Jul 22, 2018

Health Provider News – July 13, 2018

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  • CMS gives providers another week to decide whether to jump into BPCI Advanced
  • The biggest financial pain points hospitals feel right now: Experts weigh in
  • 340B overhaul at the top of Congress, Azar’s mind
  • CMS Suspends $10.4B in Risk Adjustment Payments to Payers
  • Atul Gawande starts first day as CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan health venture
  • CMS to allow hospitals to withdraw from BPCI Advanced in March
  • New Research Reveals MIPS Confusion Among Physicians
  • AMGA urges CMS to lower MIPS exclusion threshold
  • 63 new ASCs in 2018 so far
  • Analysis: Many States Continue to Have Restrictive Telemedicine Policies
  • Hospital consolidation alone hasn’t delivered on promises of interoperability
  • Amazon, Google, Apple to drive life sciences market to $1.5T by 2022, report says
  • GAO again recommends improvements to 340B program
  • Amazon reportedly working with startup to launch medical product delivery at major health systems
  • FCC unveils plans for a $100M connected care pilot program
  • CMS Proposes 2019 Physician Payment, Quality Payment Program Changes


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


  • UConn Health, Jackson Lab To Collaborate On Statewide Pain Consortium
  • Vincent’s nursing program’s merger with SHU finalized
  • Settlement Reached In Norwich Behavioral Health Case: AG Jepsen
  • Norwich Health Practice Pays $300,000 to Settle False Claims Act Violations
  • DCP: Walmart Pharmacy first to link drug data in monitoring program


  • Portland developer of digital therapeutics for patients raises $5.3 million


  • KeraNetics agrees to merge with Mass. biotechnology company
  • Massachusetts House to consider opioid bill Wednesday
  • Bill to combat opioid crisis rejects 72-hour hold, adds mandate for hospital care
  • Boston startup Medically Home wants to bring the hospital to you
  • Waltham biotech Visterra acquired by Japan’s Otsuka for $430M
  • Question on nurse staffing limits to appear on November ballot
  • Frances Anthes stepping down as health center CEO
  • Fallon hires chief medical officer, SVP
  • Worcester health center CEO to retire
  • Beth Israel, Lahey merger faces pushback from attorney general


  • New Hampshire seeks public input on opioid response
  • Payments freeze muddies NH health insurance market


  • Oscar Health finds a new headquarters
  • New York hospital to build patient pavilion with 90 private rooms
  • Arnot Health President Robert Lambert retires
  • Company to pay $15M to resolve false claims allegations
  • First armed security guards stationed at NYC hospitals
  • Pharma sues New York over ‘unconstitutional’ opioid tax
  • NYC Health + Hospitals accused of age discrimination in lawsuit
  • Ellis Medicine to remain independent
  • Albany Med names new chief operating officer
  • Long Island group moves ahead on LeRoy nursing home acquisition
  • Wellsville hospital CEO receives national award
  • Catholic Health hospital employees picket amid contract negotiations


  • Rhode Island Hospital Lands $13M Renovation Project
  • Rhode Island Hospital, Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
  • I. Congressional delegation pushes for immediate release of $12.5M opioid funding
  • Westerly Hospital welcomes new associate chief nursing officer


  • Sanders: Nurses’ contract negotiation is about priorities
  • Clinic coming to Brattleboro eschews health insurance
  • Nurses’ contract agreement was not reached, talks continue
  • UVM Medical nurses strike: Burlington unions say they’ll join nurses on picket line
  • Vermont hospital to spend more than $3M on improved MRI services
  • Nurses working without contract as negotiations continue


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


  • Beebe releases new details of medical campus expansion
  • For Delaware’s primary care doctors, exciting times are ahead
  • Highmark requests 5.7% rate increase for ACA health plans
  • Report: Cancer mortality rates on decline in Delaware
  • State-of-the-art medical office coming to Churchmans Road
  • Bayhealth to open $314M replacement hospital in February


  • MedStar Health Names Doner as Agency of Record
  • C. hospital gets the green light for a new helipad
  • Howard University Hospital taps Crystal Wheeler as chief people officer


