Aug 11, 2018

Health Provider News – August 10, 2018

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  • CMS missed deadline to create MACRA-mandated chiropractic preauthorizations, GAO says
  • The health-care sector is leaving tech in the dust. Some see more gains ahead.
  • AHA urges creation of Stark Law exception for value-based payments
  • How each state’s healthcare system ranks — 51 statistics
  • Regent Surgical Health: 6 trends for ASCs to watch
  • Using Big Data Analytics for Patient Safety, Hospital Acquired Conditions
  • Hospitals in bundled payment initiatives steering patients away from SNFs: study
  • How Hospitals Bring in Revenue Through the Healthcare Supply Chain
  • These 4 CMS proposals could affect anesthesia providers
  • The 10 states with the most, fewest physicians per capita
  • How Can CMS Improve MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, MIPS?
  • Forget Amazon, GM’s Move Should Worry Health Insurers
  • CMS pushes ACOs to take on risk with overhaul of MSSP
  • How for-profit hospital operator stocks fared over the first half of 2018
  • AMA urges Justice Department to block CVS-Aetna deal
  • Trump to make drug price announcement next week
  • 20% of healthcare organizations to use blockchain by 2020
  • Seema Verma calls for an end to the fax machine in physician offices


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


    • MidState Medical Center in Meriden turns 20 — ‘Culture is what helped us grow’
    • Connecticut 11th best state for health care


    • Kindred wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by former executive director hinges on medication-related phone call
    • Northern Maine Medical Center teams with local farms
    • Turmoil grows for Central Maine Healthcare as head of 2 of its hospitals resigns
    • Maine nursing homes receive lowest ranking for staffing
    • Maine surgeon sues hospital, claims he was forced out because of his age
    • Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems appoints permanent chief physician executive
    • WalletHub puts Maine at No. 12 for health care overall
    • Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in the black, getting a new name
    • Maine Coast Memorial outlines challenges, plans
    • Central Maine Healthcare’s new Topsham Care Center is up and running


    • Massachusetts lawmakers wrap session without healthcare bill
    • North Shore Medical Center loses $57 million
    • AG: Boston home health agency convicted of stealing millions from MassHealth
    • New Nantucket hospital is being built to survive a Category 5 hurricane
    • Lahey Health CEO Howard Grant says he’ll retire next month
    • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner appoints new president
    • Tufts Medical Center names pediatric hospital head as next CEO
    • Framingham native tapped to lead Tufts Medical Center
    • 44 Massachusetts acute hospitals reported operating surpluses in FY 2017, 4 other findings
    • MA Is No. 2 In Health Care: Here’s Why
    • Life sciences incubator in North Adams gets state funding
    • Partners’ Neighborhood Health Plan gets new name
    • Mandated nurse staffing ratios could cause Massachusetts to lose 1,000 behavioral health beds, trade group says
    • Carney Hospital selects permanent president


    • Health care predicted to lead NH job growth
    • Study: NH ranks third in nation in quality health care
    • AMR takes over ambulance service for Portsmouth Regional Hospital
    • Health system CEO sees major needs for region
    • New Hampshire hospital evacuated after 10 staffers mysteriously fall ill


    • Little Falls Hospital celebrates 125 years
    • Northwell teams with nonprofit developer to build major Upper East Side outpatient center
    • See best, worst Upstate NY hospitals for treating deadliest infection
    • Tired of Emergency Room wait times? Two Western New York hospitals will let you wait at home.
    • WalletHub: Why New York ranks 17th in health care behind Maine, South Dakota, other states
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering to acquire Ralph Lauren cancer center for $2.3M
    • ECMC receives $1.2M to boost organ donor rates
    • NewYork-Presbyterian selects new leaders for 2 hospitals


