Dec 22, 2018

Health Provider News – December 21, 2018

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  • Federal judge rules Obama’s health care overhaul unconstitutional
  • Amazon explored buying at-home medical test company
  • Amy Abernethy to join FDA as principal deputy commissioner
  • 4 biggest Anti-Kickback settlements involving hospitals in 2018
  • 12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements
  • Will interstate compacts turn into national licensure?
  • What doctors need to know about MACRA’s new patient relationship codes
  • State-by-state breakdown of 93 rural hospital closures
  • HHS appeals risk adjustment court decision
  • HHS Issues RFI for HIPAA Improvements, Care Coordination
  • Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment
  • Section 1557 Lawsuit Over Transgender And Abortion Protections Will Proceed
  • Farm bill would allow rural hospitals to refinance debt
  • Drug costs put squeeze on skilled nursing facilities
  • Hospitalwide innovation through medication management: 4 ways hospitals are accomplishing it 
  • Judge requests CVS, Aetna keep some operations separate during antitrust review
  • CMS probes potential conflicts of interest for accrediting groups


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


  • Health services access groups in Connecticut, Maine merging
  • Stamford Hospital Fined $55,000 For Operating Blood Draw Facility Without Approval
  • Cigna closes $67B Express Scripts purchase
  • CT Children’s to build dialysis center


  • Mills picks former Obama health care reform leader to run DHHS
  • Portland Planning Board OKs 3rd and final phase of Maine Med expansion
  • Health services access groups in Connecticut, Maine merging
  • Mayo Regional Hospital launches integrated health record system
  • Mercy Hospital takes another step toward relocation to Fore River Parkway


  • MassHealth taps vendors to provide technical assistance to new ACOs
  • Morton Hospital closes maternity unit permanently
  • State won’t review Dana-Farber’s Foxborough satellite facility
  • Hospital to adopt new security measures after data breach
  • Massachusetts workers at Steward Health Care hospital OK union
  • Novartis loses another executive to biotech
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute hires James Terwilliger as COO


  • Digging Into the DHMC Expansion
  • New Hampshire health coverage sign-ups lag deadline nears
  • New Hampshire physician assistant guilty of Insys opioid kickback scheme


  • A new kind of medicine makes its way to Albany
  • New York nurses unionize after state orders investigation of alleged threats at hospital
  • Catholic Health recruits c-level exec from N.C.
  • New York medical office building acquired for $48.1M
  • New York Hospital to Increase Emergency Department Security
  • Higgins: Almost $7 million for WNY health care centers
  • NYU Langone, healthcare workers reach contract agreement
  • NewYork-Presbyterian CIO Daniel Barchi on the strategic initiative he’ll tackle in 2019
  • New York nurses unionize after state orders investigation of alleged threats at hospital


  • Hospital merger plan files for approval from Rhode Island
  • Newport Mental Health Center Gets $2 Million Federal Grant


  • Springfield hospital officials withheld financial woes from regulators
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock researchers analyze Vermont’s hub and spoke opioid treatment model
  • Vermont community hospital notifies 32,000 after data breach
  • Vermont hospital struggles to pay its bills
  • Springfield Medical Care Systems CEO Resigns

MID-ATLANTIC / EAST                                                                 

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


  • Christiana Care CEO Janice Nevin says $15 hourly wage will not drive up health care costs
  • Health care company founder shares $20M with workers
  • Kentmere Healthcare Consulting helps Horizon Healthcare expand


  • C. sues Ascension over hospital closure
  • Ascension sued by city officials to keep DC health system open
  • Confusion Turns to Compromise as the D.C. Council Moves Forward on the Construction of a New Hospital
  • Maryland doctor to pay more than $3 million for alleged fraudulent Medicare, Medicaid claims
  • GWU Hospital says it’s back in the game to work toward East End Hospital deal


  • New Upper Chesapeake medical center, now planned for Aberdeen, is welcomed by city audience
  • Union Hospital, LifeBridge end merger talks
  • Maryland health care aide charged with Medicaid fraud of almost $450K
  • Meritus Health CEO retires


  • The Interview Issue: Barry Ostrowsky is making sure RWJBarnabas Health changes for the best
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Toms River changing names
  • Troubled New Jersey hospital names successor 1 week after CEO resigns
  • Hackensack Meridian gives nurses raises, pledges to hire more
  • New Jersey hits health insurer with penalty over privacy breach
  • Troubled New Jersey hospital awaits vote on interim CEO
  • New Jersey nurses reach labor deal with future Salem hospital owner