  • Joint Commission denies Baltimore hospital preliminary accreditation
  • City sets standards for scoring hospitals on how well they can treat opioid addiction
  • Maryland governor signs federal all-payer health contract
  • Inside look at Atlantic General Hospital’s newest cancer care center
  • Baltimore hospitals to be classified based on ability to treat opioid addiction, overdoses
  • Baltimore biotech targeting rare diseases raises $4 million


  • Fort Monmouth’s Hexagon will be home to RWJBarnabas medical campus
  • $5.9M addition: Cooper expands emergency department to keep pace with growing demand
  • AMI AtlantiCare opens imaging center in Manahawkin
  • Hackensack UMC, UHC offer bundled payment option for joint, spine procedures
  • Hampshire Cos. breaks ground on medical offices project


  • Nurse union reaches labor agreement with CHS
  • Federal Court Sides with Main Line Health in HIPAA Violation Case
  • Wills Eye Hospital receives $5 million gift from Farbers
  • Pennsylvania hospital cited for failing to stabilize patient who died at separate facility
  • Pittsburgh Hospitals Put Protocols, Safety Measures In Place To Protect Patients’ Embryos
  • How Philly can grow the next generation of leading biotech startups
  • UPMC to open Family Care Connection Center in Penn Hills
  • William Jennings is Reading Hospital’s new CEO
  • Geisinger purchases medical office building occupied by its rival for $6.4M
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network plans $111M ED revamp


  • Inova Health System joins shift in hospitals investing in inpatient behavioral health
  • Sentara Healthcare To Develop 24-Bed Hospital
  • Local delegation raises concerns over planned hospital tax
  • Northam tours Norton Community Hospital, talks Medicaid expansion
  • VCU Health employee inappropriately accesses 4.7K patients’ EHRs


  • Ex-West Virginia health CEO charged with harassing successor
  • Wheeling Hospital again earns national recognition for treating heart attacks


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


  • Judge scolds University of Iowa for delays in children’s hospital dispute
  • Iowa’s doctor-licensing board places its director on leave, but it won’t say why
  • Tower of Troubles: Acclaimed UI Children’s Hospital emerges from blown budget and deadlines
  • Why one Iowa hospital uses essential oils in its ER
  • Broadlawns to add a third floor to hospital with $29M expansion


  • Labette Health trustees OK Chanute clinic
  • Health care has been a ‘consistent and stable’ employer in Wichita. But is it growing?
  • Sabetha Community Hospital receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation
  • These are the 5 biggest surgery centers in the Kansas City-area
  • How a hospital bed shortage is harming mental healthcare in rural Kansas
  • Topeka’s St. Francis has a new CEO
  • Shawnee Mission Health’s new CEO outlines expansion plans
  • Michael Mullins to serve as permanent leader of St. John Health System


  • Hutchinson Health expansion completed
  • Minnesota health plans at risk to lose $71.1M
  • Cloud Hospital Ranked Best In Midwest For Open Heart Surgery
  • Minneapolis-based insurer Bright Health adding three new states


  • Missouri tells providers to use managed Medicaid or face a 10% payment cut
  • SLU Hospital helping kidney transplant patients with strategies for finding donors
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital Phishing Attack Impacts PHI of 60K
  • Proposed class action over fees charged for medical records removed to federal court
  • Louis hospitals ramping up efforts to head off OB-GYN doctor shortage
  • New Dunklin Co. hospital on ballot for August
  • CHS closes Missouri hospital; physicians put their money on the line to expand services
  • These are the 5 biggest surgery centers in the Kansas City-area
  • Children’s Mercy facing class-action lawsuit after data breach
  • Patient demand drives $70 million expansion on Hospital Hill
  • Things still aren’t going well for Missouri hospital skewered by an audit last year
  • Third lawsuit filed over MU biojoint surgery
  • Missouri system lays off 68 employees, 45 IT contractors
  • Cass Regional Medical Center: Restoration 90% complete after ransomware attack


  • Nebraska’s chief medical officer and public health director will retire in August
  • Healthcare Expansion in Nebraska on the November Ballot
  • Is telehealth the answer to Nebraska’s mental health care shortage?
  • Methodist Health, Fremont Health moving ahead with partnership
  • UNMC Looks To Improve Patient Care With $2.6 Million Grant
  • UNL, UNMC show off $44 million collaboration for nursing, health center; ‘we are stronger together’
  • UNMC grant to improve patient care with RN’s enhanced role
  • ‘The secret sauce for success’; UNL, UNMC show off $44 million collaboration


