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  1. Lovelace reaches settlement with New Mexico AG over alleged $300M Medicaid fraud scheme

    Albuquerque, N.M.-based Lovelace Health System settled allegations it defrauded the state's Medicaid program roughly $300 million in taxes beginning in 1989 and spanning nearly two decades, according to a Santa Fe New Mexican report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Highmark Health posts record 6-month performance with $505M operating surplus

    Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health, the parent company of insurer Highmark and Allegheny Health Network, reported an operating gain of $505 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2017, compared to $35 million the same period last year.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. Google searches for vision problems spike after solar eclipse

    Immediately following the solar eclipse, Google searches related to vision problems spiked in popularity, according to the Business Insider.  By Alia Paavola -

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  1. Survey: STEM interest dwindles as kids get older, gender gap persists

    Kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — subjects decreases as they get older, according to a Randstad survey.  By Julie Spitzer -
  2. Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City CEO resigns: 5 things to know

    Jim FitzPatrick, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City (Iowa) resigned.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Minneapolis ophthalmic company to pay $12M to resolve kickback suit

    Sightpath Medical, a Minneapolis-based ophthalmic equipment company, and its former CEO, James Tiffany, will pay more than $12 million to settle allegations of an illegal kickback scheme under the False Claims Act to lure physicians to use its products.  By Alia Paavola -
  4. BJC Healthcare sells shuttered 127-bed hospital for $13

    St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare sold Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, a shuttered 127-bed facility in Farmington, Mo., for $13 in May, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. Protesters rally to remove NYC statue of Civil War-era physician who allegedly experimented on slaves

    Following a national movement to remove public statues commemorating figures from the Confederacy, protestors have asked public officials to remove the statue of James Marion Sims, MD, a Confederate-era physician who allegedly experimented on enslaved black women without their consent, according to USA Today.  By Alyssa Rege -
  2. Boulder Medical Center's Foothills Hospital ceases birthing services

    Boulder (Colo.) Medical Center's Foothills Hospital stopped providing infant delivery services this month, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.  By Alia Paavola -
  3. How health systems can improve adult immunization rates

    As the healthcare industry shifts to value-based reimbursement models, timely intervention and preventive care strategies have surged to the forefront of discussion.   By Alia Paavola -
  4. Senate leaders invite insurance commissioners, governors to bipartisan healthcare talks

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a ranking member of the committee, announced Monday that they will include state insurance commissioners and governors in their bipartisan healthcare hearings, according to The Chattanoogan.  By Leo Vartorella -

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  1. 16 latest hospital, health system CNO and CMO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system chief nursing officer and CMO moves in the last four weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Fairview Health Services selects new COO, CMO & chief nursing executive

    Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services appointed three new senior executives.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Vaccine opponents propose 'measles parties' to build resistance in Minnesota children amid historical outbreak: 6 things to know

    As Minnesota's worst measles outbreak in decades nears a potential end, anti-vaccine advocates have intensified local efforts to discredit vaccine safety, according to a report from The Washington Post.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Presence Health to join Ascension

    St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit Catholic health system, signed a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire Chicago-based Presence Health, Illinois' largest Catholic health system.  By Kelly Gooch -
  5. Texas hospital reopens after 3-year closure

    The former Cleveland (Texas) Regional Medical Center, shuttered three years ago, reopened Aug. 16 as Texas Emergency Hospital, LMTonline reports.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. CHS stock surges after investor calls on board to replace CEO

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems shares jumped more than 11 percent Monday after an investor released a letter it sent to CHS' board calling for the replacement of the company's board chairman and CEO Wayne Smith, according to Reuters.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. Louisville files lawsuit against 3 opioid wholesalers

    The Louisville Metro Government filed a lawsuit against three opioid distributors, alleging they failed to disclose suspicious orders of prescription opioids to the Drug Enforcement Administration and thus contributed to the proliferation of opioids in the city.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  8. FDA committee to evaluate use of opioid cough medicines in children: 3 things to know

    The Food and Drug Administration's Pediatric Advisory Committee will convene in September to evaluate the use of prescription cough medications containing opioids in the treatment of pediatric patients.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  9. WannaCry ransomware returns, hits LG in South Korea

    LG, a global electronics manufacturer, said it shut down parts of its network Aug. 14 after it discovered a LG self-service kiosk in South Korea had been infected with ransomware, reports ZDNet.  By Julie Spitzer -

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