Week in review: 11 biggest healthcare stories this week

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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. US News releases 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic earned the top spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Hospitals rankings for the second year in a row.

2. Wake Forest Baptist issues apology after sending family blood-stained clothing of daughter 3 months after her death
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center officials issued an apology Aug. 8 after sending a North Carolina family the blood-stained clothes their daughter had been wearing at the time of her death in April.

3. New Hampshire sues OxyContin manufacturer over marketing tactics
New Hampshire filed a lawsuit against Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma LP for allegedly misleading marketing campaigns, which state officials believe fueled their current opioid epidemic.

4. Bon Secours Richmond CEO orders managers, others to take paid leave to reduce expenses
Bon Secours Richmond (Va.) Health System CEO Toni Ardabell, BSN, issued an order July 19 mandating select salaried workers at the health system take five paid days off to reduce the health system's expenses by the end of its fiscal year Aug. 31.

5. Former professor sentenced to 28 years in prison for shooting Icahn School of Medicine dean
A judge sentenced Hengjun Chao, a former assistant professor of medicine at New York City-based Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to 28 years in prison Aug. 9 for the attempted murder of Icahn School of Medicine Dean Dennis Charney, MD.

6. 7 things to know about large US employers' 2018 healthcare spending predictions
Large U.S. employers estimate healthcare costs per worker will increase to an average $14,156 in 2018, compared to $13,482 per employee this year.

7. Auditor: 15-bed Missouri hospital at heart of $90M billing fraud scheme
Putnam County Memorial Hospital, a 15-bed hospital in Unionville, Mo., reportedly received $90 million in insurance payments in less than a year for lab services that were performed at other facilities across the country.

8. 10 best and worst states for healthcare
Hawaii is the best state for healthcare.

9. Alabama hospital to close after 60 years
Paul Jones Hospital in Camden, Ala., will become the sixth rural hospital in the state to close since 2010.

10. Quorum Health sees net loss narrow to $30.6M, plans more hospital sales
Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health ended the second quarter of 2017 with a net loss. However, the company hopes to improve its financial picture by continuing to restructure its portfolio.

11. Broward executive resigns amid accusations she improperly steered $1.7M to marketing firm
Doris Peek resigned July 20 as senior vice president of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health after a law firm hired by the health system released a report accusing her of improperly steering nearly $1.7 million to a marketing firm.

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