Sep 15, 2018

Health Provider News – September 14, 2018

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  • Hospitals are fed up with drug companies, so they’re starting their own
  • Here’s why Amazon and Apple are betting on medical clinics
  • Drug company involving senior living parent companies now has name, CEO, financing, Rx targets
  • National study finds hospital CEO compensation rates outpacing clinical employees
  • Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability
  • 4 more hospitals join Apple health records project
  • Here are the biggest hospital construction projects that kicked off in August
  • Pharmaceutical industry takes aim at hospital drug markups in new study
  • 7 healthcare leaders share the industry problem they would eliminate overnight
  • Hospitals band together to make drugs to combat shortages and high prices
  • A modular ‘hospital room in a box’ could dramatically slash the cost of building hospitals
  • Hospital stakeholders file 340B suit against HHS
  • Senate votes to ban pharmacy gag clauses
  • HHS sued over delay in drug pricing transparency regulations
  • AHA launches center for health innovation
  • Azar: Advancing value-based agenda ‘is going to mean mandatory models’
  • AMGA pens letter against coding changes in CMS’ proposed physician payment rule


(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)


  • MidState at 20 — Meriden couple’s $1m gift boosted hospital fundraising
  • Suit says state prescription plan fraud cost $11M
  • Connecticut receives $12.2M grant to develop statewide health information exchange
  • CT files lawsuit after losing nearly $11M in ‘kickback pyramid scheme’
  • Trinity unites doc groups under one name
  • Hartford HealthCare pursues multiple strategies to find, retain robust workforce pool
  • Rosow steers Farmington medtech startup Diameter Health into growth mode


  • How Maine Medical Center leveraged data to drive healthier margins
  • New St. Mary’s president focused on patients, community and collaboration
  • Topsham health care facility opens
  • LincolnHealth explains MaineHealth merger
  • Maine is facing a nursing shortage. UMaine system unveils its plan to help.
  • Central Maine Healthcare hopes Topsham Care Center can lower patient costs
  • CMH’s Maine Urgent Care will open Monday in Topsham


  • Study: Nurse question would cost $35 to $47M
  • Mount Auburn Hospital names new executive vice president and chief medical officer
  • Massachusetts ICU nurse staffing regulations did not improve patient mortality and complications
  • Why Boston Children’s reimagined its food court
  • Massachusetts union, hospitals pour money into nurse staffing ballot question: 7 things to know
  • Nurses in TV ads argue pros, cons of mandated staffing ratios in Massachusetts hospitals
  • Dana-Farber’s operating income bounces back


  • New Hampshire health system rates well compared to rest of U.S., but cost concerns remain
  • NH Considers new 100-bed forensic psychiatric hospital
  • CMC, ClearChoiceMD team up in urgent care venture


  • Why NYU’s tuition-free medical school offer may not live up to its hype
  • White Plains Hospital names CIO
  • Buyer of Lee County hospital says N.Y. judgments won’t delay reopening
  • Lawrence Health System looking to western NY for affiliation
  • HealthNow exec named interim leader at BlueShield of Northeastern New York
  • Northwell Health nurses rally in NYC over staffing, wages, paid leave
  • New York nonprofit healthcare organization hit with $200K HIPAA fine
  • Crystal Run, ORMC settle suit over OB-GYN
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering CMO failed to disclose conflicts of interest in major research journals


  • Settlement Proposed for Hospital Pensions Lawsuit
  • State Orders Health Care Company to Maintain Closed Hospital
  • HopeHealth expands leadership team to support growth
  • New England Medical Innovation Center opens in Providence


  • New CEO appointed to North Country Hospital
  • Vermont board won’t weigh in on CEO compensation after exec pay freeze urged
  • Vermont files suit: `We’re going to war with Big Pharma’
  • 1-year pay freeze urged for Vermont hospitals execs making more than $500K


(Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)


  • Nurse fired over back brace wins lawsuit against hospital
  • Nanticoke Health Services appoints CIO


  • Kaiser Permanente adding another local medical center, this one in Prince George’s
  • Spotlight on high-reliability international transfer centers


