Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Hemophilia groups file complaint against Wellmark for revealing condition of patient receiving $12M in care annually

    Three national and state hemophilia advocacy groups seek federal action against Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield for allegedly violating HIPAA and the ACA by revealing the condition of a member costing the plan $1 million a month and exiting Iowa's individual marketplace.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Ex-CEO of OSU Wexner still on payroll as senior adviser

    Sheldon Retchin, MD, resigned as CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based OSU Wexner Medical Center in May after public criticism from some of the hospital's top physicians, but he is still on the university's payroll as a senior adviser, according to the The Columbus Dispatch.  By Leo Vartorella -
  3. 4 questions with DuPage Medical Group CEO Mike Kasper on private equity group investment

    Downers Grove, Ill.-based DuPage Medical Group declared Wednesday a $1.45 billion investment from Ares Management Private Equity Group.  By Kelly Gooch -

Are you vulnerable to cyber criminals?

Hackers are now organized criminals with sophisticated tools, and they're looking for patient data.
  1. Dartmouth-Hitchcock ends fiscal year with $18.7M surplus

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock posted operating income of $36.4 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, without the affect of restructuring costs, according to unaudited financial results released Aug. 11. With $17.7 million in restructuring costs factored in, the system ended fiscal year 2017 with operating income of $18.7 million.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. 50+ new cases, 3 deaths reported in San Diego County hepatitis A outbreak

    The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency on Tuesday increased the total number of deaths related to an outbreak of hepatitis A in the county to 11, marking three new deaths since July 28.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Cincinnati targets 3 opioid distributors in lawsuit

    The city of Cincinnati on Aug. 15 filed a lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. for the companies' alleged failure to report and halt suspicious orders of opioids in the community.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. 4 health systems recognized on Glassdoor's 'Best Places to Interview' list

    Glassdoor named 100 organizations to its Best Places to Interview list in 2017, including four health systems.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Need a consumer-centric strategy for your hospital?

Here's how to engage patients and create loyalty while enhancing physician engagement.
  1. Daviess Community Hospital appoints Keith Miller COO: 4 things to know

    Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Ind., selected Keith Miller to serve as COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Broward Health names new CFO, COO on heels of exec resignations

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health tapped Alan D. Goldsmith as CFO and Gino R. Santorio as COO. The embattled health system filled the positions within the same week that three executives resigned.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Trump blames McCain for healthcare failure

    President Donald Trump called out Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a press conference Tuesday for derailing Republican healthcare efforts, according to AZ Family.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. Navient subsidiary acquires ELIPSe, Zotec renews sponsorship with Butler University athletics & more — 6 RCM key notes

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

Staff injury in the OR poses serious risk

Here are the best practices to reduce injuries and maximize technology return-on-investment.
  1. Private equity group invests $1.45B in DuPage Medical Group

    Downers Grove, Ill.-based DuPage Medical Group has a new investment partner — Ares Management Private Equity Group.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. David Wichmann named UnitedHealth's new CEO: 3 things to know

    David Wichmann, president of Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, will become CEO of the company Sept. 1 after Stephen Hemsley leaves the position.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. 4 latest healthcare layoffs

    The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in August. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch and Ayla Ellison -
  4. CMS cancels cardiac bundles, scales back CJR model: 8 things to know

    CMS issued a proposed rule Tuesday that would cancel or scale back major bundled payment initiatives.  By Ayla Ellison -
  5. Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove to stick with Trump council

    Though several CEOs have resigned from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council in reaction to his response to the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, will remain on the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, according to The Plain Dealer.  By Leo Vartorella -
  6. CBO: Cutting ACA insurer payments would increase federal deficit by $194B by 2026

    The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated how terminating the ACA's cost-sharing reduction payments — which help insurers subsidize the cost of coverage for low-income Americans — would affect the federal deficit and the individual health insurance market if eliminated next year.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. Chinese billionaire again ups stake in CHS — this time for $71M

    Chinese billionaire Tianqiao Chen has a 22.1 percent stake in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems after buying nearly 9.8 million more shares of the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. State-by-state breakdown of 80 rural hospital closures

    Of the 26 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are located in the South, according to research from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.  By Ayla Ellison -
  9. BCBS of Michigan faces more than 30 lawsuits alleging hidden health plan fees

    More than 30 lawsuits filed against Detroit-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the past week claim the insurer charged employers unauthorized and hidden fees for their health plans, Bloomberg BNA reports.  By Morgan Haefner -

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