Aug 17, 2018

Health Provider News – August 17, 2018

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  • Which innovations have executives most excited? 6 insights from healthcare leaders
  • CMS gives telehealth a reimbursement win
  • CMS proposes rule to overhaul Medicare ACO program
  • Moody’s: CMS proposed changes to Medicare’s outpatient prospective payment system could hurt hospitals
  • DOJ, HHS continue war on Medicare fraud with formation of new regional fraud strike force
  • S. News Announces 2018-19 Best Hospitals
  • Nonprofit exec pay growth outpaces doctor, nurse raises
  • Changes may be on the horizon for HIPAA
  • 5 key takeaways from hospitals’ Q2 results
  • Proposed payment changes likely to ding hospital margins
  • Heavy lifting ahead as healthcare works to achieve blockchain’s potential
  • Seema Verma cites longitudinal patient records as the future of healthcare
  • IBM Watson Health refutes media reports that its product is failing: 8 things to know
  • Nonprofit hospital CEO pay increased 93% from 2005 to 2015, study says
  • AHA files brief in Medicare appeals backlog case


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


  • Judge orders state to pay $3.3 million for woman’s death
  • Norwalk Hospital, Maplewood Senior Living to open $100M hybrid health center
  • Best Hospitals In Connecticut: New U.S. News Rankings
  • After 10 years, Masonicare, St. Francis go separate ways on home care


  • Staffers are fleeing as central Maine hospital system is roiled by turmoil
  • Medical sources: Doctors leaving Central Maine Healthcare
  • Bucksport Health Center expands into Ellsworth
  • MDI Hospital looks back on year’s accomplishments
  • Bridgton Hospital president & CEO resigns
  • 27% of Central Maine Healthcare physicians leave amid CEO dispute
  • Central Maine Healthcare CEO says EHR woes contributed to high physician turnover
  • Maine DHHS denying Medicaid expansion applicants as lawsuit continues
  • S. News & World Report names MMC ‘Best Regional Hospital’


  • Boston-based hospital giant applies to acquire RI hospitals group
  • Massachusetts Nurses Campaigning for Stricter Patient Limits
  • Partners’ Neighborhood Health Plan gets new name
  • State’s hospital profits shrinking amid fiscal pressure
  • Mandated nurse staffing ratios could cause Massachusetts to lose 1,000 behavioral health beds, trade group says
  • Massachusetts fumbles on telehealth parity bill
  • Massachusetts Hospitals Oppose Initiative for Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios
  • General Hospital ranked No. 4 in the country by U.S. News & World Report
  • Massachusetts hospitals required to develop dementia care plan by 2021
  • Hospital profits in Massachusetts shriveling due to financial pressure
  • Compensation rises for local hospital leaders
  • Hospital ranking puts UMass Memorial 5th in state
  • These Mass. hospital executives have received the biggest raises
  • Best Hospitals In Massachusetts: U.S. News Rankings 2018-19
  • California, Massachusetts Best at Preventing, Treating Cancer
  • Mayor of Gardner, five others speaking against nurse staffing ballot question
  • Massachusetts opioid law serves as ‘blueprint’ for other states, says governor


  • NH gets $10 million grant to promote health, wellness
  • Police Investigate Threats Made Against Manchester Hospitals
  • Suit says hospitals erred in suspending ER doctor


  • New York City health system acquires Mohawk Valley Health Center in Ilion
  • Mount Sinai teamed up with the designers who created projects for Nike and Beyonce to build a futuristic, new clinic — and it’s reimagining how healthcare is delivered
  • Arnot Health uses secure texting to slash ED door-to-floor times by 36%
  • Catholic Health Services to move 200 administrative, technology jobs in New York
  • Six WNY health centers granted $650,000 in federal funding
  • Christopher’s Hospital laying off 45 in physician practices
  • Glens Falls Hospital planning new building
  • Despite receiving CON, New York health system has yet to apply for building permit
  • Federal court lets New York slash funding to some health insurers and give it to others
  • 3 NYC Hospitals Land Among 20 Best in America, New Report Says
  • Montefiore Health System achieves $1.2B bond deal


