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  1. Chicago licenses 1,500 pharma reps to help fight opioid epidemic

    Chicago licensed approximately 1,500 pharmaceutical representatives due to a citywide ordinance that aims to to slow down over-prescription practices, according to Chicago Sun Times.  By Harrison Cook -
  2. Rhode Island hospital workers reject Lifespan offer, plan to strike

    Nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital plan to strike after rejecting management's latest contract offer, according to a Providence Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. 5 stories on healthcare organizations hiring

    The following healthcare organizations shared hiring plans in June and July:  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. 7 health IT changes in latest Medicare program proposal

    CMS made a series of changes that will affect the use of health IT in its latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposal released July 12.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. CMS releases proposed physician payment rule for 2019: 6 things to know

    CMS issued its annual update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule July 12, which includes a proposal to pay physicians for their time when they check in with Medicare beneficiaries via telephone or other telecommunications devices to decide if an office visit or other service is needed.    By Ayla Ellison -
  3. CDC joins investigation into sonic attacks in Cuba, China

    The CDC joined an investigative task force looking into sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China, McClatchy's Washington, D.C., bureau reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Medical tourism startups seek patients willing to travel for major surgeries

    The burgeoning medical tourism industry — valued at $68 billion in 2016 by PwC — is expected to nearly double by 2021 as startups work to woo patients to travel for major surgeries, according to a report from Bloomberg.  By Emily Rappleye -

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  1. House rejects proposal to give CDC $10M for gun violence research

    The House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines July 11 to reject a proposal to set aside $10 million in grants for gun violence research at the CDC, Politico reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Pharmaceutical, biotech companies cited as biggest drivers of high healthcare costs

    Pharmaceutical and biotech companies have the biggest effect on healthcare costs, most healthcare providers told an NEJM Catalyst Buzz survey.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Premier Health asks court to dismiss lawsuit over $17K, $9K out-of-network bills

    Dayton, Ohio-based Premier Health and a contracted surgeon called on a court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of failing to notify patients getting treatment in the emergency department that their surgeon was not in-network with their health insurance plan, according to the Dayton Daily News.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Hackensack UMC, UnitedHealth offer joint, spine procedure bundled payments

    Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, a part of Hackensack Meridian Health in Edison, N.J., will offer bundled payments for UnitedHealthcare members receiving knee, hip and spine procedures at the hospital, according to NJ Biz.  By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Texas Health Resources, Adventist to build $150M hospital

    Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, in partnership with Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, will build a $150 million healthcare campus in Mansfield, Texas.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Looking for a healthcare job? Hiring from New York to Texas

    The following healthcare organizations shared hiring plans in May and June.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Patient flow technology brings big positive outcomes for UAB Medicine

    According to Healthcare IT News, high patient volume was creating significant challenges for University of Alabama Medicine, such as being on diversion 60 percent of the time; an average wait time for an inpatient bed up to 210 minutes; only 15 percent of discharges occurring before noon; more than 45 percent of transfer requests denied; midnight occupancy averaging 94 percent, and 6,000 clinic encounters a day.  By Staff -
  4. Amazon reportedly working with startup to launch medical product delivery at major health systems

    Amazon is in talks with Xealth, a startup that offers a digital prescribing and analytics platform, and two health systems about a pilot project that would enable physicians to recommend medical product bundles to their patients at the hospital and have those products delivered to the patients' homes upon discharge, sources told CNBC.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Why EDs need language interpreters to prevent patient harm

    Language barriers during medical emergencies may compromise care, highlighting the importance of medical interpreter services in emergency departments, an analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine found.  By Megan Knowles -
  6. 8 lesser-known facts about Pfizer

    Many people are familiar with Pfizer and its wide range of products including Advil, Viagra, Xanax and Robitussin, but hidden from the public are several interesting facts about the company's history.  By Alia Paavola -
  7. Better cancer care can prevent deaths without new treatments, experts say

    Cancer experts say more than one in five cancer deaths can be eliminated in the U.S. even if researchers don't develop new tests or treatments, the Los Angeles Times reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  8. Mark Twain Medical Center CEO to resign: 3 things to know

    San Andreas, Calif.-based Mark Twain Medical Center President and CEO Robert Diehl is resigning July 31, according to a Calaveras Enterprise report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Advocate Aurora Health enters employee wellness, 'smart city' collaboration with Foxconn

    Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn Health Technology Business Group plan to embark on a three-part, data-driven collaboration, the organizations said in a joint announcement July 12.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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