Jul 21, 2018

Health Provider News – July 20, 2018

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  • CMS releases proposed physician payment rule for 2019
  • Pharmaceutical, biotech companies cited as biggest drivers of high healthcare costs
  • Amazon and start-up Xealth are planning a pilot where doctors would ‘prescribe’ products to be delivered after patients leave the hospital
  • How rural hospitals can improve revenue cycle performance by renewing focus on the fundamentals
  • CMS promises to ‘restore the doctor-patient relationship’ with 2019 proposed rule
  • 5 stories on healthcare organizations hiring
  • Experts weigh in on CMS’ big changes to clinical documentation, EHRs and interoperability
  • Some 340B hospitals pocket savings meant for low-income patients, says GAO report
  • CMS proposes to cut Medicaid payments for some third parties
  • Verma: Changes Coming to Stark Self-Referral Law
  • DSH hospital precipitation could be halved under Congressional bill
  • HHS Sec comments show changes to 340B program are imminent
  • HHS proposes launch of new patient safety database
  • Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence
  • CMS Proposes 2019 Physician Payment, Quality Payment Program Changes
  • Biopharmaceutical Industry Takes Bold New Policy Position on How Payments Should Work in Supply Chain
  • Rumored Amazon Pilot Would Target Hospital-to-Home Transitions
  • 4 changes physician groups don’t like in proposed MACRA, physician fee schedule rule
  • Government shuts down website for doctors searching for treatment guidelines
  • HHS reviewing reforms to the Anti-Kickback Statute in addition to Stark Law
  • HHS to eliminate clinical guidelines website July 16
  • 6 physician groups urge CMS to reverse $10.4B cut in ACA’s risk-adjustment payments
  • Virtual care reimbursement proposed by Medicare
  • Hospitals’ challenge to 340B cuts rejected
  • Alex Azar taps CMS innovation center head to lead value-based care transformation
  • Reconsider shutdown of research website, AHA urges feds
  • Only 43% of physicians know their compensation includes value-based pay


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


  • Norwich behavioral health practice to pay $300K to settle False Claims Act allegations
  • St. Vincent’s recognized for stroke, heart care
  • Top executive to leave Wallingford-based Gaylord Hospital
  • LindaCare taps Lerman to lead clinical operations
  • Homecare provider to open Hartford office
  • Greenwich Hospital is getting a $160M expansion


  • In special session, Maine lawmakers finally respond to opioid crisis
  • Aroostook thrift store chain boosts Angel Flight NE operations
  • Portland treatment center closing due to funding caps, low state reimbursement


  • Beth Israel, Lahey Health Hospital Merger May Up Costs, MA AG Says
  • Nurses union: Providence hospital plans cuts to child, elder, psychiatric care
  • Watchdog group predicts higher costs with hospital merger
  • New charges filed in New England Compounding Center case
  • Central Mass. care centers staff at above-average levels
  • Former legislator tapped for UMMHC post
  • Joyce Murphy stepping down from Commonwealth Medicine


  • Ellis Hospital, health care network to remain independent
  • Health care workers at Eastern Long Island Hospital rally for better contract
  • Suite Talk: Scott Hayworth, president and CEO of CareMount Medical
  • Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Union Employees Reach Agreement On Contracts
  • Layout Concerns for Oishei Children’s Hospital?
  • 438-bed New York hospital nixes merger plans after 2-year search
  • New York hospitals reach tentative deal with state’s biggest healthcare union
  • New York City to pay $20.8 million in nurses’ gender-discrimination suit
  • Eminent domain court battle looms over Utica hospital project


  • Rhode Island Hospital nurses reject contract proposal
  • E4H Begins $12.5M Renovation of Newport Hospital in Rhode Island
  • Mediator hopes to bring Rhode Island Hospital, union to agreement
  • Lifespan, UNAP prepare for strike at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s hospitals July 23
  • Ocean State Healthcare names Charest new CEO and chief operating officer
  • Lifespan: Strike staff cost will come from UNAP contract
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging installs new 4-ton MRI scanner
  • R.I. updates pain-management regulations to curb opioid abuse