  • Hospital, union file unfair labor claims against each other
  • Boston-based hospital giant applies to acquire RI hospitals group
  • Mixed grades for R.I. in new cancer action report
  • Lifespan, nurses’ union talk; next session set for on Aug. 15
  • Best Hospitals In Rhode Island: U.S. News Rankings 2018-19
  • Rhode Island Hospital, UNAP Local 5098 to resume negotiations Aug. 17
  • S. HHS awards 8 R.I. health centers $1.1M
  • South County Hospital earns second Pathway to Excellence redesignation
  • Care New England turns around $46M loss, when excluding hospital sale


  • Nurses’ union, UVM Medical Center resume negotiations
  • Sanders wants hospital board to help out in nurse contract negotiations
  • Vermont hospital budgets go before the public
  • Vermont hospital board told to get active in labor talks
  • UVM Medical Center releases tax form
  • Vermont union seeks delay in hospital budget approval amid contract negotiations


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


  • Survey ranks Delaware in the middle of the pack for healthcare
  • Delaware hospitals’ newest diagnosis: Human trafficking
  • Christiana Care ranked among nation’s best hospitals
  • Christiana Care celebrates ‘topping out’ the Center for Women & Children’s Health


  • MedStar Health gets naming rights to Capitals’, Wizards/Mystics’ training facilities
  • George Washington University Hospital to take over operations of DC hospital
  • Unity Health Care, Howard Hospital to open specialty clinic in Ward 7 early next year
  • DC, Virginia’s Best Hospitals: New Rankings Released By U.S. News
  • No honor roll for D.C.-area hospitals in annual U.S. News rankings


  • Maryland hospital breaks ground on endoscopy center
  • Sherry Perkins is University of Maryland Capital Region Health’s new CEO
  • Johns Hopkins remains the nation’s third best hospital, according to annual rankings by U.S. News
  • HHS OIG Finds Security Flaws in Maryland’s Medicaid System
  • Johns Hopkins creates opioid guidelines for 20 common surgeries
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine chief diversity officer resigns for new role at Vanderbilt
  • Bon Secours appoints Leigh Sewell CEO of 3 facilities


  • Too many C-sections? NJ will issue hospital maternity care report card
  • South Jersey clinics serve as training site for residents, medical students
  • Appeals court: Meadowlands Hospital’s $26.3 million suit against insurer can proceed
  • Here are New Jersey’s top 15 hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Federal task force targets health fraud in New Jersey region
  • Labor of love: Monmouth Medical celebrates Labor and Delivery Unit expansion
  • Valley Health gets $35M boost for new hospital
  • Cooper 2 lands at Cooper University Health Care


  • New Lower Bucks CEO focused on ‘patients first’
  • With hospital construction boom underway in W.Pa., opposition is unusual
  • Wayne Memorial considers joining new initiative
  • Post Acute Medical Pays $13.1M to Settle False Claims Charges
  • Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground on New Wexford Hospital
  • Geisinger-Merck partnership produces care coordination apps
  • Luke’s proposes building new hospital in Carbon County, consolidating Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten
  • Allegheny Valley Hospital nurses, support staff to vote on strike authorization
  • 5 Philadelphia Hospitals Ranked Among PA’s Best
  • UPMC closes door, at least for now, on Philadelphia acquisitions
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia taps new chief investment officer
  • Pennsylvania hospital lays off 45 physician practice employees
  • Tower Health more than doubles net income in FY 2018


  • Urgent care facility could be a viable opportunity at Lake Anna
  • Five Sentara Hospitals Ranked in 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” Edition
  • S. News & World Report: UVA is No. 1 Hospital in Virginia
  • HCA Virginia Hospitals Recognized by U.S. News & World Report Henrico Doctors’ named a Best Hospital in the Region, Chippenham recognized as a High-Performer
  • DC, Virginia’s Best Hospitals: New Rankings Released By U.S. News
  • Bon Secours hospitals receive top rankings in report


  • Raleigh General receives chest pain accreditation
  • CCMC opens Primary Care office in Belpre
  • Mary’s, SEIU clash over unionizing efforts