    • R.I. nurses give union leaders option to call for strike if talks break down
    • Rhode Island hospital nurses vote no confidence in leadership, keep potential strike on the table
    • Rhode Island hospital workers picket before talks with Lifespan
    • Partners, Care New England and Brown explore partnership
    • Brown University to be main affiliate for Care New England under Partners deal
    • R.I. Hospital, UNAP Local 5098 trade unfair labor practice complaints
    • CNE, Partners request expedited merger review under Hospital Conversion Act
    • UNAP, R.I. Hospital discuss joint staffing/equipment committee, talks resume Aug. 15
    • WalletHub: R.I. ranks No. 6 in U.S. for health care
    • Partners, Care New England look to fast-track merger review
    • Timeline: The Lifespan-union dispute — Where things stand now


    • Contract Talks Stall for UVM Medical Center Nurses
    • Nurses union alleges long wait times at UVM Medical Center due to understaffing
    • Vermont is the best state for healthcare; Louisiana ranked last
    • UVM Medical Center enhancing awareness of patient financial assistance programs
    • Bucks stop here: Vermont nurses divest in protest


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


  • Moriello named Highmark Delaware president
  • New Castle County medical imaging centers merge into network


  • Unity Health Care, Howard Hospital to open specialty clinic in Ward 7 early next year
  • George Washington University tapped to run new Southeast D.C. hospital
  • New VA Secretary Pledges Cleanup Of Scandal-Plagued DC Hospital


  • Germantown biopharma Neuralstem appoints interim CEO
  • Silver Spring biotech Aziyo raises $10M
  • University of Maryland Medical System announces CEO for its Prince George’s hospitals


  • Tabula Rasa Healthcare: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
  • J&J taps new VP of investor relations
  • HMH, Carrier Clinic to merge, end ‘fragmentation’ of patient care
  • New Jersey physician advocates for 40 seconds of undivided attention between providers, patients


  • Former employee accuses Lehigh Valley Hospital of violating FMLA
  • Conflict of interest concerns raised over Pittsburgh councilman’s UPMC deal
  • One Medicare program pays nearly $1 billion to treat heart failure in Pennsylvania
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital workers ask: You want us to travel how far for health care?
  • New health care facility opens in Shenandoah
  • Temple hires financial advisor as it explores possible sale of 2 hospitals
  • Highmark Health names Brenckle to board of directors
  • Temple University Health System considers shedding hospitals to strengthen finances
  • UPMC bans on workers violated law, labor board rules


  • New project will connect Martinsville ER with other areas
  • Nurse practitioners and doctors clash as Virginia sets up autonomous practice rules
  • Dallas health care firm to close Herndon office, lay off 140 local employees
  • From the emergency room to the courtroom: Va. medical providers sued patients for nearly $590 million over past five years
  • Health-care company to expand Henrico County headquarters


  • South Charleston building owner alleges hospital owes more than $30,000


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


  • Nelson named new CEO of Sioux Center Health
  • Iowans need a better explanation of med board shakeup
  • Sioux Center Health Selects Nebraska Man As New CEO
  • Iowa medical board names interim director
  • UnityPoint Health-Des Moines names Dewerff as CFO


  • University of Kansas Health System acquires competing hospital
  • Kansas sees rise in urgent-care facilities
  • New GraceMed Clinic Open House on August 15th
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital: St. Francis ups breastfeeding education, impact
  • Kansas oncologist subject of federal Medicare fraud suit for unnecessary treatments
  • HCA Midwest moves into new OP headquarters


  • Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic among most diverse hospitals
  • UnitedHealth in talks to buy pharmacy chain Genoa: report
  • An inside look at Mayo Clinic’s latest expansion — in Florida