  • Rutland hospital plans to form accountable care group
  • RRMC planning new health care model
  • Nurses at Vermont hospital back at work after 2-day strike
  • UVM Medical Center nurses’ strike ends but the impasse is unresolved
  • Vermont AG Finds No Criminal Misconduct In Hospital’s Billing
  • Vermont Medical Center nurses fight low pay and understaffing


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


  • Bayhealth to open $314M replacement hospital in February
  • Bayhealth continues push into Sussex with purchase of 18 acres


  • Ascension selects Keith Vander Kolk as CEO overseeing 2 health systems
  • Patient’s threats spark evacuation at DC hospital: report


  • City expands telemedicine program for older adults in Park Heights
  • Ascension selects Keith Vander Kolk as CEO overseeing 2 health systems
  • Pyramid Healthcare announces agreement to purchase WaldenSierra
  • Viewpoint: How Maryland is playing a leading role in the primary care revolution
  • Maryland expands campaign to better inform patients about procedure costs


  • Cardiologist Takes Helm at Hunterdon Medical Center
  • Bonstein named CFO, COO for OncoSec
  • VNA to create community health center


  • William Jennings Named Reading Hospital President and CEO
  • Construction starts for new Schuylkill County hospital
  • Phoenixville Hospital nationally recognized for heart failure care
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital cleared of malpractice claim following appeal
  • Survey: Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center leads pack as successful incubator
  • Pyramid Healthcare announces agreement to purchase WaldenSierra
  • Construction starts for new Schuylkill County hospital
  • Tower Health names new leader for Reading Hospital as it pursues big plans
  • LifeCare Hospitals to close Mechanicsburg facility
  • Pennsylvania joint venture surgery center opens
  • Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion
  • Pennsylvania Releases Opioid Prescribing Guidelines to Health Care Providers
  • Pa. Supreme Court affirms end to Highmark-UPMC Medicare Advantage contract
  • Allegheny Health Network outpatient center opens near Fox Chapel
  • Coordinated Health to build hospital near Scranton
  • How UPMC turned innovation into an enterprise
  • Nazareth Hospital names president, VP of medical affairs
  • Conemaugh Health System names next CEO
  • UPMC’s $2B expansion plan draws protest, calls for community benefits deal


  • 466-bed HCA hospital relocates 11 critically ill patients after power outage
  • Virginia medical bill surprises on rise, legislative panel hears


  • Wheeling Hospital unveils new continuous care center
  • Dr. Clay Marsh, WVU, head of Health Sciences, working for bright Mountain State healthcare future
  • WVU Launches Fast-Track Medical School Program
  • WVWC partnered with Community Care of West Virginia to bring better healthcare services on campus


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


  • Broadlawns $29M renovation will add third floor to hospital
  • Millions under dispute as UI Children’s Hospital costs go to court
  • Johnson County approves land purchase for Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center
  • University of Iowa AirCare boosts air ambulance transports
  • Mercy Health Network names Mercy-Clinton leadership, new regional president
  • University of Iowa Health Care using AI to assess preventable blindness


  • University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus names new CEO
  • Hurley anticipating great new era of cardiology care at Newman Regional Health
  • KU Health names former OP Regional exec to lead Topeka campus
  • Shawnee Mission Health’s new CEO outlines expansion plans
  • Hospital administrator’s suit says she was fired for reporting understaffing in NICU
  • Home health business expands in Topeka


  • Minnesota health tech company accepted to world’s largest tech incubator, Station F in Paris
  • Demolition Begins at Minnesota Security Hospital
  • Robb Pastor to serve as RLMC CEO
  • UnitedHealth may bid for Tenet health-management unit; deal could fetch $2B
  • Miromatrix lands $15.7M for organ-growing tech
  • Minnesota nurses union, hospital association spar over complaints of staffing shortages


  • Auditor finds progress made at cash-strapped rural Missouri hospital
  • SLU Hospital first in the region to join new heart initiative
  • Patet to lead new SSM Health child care center
  • Missouri nurses to get summer off through new pilot program
  • Why a Missouri hospital can’t afford accounting help after a 2,353% spike in revenue
  • Missouri hospitals sounding the alarm about new Medicaid reimbursement policy
  • Hospital closure leaves soon-to-be mothers in rural Missouri without an OB-GYN
  • SSM names new chief operations officer
  • Express Scripts Adds 100 New Jobs to St. Louis Headquarters
  • SSM Health names Steve Smoot COO: 5 notes
  • Children’s Mercy exec leaves to lead health care educator
  • Cass Regional brings EHR back online after dayslong downtime due to ransomware
  • Pike County Memorial Hospital appoints new CEO


  • Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services sets new goals
  • CHI Health St. Francis to construct new $26 million Cancer Treatment Center
  • Nebraska Medicine will move Clarkson clinic to downtown Omaha this fall
  • Immanuel is 4th U.S. hospital to earn stroke certification; docs call procedure a game-changer


  • Regional Health CEO out one year after doctors’ no confidence vote
  • Regional Health officials quiet after Phillips steps down as CEO
  • Regional Health names new acting president, CEO
  • Top Avera Health leader to retire after 36-year career


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


  • Alexander County gets one step closer to opening hospital
  • State provides $2 million for critical access hospital in Cairo
  • OSF HealthCare announces new chief medical officer for western region
  • Tenet to sell West Suburban Hospital
  • Cairo gets $2M more for critical access hospital initiative
  • St. James Hospital Slated To Close Soon


  • Community Rehab Hospital Opens in Greenwood
  • Kindred Continues Growth of Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Business in Partnership with Leading Health Systems
  • OHA to Join With St. Vincent Medical Group
  • After failed merger attempt with Franciscan Alliance, Methodist Hospitals continues to explore partnerships
  • St. Vincent opens new women’s center, boasting improved technology, surgeon availability
  • FCA Launching First-of-Its-Kind Clinic in Indiana
  • Health Ed Company Expanding in Carmel


  • UK, KentuckyOne fight over Rupp Arena. St. Joseph Hospital owner wins first legal round.
  • Humana accused of violating overtime rules, pays $128,422 in back wages to 17 employees
  • UC Health adds new Air Care base in Walton
  • 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
  • TriHealth, St. Elizabeth partner on health insurance plans
  • Kentucky hospital’s former chief of staff sues to stop $361M sale to Baptist Health
  • Georgetown Community Hospital’s CEO wins prestigious award
  • Why U of L opened a new medical facility downtown
  • Walmart hires former Humana exec to lead health segment
  • Trump administration to give Kentucky Medicaid work requirement a second chance


  • Spectrum Health pilots retail clinic at new Hudsonville Meijer store
  • McLaren breaks ground on new hospital wing
  • Nurses picket in Ann Arbor as negotiations with Michigan Medicine continue
  • Spectrum Health names new president and CEO
  • 3 more abuse claims lead to charges at Harbor Oaks Hospital
  • Colleagues praise Spectrum’s next CEO as passionate, collaborative
  • Oaklawn Hospital CEO Dr. Ginger Williams to depart in August
  • McLaren Lapeer Region, nurses union reach tentative deal after strike authorization vote
  • Michigan Medicine rolls out $10M air ambulance


  • Hunt for Affinity hospital operator nears end
  • Premier Health asks court to dismiss lawsuit over $17K, $9K out-of-network bills
  • ‘Smart’ hospitals in high-tech trend to improve treatment, lower costs
  • Good Samaritan Hospital preps for final days
  • UC Health adds new Air Care base in Walton
  • Bulk of Ohio physicians still overprescribe opioids, despite legislation
  • TriHealth, St. Elizabeth partner on health insurance plans
  • University of Cincinnati buys Kettering Health reproductive practice
  • HHS launches investigation into pending closure of Ohio hospital
  • How closing a 491-bed Ohio hospital will affect its 1,600 employees
  • Central Ohio Primary Care set to open second Westerville building – and plans a third
  • One of Cincinnati’s largest hospitals getting new leader
  • Merger to create one of Cincinnati’s largest doctor groups
  • UC Health acquires medical practice of rival hospital system
  • Cleveland Clinic to borrow $530M to fund London hospital


  • Ascension Living purchases health care facility in Racine for $13.5 million
  • Special Report: Wisconsin addressing workforce crisis for long-term care facilities
  • Ascension Living takes over part of Siena on the Lake
  • Wisconsin hospital identifies caller ID billing scam
  • Aurora Health Care unveils revamped behavioral health campus: Slideshow
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital taps new CEO