  • In the C-Suite: LifeBridge’s Brian White calls for health care innovation
  • Kaiser to open medical center in Maryland
  • Baltimore Hospital Going Green To Help Local Environment And Their Patients
  • Maryland Proton Treatment Center raises $277M in bond deal to stabilize finances
  • With new program, Maryland’s ACA health insurers now seek decrease to premiums
  • Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen leaving to lead Planned Parenthood


  • New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Healthcare Billing Law Goes Into Effect
  • Would you pay a monthly fee for unlimited primary care visits? R-Health is betting you would
  • New Jersey would have to offer affordable payment plans- proposed law
  • New Jersey Health Information Network Adds Camden Coalition HIE
  • NJ Hospital Association Launches Big Data Analytics Center
  • Hospital association aims to use big data to spot bigger trends
  • Smart Hospital Challenge seeks to improve hospital ops


  • Oak Street Health expands into Philadelphia market with acquisition
  • Amazon-backed health venture hires Philly exec as No. 2
  • Center City health-tech startup raises $1.2M to fuel growth
  • Disinterested clerks, yawning doctor, contribute to $1M in Geisinger refunds
  • Doylestown Health Gets $1M Grant For New Vascular Care Center
  • Nashville company acquires Lehigh Valley anesthesia group
  • Penn Medicine extends global reach to Vietnam


  • Buyer of Lee County hospital says N.Y. judgments won’t delay reopening
  • Evolent Health to acquire specialty care company for $217M


  • New president and CEO selected for Mon Health System


(Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)


  • For University of Iowa Children’s Hospital debt, contractor eyes Pollock’s ‘Mural’
  • Judge allows U of Iowa to defer debt payment to children’s hospital contractor until appeal is settled


  • Tara Ramlochan appointed Artesian Valley Health System CEO
  • Artesian Valley Health System appoints permanent CEO
  • Stormont Vail adds providers, plans to add clinic space
  • KU Hospital gets record $66 million gift to expand blood cancer treatment
  • Proposed nurses strike at Research and Menorah could postpone some surgeries
  • U of Kansas Health gets record-breaking $66M gift


  • Mayo Clinic joins nonprofit consortium that makes generic drugs
  • West-central Minn. hospital is state’s first critical care facility to invest in robotic surgery
  • Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota bolsters health of children with on-site attorney
  • Mayo Clinic plans $800M expansion in Arizona, Florida
  • Allina Health to launch mobile primary care clinics


  • MU Health Care’s revenue hits $1 billion
  • Landmark hospital to ask city for approval on new facility
  • Missouri Hospital Association Anticipates Primary Care Physician Shortage In Rural Missouri
  • Boone Hospital expects decision in 6 months
  • MU Health CEO says talks with SSM Health “progressing nicely”
  • SSM partners in new not-for-profit generic drug company
  • 400% price hike for generic drug a ‘moral requirement,’ Missouri pharma CEO says
  • Lee’s Summit Medical Center names new CEO
  • Proposed nurses strike at Research and Menorah could postpone some surgeries
  • Louis health monitoring startup raises $4 million


  • Richmond Named President and CEO for Methodist Fremont Health
  • Local hospital is “Golden” for stroke patients
  • Catasys Expands OnTrak-A Solution to Iowa and Nebraska with Leading National Health Plan
  • Nebraska’s top court: Voters to decide on expanding Medicaid
  • Nebraska nonprofits receive BCBS grants


  • South Dakota hospital no longer in ‘immediate jeopardy,’ but problems persist
  • South Dakota hospital gets 2 months to address problems
  • Regional Health names new president & CEO
  • Judge: Avera can pursue payment for unpaid medical bills


(Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)


  • Geneseo hospital plans for $1.3 million renovation
  • Developers want to return healthcare services to vacant Illinois hospital site
  • Illinois hospital closes
  • Mercyhealth to name new Rockford hospital after CEO
  • Aurora’s old Copley Hospital could become a medical center again
  • Advocate Aurora’s operating income down 20%, in part due to Epic EHR implementation


  • Community Healthcare System’s parent taps new CIO
  • Community Health Network Names VEI President
  • New app helps Indiana paramedics communicate with the ER
  • NorthShore Health Centers Breaks Ground on New Facility in Portage
  • Franciscan Health plans new orthopedics specialty hospital in Carmel