  • Sanford Health continues to expand its reach beyond South Dakota


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


  • Illinois teaching hospital escapes whistleblower lawsuit
  • The new director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
  • Quincy City Council approves two Blessing Hospital requests
  • South Shore Hospital tells state it needs $3 million in funding by Aug. 1 to avoid shutdown
  • Chicago hospital needs $3M infusion to avoid closure


  • Deaconess, Methodist Agree on Affiliation
  • IU Health’s new regional leader looking to future
  • Hendricks Regional Health disputes Anthem’s payment rates at new Brownsburg hospital
  • USI, Memorial Hospital partner to bring nurses to area
  • Are Nurse Practitioners The Solution To Indiana’s Physician Shortage?
  • IU Researchers Working Toward ‘On-Demand’ Organs
  • Community Rehab Hospital Opens in Greenwood


  • Louisville-based Humana named Kentucky’s most valuable brand
  • UK HealthCare patients seek class-action status for lawsuit alleging illegal billing
  • Humana forced by feds to pay out back wages
  • Patients Seek Class-Action Status for Lawsuit Over Billing
  • Kentucky doctor said Anthem is making people afraid to go to ER
  • KVC Health Systems names executive vice president of clinical advancement
  • Guilty verdict reinstated for KY doctor accused of doing unneeded heart procedures
  • Humana And Private Equity Finalize $1.4 Billion Curo Health Hospice Deal
  • A look at the $14 million in Louisville health care projects approved by the state
  • Kindred Continues Growth of Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Business in Partnership with Leading Health Systems
  • Louisville-based Global Healthcare acquiring firm in Germany


  • Ascension At Home expands home health, hospice services in Michigan, other states
  • Spectrum Health takes regional approach to Fremont, Ludington hospitals
  • Mercy Health to begin work on urgent care in former Old Country Buffet
  • Munson VP works to build a culture of safety
  • Lapeer nurses vote to authorize strike if contract agreement isn’t reached
  • Spectrum Health System plans acquisition of Lakeland Health
  • Medical company makes leadership changes
  • Investor acquires medical device manufacturer
  • Randall Kelley to serve as president of 2 Spectrum Health hospitals


  • Kettering Health to build larger Troy hospital than first planned
  • CareSource to expand into veterans health care
  • Ohio State University seeks annexation of land, tax incentives for new outpatient campus
  • How an Ohio health system says it cut opioid prescriptions for acute pain by 62%
  • Timeline: Here’s what’s next for Good Sam closure
  • Cleveland Clinic joins 50 hospitals in deploying Apple Health Records
  • UC Health moves helicopter base to NKY
  • Elizabeth launches precision medicine center focused on genetics
  • UH Samaritan building new $17M facility in Madison, bringing jobs to the area
  • UC Health, West Chester Hospital reach settlement in case alleging negligence for credentialing Dr. Atiq Durrani
  • University Hospitals Opens New Medical Center In Cleveland
  • Cleveland Clinic announces collaboration with medical group in China
  • UC Health acquires doctor group
  • Bulk of Ohio physicians still overprescribe opioids, despite legislation
  • U of Cincinnati Health to end exec health program


  • Navitus builds new headquarters, keeps distance from big drug benefit managers
  • Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee working to become tertiary-care hospital
  • Audit finds $2.4M Medicare overpayments at U. Wisconsin Hospitals
  • Phishing attack on Manitowoc County breaches PHI for 3 months
  • Wisconsin DHS announces new grants to support health care access in rural areas
  • Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to collaborate on developing new technology for health care
  • Advocate Aurora Health enters employee wellness, ‘smart city’ collaboration with Foxconn
  • OIG tags Wisconsin hospital for erroneous billing
  • Luke Beirl is Hayward Area Memorial Hospital’s permanent CEO