  • Pennsylvania hospital nurse strike looms
  • Menno Haven unveils rehabilitation center
  • New Hospital to Create 200 Jobs
  • New Rhein Healthcare Investors moving headquarters to Philadelphia
  • Conemaugh Health System breaks ground on outpatient center
  • CHOP and Philly launch home repair program to prevent asthma
  • Wolf appoints advisory group to improve home health care working conditions
  • Geisinger looks to fill 200 jobs in new hospital
  • Pennsylvania health system, CEO will pay $12.5M to resolve billing probe
  • Negotiations between nurses, hospital ongoing
  • UPMC chief innovation officer to depart for North Carolina health system
  • Longtime UHS executive gets new job leading Acadia
  • Luke’s University Health Network selects presidents for 2 hospitals
  • Council punts on pharma bill banning gifts to doctors
  • Hospice company paying $6M in fraudulent billing case
  • Former St. Joseph Hospital’s closing creates uncertain future for employees, property


  • Centra sees operating margin drop as electronic records rollout leads to increased costs
  • Sentara mandates vaccines for all employees
  • Valley Health announces layoffs as care costs increase
  • Copper helps Sentara hospitals drop infection rates by 60%, study says
  • Ballad Health, critics debate trauma plan


  • Deric Bryant named hospitalist director at Camden Clark Medical Center
  • WVU Children’s Breaks Ground on $150M Tower at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia
  • Healthy patients and a healthy economy: United Hospital Center takes care of North Central WV
  • Overcoming barriers to advance regional healthcare


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


  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Iowa hospital seeks $500K from county as losses mount
  • CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs president to retire, ending 24-year tenure


  • Kansas fixes Medicaid billing that cut pediatricians’ pay
  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Kansas Hospital Association prepares for pushback on Medicaid expansion
  • Late paychecks hit ‘lives and livelihood’ of KC-based rural hospital chain’s employees
  • Pediatricians may drop Kansas Medicaid patients due to billing change


  • UnitedHealth Group will pay $500M less for Colorado-based physicians group
  • TreeHouse Health — an innovation hub for healthcare startups
  • Hennepin Healthcare cuts ties with sheriff, considers arming security force
  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Mayo Partners with MyMeds


  • Foes of sale: St. Mary’s not closing
  • MU Health Care, SSM Health to host third forum on potential hospital merger
  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Report shows improved Missouri health ranking
  • MU Health CEO promises to sustain Audrain hospital
  • SSM Health leads the training to reduce the rate of women dying in child birth
  • Lawsuit against hospital clinic settled
  • BJC Health Care says online payments may have been hacked
  • Late paychecks hit ‘lives and livelihood’ of KC-based rural hospital chain’s employees
  • Kindred at Home offers ‘the right care at the right time’


  • Comprehensive genetics clinic now open at Gordon Memorial Hospital
  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • State launches website to inform Nebraskans about Medicaid expansion progress
  • State dumps two major computer projects after spending $12 million on them


  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center taps new CEO


  • Where It Takes the Longest to Get to a Hospital in the U.S.
  • Wave of nursing home closures hitting small South Dakota communities


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


  • Chicago hospital performs record 54 heart transplants in 2018
  • Vibra Hospital of Springfield set to close
  • Siteman Cancer Center plans 2020 opening at Memorial Hospital East
  • HSHS St. Francis Hospital appoints CEO
  • Brian Charlier to serve as CEO of HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s hospitals
  • Illinois long-term care hospital to close amid declining reimbursement


  • Planning for 800-acre parcel to begin: Columbus Regional Health compiling land-use committee
  • Columbus Regional Health Looks To Create Vision For Future Health Campus
  • Nurse practitioner opens subscription-medicine clinic in Hebron
  • IU Health West Hospital celebrates expansion
  • Kelly Stanley: Looking back at IU Health, Ball Memorial Hospital merger, 10 years later
  • Carmel City Council poised to reject proposed specialty hospital if it won’t commit to permanent taxes
  • Lutheran Health Finalizes Plans For New Hospital
  • Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission
  • Franciscan Health Michigan City Prepares for Move to New Hospital
  • IU Health West Plans ‘Crane Christening’


