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  1. Samsung widens stake in prescription drug market through partnership with Japanese pharmaceutical company

    Tech-giant Samsung will widen its stake in the prescription drug market by producing novel drugs in partnership with Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., according to Reuters.  By Alia Paavola -
  2. Patients brace for price of 'breakthrough' leukemia drug CTL019

    Patients across the globe are bracing themselves for the price of CTL019, a new leukemia drug deemed a "breakthrough" by physicians, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. Bella Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalls all lots of unexpired sterile drug products

    Bella Pharmaceuticals on Friday issued a voluntary recall of its unexpired sterile drug products due to a lack of sterility assurance.  By Alia Paavola -

Are you vulnerable to cyber criminals?

Hackers are now organized criminals with sophisticated tools, and they're looking for patient data.
  1. Xerox joins Innovation Lab to explore health tech

    Norwalk, Conn.-based Xerox Corp. and its Palo Alto, Calif.-based PARC subsidiary have partnered with Newport Beach, Calif.-based Innovation Lab  to advance engineering, medical technology and robotics solutions in healthcare, according to Westfair Business Publications.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. 45% of businesses unknowingly experience a cyberattack: 4 survey insights

    Nearly half of business owners struck with hacking, phishing or other cyberattacks indicated they didn't realize their experience counted as a "cyberattack," according to a survey from Nationwide.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. Dallas-area physicians sue out-of-network billing company for allegedly overstating reimbursements

    Plano, Texas-based Neuron Shield Partners, a physician group monitoring patients' nervous systems during procedures like spine surgery, sued Medical Practice Solutions, a third-party billing company also in Plano, for allegedly exaggerating the out-of-network payments it could recoup from payers, The Dallas Morning News reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. MTBC tapped by Infinity Diagnostic Labs for RCM, GeBBS unveils fee evaluation tool & more – 5 RCM key notes

    Here are five recent updates on revenue cycle management companies.   By Morgan Haefner -

Need a consumer-centric strategy for your hospital?

Here's how to engage patients and create loyalty while enhancing physician engagement.
  1. St. Joseph Hoag Health CEO Dr. Richard Afable to retire in December

    Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Hoag Health CEO Richard Afable, MD, plans to retire by the end of the year. Dr. Afable also serves as executive vice president of Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California Region-Orange County/High Desert.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. CEO of rural Alabama hospital resigns amid financial troubles: 6 things to know

    Eutaw, Ala.-based Greene County Health System CEO Elmore Patterson is resigning, according to an ABC 33 40 report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Study reveals electronic reminders did not notably increase medication adherence

    Financial incentives, social support and electronic reminders such as wireless pill bottles did not notably improve clinical outcomes or medication adherence among patients following heart attack, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. For-profit hospital operators likely to experience weak patient admissions through 2018

    Major for-profit hospital operators were plagued by weak patient volumes in the quarter that ended June 30, and this trend is likely to continue through next year, according to Reuters.  By Ayla Ellison -

Staff injury in the OR poses serious risk

Here are the best practices to reduce injuries and maximize technology return-on-investment.
  1. Intermountain to cut opioid prescriptions 40% by end of 2018: 5 things to know

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare aims to achieve a 40 percent reduction in the number of opioids prescribed for acute pain systemwide by the end of 2018.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. These 10 US medical schools received the most applications in 2016-17

    The majority of U.S. medical schools on U.S. News and World Report's list of medical schools with the most applications received more than 10,000 applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Anthem expands discretionary ED coverage policy to Indiana

    Indianapolis-based Anthem will stop covering emergency department visits it deems unnecessary for Indiana policyholders, extending the discretionary policy recently enacted in Georgia and Missouri, according to an IndyStar report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Rush files suit over $18M patient monitoring system

    Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center late last week filed a lawsuit over a patient monitoring system that allegedly put patient safety at risk, reports Chicago Tribune.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  5. MD Anderson operating in the black for first time in more than a year

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is operating in the black on a year-to-date basis for the first time since January 2016, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Ayla Ellison -
  6. Moody's: Nonprofit healthcare medians reversed trajectory in FY 2016

    Annual expense growth for nonprofit and public healthcare organizations outpaced annual revenue growth in fiscal year 2016, according to Moody's Investors Service.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Adeptus asks to borrow $17M as it exits bankruptcy

    Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health, the largest operator of freestanding emergency rooms in the U.S., needs to borrow an additional $17 million as it gets ready to exit bankruptcy in September, according to Reuters.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. 5 industry reactions to the MACRA proposed rule

    CMS closed the comment period Monday for its 2018 proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Quality Payment Program.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. CEOs talk proposed Ascension-Presence Health transaction

    On Tuesday, St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit Catholic health system, declared plans to acquire Chicago-based Presence Health, Illinois' largest Catholic health system.  By Kelly Gooch -

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