Aug 4, 2018

Health Provider News – August 3, 2018

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  • CMS’ proposed outpatient payment rule for 2019: 10 things to know
  • Add cardiologists to the list of doctors in short supply
  • CMS proposes 2% ASC pay increase in 2019
  • House Subcommittee Hears Mixed Review of MACRA
  • How Hospital CEOs Deliver Consistent Patient Experience Across An Enterprise
  • Medicare’s Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule: Big Changes For 2019
  • Physician groups call for tech changes to MIPS
  • Hospital Groups Decry Proposed Outpatient Reimbursement Cuts
  • Physician compensation, production stagnate in 2017, AMGA finds
  • Most, least telehealth-friendly states
  • Doctors tell lawmakers: Don’t scrap MIPS
  • Jamie Dimon says health care initiative with Buffett and Bezos may start small like Amazon did with books before expanding
  • Bill would support use of telemedicine at skilled nursing facilities
  • OCR issuing fewer HIPAA penalties in 2018, report suggests
  • Proposed physician fee changes credit negative for academic med centers, some rural hospitals, Moody’s says
  • Joint Commission will require hospitals to report percentage of newborns with unexpected complications
  • CMS gives $925M payment boost to post-acute providers
  • AHA defends ideas to cut backlog of Medicare appeals


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


  • Hearing Set on Concerns Over UConn Health Spending
  • Kathy’s Urgent Care opening in Berlin
  • Hartford docs helping study pros, cons of heart valve replacement breakthrough


  • Why a Maine hospital is buying a pizza shop
  • 2 of 3 Maine hospitals vote no-confidence in system CEO
  • Two Maine hospitals among top 100 ‘great community hospitals’ in U.S.
  • Rumford Hospital becomes second to vote no-confidence in its owner’s CEO
  • CMMC votes against Central Maine Healthcare leader
  • After 3 no-confidence votes, Central Maine Healthcare says it will ‘carefully consider’ medical staff’s message
  • CMS approves Maine’s health insurance waiver
  • Lowell General parent Wellforce to expand into Maine, southern N.H.
  • Pressure mounts amid no-confidence vote in hospital leadership at Central Maine Medical Center
  • Central Maine Healthcare board backs CEO who’s under fire from medical staff


  • Saint Vincent CEO resigning
  • Massachusetts hospital cited for lapses in high-risk pregnancy care
  • Tenet’s Massachusetts market CEO to transition into new role
  • Hospital leaders frustrated at failed health care talks
  • South Shore Health System to acquire urgent care chain Health Express
  • Athenahealth earnings steady despite CEO vacancy, potential sale
  • Home Health Foundation will join with Wellforce
  • Athenahealth posts $323.3M in Q2 revenue
  • Steward Health Care, BCBS settle 5-year antitrust lawsuit


  • Lowell General parent Wellforce to expand into Maine, southern N.H.
  • Home Health Foundation will join with Wellforce


  • New York To Pay Nurses $20 Million In Gender Bias Settlement
  • Mount Sinai Hospital to Explore Blockchain Applications
  • Glens Falls Hospital wins accolades for maternal care
  • NNY hospitals’ affiliation with Crouse Health making progress
  • Northwell Health eyes $12 million in savings through new in-house pharmacy service for employees
  • Finger Lakes Health appoints VP of nursing
  • Outpatient volumes not enough to offset operating losses for New York health system
  • Albany Med to cut ribbon on pediatric emergency department
  • NewYork-Presbyterian CIO Daniel Barchi on adapting to patient expectations, health IT misconceptions & great reads
  • New York hospital orders employees to undergo drug testing after vials of narcotics go missing
  • Former Mount Sinai, Google, Oscar Health leaders launch women’s healthcare company
  • Cuba Memorial Hospital CEO to depart
  • Highland Hospital to add 60 rooms


  • Lifespan refuses to allow all caregivers to return to work right away after strike
  • Nurses end strike at 2 Rhode Island hospitals, return Friday
  • Retired BCBSRI CEO Peter Andruszkiewicz paid $1.1M after leaving
  • BCBSRI and Steward settle lawsuit over Landmark Medical Center deal
  • Five Questions With: William Filippone
  • UNAP strike at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital ended, lockout lifted
  • CNE names Haffey president and COO at Kent Hospital
  • Kent Hospital selects Robert Haffey as president, COO