  • Skilled Nursing Operator Signature Almost Didn’t Survive Malpractice Suits, CEO Says
  • Norton Healthcare ventures into health clinics
  • Baptist Health names chief strategy officer
  • Kentucky names new Medicaid commissioner
  • Kentucky ASC utilizing Ngenuity 3D Visualization system
  • Future of midwife role at Baptist Health Madisonville to be decided
  • Louis company looks to build assisted-living facility near hospital
  • Humana’s Broussard to sell millions in company stock


  • Court Appoints Receiver for 33 Atrium Health and Senior Living Properties
  • Michigan ACOs reap profits in savings program
  • Henry Ford Health System Appoints New CEO Of Henry Ford Hospital
  • MI program to help put more health care professionals in underserved communities receives funding
  • Patients Protest In Hopes Of Helping Doctor Regain Position At Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital
  • Beaumont Health opening 2 outpatient campuses with surgery centers
  • Joseph Cacchione named Ascension Michigan CEO
  • Ann Arbor native leaving Johns Hopkins to be CEO at Henry Ford Hospital
  • Former McLaren Central Michigan CNO obtains new position
  • Nurses file lawsuit against U-M health system in midst of strike vote
  • Michigan Medicine nurses file federal lawsuit as potential strike looms


  • Beavercreek hospital starts work on five-story tower
  • Controversial bill could increase medical care in Ohio
  • Ohio nurses, Steward Health Care reach tentative deal
  • More hospital beds are staying empty in the region. Here’s why.
  • Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital hits transplant milestone: 500 beating hearts
  • Northside nurses reach tentative agreement with Steward Health Care
  • First look: OhioHealth to open wellness center for stroke, neurological rehabilitation in 2019
  • Business roundup: Firelands Health System names new president-CEO
  • Lakewood plans on selling former hospital property equipment for $455,000
  • What could Massillon’s Affinity hospital look like under new operator Paramount Matrix?
  • Two millennials climb into driver’s seat for Massillon’s hospital revival
  • Northside nurses say they are fighting to keep hospital open
  • Catholic health network gets 22 percent stake in Premier
  • Hospital closes psychiatric unit after regulation changes
  • BGSU and Mercy Health announce partnership
  • Mercy Health makes another leadership change
  • How this Cincinnati trauma center responded to city’s worst mass shooting since 2013
  • Shuttered Ohio hospital considering surprise purchase offer


  • Ascension Wisconsin to expand care in Shorewood community
  • Court Appoints Receiver for 33 Atrium Health and Senior Living Properties
  • Froedtert to build 2nd Wisconsin neighborhood hospital
  • Ascension Wisconsin to open clinic at former Sendik’s in Shorewood
  • Froedtert & the Medical College plan neighborhood hospital in Oak Creek
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Named Top 20 Most Innovative
  • Wisconsin health care company joins new generic drug manufacturing coalition
  • Wisconsin’s Atrium senior living facilities ordered into receivership
  • Biomanufacturing initiative launched in partnership with UW-Madison
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire Campus
  • Cormier named new Bellin Health Oconto Hospital CEO
  • Advocate Aurora’s operating income down 20%, in part due to Epic EHR implementation
  • Menomonee Falls health center sold for $68.9 million


(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)


  • Lincoln, Huntsville health systems enter strategic affiliation
  • Medical Center Barbour’s new CEO is Justin Harris
  • Birmingham tech platform partnering with national health agency
  • NICU volunteer donates $1M to Alabama hospital


  • People on the move:  Nursing Consortium of South Florida announces new president
  • Orlando Health hit with $100M defamation suit by fired physician
  • Uninsured and Indigent Patients Cost Jackson Memorial Hospital $884 Million a Year
  • Proposed hospital projects go to state regulators
  • North Florida Regional plans $110M in upgrades
  • Florida Hospital Celebration opening infusion center
  • Mayo Clinic plans $800M expansion in Arizona, Florida
  • Jonathan R. Turton Named CEO of Broward Health Medical Center
  • Future hospital site: Orlando Health to develop 570,000-square-foot complex near Medical City
  • Orlando Health hit with $100M defamation suit by fired physician
  • One year after Irma, this Keys hospital is open but awaits a $40 million rebuild
  • Florida Hospital to break ground on $15.6M Waterford Lakes freestanding ER
  • Jackson Health System faces hearing on opening Doral hospital
  • LRMC debuts sleek new emergency department
  • Baptist Health South Florida has a new CFO