  • Louisville gets $1.3M from state for new entrepreneur effort
  • Kentucky grants $1.3 million for health care hub in Louisville
  • Baptist Healthcare finishes fiscal 2018 in the black after a big loss for 2017
  • Baptist Healthcare reverses $69M operating loss
  • Kindred Healthcare and Netsmart Partner to Create Next Generation Post-Acute Platform
  • Federal grant allows Northern Kentucky partners to build health innovation initiative
  • Local hospitals put $97.2M into economy in 2016
  • Passport West End HQ project gets $24M from national organizations
  • Humana ranks high on new Forbes list


  • Plans move forward on new $450 million health care campus in Michigan
  • Centria Healthcare Reveals New Corporate Branding
  • Michigan state lawmakers have stamped out telemedicine — again
  • McLaren breaks ground on new $450 million health care campus
  • New hospital coming to MSU research park
  • McLaren Macomb hires new director for cardiovascular services


  • Bellevue Hospital opens $7M Eagle Crest Health Park
  • Two Premier Health hospitals to have new leadership in the new year
  • Bellevue Hospital opens new Eagle Crest Health Park
  • Cleveland Clinic latest hospital to raise minimum wage to $15
  • Expansion spree: Cleveland Clinic is opening new facilities and buying others
  • Mercy Health puts St. Joseph’s planned move on hold
  • Sylvania ambulance company sued over potential billing issues
  • Miami Valley Hospital names new president
  • Kettering Health closer to adding more Middletown inpatient beds
  • Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers said healthcare-related projects dominated 2018
  • Hospitalwide innovation through medication management: 4 ways hospitals are accomplishing it 
  • Mercy Health delays plan to build $250M Ohio hospital
  • Former Cleveland Clinic executive gets prison time in $2.7M fraud scheme


  • Aurora Health will pay $12M to resolve improper compensation claims
  • Vincent Lyles heads to Advocate Aurora Health
  • Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin to open outpatient facilities
  • Advocate Aurora Health to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next three years
  • Door County Medical Center CEO plans retirement
  • 3 patients die after contracting Legionnaires’ disease in Wisconsin hospital


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


  • Alabama hospitals above average in preventing HAIs
  • Hospital Busier Than Ever Since Move to New $230M Building


  • NCH Healthcare System is recruiting hospitalists against backdrop of shortage
  • The Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Improves Instruction with Next-Generation Displays
  • Mike Griffin will lead USF’s consolidation push after resignation by All Children’s CEO
  • New BayCare Hospital to be Built Along I-75 Corridor
  • When he resigned, All Children’s CEO left more than the hospital
  • Expansion spree: Cleveland Clinic is opening new facilities and buying others
  • 3 top execs resign from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • UM health system reports its ‘best financial year ever’ as cancer care and surgeries grow
  • Bill supporting Halifax Health’s Deltona expansion takes stage
  • UCF’s teaching hospital is born
  • Florida Hospital joins the fray to upend health care
  • Florida hospital CEO can sue CNN for defamation, appeals court rules
  • Florida children’s hospitals may have to post heart surgery death rates online
  • Bonita location of NCH emergency room prepares for grand opening
  • Florida hospital CEO: ‘Misunderstanding’ led to outcry over new policy
  • Polk County surgeon pays $2.2M to resolve false claims’ allegations
  • Florida’s head nursing home regulator Justin Senior contradicts his staff’s report on patient deaths
  • Florida’s best-ranked hospitals — and more health care briefs from around the state
  • From nurse training to practice: 6 thoughts on easing the transition from Memorial Healthcare’s 1st chief nursing executive
  • Delray Medical Center appoints COO


  • Northside Hospital making moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled
  • When Northeast Georgia Health System hopes to build Braselton surgery center
  • WellStar West Georgia Medical Center president to retire
  • Emory Healthcare’s eICU lets physicians in Australia monitor patients
  • With merger still pending, Northside Hospital applies for surgery center CON — 5 insights
  • Grady named state’s top small hospital
  • Georgia mothers are dying and Emory Hospital shares how they’re taking action to fix it
  • Effort to change Georgia’s CON laws gains more momentum
  • Southeast Georgia Health System selects COO


  • How will a recent ruling on the ACA affect Mississippi?
  • Hospital reaches surgery milestone with 1,000th robotics procedure