  • Hospital to Build Hiking Trail on Its Property
  • Amid contract talks, Vermont medical center halts union dues collection
  • Project to improve transfers of critically ill patients makes progress


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


  • Delaware officials revise proposed ACA rate request
  • After finding error, Highmark lowers proposed increase in Obamacare prices


  • DC’s Providence Health ending acute care in shift to population health
  • MedStar Health gets naming rights for Capitals, Wizards facilities
  • Providence Health to shut down D.C. hospital
  • Memo: VA finds ‘deteriorating’ conditions at DC hospital


  • UMB-born medical device startup raises $2.35 million, moves toward FDA clearance
  • In Maryland, female doctors’ salaries about 50% less than male colleagues’
  • PRMC named a top hospital for delivering babies


  • Joseph’s Health in Paterson is looking for a health system partner
  • Independent monitor to oversee New Jersey hospital’s finances after 4-notch downgrade by Fitch
  • HMH, Carrier Clinic to merge, end ‘fragmentation’ of patient care
  • Virtua acquires physical therapy facility
  • Atlantic Health System partners with Optum’s urgent care business on 11 centers


  • PA Attorney General files lawsuit to block health plan rule
  • Most Lancaster-area hospitals continue pattern of big financial surpluses, report shows
  • Allegheny Health Network posts 5th straight quarter of positive earnings
  • Pennsylvania hospitals showing big financial surpluses, especially in Lancaster County
  • Pittsburgh votes to expand hospital chain that won’t let workers unionize
  • UPMC’s South Hills Hospital: Site Selected, Plans Unveiled
  • C. Blair Health System CEO to resign
  • Highmark Health taps 1st-ever COO
  • Geisinger, Clarify Health Solutions join task force aimed at accelerating value-based care
  • Pittsburgh council greenlights UPMC’s $400M expansion plan
  • UPMC Hamot CFO retires, ending 29-year tenure


  • Sentara Healthcare names Dr. Jordan Asher chief physician executive
  • Cardiac rehab center opens in Chesterfield
  • Virginia electronically links all of its emergency departments to improve care, trim costs
  • Cardiologist files $15M defamation suit against VCU Health System’s physician practice group
  • Inova Health bans plastic straws


  • Preston Memorial now offering orthopedic surgery
  • More than $2 million in funds secured for W.Va. healthcare


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


  • Iowa board’s OK propels hospital plans for cancer center
  • Medical system notifies 1.4M patients about computer breach
  • Medical board director abruptly retires, after his mysterious suspension is lifted
  • Lothe named COO of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines
  • UnitedHealthcare CEO leaves company: Interim named to head managed care organization
  • Loring Hospital names Stacy Johnson CFO


  • Saint Luke’s Health System CEO to chair AHA in 2020
  • University of Kansas Health System buys Great Bend Regional Hospital and affiliated clinics
  • Topeka practice makes donation to relieve medical debt
  • Kansas ACA 2019 marketplace rates propose smaller increase than previous years
  • After 5 years and $4M in state funding, KU adult stem cell center faces greatest test
  • Which KC hospitals fared best on new sepsis scores? These five for-profit facilities


  • Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls redesignated as Level 3 trauma hospital
  • Drug shortage affecting local hospitals and clinics
  • How a Minnesota hospital is improving hand hygiene though a badge detection system
  • Construction Corner: Essentia Health in Duluth plans Minnesota’s biggest medical expansion
  • Mayo Clinic CIO to lead HIMSS North America’s board of directors


  • Plan to keep Doniphan hospital open gains new partner
  • Saint Luke’s Health System CEO to chair AHA in 2020
  • Missouri family practice warns 45K patients of breach after ransomware attack
  • Missouri has two systems to monitor opioid prescriptions. But it still has gaps
  • Ascension to explore establishing Medicare Advantage plan with Centene
  • Siteman Cancer Center breaks ground in north St. Louis County
  • Ascension hires chief digital officer
  • Hospital staff turnover rates increase in Kansas City
  • Ascension, Centene to explore Medicare Advantage joint venture


