7 must-read articles for healthcare leaders this week

Start your week off right by taking a look at some of Becker's Hospital Review's top stories from last week.

 1. 'Skinny' repeal fails with McCain's decisive vote in 2 A.M. Senate session

The GOP’s "skinny" repeal bill was rejected in an early morning  Senate session Friday due to a deciding vote by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who, along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., sided with Democrats to vote against the bill, according to CNN.

2. 19 latest hospital, health system executive moves

Becker's Hospital Review reported on the following hospital and health system executive moves in the last week. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.

3. CMS moves forward with $43B in DSH payment cuts

CMS issued a proposed rule Thursday that lays out a methodology for implementing cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital allotments under the ACA beginning in fiscal year 2018.

4. 3 ways to improve your hospital's star rating

A new report from Deloitte provides insight into the mechanisms behind CMS' Medicare Overall Hospital Star Ratings Program and offers hospitals strategies to achieve a five-star rating.

5. CHS to sell 25 hospitals as net loss swells to $1.7B in 2016

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems will continue selling off hospitals this year after ending 2016 with a net loss.

6. Amazon reportedly launched a secret healthcare team called 1492

Amazon reportedly has a secret healthcare team exploring new technology opportunities in healthcare, including both hardware and software projects, according to CNBC.

7. CHS expects $137M net loss in Q2, says divestitures will continue

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems ended the second quarter of 2017 with a net loss of $137 million, marking the fifth consecutive quarter the company has posted a loss, according to a preliminary earnings statement released last Wednesday.

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