  • Boone Hospital trustees nearing decision about lease options
  • Missouri hospital sued over medical records breach
  • Hospital staff turnover rates increase in Kansas City
  • Hospital workforce challenges persist in Missouri
  • Hospital announces plans for child care center for employees
  • SSM Health names new chief clinical officer
  • You can now get treatment for cancer at Siteman without having to go to St. Louis
  • Missouri lagging in health care, website’s ranking says
  • Mercy names new president for St. Anthony’s
  • SSM Health makes 3 leadership appointments
  • New SSM exec’s vision: quality and safety more than metrics
  • Health care software firm enters new market with St. Louis acquisition
  • Sean Hogan is St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s new president
  • SSM Health hospital finds documents containing 301K patients’ information in former facility


  • Lincoln hospitals dealing with nursing shortage
  • Darland closes two-year renovation at Nebraska hospital
  • Nebraska Medicine replaces CEO, picks new leader familiar in state’s medical circles
  • Nebraska Medicine appoints Dr. James Linder CEO
  • Faith Regional Health Services CEO resigns


  • New CFO at Rugby hospital
  • Heart of America Medical Center names new CFO
  • Healing architecture: Health care architects use design to improve the hospital experience


  • Analyst: Medical malpractice settlements in South Dakota lowest in last 4 years
  • Federal Inspectors Visit South Dakota Reservation Hospital
  • Troubled ED on Sioux Indian reservation draws CMS inspectors


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


  • Illinois Valley Community Hospital appoints Lisa Lynch CFO
  • New CFO talks rural hospital strategy, clinical partnerships
  • Illinois hospital becomes 1st in area to use robotic system for spine surgery
  • Illinois Valley Community Hospital appoints Lisa Lynch CFO
  • Health care company closing 150-worker Illinois call center
  • Siteman Cancer Center expands to Illinois
  • How Chicago Hospitals are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem’s net income dips 38%
  • Advocate Aurora Health selects president for 2 hospitals
  • Mercyhealth seeks workers for 2 hospitals
  • HSHS St. Francis Hospital CEO quits less than a year into his tenure


  • Koch Foundation gives $2.5M for leadership role within Evansville’s new med school
  • Kindred Healthcare Closing Hospital in Mishawaka
  • TRIMEDX Names Executive VP
  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital receives Blue Cross Blue Shield spine surgery distinction
  • Johnson Memorial to Close Day Care
  • Evansville to Dedicate ‘Transformative’ Medical Campus
  • Purdue Extension Addressing Opioid Crisis
  • ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Med Center Now Open
  • IU Health sees operating income jump 48% in first half of 2018


  • Penner completes term as Kentucky Hospital Association chairman
  • Kentucky hospital partners with Orthopaedic Associates Henderson
  • Kentucky’s effort to screen medical malpractice claims falls flat
  • UK surgeon alleged corruption at UK HealthCare. Judge rules he’s no whistleblower.
  • Lexington doctor who exposed Kentucky hospital to be featured on CBS show.
  • Records: Kentucky malpractice review panel backlogged
  • Humana CEO named Robert F. Kennedy laureate with Barack Obama
  • Two Humana execs sell more than $6M in company stock
  • Kindred Healthcare and UC Davis Announce Plans for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Humana just sued some of the biggest names in pharma over price-fixing allegations
  • Kentucky doctor group opens first Greater Cincinnati office
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital taps Robert Parker as CEO


  • Beaumont whistleblower speaks out; doctors’ names revealed
  • UP Health would want tax break
  • Munson Charlevoix Hospital ends fiscal year
  • Beaumont settles lawsuits over improper payments to physicians
  • Michigan hospital to pay $84.5M to settle Stark Law, kickback claims
  • Inside the Beaumont settlement: ‘Royal Family’ doctors, big paychecks, free offices
  • GM contracts with health system for direct-to-employer option
  • Detroit hospital system to pay $85M in improper payment case
  • Barriers to doctor-nurse communications thwart care
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System CFO to resign
  • Nurses launch media campaign calling on University of Michigan to offer fair contracts
  • Upper Peninsula health data report released
  • Perrigo plans to ‘separate’ business unit


