Top 5 healthcare finance stories in February

Hospital closures and an EHR implementation that cost more than expected were among the healthcare finance topics that piqued the interest of readers in February.

Here are the five most popular finance stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in February:

1. West Virginia hospital to close, lay off 600 employees
Fairmont (W.Va.) Regional Medical Center notified employees Feb. 18 that it is closing after attempts to find a buyer failed.

2. Woman sued by Alabama hospital over $31K bill: 'I wish you'd have let me die'
An Alabama woman received an emergency appendectomy at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., in May 2016. Three years later, the hospital sued her for nearly $37,000, which included a $31,000 bill plus interest.

3. New York health system closes campus
Brooks-TLC Hospital System closed Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, N.Y.

4. Bankrupt California health system lays off 920 employees
More than 900 workers lost their jobs when Verity Health, a nonprofit system based in El Segundo, Calif., closed one of its hospitals.

5. U of Vermont Health Network blames operating loss on Epic install
Burlington-based University of Vermont Health Network reported a $10 million operating loss in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, which it attributed to an Epic EHR installation that cost more than expected.

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