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  1. 5 things to know about direct primary care practices

    An increasing number of U.S. practices are offering direct primary care, although not all have had success with the model, reports Kaiser Health News.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Samaritan Health Services CEO Larry Mullins to leave post by year-end

    Corvallis, Ore.-based Samaritan Health Services President and CEO Larry Mullins is stepping down at the end of the year, after leading the health system for 25 years. He will take on a new part-time role as leader of the Samaritan Solutions Institute, as he transitions into semi-retirement.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Baltimore's naloxone supply dwindling as opioid overdose rates surge

    The Baltimore City Health Department is running low on naloxone as the number of Marylanders overdosing on opioids continues to rise, says Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. Hospira recall exacerbates ongoing baking soda shortage: 4 things to know

    Hospira recalled 42 lots of sodium bicarbonate solution last week over potential issues with their sterility, worsening an ongoing critical shortage of the crucial drug.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. Physician imposter pleads no contest to practicing medicine without a license

    Alberto Gonzalez of Bakersfield, Calif., was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of probation after pleading no contest to charges of practicing medicine without a license, BakersfieldNow.com reported.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. AHRQ report: US hospitals see sharp rise in opioid-related inpatient stays, ED visits

    Between 2005 and 2014, opioid-related emergency department visits nearly doubled and opioid-related inpatient stays increased 64 percent, according to a statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Study: AHCA could cut $900B from Medicaid spending over decade

    Building off the latest analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the House-approved American Health Care Act, a new report from the Urban Institute and Robert Woods Johnson Foundation found that federal Medicaid spending could fall by $938.3 billion, or 20.5 percent, from 2019 to 2028.  By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. Physician who wrote 1980 letter that fueled opioid crisis responds

    Hershel Jick, MD, co-author of a one-paragraph letter to the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980, says he regrets that the inaccurate representation of his words has contributed to the current nationwide opioid epidemic, NPR reports.  By Tamara Rosin -
  2. 73% of Americans believe AHCA details should be public, survey finds

    Seventy-three percent of Americans prefer that the discussion over the Senate’s passage of the AHCA be made public, according to a new poll conducted by CBS News.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. Poll: Americans' concern about healthcare drops off as AHCA slows

    As momentum of the AHCA stalled in the Senate, fewer Americans view healthcare as the greatest problem facing the nation, according a new Gallup Poll.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. 4 key parts of the AHCA that Republicans can’t agree on

    Republican senators have softened certain parts of the AHCA to appeal to more moderate members of their party, and conservative senators and members of the House are not happy about the adjustments, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. Senate aims for AHCA vote next week

    Senate Republican Policy Chairman John Barosso, R-Wyo., said he expects the Senate to vote on the AHCA next week, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. 37 health breaches reported in May, some took 3+ years to discover: 6 things to know

    In May, health data breaches were disclosed at a rate of one or more per day, according to a Protenus report. These findings were consistent with those the organization reported last year.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. 198M affected in largest exposure of voter information: 5 things to know

    An analytics firm the Republican National Committee employed to conduct big data analysis exposed the information of roughly 198 million potential voters, according to The Hill.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  4. Michael Dowling: The health system's role amid rural and community hospitals' financial crisis

    Hospitals of all sizes and in all regions must find ways to become more fiscally efficient as reimbursements from government and commercial payers continue to decline. But while larger health systems typically have a greater financial cushion, many independent rural and community hospitals have increasingly found themselves imperiled in the current healthcare climate.  By Michael J. Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health -
  5. 11 recent healthcare layoffs

    The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in June. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -
  6. Connecticut hospital to lay off undisclosed number of employees

    Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital confirmed plans to downsize its workforce by cutting positions and leaving some vacant jobs unfilled.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. RCM tip of the day: Issue tracking to improve revenue cycle

    One way healthcare organizations can improve their revenue cycle is successful issue tracking, according to Cynthia Ethier, senior healthcare consultant of revenue cycle transformation at Hayes Management Consulting.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. Texas HHSC privacy breach may affect 1.8k individuals

    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission notified clients after discovering a box containing protected health information outside an unsecured dumpster belonging to a commission eligibility office.  By Julie Spitzer -
  9. What 3 finance leaders would do to improve the revenue cycle process

    Three healthcare finance and revenue cycle leaders shared with Becker’s Hospital Review what they would change about the revenue cycle process.  By Morgan Haefner -

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