Week in review: 13 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. HHS partners with 17 'innovative' companies for open enrollment
Seventeen companies including Lyft, Matter and Care.com committed to supporting the fourth ACA enrollment period by providing information to freelance professionals and entrepreneurs who both work at and use the companies' services nationwide.

2. Play ball: Cleveland, Chicago hospitals ready for World Series crowds
Hospitals are used to seeing patient volumes increase during large events, and in Cleveland and the North Side of Chicago, nothing is bigger right now than baseball. Wrigley Field in Chicago is prepped and ready to host its first World Series game since 1945, which means hospitals in the vicinity are also preparing for their first World Series in 71 years as well.

3. CMS put Allina hospital in 'immediate jeopardy' for drug error during nurses' strike
During a six-week-long nurses' strike at Minneapolis-based Allina Health, a replacement nurse working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis was involved in a medication error that caused CMS to place the hospital in "immediate jeopardy" status.

4. Feds affirm 25% average premium hike in states with federal ACA online markets
HHS said premiums for the second lowest cost individual ACA plan will jump by an average 25 percent in 39 states served by HealthCare.gov, according to federal data.

5. CHS expects $83M operating loss in Q3
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems previewed its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2016 on Wednesday.

6. HCA inks $750M deal to sell Oklahoma hospitals
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of its Oklahoma hospitals to an affiliate of University Hospitals Authority and Trust in Oklahoma City.

7. NY cardiologist pleads guilty in attempt to kill competitor
Anthony J. Moschetto, DO, a cardiologist affiliated with Roslyn, N.Y.-based St. Francis Hospital, pleaded guilty Oct. 25 in a murder-for-hire scheme that included attempted arson, illegal prescription sales and medieval weaponry, according to NBC New York. 

8. Aetna CEO: Young adults rather pay for 'beer on Fridays and Saturdays' than health insurance
People who are healthier and younger are more likely to forego buying ACA health plans as they weigh rising premiums against other lifestyle expenses, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said at Bloomberg's The Year Ahead Summit in New York.

9. British physicians draw up list of 40 procedures of little to no benefit
Choosing Wisely — an initiative led by the American Board of Internal Medicine to reduce waste in the healthcare system in the U.S. — was launched in the U.K. Monday.

10. Affordable drug prices, not ACA, tops voters' healthcare concerns for 2017
Addressing the high price of prescription drugs tops the American public's list of healthcare issues for the next president and Congress to address. Matters specific to the ACA, such as repealing parts or all of the law, are considered less important by comparison, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

11. Broward Health board postpones CEO search indefinitely
Broward Health's board decided Oct. 26 to delay naming a new CEO after reading a report from a firm hired to assess the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based system's procedures, policies and operations, according to the Sun Sentinel.

12. Texas Health Resources settles lawsuit filed by nurse who survived Ebola
Texas Health Resources settled a lawsuit filed in March 2015 by Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted and survived Ebola in 2014 after caring for a patient diagnosed with the virus at a THR hospital.

13. Baystate Health phishing scam affects 13k patients
A phishing email scam sent to Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health employees may have exposed 13,000 patients' personal information, MassLive.com reports.

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