  • Nebraska’s ACA insurer seeks 3.7 percent increase in 2019
  • Nebraska’s chief medical officer and public health director will retire in August


  • North Dakota nurse staffing agency settles federal wage lawsuit


  • South Sioux City nursing home can’t pay bills, goes into receivership
  • Now on the job: Avera CEO Sutton prioritizes vision for health care system


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


  • OSF Healthcare launches OSF Urgo
  • Lutheran General Opens New Simulation Center
  • Health care company closing 150-worker Illinois call center


  • New Employer-Based Health Clinic Opens In Kokomo
  • Local IU Health office opens
  • OurHealth Growth Continues
  • Romero Joins Methodist Hospitals as CFO
  • New CEO Named For MDwise
  • IU Health, Gosport Working to Retain Healthcare Provider
  • IU Health’s Fort Wayne Presence Grows
  • Delaware County has great health resources – but not great health. (Until now)
  • Lilly Extends Collaboration With Cancer Institute
  • Mishawaka hospital plans closure within 60 days
  • Joe CEO resigns after 6 months
  • Methodist Hospitals hires new CFO
  • Community Health Network first system in Indiana to recruit by text message


  • Claire HealthCare President/CEO announces retirement
  • Kentucky enacts, then drops Medicaid copays in surprise reversal
  • Humana 2Q earnings beat analysts’ estimates
  • Baptist Health Richmond names Greg Gerard permanent president
  • Humana posts $193M profit, eyes expansion of Walmart relationship


  • Michigan doctors are taking their medical experience to the campaign trail
  • With $160M lab project, Michigan Medicine takes pathology out of the basement
  • Forbes names Covenant HealthCare among ‘best mid-size employers’
  • Metro Health earns national stroke center certification
  • Munson Healthcare Charlevoix ends fiscal year on high note
  • Grand Rapids Ophthalmology hires executive director


  • Date set for Good Samaritan site vision to be released
  • New Chillicothe emergency room ready to serve southern Ohio
  • Monroe, Atrium partner to curb hospital readmissions
  • ProMedica might not be done expanding
  • Former MetroHealth Chief Operating Officer convicted for role in defrauding hospital
  • Why can’t Good Sam buildings be saved? Hospital, leaders weigh in
  • MetroHealth to open health center on Urban Community School campus in 2020
  • Mercy Health opening new medical complex in Warren County
  • Ohio hospitals hiring hundreds of workers
  • Former Ohio hospital exec, 3 dentists convicted in bribe scheme case
  • Assisted Living Locators launches first Ohio franchise in Northeast Ohio
  • Will blockbuster ProMedica-HCR ManorCare deal work? We’ll know ‘fairly quickly’
  • Kettering Health prepares to open Middletown medical center
  • Mercy Health already searching for its next Warren County site
  • Premier Health Urgent Care plans to open new location in Beavercreek
  • Operator of health clinics for employers to enter Cincinnati market
  • University Hospitals’ gag order granted in fertility lawsuit


  • Ascension hospital ends pediatric physician agreement with Advocate, contracts Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Froedtert bought former Wisconsin Heart Hospital for $25 million
  • CMS approves Wisconsin’s waiver to stabilize ACA exchange with $200M reinsurance program
  • New regional vice president named for Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare
  • Mayo-Rochester physician to replace Johnson as regional leader in La Crosse
  • Advocate Aurora Health margins tighter in first quarter: Document


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


  • DCH is first hospital in the area to use new technology
  • Pack Health partners with Lakeshore Foundation on disability care
  • Birmingham leaders named to Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame
  • As federal regulators threaten Brookwood Medical Center, should patients worry?


