Dec 14, 2018

Health Provider News – December 14, 2018

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  • US health care spending hits $3.5 trillion in 2017, but rate of growth slows
  • CMS finalizes risk adjustment rule for benefit year 2018
  • 4 health systems raising their minimum wage
  • Demand for both physicians and nurse practitioners driving up compensation, study finds
  • Report predicts shortage of nearly 30,000 doctors in geriatrics
  • American Hospital Association among those suing HHS over site neutral payments
  • 10 cities with the biggest physician pay growth
  • Jefferson Health, Boston Medical Center + 5 systems join Medicaid project
  • Effort to modernize HIPAA focuses on easier patient data access
  • 12 AGs sue medical records company for HIPAA data breach
  • Demand for physicians surges 7% in 2018
  • 30% of hospitals have violated EMTALA, investigation finds
  • Physician fee schedule update could solve primary care shortage
  • Private equity pushes into healthcare: 9 latest deals
  • Can Telehealth Slow the Traffic Between Nursing Homes, Emergency Departments?
  • Apple has quietly hired dozens of physicians: 5 things to know
  • Investment income bolstered standalone hospitals’ finances, analysis finds
  • 3 ways ASCs can increase profits through managed care contracts
  • Adverse events affect 21% of Medicare long-term hospital patients, OIG finds
  • Why are freestanding EDs popping up across US? Millennials
  • House passes drug-pricing bill targeting ‘big pharma’s games’
  • HHS, OCR Seek Industry Feedback on HIPAA Update for Data Sharing
  • PwC names 6 healthcare issues to watch in 2019


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


  • Hospitals reduce ER visits with proactive community support
  • L+M Healthcare say outlook for Westerly Hospital ‘very bright’ despite continued financial losses
  • CT health care industry sees reasons for optimism, says WCHN chief
  • Future of Southington’s Bradley Hospital campus remains unclear
  • MMH one step closer in effort to expand cardiac services
  • Saint Francis Hospital now Hartford’s third Level I trauma center
  • Staffing levels, culture challenge quality of nursing home care in Connecticut
  • How Connecticut Children’s cut arrival-to-triage time by 80%
  • Yale New Haven-affiliated hospital posts 3rd consecutive operating loss


  • Maine boosts reimbursement rates for opioid use treatment
  • State OKs application for new rehab center at York Hospital


  • Partners HealthCare plans new outpatient clinics
  • Massachusetts hospital alleges voter fraud in November union vote
  • Massachusetts General Hospital to Launch Blockchain Solution to Store Patients’ Data
  • Partners ready to take on BI Lahey competition after strong fiscal year
  • Brigham Health physicians fight proposed changes to federal immigration policy
  • Involving patients in hospital ‘rounds’ can curb medical errors, researchers find
  • Partners HealthCare considers opening clinic with surgery center
  • Report: Massachusetts General Hospital Targeting Various Blockchain Use Cases
  • Massachusetts hospital to pay $2.3M for Medicare overpayments
  • Hospital will pay fine, repayment for Medicare overbilling
  • Anna Jaques nurses sue hospital
  • Partners HealthCare reports 489% jump in FY18 operating income
  • Steward Health Care Network workflow automation yields 161% increase in care coordination
  • Feds OK Care New England-Partners merger
  • Target to pay $3M after allegedly refilling prescriptions without patient OK


  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Announces $130 Million Expansion
  • ‘Internet of Things’ is transforming health care, Geneia president says
  • Officials Mull DHMC Plan, City Services
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Researcher to Study Disappearing Maternity Wards in N.H. Hospitals


  • Oneida Healthcare receives $250,000 for new cancer center
  • Officials deny rigging Utica hospital site study
  • Long Island Hospital to Roll Out Mobile Telestroke Units Next Spring
  • NYC Health + Hospitals could lose $362M in first year of public charge rule
  • Pharmaceutical company files for bankruptcy, receives $200M takeover bid
  • New York providers were overpaid nearly $33M for giving free vaccinations, audit finds


  • Settlements and motions to dismiss filed in St. Joseph’s pension fund challenges
  • Feds OK Care New England-Partners merger
  • Yale New Haven-affiliated hospital posts 3rd consecutive operating loss


  • Money, Employee Morale Put Springfield Hospital’s Health in Question
  • UVM Medical Center ramps up trauma training course
  • Nurses Fight Home Health Care Cuts
  • NEFCU donates $1 million to UVM Children’s Hospital NICU renovation
  • Springfield Hospital can’t pay its bills. ‘It’s very unnerving.’
  • CEO of cash-strapped Vermont hospital resigns 1 week after CFO

