarters

    Nearly $520,000 state and local incentives are enabling Greenway Health to hire 104 new employees and invest $1.8 million in an expansion of its West Shore, Fla.-based headquarters, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Illinois state board finds conflict of interest in U of Illinois' Epic contract

    An Illinois state board determined April 17 there is evidence of a conflict of interest regarding an EHR implementation contract between Epic and Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospitals, according to NBC 5.  By Julie Spitzer -

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  1. Mercy Health to open portion of $271M facility in September

    Muskegon, Mich.-based Mercy Health, which is part of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, is slated to open a portion of its $271 million facility in September, according to WZZM.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. St. Luke's University Health Network breaks ground on $100M hospital

    St. Luke's University Health Network's Anderson Campus, which is based in Easton, Pa., began construction on a $100 million facility April 13, according to LVB.com.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Senator: VA secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson promised opposition to privatizing veterans' healthcare

    White House physician Ronny Jackson, MD, said he opposes the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs, just days before his confirmation hearing to lead the agency, according to The Hill.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Kalispell Regional Healthcare loses 2 execs — CFO resigns

    Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare CFO and CIO Charles Pearce resigned recently, and Chief Nursing Officer Karen Lee, RN, announced plans to retire Dec. 31.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. 5 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. CMS pushes back against Missouri ruling on Medicaid DSH payments

    CMS is challenging a Missouri judge's decision to ban the agency from using a 2017 final rule and two Frequently Asked Questions documents to determine Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, according to the American Hospital Association.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Mississippi judge orders 25% reduction to health system retirees' pensions

    Nearly 1,000 retirees of Pascagoula, Miss.-based Singing River Health System will see a significant cut in their pension benefits, according to a WLOX report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. IBM reports 2nd consecutive quarter of revenue growth

    IBM on April 17 reported $19.1 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2018, marking its second consecutive quarter of revenue growth.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Physician alignment, referral leakage and more — 4 experts discuss financial strategies for a value-based world

    For hospitals and health systems in the midst of transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care, new financial and alignment strategies are crucial to success.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Piedmont, BCBS shake hands on agreement after state ultimatum

    Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia shook hands to resolve a weekslong contract lapse that left hundreds of thousands of patients in out-of-network limbo.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. 75-year-old physician, Chicagoland hospital part ways over new EMR

    A 75-year-old obstetrician at Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based St. Alexius Medical Center who has delivered tens of thousands of babies is hanging up his hospital coat after refusing to take classes and learn the hospital's new computer system, Daily Herald reports.  By Julie Spitzer -
  4. CMS terminates Kansas hospital's Medicare billing privileges: 5 things to know

    CMS revoked Overland Park, Kan.-based Blue Valley Hospital's Medicare billing privileges April 11, and the hospital is now suing HHS and CMS over the decision.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Texas hospital staff find fetus in dirty linen cart

    Staff members at Wichita Falls, Texas-based United Regional Health Care found a fetus in a dirty linen cart early morning on April 17, according to KAUZ.  By Alia Paavola -
  6. Utah ballot initiative could extend Medicaid coverage to 150k people: 4 things to know

    Utah could become the latest state to expand Medicaid under the ACA.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Poll: 52% of medical practices satisfied with their organization's culture

    Most medical groups are at least somewhat satisfied with their organization's culture, according to Medical Group Management Association's most recent Stat poll.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. The financial challenges facing hospitals, health systems: 4 takeaways

    Hospitals and health systems are under constant pressure to reduce costs while also improving quality and maintaining a strong workforce. With this comes an array of financial challenges, as reimbursement levels continue to change and healthcare becomes more consumer-centric.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. Physicians battle first drug-resistant typhoid outbreak: 8 things to know

    The first known epidemic of extensively drug-resistant typhoid has infected approximately 850 people in Pakistan across 14 districts since 2016 and is anticipated to disseminate globally, according to data from the National Institute of Health Islamabad cited by The New York Times.  By Megan Knowles -

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