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


  • New CEO takes reigns at BWWMH
  • North Alabama Medical Center recruits new specialized physicians to the Shoals
  • An ER That’s Making Thoughtful Changes — and Happier Patients
  • How safe are Alabama’s hospitals? Here are the latest report cards
  • Health IT is going through a ‘renaissance’ – 3 questions with U of Alabama at Birmingham department of medicine CIO Nazmul Islam
  • New health care company opens in City Federal Building


  • Nemours CEO ready to embrace community
  • Florida practitioners agree to pay $1.7M to resolve false claims case
  • Hospitals in Collier challenge competitors for new Estero hospital
  • Hospitals in Northeast Florida keep construction contractors busy
  • Jacksonville’s Liberty Ambulance must pay $1.2 million settlement to feds
  • Tampa medical firm sells clinical research arm
  • New Seven Rivers CEO touts benefits of Bayfront, targets wait times, cardiovascular care
  • FHCA debuts downtown Tallahassee headquarters after $3M expansion
  • Lee Health docs complain of ‘burnout,’ top-heavy administration
  • Florida Hospital taps new CFO, COO for DeLand facility
  • Florida Health Care Association opens new training center


  • An Atlanta-based app uses blockchain to make it easier for patients to access their health information
  • FMC to appeal rejection of open heart surgery CON
  • New chief operating officer named for Coliseum Health System
  • Hospital buys into SNF beds
  • CHOA celebrates opening of new Center for Advanced Pediatrics


  • OCH Regional, UMMC celebrate new affiliation
  • Mississippi edits work requirement proposal


  • Atrium Health pilot could help narrow rural health-care gap through emerging tech
  • Brown named VP of Iredell Health System physician network
  • Duke teams with Microsoft to open a medical research hub
  • Novant Health Rowan takes on initiatives, goals
  • A high-profile lawsuit against Atrium Health comes to an end
  • Hospitals across the Piedmont are dealing with a shortage of drugs including morphine and fentanyl citrate
  • KeraNetics agrees to merge with Mass. biotechnology company
  • North Carolina hospital seeks to resume low-risk deliveries
  • Wake Forest Baptist files papers for renovations in its main hospital
  • Will Mission-HCA deal speed closure of rural WNC hospitals?
  • Feds threaten to boot Triangle nursing homes accused of patient abuse out of Medicare
  • UNC Rex Healthcare names Ernie Bovio COO
  • Nearly $11 million in work proposed at Wesley Long
  • UNC Hospitals ready to break ground on new surgical tower
  • Why UNC Hospitals is seeking approval for $32M outpatient clinics
  • Medical practice eyes $3.1M in new facilities after split from Atrium Health
  • 28 ambulances break down while transporting patients to hospitals in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Vidant Health chief administrative officer retires


  • Health Sciences South Carolina lights up a FHIR-based clinical data repository
  • MUSC names a new chief innovation officer


  • Comprehensive Pain Specialists closure: What to know after pain clinics shut down
  • Saint Thomas Health names CFO for two hospitals
  • HCA looks to sell Louisiana hospital
  • Giant pain clinic company closing doors months after CEO indicted for Medicare fraud
  • Public health care company CEO retires


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


  • Family gives $1 million to Arkansas hospital
  • Arkansas director focuses on patient-centered care
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital ex-employee investigated for misuse of patient info
  • Sparks Health System CEO to Resign July 15


  • Federal funding cuts could lead to fewer health care navigators in Arizona
  • Business awards earned in Southern Arizona
  • After 20 years, Arizona Heart Hospital continues to innovate


  • New Chief Operating Officer for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center begins first week
  • Ochsner opens physical therapy clinic in former Walgreens location Uptown


  • Holy Cross Hospital opens pediatric clinic in Taos
  • Ex-Santa Fe cardiologist sentenced to four years in fraud case
  • Health care company hires for more than 100 jobs in Albuquerque
  • New Mexico physician fakes cancer diagnosis to avoid 4-year sentence for billing fraud


  • Executive Q&A with Jay Johnson: Duncan hospital CEO returns home to provide utmost care to area families
  • Michael Mullins to serve as permanent leader of St. John Health System


