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  1. Medtronic Q1 revenue up 3.1%: 5 things to know

    Medtronic on Tuesday reported an increase in first quarter revenue for the 2018 fiscal year, which ended July 28.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  2. OIG: IT weaknesses found in New Mexico Medicaid eligibility systems

    The State of New Mexico did not adequately secure its Medicaid data and information systems, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General audit completed earlier this month.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. OIG: North Carolina did not meet federal standards for Medicaid claims processing

    HHS Office of Inspector General determined the State of North Carolina, which contracts with Falls Church, Va.-based CSRA to operate its Medicaid claims processing systems, did not implement adequate federal information security requirements for safeguarding data, according to a recent audit.  By Julie Spitzer -

Are you vulnerable to cyber criminals?

Hackers are now organized criminals with sophisticated tools, and they're looking for patient data.
  1. UT Southwestern names Marc Milstein CIO

    UT Southwestern tapped Marc E. Milstein to serve as vice president of information resources and CIO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Joseph Pino to serve as COO of Saint Thomas Midtown, West hospitals: 4 things to know

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Health appointed Joseph R. Pino COO of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital, both in Nashville, according to a Lebanon Democrat report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Local ACA navigators ramp up enrollment outreach despite fewer federal marketing dollars

    In anticipation of the ACA enrollment period, local organizations dedicated to helping people register for plans on the ACA exchanges are stepping up their outreach efforts amid decreased marketing funding from the White House, according to The Hill.  By Leo Vartorella -
  4. 5 healthcare organizations adding jobs

    The following healthcare organizations shared plans to add jobs after Aug. 7, starting with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -

Need a consumer-centric strategy for your hospital?

Here's how to engage patients and create loyalty while enhancing physician engagement.
  1. Plaintiff awarded $417M in Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit

    A jury in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County ruled against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit associating ovarian cancer to talcum powder, reports The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Number of counties at risk of having no ACA exchange insurer drops to 1

    One county in Ohio is lacking an insurer selling coverage on the ACA exchanges for 2018, down from CMS' June prediction of 49 counties, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.  By Morgan Haefner -
  3. RCM tip of the day: Manage claims within a holistic revenue cycle setting

    Healthcare organizations should use one technology system to manage claims and other parts of the revenue cycle, according to Dustin Hamilton, director of product at Louisville, Ky.-based ZirMed.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. 'Project X': Boston's $16M effort to attract Aetna

    Before Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna decided to move its headquarters to New York City, the payer mulled incentives offered by one other city — Boston, according to a MassLive report.  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. Viewpoint: Don't give up on payment reform yet

    The results are in and many value-based care attempts appear to fall short of their goals, but this does not mean the healthcare industry should be discouraged just yet, according to a recent blog from Health Affairs.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Centegra Hospital-Woodstock to discontinue medical-surgical, intensive care

    Centegra Hospital-Woodstock (Ill.) filed a notice with the state to permanently discontinue medical-surgical and intensive care services after suspending them Aug. 12.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. CHS investor calls for ouster of CEO Wayne Smith

    An investor in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems released a letter Monday it sent to CHS' board calling for the replacement of the company's board chairman and CEO Wayne Smith.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Cesar Villalpando leaves SVP post at Kaiser Permanente Enterprise Shared Services: 5 things to know

    Cesar Villalpando, who joined Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in March 1988, resigned from his post as senior vice president of the organization's enterprise shared services division in July.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  5. Philips to update radiation application after discovering security vulnerability

    Philips issued a notification disclosing security vulnerabilities in its Philips DoseWise Portal application Aug. 17.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  6. 2 South Carolina health systems coming together to create new, nonprofit health company

    Columbia, S.C.-based Palmetto Health and Greenville (S.C.) Health System, two of the state's largest healthcare systems, intend to join forces to form a new, nonprofit health company.  By Kelly Gooch -
  7. Milestone: Hacking incidents overtake insider breaches for 1st time in 2017

    Almost half — 47.2 percent — of healthcare breaches were caused by hacking in July, according to according to a Protenus report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  8. KLAS: 10 health IT consulting firms ranked by provider interest

    Deloitte ranks the top consulting firm provider organizations say they turn to for health IT guidance, according to a KLAS Research report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  9. The end of 'no comment' for CEOs when it comes to politics?

    President Donald Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., initiated a mass exodus of CEOs from his executive advisory councils and elicited more public statements from corporate leaders than the public has grown to expect. The events raised questions about the traditional dynamics between the president and the business world.  By Leo Vartorella -

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