Week in review: 10 biggest healthcare stories this week

Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week. 

1. ACA repeal in 11 days? 10 things to know Tuesday about the Graham-Cassidy bill
The ACA repeal bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., gained momentum in recent days as Republicans whip votes ahead of the Sept. 30 budget reconciliation deadline.

2. Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson 'disappointed' by Graham-Cassidy bill
Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson voiced his concerns about recent efforts to repeal and replace the ACA Sept. 20, arguing the proposed legislation does not increase access to high-quality care and affordable coverage.

3. CHI's operating loss swells to $585.2M in FY 2017
Bondholder documents indicate Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit 103-hospital system based in Englewood, Colo., saw revenues increase in fiscal year 2017, but ended the period with an operating loss.

4. Physician's resignation drives Virginia hospital to close
Stuart, Va.-based Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick began diverting patients from its ER Wednesday before announcing later in the day that it will close within days.

5. UPMC fires several employees after they ogled, photographed anesthetized patient with genital injury
Several physicians and employees at Everett, Pa.-based UPMC Bedford Memorial were disciplined after a state investigation revealed a "ton" of employees crowded into an operating room to take photos and videos of a patient without consent.

6. Intermountain faces nurse complaints over lunch break policies: 5 things to know
A former nurse at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare claimed the health system automatically deducted nurses' pay for a 30-minute lunch break, even if nurses do not take a break during their shift.

7. CHI, Dignity Health reportedly in final stages of due diligence for proposed affiliation
CHI officials said the health system is conducting the final stages of the due diligence process to align with San Francisco-based Dignity Health.

8. 2 LifePoint hospitals to lay off 158 employees
SOVAH Health-Martinsville (Va.) and SOVAH Health-Danville (Va.), which are both owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, will lay off a combined 158 employees in November.

9. Financially troubled Centegra to lay off 131 employees, outsource 230 jobs
Crystal Lake, Ill.-based Centegra Health System revealed plans to lay off 131 employees and outsource another 230 jobs following a year of significant financial losses.

10. Florida hospital suspends employees after inappropriate photos with newborns surface
Multiple employees, including at least one U.S. Navy nurse, were removed from patient care at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (Fla.) after images of them inappropriately handling newborn babies went viral Monday.


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