  • New medical center to debut next month in fast-growing Lake Nona
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital to discuss merger with Baptist Health
  • Lack of surgeons forces Florida hospital to pause kidney transplants
  • Hospital CEOs talk health care in Venice and North Port
  • Lee Health buys the naming rights to Bonita Springs High stadium, Estero sold to FAST AC
  • Nemours Children’s Health System, Martin Health to launch pediatric partnership in 2019
  • Florida community hospital uses AI tools to generate care paths
  • CHS divests 425-bed Florida hospital
  • Tampa General partnership aims coordinate patient care
  • Vincent’s HealthCare plans $23 million expansion to Clay County hospital
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital Selects Baptist Health South Florida as Potential Strategic Partner
  • Hospital CEOs talk health care in Venice and North Port
  • New medical center to debut next month in fast-growing Lake Nona
  • Memorial Hospital In Jacksonville Gets Official Trauma Center Status
  • Nemours Children’s rebuffed on bid for heart transplant program
  • Munroe Regional to be Florida Hospital Ocala
  • George Ralls is Orlando Regional Medical Center’s new chief quality officer
  • Broward Health appoints new CIO


  • Doctors in midst of contract controversy still at Valdosta hospital
  • Firing of 2 Georgia hospital surgeons sparks protests
  • $61 million expansion planned for Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • Northeast Georgia Health System pursues purchase of closed Dahlonega hospital
  • Georgia hospital allegedly involved in lab billing scheme closes


  • Gulfport Memorial Hospital CEO stepping down
  • Mississippi hospital CEO retires days after CFO


  • LifePoint Health to merge with RCCH Healthcare Partners
  • ReGenesis names Marlon Hunter new CEO
  • Pending Mission Sale to HCA Raising Questions and Concerns in Western NC
  • Blue Cross to offer North Carolina members up to $500 rebate for choosing cheaper physician
  • Vidant Medical Center helps fund PCC nursing program expansion
  • Frye Regional Medical Center’s owner to merge with Tennessee healthcare company
  • Vidant opens new cancer center
  • Cone Health Responds To Maternity Patient Dangers Report
  • High Point Regional discounting some bills ahead of sale
  • Atrium Health receives Hospital Association honors
  • Vidant Health receives grant to create neonatal program
  • Salisbury hospital sustains significant damage, postpones elective surgeries
  • Park Ridge Health announces new emergency care partnership
  • Search committee selected for UNC Health Care CEO’s successor


  • Banner Payson, 3 other rural hospitals to share $30K for outreach programs
  • SC’s first ‘micro hospital’ is now planned for Bluffton and will bring about 125 jobs
  • South Carolina’s top health care groups want to bring down opioid prescription rate
  • Piedmont CEO hopes for good news on Fort Mill hospital ruling in January
  • First-of-its-kind micro hospital coming to Lowcountry
  • Health care organizations partner to address opioid crisis


  • Quorum to sell Tennessee hospital
  • Tennessee hospital ousts CEO, Hal Leftwich to succeed
  • TriStar Health readies $96M Advanced Joint Replacement Institute
  • State: Knoxville nursing home fined $30K for failing to give proper care to woman who fell
  • Quorum hospital declares closure hours after sale announcement
  • CHS CEO Wayne Smith says company is on the right track
  • LifePoint posts $52M profit as it seeks sale to private equity firm
  • CHS sees net loss narrow to $110M, pursues $2B hospital divestiture plan
  • Ballad Health to keep former rival hospitals open, restructure services
  • CHS divests 425-bed Florida hospital


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


  • Mercy Hospital Reaches Major Milestone
  • Little Rock hospital hires cancer institute chief


  • Banner Payson, 3 other rural hospitals to share $30K for outreach programs
  • HonorHealth will open North Valley hospital in 2020
  • Magellan Health: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
  • Arizona hospital emerges from bankruptcy, lays off 60


  • CHRISTUS Health announces new CEO
  • Kevin Holland to serve as CEO of Christus Southwestern Louisiana
  • 3 groups have until Aug. 20 for Charity Hospital proposals
  • Another audit raises Louisiana Medicaid oversight issues
  • Contract terms for Louisiana hospitals deal still incomplete
  • LifePoint Health Completes Sale of Three Louisiana Hospital Campuses
  • Health Department Responds to Most Recent Audit


  • New board preps hospital progress
  • Lost laptop imperils data of New Mexico hospice’s patients


  • Oklahoma Health Department is making progress after scandal, officials say
  • Oklahoma health board approves new medical marijuana rules
  • Hospital’s health gets close exam


