Week in review: 9 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. 5 standout exchanges from Rep. Tom Price's first hearing for HHS post
Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., faced nearly four hours of questioning Jan. 18 during a hearing in the Senate health committee on his nomination for secretary of HHS.

2. Man allegedly shoots himself inside W.Va. hospital
State police said a man shot himself inside Logan (W.Va.) Regional Medical Center in the morning Jan. 18, according to MetroNews.

3. Public approval of ACA peaks as repeal efforts continue, poll finds
More Americans support the ACA than ever before, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

4. Trump says ACA replacement plan nearly complete, promises insurance for all
In an interview with The Washington Post Jan. 14, President Donald Trump said he is nearly finished with a replacement plan for the ACA.

5. CHS executives ink $60M settlement in investor suit\
A Tennessee federal judge on Tuesday approved a $60 million agreement Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and its executives inked with investors to resolve breach of fiduciary duty allegations. 

6. Where are CMS' new overall 1-star hospitals?
When CMS updated the formula used in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program in December, the number of hospitals that received the lowest possible rating of one star fell from 121 in October to 112.

7. WSJ: Theranos did not disclose Ariz. lab inspection failure
Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood testing startup Theranos faces another potentially damning report from The Wall Street Journal alleging the company did not disclose a failed CMS inspection last September.  

8. Hospital M&A activity jumps 55 percent in 6 years: 5 findings
Although the number of hospital transactions dipped slightly in 2016, the overall trend over the past six years shows hospital mergers and acquisition activity is on the rise, according to an analysis by Kaufman Hall & Associates.

9. Sentara Healthcare data breach affects 5k patients
A breach at a third party vendor for Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare impacted more than 5,000 Sentara patients, according to WAVY.com.

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