  • Kettering Health Network’s new $36M Middletown medical complex to open Wednesday
  • MetroHealth Brecksville Health & Surgery Center recognized for design
  • Premier Health proposes urgent care in former Boston Stoker
  • Akron Doctor to Reimburse System $33,000 After Fraud Conviction
  • Cardinal Health Reports Fourth-quarter and Year-end Results for Fiscal Year 2018
  • Premier Health OB/GYN practice moves, expands
  • Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic among most diverse hospitals
  • Cleveland Clinic receives $4.7 million grant to prevent cancer-associated blood clots
  • Mercy Health to build $14M emergency department in region
  • St. Elizabeth reveals new renderings for massive cancer center
  • Kentucky doctor group opens first Greater Cincinnati office


  • Green Bay doctor on a mission to revolutionize how doctors treat patients
  • Janesville hospital expands orthopedic services with new technology, professionals
  • Advocate Aurora Health margins tighter in first quarter: Document
  • Study: Wisconsin among best in U.S. for health care outcomes, worst for costs
  • Ascension Wisconsin plans $42 million medical center in Sturtevant
  • Ascension seeking partners for ‘sustainable’ health care campus at St. Joseph
  • Telemedicine platform Nurx launches in Wisconsin
  • Planned Sixteenth Street clinic faces hurdles in West Milwaukee
  • Advocate Aurora Health selects president for 2 hospitals


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


    • East Alabama Medical Center names new Cancer Center in honor of Spencer family
    • Trina Health CEO Gilbert says bribery charges ‘unfounded’
    • As federal regulators threaten Brookwood Medical Center, should patients worry?
    • Florence Medical Center bringing more services
    • Alabama’s health care system struggles to perform, ranking 46th in the country
    • Brookwood Baptist no longer in immediate jeopardy of losing Medicare billing privileges, but work remains
    • UAB Hospital flight crew reacts to substance on explosion victim; hazmat team required


    • Boca Raton hospital, Baptist deal shuts Cleveland Clinic out of PBC
    • Venice Regional Bayfront Health shuffles local leadership
    • North Shore Medical Center names CEO
    • Dr. George Ralls is Orlando Regional Medical Center’s new chief quality officer
    • Florida Hospital North Pinellas asks for lease extension
    • Longtime CFO of Mednax to retire
    • Florida Is 2018’s 10th Worst State for Health Care
    • Florida Hospital Altamonte Completes Renovation Project For New NICU
    • UF Health launches new spine center
    • Memorial Healthcare System appoints new CEO at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
    • For new Venice Regional CEO, arrival clouded by alleged threat at former hospital
    • Catalyst HRE acquires $150M healthcare portfolio with surgery centers
    • An inside look at Mayo Clinic’s latest expansion — in Florida


    • How the nation-wide primary care doctor shortage will impact middle Georgia
    • Hospital renovations continue
    • NW Georgia clinic paying $1.2M for alleged reuse of single-use equipment
    • Clayton hospital owner to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit alleging fraud
    • Group works to fill gaps in doctor shortages in rural Georgia
    • Erlanger not appealing CON decision in North Georgia, proceeding with other plans to serve community
    • A Middle Georgia hospital is suing patients for unpaid bills
    • Georgia’s latest health rank is more of the same
    • Northwest ENT Associates settling False Claims Act allegations for $1.2M
    • Georgia hospital CEO asks for buyout amid physician firings backlash


    • The promise of telemedicine in Mississippi
    • Mississippi hospital CEO retires days after CFO
    • Grenada Lake Medical Center to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving medically unnecessary psychotherapy services
    • Mississippi officials seek return of Medicaid overpayments
    • Prosecutors charge top figure in $400M-plus pharmacy fraud
    • Nurses striving to make for a better Mississippi
    • Another health care provider pleads guilty in drug scheme