  • Banner Payson, 3 other rural hospitals to share $30K for outreach programs
  • Construction starts on new Oak Hill hospital
  • Nocona General Hospital close to finishing remodeling project
  • Ulrich Medical USA sues Texas hospital for $132K in unpaid bills
  • Rededicated Austin State Hospital to Be Modernized
  • Dallas hospital co-founder admits to bribing physicians for high-volume surgeries
  • Texas Hospital Association pilots tech giving view of inpatient, outpatient opioids
  • Patient’s suit takes issue with placement of hospital liens
  • Texas Children’s Pediatrics now operating in South Austin
  • Feds raid another pharmacy company as Dallas becomes hot spot for physician kickbacks
  • UnitedHealth’s Optum expands urgent care business in Texas
  • Texas pediatricians stop accepting managed Medicaid members, citing payment concerns
  • Texas Hospital Association pilots tech giving view of inpatient, outpatient opioids
  • John Yeary steps into Freestone Medical Center CEO role permanently


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


  • Making Alaska health care work better: State’s challenges require unique solutions
  • Q&A: Premera CEO is optimistic about Alaska health insurance rates
  • Alaska SNF Advocate Tells Senate Panel of Need for Regulatory Relief
  • Alaska health official’s testimony says federal regulations are strangling rural hospitals
  • Alaska is fighting to make progress on opioid epidemic


  • CMS terminates Idaho hospital’s Medicare contract
  • Kootenai Health hosts groundbreaking for new Hospitality Center
  • Idaho hospital’s ER physicians out of network with state’s largest insurers
  • A second top exec has left Saint Al’s within a month


  • Marcus Daly Hospital welcomes new CEO
  • New Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO “excited” to be in Hamilton
  • Hospital nears settlement of lawsuit over doctor pay


  • The necessary change for an ASC’s sustainability: key thoughts from South Portland Surgical Center’s Lianna McDowell
  • Unity Center ramps up ‘toward normal operations’ after addressing safety concerns
  • Providence Health & Services taps new Oregon region CEO


  • $78M Trios hospital sale is delayed. Here’s why — and for how long
  • Seattle Children’s announces Odessa Brown Clinic in Rainier Valley


  • Hospital Board elects new officers
  • Health report shows Natrona County lagging behind on care for expecting mothers


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • SF’s newest hospital to expand maternity care, end long-term nursing
  • Joseph Health in talks to oversee Healdsburg District Hospital
  • California hospital VP sues facility over alleged harassment by physician exec
  • California hospital will scale back services to cut costs
  • $538M San Francisco hospital opening in August
  • California Medical Board’s free app helps consumers track doctors’ license status, discipline
  • Shuttered California hospital to reopen as ‘healthcare city’
  • Sutter hospital evacuates as California wildfires roar
  • California hospital CMO responds to backlash over service cuts
  • KPC Health System appoints COO, hospital CEOs
  • The most vulnerable part of a hospital’s business? Poor patient experience, says Tahoe Forest Hospital District’s Jeff Rosenfeld
  • Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean on how his upbringing affected his views on healthcare


  • Boulder County hospitals strategize to cope with national opioid shortage
  • Kaiser Permanente Colorado says it will no longer be a Medicaid provider for 2,500 patients
  • Paul Chodkowski, CEO of St. Anthony Summit for the past 13 years, will retire this week
  • Kaiser Permanente workers picket in Denver for bargaining rights
  • DaVita HealthCare: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
  • Colorado biotech company’s shares soaring after getting good news from FDA
  • Boulder biotech wants to settle with the SEC for $20 million
  • Clovis beats analyst expectations despite quarterly loss
  • Associates in Family Medicine expanding in Windsor
  • Anthony Summit Medical Center CEO to retire


  • Healthcare Association of Hawaii honors state lawmakers for commitment to healthcare
  • Medicare contributes $2.4 billion to Hawaii economy, study says
  • Hawaii to receive nearly $2.5 million to fight infectious diseases


  • Nevada treading water despite efforts to address doctor shortage
  • Henderson Hospital opens new neonatal unit
  • NV Health-Insurance Rates to Continue Their Rise in 2019


  • Utah’s suicide rate among highest in U.S., but Intermountain is trying to change that
  • Letter: Utah health care industry can and must do better
  • Utah scores in top 5 happiest states, but among the worst in health categories

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