MID-ATLANTIC / EAST                                                                 

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


  • Christiana Care enters into outcomes-based agreement with Medicaid insurer
  • Health care company increasing minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Christiana Care ups its minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Atlantic General plans Ocean Pines medical center
  • Doctor will pay $3M for improper billing of Medicaid and Medicare


  • Deal For New GWU Hospital At St. Elizabeths Campus At Risk Of Collapsing
  • George Washington University Hospital Walks Away From a Deal to Run a New Hospital in Ward 8
  • Nurses Rally To Keep Providence Hospital Open As Services Wind Down


  • Ross retires ‘effective immediately’ as CEO of Meritus Health
  • ChoiceOne, St. Joe’s hospital opening new urgent care center at Belvedere Square Friday
  • Baltimore Ranked One Of The Top Cities For Doctor Job Growth
  • UMD Medical System restores computer systems after malware attack
  • Doctor to pay $3 million to resolve improper Medicaid billing in Maryland
  • Atlantic General Hospital announces plans for new Ocean Pines facility
  • Leaders at Hopkins children’s hospital in Florida resign amid report of high injury, death rates
  • U of Maryland Medical System CMO resigns after 28 years


  • CompleteCare gets $8 million in support for South Jersey health care
  • Hackensack Meridian hospital nurses close to resolving bitter contract dispute
  • New Jersey hospitals rank high in Leapfrog Group’s performance rating
  • Embattled University Hospital CEO resigning amid criticism
  • Report: University Hospital lacking vision, leadership
  • Newark Hospital Gave CEO Raise As Finances, Ratings Sank: Report
  • Troubled New Jersey hospital awaits vote on interim CEO
  • New Jersey hits health insurer with penalty over privacy breach


  • Is Scranton’s ‘super hospital’ plan dead?
  • Philly-area hospital reduces C-Section rate by implementing simple changes
  • Tower Health hospital reaches deal with Pennsylvania workers
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Health System selects new CEO
  • Jefferson Health announces minimum wage increase
  • LVHN highlights accomplishments, expansion plans at annual meeting
  • Pennsylvania Health Care Association president and CEO highlights state’s skilled nursing facilities
  • Coordinated Health and CEO to pay $12.5 million to settle fraudulent billing claims
  • Christiana Care ups its minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • UPMC Pinnacle to close Lancaster hospital formerly known as St. Joseph’s
  • W-B General nurses vote to authorize strike notice


  • Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia leaders meet with Ballad Health on changes ahead
  • Sentara Healthcare puts the last steel beam on its new cancer center
  • Virginia hospital installs 2nd robotic spine surgery system


  • Council members to decide on resolution supporting St. Mary’s Hospital union
  • HealthSouth Western Hills Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to rebrand
  • Council members seek more info on hospital board deal
  • HealthSouth hospital in Huntington to be renamed in 2019


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


  • Projected physician assistants shortage may hit rural Iowa
  • Court of Appeals to hear University of Iowa Children’s Hospital case
  • Iowa let major Medicaid provider keep $2.4M in overpayments
  • Projected physician assistants shortage may hit rural Iowa
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics complete emergency biocontainment drill


  • KU Health’s partner in Topeka venture files to go public
  • Francis majority owner Ardent Health files to go public
  • Value-based care drives KC physician practices to merge


  • Lawsuit by health care worker who refused vaccine dismissed
  • U of M building first-in-the-world cancer surgical suite
  • Assisted living facility in Hill City temporarily suspended due to ‘serious’ allegations


  • Separately owned hospitals in Missouri capital ‘not sustainable,’ St. Mary’s president says
  • Mosaic Life Care purchases St. Francis Hospital in Maryville
  • Opioid prescribing guidelines for physicians updated
  • MU Health Care, SSM St. Mary’s defend merger
  • Bankrupt Promise Healthcare lines up private sale of St. Louis hospital
  • CoxHealth to build new $42M hospital in Monett
  • MU Health Care, SSM Health hold second open forum about potential merger
  • MU Health CEO promises to sustain Audrain hospital


  • State dumps two major computer projects after spending $12 million on them
  • Children’s Hospital pharmacy director investigated for embezzlement
  • Fairbury doctor honored by hospital association
  • Hospitals in Two States Go Live With Epic EHR Implementations
  • Hackers’ ransom plot exploits Omaha hospital and others, costs victims $30 million, feds say


  • North Dakota nursing homes seek more state funding
  • Burgum’s budget would build new State Hospital near current location
  • Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital prepares for opening in Fargo


  • Demonstrators want the federal government to remain in charge of Sioux San Hospital
  • Rapid City to consider writing off $1.7M ambulance bills