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


  • Iowa medical board names interim director, won’t say why old one was suspended and left
  • UI Children’s Hospital let public in for open house despite safety lapses
  • Harding, Woody to lead HealthPartners UnityPoint Health


  • Judge declines to stop new KanCare contracts but plans future hearing on bids
  • Massive billing scheme spread to 10-hospital group, Mission Hills couple alleges
  • University of Kansas Health System taps permanent CFO
  • Johnson County nurses sue to overturn KS midwife law after losing hospital privileges
  • GraceMed’s Capitol Family Clinic opens Monday
  • Stormont consolidates pain management services, renovates space
  • ‘The right thing’: New GraceMed clinic opens Monday in Topeka
  • Familiar pair tops U.S. News & World Report list of best hospitals in Kansas City
  • One of KC’s largest hospitals rebrands (again)
  • Midwives deliver lawsuit accusing hospital, OB-GYNs of killing their business


  • Minnesota hospital has up to 7-fold price difference for same surgery
  • Mayo Clinic appoints Florida CEO, Center for Innovation co-founder as new CEO
  • Rare look at Minnesota hospital costs finds huge swings
  • Minneapolis Children’s hospital and neonatal doctors set to split
  • Essentia Health names new chief operating officer
  • Universal Hospital Services to go public through merger
  • Children’s hospital loses neonatal physicians group after relationship sours
  • Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Teen accuses world-famous hospital of ‘medical kidnapping’
  • Mayo Clinic tops U.S. News & World Report’s list of nation’s best hospitals
  • Minneapolis Health IT Co. Sansoro Health Raises $8M
  • Mayo, Cleveland Clinics Again Top Hospital Rankings
  • Mayo Clinic disputes CNN’s ‘inaccurate, irresponsible’ patient escape story
  • UnitedHealthcare’s CMO out weeks after taking role
  • Allina’s operating income sinks 45% in Q2


  • Sean Hogan is St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s new president
  • More Missouri health workers are leaving their jobs behind
  • Ferguson Medical Group joins Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • Missouri hospitals struggle to retain certain employees
  • Massive billing scheme spread to 10-hospital group, Mission Hills couple alleges
  • Mid-Missouri Hospitals to Launch Pilot Program to Help Opioid Addicts
  • Salmonella outbreak reported at Missouri hospital; 23 cases since Aug. 6
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital ranked one of the best in the US
  • Louis-area hospital ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News
  • BJC HealthCare shuffles operations executives
  • Liberty Hospital buys physician practice to create pulmonary/sleep clinic
  • SSM Health in discussions to sell mid-Missouri hospitals to MU, Mosaic Life
  • How CoxHealth uses hand scanners to prevent medical errors
  • Missouri turnover rate for hospital jobs climbs nearly 2%


  • Report shows Nebraska falling short on cancer fighting policies
  • Nebraska Medicine board shakes up system’s leadership
  • Nebraska Medicine Appoints New CEO
  • Work underway to change the delivery of healthcare in Nebraska
  • Nebraska hospital gets largest private donation in its history
  • Nebraska flirts with expanded health care
  • BCHC gains recognition for quality patient care
  • Medical director of oncology no longer employed by CHI hospital in Grand Island


  • US News ranks CHI Bismarck best hospital in North Dakota
  • Alexius named state’s best hospital
  • Sanford Medical Center Gets Verification as Level One Trauma Hospital
  • North Dakota ranked as the fifth best state to have a baby


  • South Dakota hospital’s Medicare contract at risk over patient safety issues
  • Feds: Problems at South Dakota hospital pose ‘immediate and serious threat’
  • Feds: South Dakota reservation hospital could lose funding
  • Rosebud Reservation hospital funding in jeopardy


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


  • Chicago’s Rush University to build $473M imaging, cancer, neurological outpatient facility
  • Children’s Hospital Opening Northbrook Outpatient Surgical Center
  • Sager Named HSHS Southern Division Chief Nursing Executive
  • Northwestern Medicine lays off 60 IT workers after launch of new electronic medical records system
  • Methodist Hospitals, University of Chicago Medicine finalize partnership
  • Central Illinois counties have some of the highest cancer rates in the state; doctors say there’s no simple reason why
  • Northwestern Memorial ranked best hospital in Illinois
  • Chicago Hospital Named Among Best in the US
  • SwedishAmerican hospital in Illinois goes live on Epic after 3 years of prepwork