  • Here are DeKalb Medical’s new hospital names after Emory merger
  • Georgia physician allegedly submitted 4,500 false claims for unnecessary lead poisoning treatments
  • Colquitt Regional Medical Center receives over $2 million in various donations
  • Clover Health to expand in Savannah
  • The most innovative children’s hospital is right here in metro Atlanta
  • Henry County hospital raises $200K for emergency dept.
  • Iora Health to open 10 primary care clinics
  • Here’s why CMO Dr. Adedapo Odetoyinbo says his hospital’s CEO posts her cellphone number in each patient room


  • Corinth Hospital looks to retain Level III trauma center designation
  • ‘Obamacare’ insurance rates will stay level in Mississippi


  • Rural North Carolina hospital uses Walmart clinic to ease pressure on ED
  • We have the Mission Health-HCA contract. Here’s what we know about the $1.5B deal.
  • New Broughton Hospital to be turned over next month
  • How hospitals, health organizations are preparing for Hurricane Florence
  • Erlanger expands in North Carolina
  • UNC Health Care divests 351-bed hospital
  • Duke Health expands care in Wake Forest, Durham communities
  • Health care offers more jobs this month in Raleigh, but internet tech rates higher among employees
  • Eastern Hospitals Not Taking Any Chances with Florence
  • A look inside Novant Health’s $80M Mint Hill Medical Center
  • Atrium Health names new head of acute care surgery
  • Durham health providers plead guilty in Medicaid scheme


  • How hospitals, health organizations are preparing for Hurricane Florence
  • Lowcountry hospitals prepare for impacts from Hurricane Florence
  • Dorchester County lawsuit says campaign of misinformation led to costly opioid abuse
  • Upstate hospitals taking medical evacuees
  • Cancer doctor resigns over failure to disclose pharma ties


  • HCA CEO Johnson to retire, company lays out succession plan
  • HCA’s Milton Johnson to retire, next CEO revealed
  • Lincoln, Huntsville health systems enter strategic affiliation
  • Nashville’s General Hospital Scolded For Loose Use Of Credit Cards
  • Janelle Reilly Named Market Chief Executive Officer For CHI Memorial
  • Tennessee hospital wants to privatize $75M in debt
  • Erlanger expands in North Carolina
  • New cancer care company lands $200M from former Emdeon owner
  • How Nashville Changed Health Care for the Nation
  • HCA preps CEO change
  • Dan Miller to serve as CEO of HCA’s Methodist Hospital
  • Tennessee hospital wants to privatize $75M in debt
  • Equity firm invests $200M to launch independent cancer care network
  • CHI Memorial selects new CEO
  • Quorum Health expands board of directors


(Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)


  • Baptist Health Medical Center partners with U of Arkansas to open new orthopedic clinic
  • Izard County Hospital Gets Restraining Order After Computer Company Threat


  • Banner Health to hold career fairs, aiming to hire 1,500 statewide
  • Arizona health department receives $1M to address health care shortages
  • Mayo Clinic to nearly double size of Phoenix campus in five-year, $648 million project
  • Iora Health to open 10 primary care clinics


  • New management for north Louisiana safety-net hospitals OK’d
  • Possible new ASC one step closer after Louisiana city council passes ordinance
  • Ochsner Health to become minority member of CHRISTUS Health Southwestern Louisiana
  • See the early Charity Hospital redevelopment proposals
  • Lakeview Regional Medical Center selects Scott Montgomery as COO
  • Ochsner, Christus Health leaders say joint venture will focus on physician recruitment, telemedicine


  • Rio Rancho voters to decide on reviving tax for hospital
  • Vote 4 NM: The Medicaid buy-in debate
  • AG probing deaths of 36 patients in doctor’s care


  • Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital now open in Western Oklahoma
  • Community worried Pauls Valley hospital could be closing
  • Over 3K patients treated at Oklahoma Dual Entity Heart & Vascular Center
  • South Central Oklahoma copes with Health Department cuts
  • Hospital focus of town meeting