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


  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center to change its name to Southeast Health
  • More doctors being recruited for new Florence hospital


  • Orthopedic health firm concludes search for new CEO
  • Cleveland Clinic readies new $53 million Coral Springs Family Health Center
  • HCA nurses picket at five Tampa Bay area hospitals over staffing concerns
  • Growing region prepares for two new competing hospitals
  • Lee Health docs complain of ‘burnout,’ top-heavy administration
  • Many ORMC medical residents are staying here
  • Palm Beach, home health care company and its owner agree to resolve False Claim Act allegations for $1.5 million
  • Florida nursing homes have enough staff, numbers show. But the state has shortages in other areas.
  • Jacksonville-Based Healogics Agrees To $22.51 Million Settlement
  • Orlando Health buying large property in Osceola County
  • Work begins on new Florida Hospital patient tower


  • New Children’s Healthcare facility to specialize in chronic disease
  • Better patient care expected as Navicent Health hires more nurses with new program
  • Emergency physicians, Georgia medical association sue Anthem over ER policy


  • Construction underway on $180M University of Mississippi pediatric tower
  • Only emergency room closes in Tate County, Mississippi


  • Health care turf war: Wilson Medical Center challenges Vidant’s Wilson healthplex plans
  • North Carolina nursing homes face Medicare termination due to patient abuse allegations
  • Why UNC Hospitals is seeking approval for $32M outpatient clinics
  • What North Carolina’s rural hospital struggles reveal about the US
  • Small-town hospitals close across NC
  • Holt assumes permanent administrative position with Scotland Health Care System
  • Mission Health creates Dogwood Health Trust for proceeds of potential sale
  • Health care turf war: Wilson Medical Center challenges Vidant’s Wilson healthplex plans
  • Rural hospitals across US and in WNC face financial squeeze
  • Survey scores rise for hospital
  • DayMark, Insight merge with Chapel Hill group; new group will serve 55,000 people
  • Cherokee hospital to build $39 million crisis unit
  • Granville Health System appoints new CEO
  • Hospital Offers Enhanced Recovery After Surgery


  • Charleston, Richland among holdouts who so far decline to file opioid lawsuits
  • System failure at Roper St. Francis causes surgery cancellations, other complications
  • Roper St. Francis network out since Saturday, no concrete timeline for solution


  • CHS facing financial challenges
  • Blount Memorial Hospital to get medical records backup system following computer problems
  • New ACA marketplace plan coming to Memphis, ending Cigna’s monopoly
  • Blount Memorial Hospital to get medical records backup system following computer problems
  • Nashville health-tech company buys data-analytics firm, changes name
  • Envision is underpaying shareholders in $5.6B sale to KKR, lawsuit says
  • Tennessee hospitals generate more than $18 billion for state economy
  • HCA donates more than $5 million as part of 50th anniversary
  • Timeline: How HCA grew from a startup into a behemoth
  • CHS stock price hits all-time low


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


  • UAMS restarts cardiac surgery program
  • Continued care hospital opens in Jonesboro
  • Harrison doctor files lawsuit against hospital and CEO
  • Medicaid work requirements aren’t working in Arkansas
  • Hospital group backs measure on torts, courts
  • Sparks Health in Fort Smith, Van Buren sold to Little Rock-based Baptist Health


  • New micro-hospital in Marana
  • After 20 years, Arizona Heart Hospital continues to innovate
  • Tucson’s Banner-University Medical Center giving up prestigious ‘magnet’ status
  • Phoenix Children’s and UnitedHealthcare renew network relationship
  • Western Arizona Regional Medical Center CEO resigns
  • Banner UMC suspends nurse Magnet status
  • Phoenix nonprofit opens $1.5M health facility for homeless


  • These Louisiana physicians can monitor your blood pressure — and you don’t even have to leave your living room
  • Ochsner opens in former Walgreens space Uptown
  • Longtime healthcare leader in Louisiana, Texas announces retirement
  • Lafayette General Health appoints 2 executives


  • Struggling New Mexico hospital places workers on furlough
  • UNM Hospital is state’s only level one trauma center
  • New Mexico hospital staff denounce CEO amid facility’s financial troubles


