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  1. Change of plan: Adventist to close Washington hospital, medical group

    Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health called off plans to transfer ownership of its 72-bed Walla Walla (Wash.) General Hospital to Providence Health & Services and is instead closing the facility — along with its affiliated home health division and medical group — July 24.  By Molly Gamble -
  2. Word from the C-suite: Value-based care won't work without population health initiatives

    David Bailey, MD, president and CEO of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours Children's Health System, says the value-based care model requires integration with other strategies to be successful.  By Alyssa Rege -
  3. Quotes from the Front Lines: Medical school shields students from burdens of bureaucracy

    While medical school teaches students how to diagnose and treat specific medical conditions, one resident says the four years of schooling doesn't prepare students for the bureaucratic burdens they will encounter as full-fledged physicians.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Why hospitals are looking to architects to minimize length of stay

    Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are increasingly examining the design and aesthetic of their facility to appeal to patients and potentially shorten inpatient stays, according to a CNN report.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. 7 Republican, Democratic governors criticize AHCA in letter to senators

    In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Republican and Democratic governors criticized the American Health Care Act, arguing the bill doesn't do enough to protect the nation's sick and vulnerable, according to CNBC.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. 300+ hospital executives tell their No. 1 financial strategy

    Hospitals cited "reviewing and optimizing current operational and clinical processes" as their top strategy for containing costs in the next three years, according to a survey of U.S. hospital executives.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 11 must-reads on balance billing

    Here are 11 articles published this year by Becker's Hospital Review that offer insight on surprise out-of-network billing, including recent legislative actions and more.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. A state-by-state breakdown of per capita Medicare spending

    There was wide variation in per capita Medicare spending among states in 2014, according to a study by CMS' Office of the Actuary published by Health Affairs.   By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 6 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits were reported since June 8, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Genesis HealthCare to pay $53.6M to settle 6 false billing cases

    Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis HealthCare has agreed to pay the federal government $53.6 million to settle six lawsuits alleging some of its facilities violated the False Claims Act, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Wake Forest Baptist CFO steps down

    Chad Eckes has left his position as CFO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -

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  1. Mercy Medical Center CEO Thomas Cecconi to retire, ending 15-year tenure

    Canton, Ohio-based Mercy Medical Center President and CEO Thomas E. Cecconi is retiring, effective Dec. 31.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Investigation: Understaffing in OR contributed to 2 patient deaths at California hospital

    Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center submitted a correction plan to state health officials after an investigation unveiled staffing and other issues contributed to the deaths of two patients in 2016.  By Heather Punke -
  3. 9 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

    Last week, readers gravitated toward articles on healthcare consumerism, leadership lessons from outgoing GE CEO Jeff Immelt and hospital marketing.  By Tamara Rosin -
  4. Kansas passes exemption of conceal and carry law for hospitals

    The University of Kansas Health System, state psychiatric hospitals and nursing homes will not be required to uphold the state's concealed carry gun law after a bill was passed June 15 without Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's signature, the Kansas City Business Journal reported.  By Tamara Rosin -
  5. Texas joins multistate investigation into opioid manufacturers' role in nationwide epidemic

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week joined a coalition of state attorneys general who are investigating opioid manufacturers' marketing and sales practices to determine whether the companies have broken any laws, according to The Texas Tribune.  By Tamara Rosin -
  6. Mayo Clinic undecided on function of downtown property 4 years after $5.8M acquisition

    Though it has been nearly four years since Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic purchased the Lourdes High School building for $5.8 million, the property has not been used for anything other than employee parking, according to the Post-Bulletin.  By Leo Vartorella -
  7. Trump 'kind of like a doctor with gruff bedside manner': Mike Huckabee's leadership-healthcare analogy

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on “Fox and Friends” Monday to advocate for President Donald Trump, saying he was “kind of like a doctor with gruff bedside manner,” according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  8. Memorial Hermann Health System CEO Dr. Benjamin Chu departs after 1 year

    Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System President and CEO Benjamin K. Chu, MD, stepped down, just one year into his tenure. He is leaving to "pursue his passion in health and public policy," according to a health system statement.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Trump to meet with 20 tech CEOs

    President Donald Trump invited leaders from technology companies to the White House June 19 to discuss cost effective ways of upgrading the nation's IT infrastructure, according to The Washington Post.  By Julie Spitzer -

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