  • Rural areas push for more assurances in N.C. hospital sale
  • UNC Health Care’s new CEO is Dr. A. Wesley Burks
  • WakeMed introduces a mobile app that allows you to access your medical records
  • Folwell proposal worries hospital
  • UPMC chief innovation officer to depart for North Carolina health system
  • Novant Health breaks ground on new cancer center
  • Atrium Health executive named Charlotte businesswoman of the year
  • AG looks to protect WNC’s interest in Mission sale
  • North Carolina hospital launches Excelsius GPS robotic surgery system
  • Navicent Health now one step closer to deal with out-of-state hospital system
  • Annual health rankings show mediocre results for overall healthiness in NC
  • Ronald “Ronnie” Sloan Receives AHA’s Rural Hospital Leadership Award
  • Pediatric researcher named CEO of UNC Health
  • Under Siege
  • Investment Trust buys Wake Forest Baptist Surgery Center
  • North Carolina ASC sells real estate, financed at $5.7M+
  • Wayne UNC Health rated among nation’s safest
  • Mission Hospital one of first to use world’s smallest pacemaker


  • South Carolina hospital closes after 63 years
  • Collective Medical Partners with the South Carolina Hospital Association
  • Select Health of South Carolina covers Paradigm Spine’s coflex device
  • Board member chosen to lead South Carolina health panel


  • Newport Medical Center’s new CEO is Matthew Littlejohn
  • State wants more information about Ballad’s proposed NICU changes
  • Baptist Memorial Health and Jonesboro DO school reach partnership deal
  • Jacobs out at Acadia
  • Acadia to owe Jacobs more than $10 million following ouster
  • CHI Memorial-Chattanooga named Best Regional Hospital
  • Metro Health Dept. receives $25K grant
  • 4 hospitals in Oklahoma and Tennessee miss payroll
  • Longtime UHS executive gets new job leading Acadia
  • Sisters of Mercy honored before hospital closure
  • Ballad Health, critics debate trauma plan
  • CHS appoints new director
  • Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland CEO resigns


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


  • Baptist Memorial Health and Jonesboro DO school reach partnership deal
  • Robotic spine surgery comes to Arkansas
  • Arkansas Children’s names Dr. Greg Sharp as SVP and Chief Medical Officer
  • Arkansas hospital threatens legal action over competitor’s orthopedic contract with university
  • Arkansas surgeon used FaceTime to calm patient during brain operation


  • FastMed, NextCare announce merger
  • Mayo Clinic Arizona CEO departs for exec role at Optum
  • Arizona ranks 30th nationally in overall health
  • $200M Valley medical project set to break ground early next year


  • Louisiana cancer clinic opens state’s 1st musculoskeletal center
  • Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health announces new president
  • Ochsner Health System and Geneva Health Solutions Partner to Bring Innovation to Louisiana Patients with Cardiac Device Implants
  • Attorneys general: Settlement talks ongoing in drugs lawsuit
  • Louisiana is one of 48 states taking generic drug companies to court


  • New Mexico to pay $63M more for Medicaid next year
  • Lovelace Health System parent prepares to go public
  • Hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah Receive 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards


  • Prague Hospital CEO Resigns After Announcement Of Possible Closure
  • Oklahoma Rural Hospital Employees Concerned
  • Prague Community Hospital Employees Receive Paychecks, Hospital’s Future Remains In Jeopardy
  • Blake Shelton establishes cancer research program at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
  • 4 hospitals in Oklahoma and Tennessee miss payroll
  • CEO of Prague hospital steps down amid financial struggles
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association honors St. Mary’s oncology head
  • Oklahoma falls to No. 47 in health rankings
  • Rural hospital employees in Oklahoma have not received paychecks


  • 27 Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals earn A grades in new patient safety ranking
  • Jude latest hospital to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
  • Medical City Fort Worth’s new $65 million tower expands ER, intensive care unit
  • Little River Healthcare bankruptcy leaves Killeen staff without jobs
  • Spine Team Texas to anchor new medical building
  • Sundance hospital indicted on 11 more counts for allegedly holding patients illegally
  • Texas Hospital Discloses Third-Party Breach
  • The Dallas Companies Hoping to ‘Uberize’ the Healthcare Staffing
  • ‘Staffing situation’ forces Baylor Scott & White hospital to suspend labor, delivery services
  • Waco urology clinic spared in Little River Healthcare closures
  • Dallas-based Tenet, other health care stocks fall as Obamacare ruling jolts investors
  • Deep in the troubled heart of Texas, health care suffers
  • California orthopedic device maker DJO to move headquarters, 200 jobs to Lewisville
  • Marietta to head CHI
  • Texas Hospital Association CEO encourages hospitals to unite in advocacy efforts
  • Baylor St. Luke’s exaggerated quality of heart transplant program, lawsuit alleges
  • Kingwood Medical Center appoints new CEO
  • Report: Texas Hospitals are Becoming Less Profitable