  • Texas must help consumers understand freestanding ERs
  • Feds say kickbacks and bribes forced surgical patients to travel long distance to Dallas hospital
  • Texas hospital ends automatic lunch breaks for ER staff over payroll dispute
  • Lawsuit: Texas hospital violated HIPAA, mischaracterized lab results to police
  • New leadership at Texas Children’s Cancer Center
  • An Updated List of Rural Hospital Closures in Texas Since 2010
  • Healthcare less affordable than other basic needs for many Texans: 5 poll findings
  • Christus Health Makes Oncology Investment In East Texas
  • How Texas clinics are breaking down mental healthcare barriers
  • Methodist Dallas To Get A New Unit For the Terminally Ill
  • Texas Loses Precious Residency Spots As UNTHSC-affiliated Program Shutters
  • Rehabilitation provider opens $22M facility in Fort Worth
  • Texans missing or delaying needed treatment because health costs too high
  • Plano hospital firm hires JLL to manage properties in D-FW and nationwide
  • Houston proposes 70% increase in ambulance transport fees
  • Famed Baylor St. Luke’s surgeon sues Houston Chronicle, ProPublica for defamation
  • HCA helps fill gap in care left by Houston hospital closure


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


  • Federal funding increase will keep CCMC connected
  • Connection Between Alaska Hospitals and State PDMP Goes Live
  • Medical providers stand behind 80th percentile rule


  • Idaho pharmacist sues hospital, alleging discrimination
  • Two-thirds of Idahoans support Medicaid expansion to 62,000; District 7 comes out strong


  • CFO: Montana hospital engaged in billing fraud, kickback scheme
  • Roundup hospital to launch ePharmacy service
  • Mineral Community Hospital appoints interim CEO


  • Providence Portland Medical Center names permanent chief executive
  • OHA report details insurance payments to hospitals for most common procedures
  • Legacy’s new CFO already knows her way around Portland
  • Legacy Health taps MultiCare executive as new CFO


  • Trios Health just sold this patient service
  • AP Exclusive: Washington psychiatric hospital called ‘hell’
  • Tacoma rehab hospital gets new interim boss and final certification
  • Cantwell talks healthcare, pre-existing conditions at MultiCare Deaconness
  • Doctor: 100 patients waiting on Johnny Delashaw licensing decision
  • HCA announces new chief medical officer
  • UW Medicine to implement single EHR platform
  • Photo Tour: CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Ex-Swedish Health exec sees medical license reinstated


  • John’s Hospital gets traction on new Living Center
  • opioid task force talks laws, education


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Doctors, nurses and insurers are spending big to determine how you’ll get your health care
  • Cedars-Sinai Appoints New COO
  • California physician pleads not guilty to workers comp fraud, perjury for referring patients to ASC
  • Work in health care? Keep an eye on these five California bills that could become law
  • California hospital shuts down, new operator hopes to reopen facility
  • California hospital settlement reinstalls staff, bylaws, leadership from early 2016
  • Pharmas call off price hikes after California law forces new warnings: report
  • Large Medical Groups Join California’s Manifest MedEx Network
  • Construction delays plague California hospital expansion
  • California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say
  • Verity Health may sell St. Vincent and its other hospitals
  • Blue Shield of California pushes for greater interoperability
  • PM Pediatrics expanding into California
  • Mark Twain Medical Center CEO to resign
  • Mary Medical Center to launch expansion, modernization project after nearby hospital closure
  • Shuttered California hospital sues insurer to cover $42M whistle-blower settlement
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center taps UMass Memorial exec as COO


  • Community support has St. Vincent hospital in Leadville back on solid financial footing
  • Community Hospital expands orthopedic practice, welcomes 2 spine surgeons
  • Sterling Regional MedCenter wins top honor among peers
  • Vail Health officials working to control costs and retain independence


  • AlohaCare launches $5M community investment program
  • University of Hawaii medical school helps address physician shortage
  • UH Hilo Doctor of Nursing Practice now an established program


  • Dignity Health showcases clean energy leadership in Nevada
  • Patients in limbo after vandals hit air conditioning unit at Las Vegas medical center
  • Las Vegas fares well in prescription drug price comparison
  • New mobile health clinic to help seniors in Las Vegas Valley


  • Intermountain funds $12M collaborative SDOH effort
  • Intermountain pours $12M into social determinants of health effort
  • Medical judgments can form basis of False Claims Act cases – 10th Circuit

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