    • How Mission Health’s successor foundation could impact Asheville
    • UNC Health Care makes checking patient opioid use a snap
    • How a North Carolina-based ASC aims to create value for the healthcare system
    • WalletHub ranks North Carolina 5th worst for state for health care
    • Novant Health Rowan expands to include hospice, names local advisory board
    • Health care has strong roots in Forsyth County
    • Project Tracker: New Hanover Regional orthopedic hospital
    • Atrium Health makes scheduling appointments more convenient
    • Hospital updating community clinics
    • North Carolina AG Sues Drugmaker
    • Top of the List: Largest Triad Hospitals
    • New VA nursing home in Kernersville holds promise of new jobs, regional health care epicenter
    • UNC-Greensboro alumnus to lead American Nurses Association
    • Carolinas HealthCare CEO Gene Woods launches national search for COO


    • Blue Zones, a multi-million-dollar wellness project for Charleston, running behind schedule
    • South Carolina’s first micro hospital one step closer to becoming a reality
    • Four South California hospitals named among top 5% for patient safety
    • South Carolina named one of the worst states for health care
    • South Carolina ranked 8th worst in nation for health care; cost and access are issues
    • Upstate eye care offices acquired


    • Nashville health system moving total joints to ASC space
    • Trios Health welcomes new CEO, CFO after RCCH acquisition closes
    • Brookdale taps former CEO of local health care giant to join board
    • For-profit hospital chain closes $78M deal for Washington health system
    • Brentwood health care company raises $12 million
    • On heels of merger news, Brentwood hospital company buys Washington system
    • Quorum sees net loss more than double, targets up to $215M in hospital divestitures
    • CHS faces investigation related to EHR incentive program


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


  • Preferred Family Healthcare seeking buyer for Arkansas operations
  • Arkansas Heart Hospital Planning New Project in Saline County
  • Washington Regional adds neurosurgery ICU as expansion continues
  • Washington Regional Hospital Opens First Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit In Northwest Arkansas
  • For now, Arkansas bends the health cost curve
  • Unity Health taps Steven Webb as CEO
  • CHI St. Vincent Names VP of Mission


  • Hospital out of bankruptcy, lays off 60
  • HonorHealth plans new hospital, its sixth, in north Phoenix
  • Effort to provide quality health care in Arizona gets a big boost
  • Platinum Dermatology Partners adds 3rd Arizona practice


  • OLOL Children’s Hospital focusing on palliative care for kids
  • Children’s Hospital Files Plans For New State-of-The-Art Hospital At Uptown Campus
  • New leaders for Lafayette General’s foundation, strategic investments
  • Lawmaker: New Louisiana hospitals deal could cost state more
  • Vermont is the best state for healthcare; Louisiana ranked last
  • Grenada Lake Medical Center to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving medically unnecessary psychotherapy services
  • Teche Regional Medical working to resolve dispute with LifePoint, which wants out of long-term lease
  • Louisiana collects $250K in fines from Medicaid managers
  • Christus St. Francis Cabrini CEO to depart in September


  • Heart Hospital doctors perform revolutionary procedure
  • A push for NM to lead the nation in health care with Medicaid buy-in option


  • Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association Names Next President


  • Magnolia Behavioral Hospital regains Medicare certification
  • Financial problems threaten Houston-area freestanding emergency rooms
  • Fairfield: CEO named for Freestone Medical Center
  • Hear how Baylor, Scott & White innovators built a better app
  • Methodist Charlton Becomes First Designated Trauma Center in Southern Dallas
  • Dallas-based T-System Names A New Chief Executive
  • Health experts say competition between 2 Abilene hospitals benefits patients
  • Get to know Malisha Patel: Senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and Memorial Hermann Southwest
  • SHSU college of osteopathic medicine proposal: outcome to be determined
  • Tenet’s hospital performance a drag on Q2 revenue
  • Tenet Healthcare shares drop 15% following earnings report
  • Texas ranked 38 in nation for best healthcare
  • Sneak peek of Houston Methodist’s new state-of-the-art Walter Tower in Texas Medical Center
  • CHRISTUS St. Michael CEO Tapped to Lead Louisiana and Southeast Texas Facilities
  • Plano-based Community Hospital Consulting Appoints a CEO in Fairfield
  • BCBS of Texas to stop reimbursing nonemergent ER visits
  • St. David’s Medical Center In Central Austin Names New CFO
  • Doubts aside, Sam Houston State pushes for a new medical school
  • UH School of Medicine could limit primary care physician shortage in the area
  • Houston Methodist unveils $700M patient tower this month