  • OSDH General Counsel Resigns, Stands Accused Of Falsifying Death Threats
  • Oklahoma Medicaid Approved for Drug Pricing Experiment
  • New Metro Health Care Facility To Revitalize Community
  • Kimble: Court ruling could halt Oklahoma Medicaid work requirements
  • OU Working With High Schools To Diversify Medical Industry


  • Texas Health Resources, Adventist to build $150M hospital
  • MedExpress neighborhood medical centers to open in Waxahachie, Arlington
  • Email account hack at UMC Physicians puts data of 18,000 at risk
  • Property owners will still pay hospital tax, according to Stamford Healthcare System CEO
  • Methodist Healthcare System CEO puts off retirement to lead co-parent organization
  • South Texas Health Systems Names New Regional Vice President
  • Rehabilitation provider opens $22M facility in Fort Worth
  • Texas hospital unable to meet Medicare regulations ceases inpatient, ER services
  • Longtime healthcare leader in Louisiana, Texas announces retirement
  • Lawsuit Pits Independent Cardiologist Against a Large San Angelo Hospital
  • Audit at Texas Health and Human Services Commission finds latest in long line of problems
  • Wilbarger General Hospital CEO resigns
  • Methodist Healthcare System names Allen Harrison president


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


  • Bartlett Regional CEO discusses state of hospital
  • Alaska officials want medical providers to pay back millions in Medicaid payments


  • New Idaho med school almost ready to open
  • Idaho health system now asks patients about depression, suicide


  • Kalispell hospital expects to settle lawsuit, federal investigation over doctor pay
  • Montana hospital employee’s email hacked while traveling, 8.4K patients’ data stolen
  • Hospital gets $100M financing deal
  • Bozeman Health hires new CFO


  • How Oregon Works: Inside the efforts of hospitals, workforce groups to fill the health care talent pipeline
  • Health care recruiters on the skills and jobs most in demand
  • OHSU dean on the skills doctor’s do and don’t need
  • New technologies present challenges, opportunities for health care workforce
  • Portland nonprofit uses $18M in grants to diversify region’s health care workforce
  • OHSU anesthesiology chair forced to resign, allowed to retain professorship


  • Ex-Swedish Health exec sees medical license reinstated
  • EvergreenHealth Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer, Amy E. Beiter, MD
  • WSHA/WSMA opioid taskforce given a seat at roundtable with surgeon general


  • In rural Wyoming, women must often travel great distances for prenatal care
  • Hospital works to fix billing issues
  • Families donate $8 million for new Living Center
  • Meet the new St. John’s robot


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Verity Health System poised to sell hospitals to improve its financial picture; some or all may be sold
  • California behavioral health system to close, lacks funds to pay employees
  • Huntington Hospital Reports It Provided $129,780,381 in Community Benefits to Pasadena Area Last Year
  • California drug pricing transparency law hailed as success
  • Shuttered California hospital sues insurer to cover $42M whistle-blower settlement
  • Team effort required: Recruiting the best health care providers to Western Nevada County
  • Why ‘hospital deserts’ are forming across California
  • California hospital considers scaling back services to reduce costs
  • Emanuel Medical Center drops ‘interim’ from CEO Lani Dickinson’s title
  • 2 surgeons indicted in $950M kickback scheme in California


  • Banner Urgent Care to begin using new technology to assess brain injuries
  • Vail Health CEO Kirchner moving into a planning role; new CEO search has begun
  • Colorado hospital’s Medicaid rebilling plan falls short
  • Children’s Hospital hiring 200 for new Colorado Springs hospital
  • Colorado medical device company raises $22 million
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton to unveil new name and brand
  • Colorado Neurological Institute closes Vollbracht NeuroHealth & Wellness Center, lays off staff
  • Innosphere invests in Boulder-based medical-device startup
  • BCH merging, moving established medical clinics


  • The best and not-so-best worlds: Looking at Maui’s hospital changeover, a year later
  • Wahiawa General Hospital receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award


  • Nevada health insurance premiums to rise 1.9 percent
  • Local nursing deficit relieved for now
  • Hospitals struggle to afford enough nurses
  • Simone Cook, vice president of Network Services Hometown Health

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