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


  • Mercyhealth’s new $505 million Rockford hospital will impact Rock County patients
  • Jury finds for OSF in trial spurred by alleged wrong-side surgery
  • Ribbon cut at $505 million hospital in Rockford
  • Trinity Health’s Illinois hospital purchase helps drive revenues
  • Neighborhood Health Center Breaks Ground In Pullman
  • IL seeing shortage of behavioral health workers
  • Fitch upgrades Rush University Medical Center rating to ‘AA-‘
  • Chicago medical center owner pleads guilty to illegally prescribing 785K opioid pills


  • Riley Hospital for Children sets $175M fundraising goal
  • Vincent Names Manas Regional President
  • Franciscan about to open new $243 million hospital in Michigan City
  • Work Begins on 16 Tech’s First Building
  • Dupont Hospital to Showcase Renovations
  • Hammond Clinic Called ‘First in Indiana’
  • IU Health Releases Community Health Grants
  • Reid Health Auxiliary Makes Record Contribution


  • Kentucky podiatry practice allegedly submitted false Medicare claims
  • Lawsuit holds up Baptist Health-Hardin Memorial deal
  • Norton Healthcare leads the way in heart care for adults and children
  • All Louisville hospitals to face penalty from Medicare
  • Med Center lawsuit in ambulance battle will continue
  • Kentucky hospital files for bankruptcy
  • Owensboro Health touts growth in report
  • Baptist Health Paducah Wins State Marketing Award
  • Two major Louisville health care companies to merge


  • New data show benefits of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion
  • Six Michigan Doctors Charged in $464 Million Insurance and Opioid Scheme
  • Trinity Health gets $86M revenue boost from new hospital
  • DHCS looking for short-term financial support from County Board
  • Michigan hospital asks county for $7M backing as it seeks federal financing
  • Trinity Health’s Illinois hospital purchase helps drive revenues
  • Michigan hospital CEO will take pay cut to boost facility’s finances
  • UM approves another $16M toward potential new inpatient facility
  • Trinity CEO Gilfillan to step down in June


  • Miami Valley Hospital South celebrates $60 million expansion project
  • Mount Carmel to unveil new name, brand
  • Monroe’s medical center adds to Premier’s footprint
  • $60M hospital project part of health care construction surge
  • Cleveland Clinic raising minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020
  • New leaders named for Dayton-area hospitals
  • Greater Cincinnati hospitals shuffle top leaders
  • Ohio hospital opens $60M spine-focused expansion
  • Kettering Health Network building $60M hospital with surgery center
  • Miami Valley Hospital names new president


  • Aurora to pay $12 million to settle allegations of improper compensation
  • NHI to provide $25.35 mln for Wisconsin nursing facility development
  • Tennessee REIT backs $25.4 million nursing home development in Oak Creek
  • Vincent Lyles heads to Advocate Aurora Health
  • Mercyhealth unveils $505M hospital


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


  • North Alabama Medical Center opens in Florence
  • First ER patient arrive at North Alabama Medical Center
  • ECM Hospital makes the move to the new North Alabama Medical Center
  • Huntsville Hospital and University of North Alabama team up for partnership


  • Lee Health faced with federal whistleblower lawsuit for alleged Medicare fraud
  • Hospital merger started rough, ended quickly
  • Jack Minge joined Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in 2013.
  • Boca Regional, Baptist Health Agree On Letter Of Intent
  • No hospital, just an emergency ‘department’. They’re popping up all over.
  • Health organization announces CEO’s retirement
  • BayCare gets OK to build new hospital in Pasco County
  • Report: Officials missed warning signs about hospital
  • BayCare names new C-level leader to oversee physician network
  • Florida hospital hit hard during Hurricane Michael to lay off 800
  • Florida, California lead Leapfrog’s Top Hospitals list
  • Hospitalist practice gets $500K fine for HIPAA violations
  • Metro Orlando to get 3 new hospitals
  • Leaders at Hopkins children’s hospital in Florida resign amid report of high injury, death rates
  • Bonita Springs NCH to open soon
  • Florida surgeon’s daughters sue hospital where he worked
  • Broward Health names new CEO
  • Florida hospital increases safety measures in the wake of mass shootings
  • Florida hospital CEO: ‘Misunderstanding’ led to outcry over new policy
  • Florida ASC society leader to sit on new governor’s healthcare panel
  • Controversial hospital plan prompts county leaders to ask NCH to reconsider policy change
  • Lee Health opens new Babcock Ranch facility


