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  1. Tufts nurses to resume negotiations following July strike

    Hospital officials and the Massachusetts Nurses Association will return to the bargaining table to try to reach a labor deal for nurses at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, according to a Boston Business Journal report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 5 most-read finance stories: Week of Aug. 14-18

    A CMS proposal to cancel the cardiac and expanded joint replacement bundled payment models most captured the attention of Becker's Hospital Review finance readers this week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Operators of nearly 300 cancer treatment centers accused of illegally dividing up Florida market

    A 50-page federal whistle-blower complaint accuses Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute and 21st Century Oncology of illegally dividing services in southwest Florida to maintain their individual oncology care monopolies, according to the News-Press.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Henry Ford Health System sees softer financial results in first half of 2017

    Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System saw revenues increase in the first six months of this year, but ended the period with lower net income than in the first half of 2016.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. American Cancer Society pulls out of gala at Mar-a-Lago

    The American Cancer Society announced Thursday it will no longer hold its 2018 fundraising gala at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., according to The Washington Post.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 25+ blockchain companies in healthcare to know | 2017

    Blockchain is a public ledger of cryptocurrency transactions with the potential to revolutionize data management and exchange in the healthcare industry.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 8 hospitals planning facility upgrades, expansions

    The following hospitals announced or completed plans in the last week to expand, upgrade or renovate their facilities.   By Alia Paavola and Morgan Haefner -

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  1. Number of counties without ACA marketplace insurer falls to 2

    CMS projects two U.S. counties will have no payers offering coverage on ACA marketplaces in 2018.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. UPMC to spend $900M on capital projects in 2018

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC is planning to spend $900 million on capital projects in 2018, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. 12 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    As hospitals and health systems juggle compliance issues under the ACA and implement new payment models to transition away from fee-for-service medicine, many institutions are looking to strengthen their financial management arms.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. UnitedHealth CEO steps down, Aetna CEO 'ashamed' of Trump's behavior & more — 8 payer highlights

    The following payers made headlines this week, beginning with the most recent.   By Morgan Haefner -

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  1. AHRQ report: Access to care and quality improve, but disparities remain

    While the overall quality of healthcare improved from 2000 through 2015, disparities in care persisted, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report released in July.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Mylan finalizes $465 million settlement with DOJ over EpiPen rebates

    Mylan on Thursday finalized a $465 million settlement with the federal government over accusations the Canonsburg, Pa.-based drugmaker improperly classified EpiPens as a generic drug to overcharge Medicaid, reports CNBC.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. 500+ patients potentially infected by dirty endoscopes at Buffalo VA Medical Center

    Buffalo (N.Y.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center is notifying 526 patients of a potential infection risk associated with improperly sterilized endoscopes used at the facility, according to The Buffalo News.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  4. Conflict over Mayo's consolidation plans draws Minnesota AG attention

    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will meet with officials from Freeborn County and Albert Lea Aug. 21 to discuss Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System's plan to consolidate health services between its Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., facilities, according to the Post Bulletin.  By Alyssa Rege -
  5. HHS appoints national experts to panel on mental health

    HHS appointed a group of national experts to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, which was established by the 21st Century Cures Act.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. Report: Health Catalyst ranks highest in EHR capabilities

    In its latest report, Chilmark Research ranked the top 17 analytics vendors based on their products' vision and capabilities.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. John Ronan to serve as president of Blue Hill & Maine Coast hospitals

    Brewer-based Eastern Maine Health System named John Ronan president of Blue Hill (Maine) Memorial Hospital and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center seeks architect for $250M hospital

    Albuquerque-based University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's governing board voted Tuesday to hire an architect to start designing a new hospital, expected to cost up to $250 million, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  By Alia Paavola -
  9. Medical Center Health System CEO William Webster to retire in 2018

    William Webster, president and CEO of Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, is retiring, effective January 2018, according to an Odessa American report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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