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


  • Alaskans see extended health insurance enrollment period following November quake
  • Alaska ranks 32nd in comprehensive national health rankings report
  • Alaska’s post-earthquake blanket waivers
  • Alaska’s mental health crisis: ideas and possible solutions
  • Earthquake anxiety overwhelms some Anchorage mental health clinics already stretched thin
  • Alaska projects massive nursing shortage


  • New cancer report on 2017 shows stable cancer trends for Idaho
  • The skybridge is up at St. Luke’s
  • High-tech alternative medicine clinic Happy Whole You opens in Pocatello
  • Portneuf Health Partners makes large donation to Bannock Development


  • Pharmacy industry ‘middlemen’ settle Montana case
  • Fewer Montanans are signing up for Obamacare
  • Advocates push for statewide behavioral health plan
  • New partnership expanding pediatric mental health care
  • Prescription Management Company Reaches $375,000 Settlement With State Of Montana


  • President and CEO of Bay Area Hospital announces resignation
  • Lori Coyner to return as state Medicaid director
  • Hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah Receive 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards
  • Zoom+Care to be acquired by Portland-area hospital giant
  • Nurses accuse Bend hospital of unfair labor practices
  • Oregon hospital association leader plans to step down
  • Bay Area Hospital CEO to retire in January
  • Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center names interim CEO


  • Microsoft Executive B.J. Moore Joins Providence St. Joseph Health as Chief Information Officer
  • PeaceHealth to acquire Zoom+Care
  • CHI slows work on Harrison Silverdale hospital
  • CHI Franciscan Health cuts workforce building $500M replacement hospital
  • AG Ferguson: $2.7M awarded in first-ever Washington Civil Medicaid false claims trial
  • Providence St. Joseph Health taps Microsoft exec as new CIO
  • PeaceHealth to acquire 37 clinics
  • Washington state ranks ninth in national health report


  • MinuteClinic Launches New Virtual Care Offering in Wyoming
  • How Wyoming’s aging population impacts the state financially


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Adventist Health looking for 50 new nurses
  • Molina Healthcare goes to war with its founding family, affecting coverage for 79,000 patients
  • UCI Health Names COO
  • Medsphere Systems gets $32M to address demand, mull acquisitions
  • Dignity Health, GoHealth Urgent Care acquire 6 California urgent care centers
  • California biotech industry group CEO leaving
  • Hospital chain Dignity Health buys naming rights to Carson’s StubHub Center
  • California hospital won’t reopen Jan. 1
  • Molina Healthcare battles with founding family
  • Dignity Health CFO Dan Morissette discusses CHI megamerger, Apple partnership


  • UnitedHealth Group will pay $500M less for Colorado-based physicians group
  • To Win Over FTC, DaVita Sale Price To UnitedHealth Drops To $4.3B
  • MBRE Healthcare acquires Colorado medical office building with surgery center for $26.6M
  • Thomas More Hospital CEO to depart
  • 2 takeaways from Pagosa Springs Medical Center HIPAA settlement
  • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center provides $16.3 million in community benefits
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado names 4 leaders for Southern region
  • Sabin named president of southern region for Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • UCHealth purchases $5.9M medical building in Woodland Park
  • Pagosa Springs Medical Center settles with OCR over hospital’s failure to terminate former employee’s access to PHI
  • UCHealth’s northern Colorado hospitals first in the state to electronically scan newborn footprints


  • Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law
  • Hawaii named healthiest state, Louisiana ranks last in new report
  • Tripler Medical Simulation Center earns reaccreditations


  • Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital still spreading its wings at 60
  • Sandoval OK’s $3 million for med student fellowship programs
  • Hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah Receive 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards
  • Hospital wants spotlight on low Medicaid reimbursements
  • New Nevada medical programs to get more than $3.3 million in grant funding
  • Signups for Nevada health insurance exchange decline


  • Huntsman Cancer Institute plans to bring quality care to patients at home
  • Revere Health’s new one-stop shop for health care breaks ground in Southern Utah
  • Health-technology firm Collective Health to open a Utah office
  • Hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah Receive 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards
  • Balance billing issue gets packed hearing at Utah Health Reform Task Force

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