  • Phoebe Putney Health System releases 2017 community report
  • Evans Memorial Hospital receives $750k grant
  • What Gainesville, hospital officials say drove $10 million land deal
  • Georgia AG signs off on Atrium-Navicent deal
  • Atrium Health Details Expansion Plans, Gets Approval For Georgia Hospital Acquisition
  • Health care costs higher in Georgia


  • Mississippi sues opioid distributors over crisis
  • Mississippi County Hospital System begins service agreement with St. Bernards Healthcare
  • Mississippi health system, Humana MA plans to split
  • Medicare cuts payments to 85 percent of Miss. nursing homes for hospital readmissions


  • New urgent care center coming to Columbus
  • State medical commission plans to issue $314M in bonds for Wake Forest Baptist
  • Georgia AG signs off on Atrium-Navicent deal
  • Hospital named primary stroke care center
  • Navicent Health now one step closer to deal with out-of-state hospital system
  • UNC Health Care boosts the pay of 9,000 employees as it raises minimum wage
  • North Carolina hospital launches Excelsius GPS robotic surgery system
  • UNC Health Care to raise minimum pay rate for employees to $15/hour
  • Atrium Health Details Expansion Plans, Gets Approval For Georgia Hospital Acquisition
  • Commission OKs $314M bond package; State medical commission plans to issue $314M in bonds for Wake Forest Baptist
  • Hospital names medical officer
  • Belmont physician named president of state association
  • Cone Health Opens New LeBauer HealthCare Medical Office at Grandover Village
  • Novant Health Gives Patients New Way to Access Health Information in Hospital
  • ECU, UNC-Pembroke officials sign public health partnership agreement
  • Local health clinic invests in cutting-edge technology
  • Thomasville obstetrics clinic joins Novant Health
  • Cone Health employs teleneurology at MedCenter High Point


  • Charleston County hoping for a $33 million offer to buy former Naval Hospital
  • Amid nursing shortage, SC graduating more nurses with bachelor’s degrees
  • MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital on track for 2019 opening


  • VUMC operating income flat in fiscal Q1
  • TriStar Health plans ASC, MOB in Brentwood
  • Ardent Health Partners Files For $100 Million IPO
  • Envision Healthcare taps Teresa Sparks for leadership roles
  • Nashville hospital company prepares to go public on the NYSE
  • Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia leaders meet with Ballad Health on changes ahead
  • LifePoint, partner buying home health agencies


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


  • Baptist Health CEO says Sparks acquisition will lead to stability
  • Vincent eliminating its Little Rock birth programs
  • Rutledge files complaint against health record company for HIPAA violations
  • Arkansas Children’s wage increase sets pace among other healthcare organizations
  • Plans to change Medicaid set off provider alarms in Arkansas


  • Company: Closed hospital in south-central Arizona to reopen
  • HonorHealth breaks ground on 6th hospital
  • Dallas-based company says it will reopen Florence Hospital next year
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona CEO departs for exec role at Optum
  • Multiple Arizona hospitals recognized as leaders in healthcare IT
  • Healthcare Startup Provides Mobile Treatment Services


  • First hospital-based food pantry opens at University Medical Center in New Orleans
  • Ochsner hikes minimum wage by $4 an hour to $12
  • Ochsner Health System raising minimum wage by nearly $4 in January
  • LSU Supervisors approve Shreveport medical education center plan
  • Tulane Surgery Clinic Northshore to open in early 2019


  • Lovelace Medical Center names new COO
  • New year, new name for one Albuquerque hospital
  • Lovelace Health System parent prepares to go public


  • Oklahoma surgical hospital closes without paying employees
  • Reports: Medical clinics may soon open in Pauls Valley after hospital closure
  • Oklahoma hospital offered $23 million loan to buy itself
  • Employees Concerned About Future Of Prague Hospital
  • Elk City’s Hospital Lands $23M USDA Loan For Revitalization


  • Here’s how Fort Worth and Texas plan to chip away at the doctor shortage
  • Jason Rounds becomes Christus St. Michael Health System’s permanent president
  • Texas startup brings in $1.7M for telehealth job marketplace
  • Boomtown: Central Texas’ increasing population is impacting health care
  • Christus St. Michael gets new president
  • Cash-strapped rural hospitals accuse BCBS of Texas of ‘strongarm’ tactics
  • Texas Workforce Commission says about 300 people to lose job after hospital closure
  • Financial troubles force Texas health system to shut down
  • Texas’ biggest nursing home operator seeks bankruptcy protection
  • Methodist Richardson first hospital in US to receive the Joint Commission’s gold seal for pancreatic, liver and bile duct cancer care
  • CC Medical Center using smartphone to help with patient care
  • Parent company of Southeast Texas nursing homes files for bankruptcy
  • Parkland names permanent CIO
  • David’s Round Rock Medical Center appoints COO
  • Local hospital, clinic closings leave employees out in the cold
  • Dallas-based company says it will reopen Florence Hospital next year
  • California orthopedic device maker DJO to move headquarters, 200 jobs to Lewisville
  • Temple Surgery Center shutters after Little River Healthcare files for bankruptcy
  • North Texas hospital breach exposes payment info on $47,000
  • Texas county to sell hospital
  • ‘Staffing situation’ forces Baylor Scott & White hospital to suspend labor, delivery services
  • $3B Med Tech Company Takes its Global Headquarters to Dallas