  • Methodist Hospitals, University of Chicago Medicine finalize partnership
  • New hospital in Granger follows national trend of ‘moving out to where the people are’
  • Investors sought for 3rd health system
  • New report lists Deaconess and St. Vincent among top Indiana hospitals
  • Health Care, Tech Drive Growth in Indianapolis
  • Dupont Hospital Earns First-in-State Accreditation
  • IU Center to Focus on Regenerative Medicine
  • Medical Startup Seeks to Support Nursing Home Patients
  • OrthoPediatrics Growing in Warsaw
  • Indiana Hospitals Listed Among Best in U.S.
  • ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Med Center Now Open
  • La Porte, Starke hospitals come under single ownership
  • Ex-Lutheran Health CEO seeks investors for private venture


  • Parker returns to LCRH as CEO
  • Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Medical Review Panels
  • Elizabeth breaks ground on new cancer center opening in 2020
  • UofL Physicians expand access to Humana’s Medicare Advantage HMO members in Kentucky
  • UK Markey Cancer Center receives boost from $10 million grant
  • See how Louisville’s hospitals stack up in US News rankings
  • Kentucky-based ResCare changes name to BrightSpring Health Services
  • Baptist Health Hardin board to be established at fiscal court meeting
  • Albert B. Chandler Hospital ranked No. 1 in Kentucky; four adult specialties ranked in nation’s top 50
  • Clark Regional CEO Robert Parker steps down
  • Cancer center director pledges to halve state’s cancer rate
  • This Lexington hospital held onto its top ranking in Kentucky
  • One of Humana’s major shareholders slashed its position by 70 percent
  • Top of The List: These are Louisville’s largest assisted-living communities
  • Signature Healthcare landlord: ‘Things are going well’ after restructuring
  • Norton Healthcare operating income jumps 40+ percent in 2Q


  • 3 Beaumont doctors claim innocence over $84.5-million settlement
  • DCHS releases CEO’s salary, other information
  • Beaumont doctors on settlement: ‘No comment,’ ‘didn’t happen’ or ‘wasn’t involved’
  • Job opportunities go well beyond bedside care at Sparrow
  • Spectrum Health asks court to dismiss federal trademark case
  • 21 Michigan hospitals rank on U.S. News and World Report best hospitals list for 2018-19
  • MI Hospital System Pays $84.5M to Resolve Healthcare Fraud Claims
  • Outgoing Spectrum CEO Rick Breon reflects on his legacy
  • McLaren’s health plan, IT investments pull operating income down 25%
  • Henry Ford Health System sees net income drop 46% in first half of 2018
  • 3rd Michigan hospital faces suit alleging it honored patient request for care only by white nurses


  • 5 things to know about area’s new $36M medical facility
  • Elizabeth breaks ground on new cancer center opening in 2020
  • Lake Health Beachwood Medical Center to open next spring
  • Mercy Health hospital installs SpineMap 3D
  • New Dayton rehab hospital aims for 2020 opening
  • Countdown: Ohio’s highest-paid health system CEOs
  • Cleveland Clinic named No. 2 hospital by U.S. News for the third consecutive year
  • Meet the president of Kettering Health’s future hospital
  • President of 2 OhioHealth hospitals promoted to systemwide role
  • Here’s how U.S. News & World Report ranked local hospitals
  • Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown closing
  • Mayo, Cleveland Clinics Again Top Hospital Rankings
  • As Ohio goes, so goes the nation in the battle against opioids
  • Dayton-area health centers receive quality improvement grants
  • Kettering Health to build $10M ‘NASA-like’ command center
  • Premier Health opens new cardiology office
  • Kettering council to consider incentive grant for $50M expansion project
  • Four Cincinnati hospital systems join forces to train military
  • ProMedica trims operating loss to $12.5M
  • Steward to close Ohio hospital, lay off 388
  • Kettering Health Network appoints president for hospital to open in 2019