  • Doctor resigns from leadership posts at Texas Health Plano after remarks about female physicians
  • Killeen: CEO named for Metroplex Health System
  • John Phillips is Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s new president
  • Famed Baylor St. Luke’s surgeon linked to 2015 heart transplant patient deaths
  • Medical City Weatherford names new CEO
  • HCA pays $148M for Texas hospital
  • Physician pleads guilty in $60M fraud scheme allegedly linked to patient deaths
  • USMD Hospital at Fort Worth appoints CEO, CNO
  • Ochsner, Christus Health leaders say joint venture will focus on physician recruitment, telemedicine


(Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming)


  • Federal regulations add to Alaska’s already high health care costs
  • Providence nurses approve new contract


  • Luke’s McCall now a Level 4 trauma center
  • National shortage of primary care doctors affecting rural Idaho


  • Report: Montana health care, leisure, finance and craft beer industries thriving
  • Kalispell hospital CEO to step down
  • Montana loses final health navigator after cuts and added rules
  • Montana health insurer wins lawsuit over cost-sharing reduction payments


  • OHSU Closed Its Heart Transplant Program. Now What?
  • Portland’s psychiatric ER has 7 more weeks to fix serious safety problems
  • OHSU announces outside review of suspended heart transplant program
  • Health Care of the Future program promises deep digs into medical business philosophies
  • Oregon’s Uninsured Rate Stagnates


  • Ascension exits Northwest with sale of Washington hospital
  • Healthcare Tech Culture Underdeveloped In Seattle
  • Seattle Children’s New North Clinic Opens In Everett, Wash.
  • Process begins to guide Kaiser Permanente’s $400M Capitol Hill campus renovation
  • PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center inpatient rehab unit closing
  • Swedish cuts 550 jobs as part of ongoing reorganization
  • Iora Health to open 10 primary care clinics
  • Amazon VP Mark Mitchke Named CEO of Delta Dental of Washington


  • Hospital on the hill: Weston County Memorial Hospital
  • CCH Volunteer receives award from Wyoming Hospital Association


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Public can weigh in on proposed Dignity Health-CHI hospital merger
  • How hospital consolidation in California increased healthcare costs
  • Dignity Health merger with Denver firm supported
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong failed to turn around Verity Health: 7 things to know about where the system stands now
  • Closed California hospital files for bankruptcy, owes $250K to employees
  • California health system’s bankruptcy challenged by employee union
  • California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results
  • Despite hospital closing, Bay Area health care market is booming, officials claim
  • Bill Would Exempt HIPAA Covered Entities from California Privacy Law
  • Timekeeping software won’t let Dignity Health nurses log any overtime, lawsuit says
  • Dignity Health’s timekeeping software denies nurses overtime pay, lawsuit alleges
  • Nurses claim staffing crisis at 2 California hospitals
  • Cash-strapped California hospital to close ER Sept. 16
  • Hospital drops Envision over out-of-network charges
  • Alameda Health System names CIO


  • New Colorado Springs hospital CEO readying ambitious expansion plan
  • Paladina Health expands direct primary care offering to Fort Collins
  • Dignity Health merger with Denver firm supported
  • Colorado Plains Medical Center selects new CEO
  • Colorado medical group acquires Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic
  • Fitzsimons Innovation Community turns CU Anschutz Medical Campus into thriving biotech hub


  • Hawaii Pacific Health to open $3.1M clinic at Ward Village
  • Hawaii Pacific Health to open clinic at Kakaako tower


  • Carson Tahoe Health celebrates 100 robotic-assisted surgeries
  • Nevada city’s sole hospital to end labor and delivery services Oct. 1
  • Mesa View Regional Hospital to stop inpatient labor and delivery services
  • Mountain’s Edge Hospital adding $7M orthopedic surgery center in rapidly expanding area
  • Nevada HIE Wins $1.2M to Expand Health Data Exchange Capabilities
  • Three file suit against Dignity Health, company that runs Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital


  • Hospital group based in Utah will make own generic drugs, promising to save patients millions
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center puts final touches on $300 million expansion
  • Castleview names interim CEO
  • Intermountain Life Flight celebrates 40 years of saving lives
  • Intermountain Healthcare Now Delivers the Nation’s First “One Stick” Hospitalization for Inpatient Blood Draws

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