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


  • Petersburg hospital to train for shooting emergency
  • After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M
  • Alaska hospital nurses did something unique after lift broke down in earthquake
  • Southcentral Foundation helping lead study on precision medicine


  • Luke’s preps to hoist new skybridge
  • New clinic offering ‘one-stop-shop’ healthcare opens this month in Idaho Falls
  • Luke’s Health System to undergo restructuring
  • 2 moms and 3,000 doctors jump into the fight over Idaho’s Medicaid expansion


  • Kalispell Regional Healthcare Disputes Allegations Of Worker Rights Violations
  • Montana Nurses File Charges Against Kalispell Regional Healthcare
  • Advocates push for statewide behavioral health plan


  • OHSU heart transplant review set to begin
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget reforms OHP funding
  • End of year brings max capacity to Rogue Valley hospitals
  • New complaint highlights legal woes at Legacy’s Unity Center


  • Seattle Children’s spin-out MDmetrix adds operating room capabilities, looks to expand
  • Report: More than 1 Million WA patients received unnecessary tests, procedures, treatments
  • Seattle EMTs vote to strike without pay increase
  • With contract talks still stalled, Seattle EMTs set strike deadline of Dec. 21
  • CHI slows work on Harrison Silverdale hospital


  • Sheridan Memorial to Launch TeleStroke Next Month
  • $4.5 million may be available for upgrades at Rock Springs hospital
  • Lawmakers To Plan A Comprehensive Look At Hospital Costs
  • Two Wyoming Hospitals Receive USDA Funding


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • California drugmaker resolves anti-kickback allegations for $360M
  • New hospital tower rises in East Hollywood
  • Santa Clara County buys two financially struggling hospitals for $235 million
  • Florida, California lead Leapfrog’s Top Hospitals list
  • Hospital Destroyed By Fire In Paradise Will Not Reopen Until 2020
  • 23K patients received ineffective vaccines from California health clinic
  • Massive merger involving St. John’s hospitals sows nurses’ anxiety about staffing, budgets
  • Adventist Health’s 2 Mendocino County hospitals to be overseen by one president
  • Hospital employees face job uncertainty after California wildfire
  • California county buys 2 hospitals for $235M
  • California nurse claims she lost job due to racial discrimination
  • California orthopedic device maker DJO to move headquarters, 200 jobs to Lewisville
  • Hospital chain Dignity Health buys naming rights to Carson’s StubHub Center
  • UCI Health names Chad T. Lefteris chief operating officer
  • 16K patients affected in Redwood Eye Center data breach


  • No bones about it: Rocky Mountain Orthopaedics joins St. Mary’s medical group
  • New West Physicians to use HIE to see ‘big picture’ in patient care
  • With record profits the past few years, why doesn’t Vail Health lower its prices? (letter)
  • Northwest Colorado Health among 29 nonprofits to receive portion of $3.4 million in support of dental programs
  • OCR Fines Colorado Provider $111,000 for HIPAA Violations
  • Sabin named president of southern region for Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Northstar Sells 114 KSF Medical Building in Colorado
  • Colorado hospital failed to terminate former employee’s access to electronic protected health information
  • Pueblo hospitals de-emphasizing use of opioids
  • UCHealth tool shows patients what they’ll pay, but some say it’s not enough


  • Kona Community Hospital off-limits to visitors due to scabies outbreak
  • WHT editorial: Hospital’s timing seems suspicious
  • Hawaii healthcare leadership heading into 2019


  • There’s a possible shortage of OB-GYN doctors in Las Vegas’ future
  • Sunrise Hospital celebrates 60 years in Las Vegas
  • Sunrise highlights neonatal care in campaign to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates


  • Utah lawmakers will address balance billing – again
  • Utah medical company pays $1.6M to settle false Medicare claims
  • Health reform task force meets with Utahns affected by large hospital bills, discusses balance billing
  • Two Utah healthcare organizations recognized as leaders in healthcare IT

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