  • Ascension looking for partners at St. Joseph to address health disparities
  • Ascension Wisconsin plans $42M medical center in Sturtevant
  • Marshall tapped as Kenosha Community Health Center CEO
  • Froedtert Hospital president to chair Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
  • Essentia Health names new chief operating officer
  • Marshfield Clinic: Redefining medicine, one person at a time
  • Aurora St. Luke’s again ranked top hospital in Milwaukee area
  • Six-story addition, renovations planned for Children’s Hospital campus
  • Glendale medical office building sold for $7.6 million
  • Sift Medical Data raising up to $1.1 million round
  • Still no charges, arrests in NICU injuries case at Meriter


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


  • Tenet hospital in Alabama won’t lose Medicare billing privileges
  • Mizell Hospital thanks sales tax increase for improvements
  • Hazmat responds to UAB Hospital helipad after crew responds to explosion
  • Brookwood Baptist Medical Center reaches agreement with Medicare
  • Brookwood Baptist Medical Center still in noncompliance status; must work to improve patient safety
  • UAB Hospital again highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Birmingham real estate investor acquires $24.5M Oklahoma hospital
  • Alabama ranked as one of the worst states for health care
  • ConcertCare hires new chief medical officer
  • Huntsville Hospital plans $150M expansion


  • Florida Hospital Tampa plans reveal expansion of hospital, construction of energy plant
  • Hospitals look to add facilities, expand services
  • Memorial Healthcare System appoints new CEO at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Orlando Health has plans for 2 new hospitals in Orange and Seminole
  • Brad Rogers: New hospital group brings new attitude
  • With new hospitals proposed for SW Florida, state hearings on need set for January
  • Adventist Health System rebrands to AdventHealth, a name they say signals the arrival or beginning of health
  • Florida Hospital will have a new name in 2019
  • New health care facility being built in Wildlight community
  • Hospital district bristles at $400K funding request
  • Florida’s new opioid law: What you need to know
  • Best Hospitals In Florida: New U.S. News Rankings
  • Florida hospital with surgery center tops out
  • Florida Hospital Waterman invites community to sign top beam of new patient tower
  • It’s official: Orlando Health under contract for 51 acres in Apopka
  • Jupiter Medical Center names CIO
  • Palms West Hospital names Josh DeTillio CEO
  • Baptist Health Care CIO Steven Sarros talks health IT trends and misconceptions


  • Emory plans to wipe out DeKalb Medical’s $170M debt when they merge
  • DeKalb Medical receives final green light to join Emory Healthcare system
  • Patient’s family outraged after Atlanta hospital waited hours to tell them he was missing
  • Francis employees await answers on salary, benefits, staff changes from buyout
  • Mercer works to train rural doctors
  • Georgia Attorney General approves partnership between Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical
  • Georgia hospital CEO asks for buyout amid physician firings backlash
  • Georgia’s Best Hospitals: New U.S. News Rankings Released
  • North Georgia Healthcare Center dedicates new medical wing today


  • New center for emergency services designed to enhance state’s disaster response
  • Pharmacy owner pleads guilty as part of Mississippi’s largest health care fraud case
  • The Health 202: Mississippi quietly amends its Medicaid work requirement waiver
  • GLMC lawsuit settled; no cost to taxpayers
  • Memorial Hospital announces change in executive leadership
  • Top Mississippi hospital and insurer agree to contract terms


  • New CEO named at Wilson Medical Center
  • Castleview CEO Holyoak tapped to lead North Carolina medical center
  • OIG tags North Carolina hospital for erroneous billing
  • UNCP positions self to address local health-care needs
  • Would a for-profit Mission be efficient — or ruthless?
  • Overhaul of North Carolina’s Medicaid program moves one step closer
  • This is the best hospital in Charlotte, according to a new national ranking
  • UNC Medical Center Nationally Ranked in Five Adult Specialties, Scored as “High Performing” in Five More
  • Park Ridge Health to become AdventHealth Hendersonville in 2019
  • Wilmington Eye Merges With Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic
  • Monarch names chief medical officer
  • Here are NC’s best hospitals. Only one makes the national Honor Roll.
  • NC DHHS Takes Next Step in NC Medicaid Transformation
  • Mission Health announces nearly $1 million in community investment grants
  • Would a for-profit Mission be efficient — or ruthless?
  • NHRMC Buys Wilmington Property From International Paper