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


  • U.S. Surgeon General visits Alaska: ‘We know the opioid epidemic is local’


  • Health system announces departure of CEO
  • St. Alphonsus Health System CEO abruptly quits
  • Navigating Idaho’s Healthcare System
  • Idaho health insurers raised rates 27 percent this year. For 2019? 8 percent.


  • Hospital nears settlement of lawsuit over doctor pay
  • Ritchey joins SCL Health Montana


  • Unity Center certification at risk as OHA documents suicide attempts, patient self-harm
  • Pacific Northwest is a healthcare innovation ecosystem, says Cambia Grove executive
  • Legacy releases detailed action plan to address deficiences, boost patient safety at Unity Center
  • Oregon hospitals release guidelines for preventing workplace violence


  • After 70 years, Trios has a new owner. You likely won’t notice the switch
  • KPHD finalizes Trios Health sale, resets District mission
  • For-profit hospital chain closes $78M deal for Washington health system
  • Renton pharmacy chain Genoa is reportedly negotiating a takeover by UnitedHealth
  • Like Apple, Amazon to open health clinics for Seattle employees


  • Former Mountain View neurosurgeon sues Wyoming Medical Center
  • Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Laramie’s Ivinson both named to Becker’s Healthcare Top 100
  • Hospital offers cutting-edge minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County ‘stabilizes’


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


    • Hospital system pays $65M to settle Medicare billing claims
    • Tulare hospital is one step away from joining Adventist on road to reopening
    • 4 innovation insights from MemorialCare’s CEO
    • Lawsuit alleges Roseville nursing home and others understaffed on purpose – to increase profits
    • Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Cottage Health partnering to broaden outreach, expand research
    • KPC Health System appoints COO, hospital CEOs
    • Kaiser Permanente’s Q2 revenue growth driven by higher premiums, new members
    • UC Davis Health Workers Feeling ‘Disrespected’ Over Contract Negotiations
    • Shuttered California hospital aims to reopen in January
    • Kindred Healthcare and UC Davis Announce Plans for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital
    • Hansen set to become permanent CEO at Palomar Health
    • CHOC Children’s selects chief marketing officer


    • Colorado chief medical officer Wolk resigning to go to California
    • MMH expands with new chemo facility
    • University of Colorado Hospital, CU Medicine decline to see UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members
    • St. Anthony Summit Medical Center CEO to retire
    • Coloradans get high marks for health outcomes but poor scores for doctors visits
    • Legal battles continue over Taxpayer Bill of Rights, hospital fees, transportation taxes
    • How Hospitals Bring in Revenue Through the Healthcare Supply Chain
    • Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado’s growing demand for medical assistants
    • West Springs Hospital expansion meets growing need
    • Denver Health aims for quicker public alerts after recent Ebola scare
    • Best & worst states for health care: Where does Colorado rank?
    • Living like a leader: A day with CHI CEO Kevin Lofton
    • CarePoint Healthcare and EPIC merge to form one of the largest privately held physician practices in the U.S.
    • How low can these Colorado biotech’s shares go?
    • IV therapy center to open in Longmont
    • Orthopaedic center to offer sports medicine clinics
    • BCH, UCHealth partnering on inpatient rehab services
    • Centura partners with community college to train workers


    • Intermountain Healthcare tops list of most expensive construction/expansion projects announced during last month
    • CarePoint Healthcare and EPIC merge to form one of the largest privately held physician practices in the U.S.

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