  • MUSC offering patients a free ‘Virtual Care’ visit during promotion
  • After 65 days, a man gets a new heart as MUSC officially rebuilds transplant program
  • MUSC wants to build the best hospital in SC, says current facilities are holding it back
  • Building MUSC’s new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital
  • Here are the best hospitals in SC, according to new U.S. News & World Report rankings
  • SC nurses given broader prescribing power, greater authority to practice
  • Carolina Spine & Health opens Spartanburg location
  • BCBS of South Carolina overbilled $399K under chiropractors’ fraud scheme, charges allege


  • Quorum Health posts $25.9M loss in Q2
  • Community Health Systems under scrutiny for EHRs, meaningful use
  • CHS faces investigation related to EHR incentive program
  • Saint Thomas adds COOs at Midtown, West hospitals
  • Report: Vanderbilt University Medical Center ranked top hospital in Tennessee, one of nation’s best
  • Meaningful Use Investigation Centers on Community Health Systems
  • Best Hospitals In Tennessee: New U.S. News Rankings
  • Health cybersecurity firm adds COO
  • NCN adds to investment in health care payments venture
  • Health care firm raises more than $12 million
  • Nashville hospital patients may see more surprise bills as BCBS, 400 anesthesiologists feud
  • Erlanger Children’s Hospital gets record $5M donation
  • Tennova Healthcare lays off staff at 3 Tennessee hospitals
  • Investors cash out of HCA as stock hits record high
  • Quorum would charge $480K to help Alaska hospital transition to new owners
  • HCA’s partnership talks with Louisiana hospital collapse


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


  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic expanding
  • Arizona firm buys west LR convalescent health center for $11.1M
  • Hospital looking for more doctors, and room
  • $750K donation to Ark. Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic will expand services in the region


  • Arizona firm buys west LR convalescent health center for $11.1M
  • Tucson’s Banner-UMC ranked 3rd-best hospital in Arizona
  • Phoenix hospital moves up U.S. News’ Best Hospitals ranking
  • Arizona health care company settles discrimination complaint by doctor
  • Go behind the scenes at amazing Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Here are some statistics involving the Phoenix Children’s Hospital


  • New Orleans startup one of 10 in new health care accelerator
  • Ochsner-LSU hospitals deal on verge of completion
  • Ochsner deal to takeover two north Louisiana safety net hospitals near completion
  • Report: Louisiana has worst health care in U.S.
  • East Jefferson General Hospital, HCA partnership talks end
  • HCA’s partnership talks with Louisiana hospital collapse


  • Study concludes New Mexico 9th worst state for having a baby
  • New Mexico Health Connections Files Suit Against Federal Government
  • Presbyterian gets 85K United patients in Medicaid shift
  • NM health co-op challenges new Obamacare risk payments


  • Birmingham real estate investor acquires $24.5M Oklahoma hospital
  • Oklahoma health notes
  • Top hospital: Tulsa’s St. John and Saint Francis among three-way tie for best hospital in state
  • Oklahoma Clinicians Receive Wound Training to Improve Care Quality


  • Medical City Dallas Adds Advanced Spine Center
  • Children’s Medical Center Plano receives Level IV trauma designation
  • Harris Health winding down contract with Baylor, UT
  • Freestanding ERs in critical condition
  • A Handful Of North Texas Hospitals Win Healthgrades Awards For Women’s Health Outcomes
  • College of Health Care Professions Gets A New Dallas Campus
  • Cigna prevails in Texas hospital’s suit over $50M in unpaid claims
  • UTMB agrees to lease Webster hospital that abruptly closed
  • MedPAC Recommendations Could Impact North Texas’ Dozens of Stand-alone ERs
  • Texas Health Presbyterian to double in size with $68M expansion
  • Houston home to No. 1 hospital in Texas, per 2018 U.S. News & World Report
  • Despite Troubles, MD Anderson Is Top-Ranked Cancer Hospital
  • Metroplex to become AdventHealth Central Texas
  • Houston Methodist’s new $700M tower sends a message in competitive market
  • UT Health Jacksonville taps permanent CEO
  • Best Hospitals In Texas: New U.S. News Rankings
  • Shuttered Texas hospital strikes lease deal


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


  • Anchorage health care providers discuss rural tele-health systems with FCC Commissioner
  • Mat-Su Regional partners with prestigious Mayo Clinic
  • Quorum offers to aid Sitka Community Hospital’s transition to SEARHC
  • Quorum would charge $480K to help Alaska hospital transition to new owners


  • East End appeal on Bannock St. design upheld: St. Luke’s hospital plan can’t move forward until it’s resolved
  • Safe Haven Health Care Inc. files for bankruptcy
  • Saint Alphonsus adopting an ‘age-friendly’ healthcare system
  • As population grows, Idaho hospitals struggle — and health care providers get creative


  • Billings Clinic foots $140K bill for staff police officer
  • Billings City Council, Billings Clinic ink deal for hospital-based police officers


  • PeaceHealth carries long-standing mission into new era
  • Introducing Oregon’s Healthiest Employers for 2018
  • Moda in talks with a strategic partner for a capital infusion, CEO says


  • Shriners Hospitals for Children reduces Spokane staff, focuses on growing outpatient load
  • Hospital district looks for clinic replacement
  • Unity Health Care, Howard Hospital to open specialty clinic in Ward 7 early next year
  • S. News ranks UW Medical Center as best hospital in state
  • Seattle officials pushing for better EMT wages
  • New Everett clinic brings Seattle Children’s Hospital closer
  • Best Hospitals In Washington: New U.S. News Rankings
  • Providence Health accused of $188.1M upcoding scheme


  • Wyoming Medical Center forms ‘care alliance’ with Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Wyoming hospital installs ExcelsiusGPS
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center targets human trafficking
  • Report: Wyoming falls short on public policies to fight cancer


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • In California, a glimpse at the future of elite children’s hospitals
  • California hospital weighs closure of nursing facility
  • Former SCA executive Kelly Ruiz joins California hospital
  • Cash-strapped California hospital to close ER, become long-term care facility
  • Dignity Health, UCSF Move to Consolidate Their Telehealth Platforms
  • California hospitals see steep increase in emergency room visits, Sacramento ERs remain crowded, study finds
  • Mercy San Juan, Sutter Roseville grab spots on U.S. News list of top local hospitals
  • California, Massachusetts Best at Preventing, Treating Cancer
  • University of California Irvine launches AI center for healthcare
  • Ex-CEO pleads guilty in kickback case involving California health clinics
  • Providence Tarzana workers set to strike Aug. 16
  • California hospital projected to run out of money by Aug. 31


  • Wyoming Medical Center forms ‘care alliance’ with Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Fort Collins getting another urgent care center
  • Community Hospital gets upgraded status as rumors swirl about bigger change
  • University of Colorado Hospital falls off list of the best U.S. hospitals, according to new ranking
  • Colorado’s Best Hospitals: New Rankings Released By U.S. News
  • Colorado hospital again ranked best in nation for respiratory care
  • Southwest Health System lays off 9.5 percent of staff
  • New care alliance between WMC and Children’s Hospital Colorado formed
  • Jury finds Colorado hospital overcharged patient for $300K spinal fusion
  • UCHealth hospitals in Loveland, Fort Collins rank in state’s top 10
  • SCL Health pays $11.59 million for Clear Creek Crossing site
  • Member Spotlight: Randall Frietzsche, CISO, Denver Health
  • Colorado health data organizations partner with startup to pilot blockchain-based platform
  • Colorado medical device CEO to retire after nearly 20 years
  • Dispute erupts over which hospital offers higher levels of care for stroke patients


  • Ground broken on new facility at Hawaii State Hospital
  • After partnership dissolves, home health services cut for seniors on Lanai
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association reports net income of $56M for Q2 2018


  • Investigation reveals North Las Vegas hospital ignored abuse
  • North Vista Hospital proud to serve the community


  • Intermountain Healthcare names chief people officer, chief strategy officer
  • Artemis Health Launches Standard Stories, Pre-Built Reports for Hot Benefits Topics

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