Mar 16, 2019

Health Provider News – March 15, 2019

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  • Judy Faulkner asked the press to dig into physician burnout and EHR satisfaction. So we did
  • Nearly all hospital leaders say supply chain optimization improves margins, survey shows
  • Amazon to close pop-ups as its healthcare venture site debuts
  • Report: FDA hiding millions of adverse event reports from docs, public
  • Critical condition: The crisis of rural medical care
  • Top 7 health systems leading transformation, according to 300+ hospital leaders
  • NIH cancer chief to serve as acting FDA commissioner
  • Antitrust chairman wants to change how FTC probes hospital deals, nonprofit status
  • Most Trump Medicare cuts would affect health providers — not seniors, analysis shows
  • Nonprofit hospital can provide free in-home care despite anti-kickback rules, OIG says
  • Everything we know about Haven, the Amazon joint venture to revamp health care
  • The top financial pressures facing healthcare organizations: 5 leaders discuss
  • CMS updates drug dashboards to increase transparency
  • Physicians alliance releases plan to end surprise medical bills
  • Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan’s Haven may be forming clinically integrated network
  • Trump’s 2020 budget: 5 must-read stories for healthcare leaders
  • Nonprofit hospital can provide free in-home care despite anti-kickback rules, OIG says


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


  • Med Tech Pays $467,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
  • Western Connecticut Medical Group Names New Chief Admin Officer
  • Medicare cuts payments to 15 Connecticut hospitals for high infection rates, injuries


  • Maine Medical Center plans $59 million medical office building in Scarborough
  • Feds withhold payments from 4 Maine hospitals
  • New president of Maine Med says hospitals can’t go it alone
  • Here’s how federal CMS rates Maine’s 34 hospitals for quality


  • Anna Jaques announces $7M expansion
  • South Shore health facilities fight over name
  • Anne Roper named CEO of Fairlawn Rehab
  • Why nursing homes are closing across Massachusetts
  • 7 nursing homes settle with state over unsafe conditions
  • Massachusetts hospital notifies 6,300 patients of vendor data breach
  • Baystate Health leaders guilty of attempted union-busting, NLRB finds
  • Partners HealthCare adds state’s prescription monitoring tool to HER
  • 3 Massachusetts hospitals transition to Meditech HER


  • Gauging critical access hospital protections
  • NH’s Hub and Spoke system: Traction or just spinning wheels?
  • NH tries to cope with shortage of psychiatrists


  • Audit: Bad billing system costs Glens Falls Hospital $38 million in revenue
  • New York City RNs authorize strike affecting 3 health systems, 10,000 nurses
  • Eastern Niagara Hospital receives private accreditation
  • Nurses petition Olean General Hospital to fix ‘staffing crisis’
  • Olean General Hospital, nurses square off over staffing
  • Thousands Of NYC Nurses Could Soon Be Going On Strike
  • New York hospital unable to collect $38M due to billing system problems
  • New York hospital plans $2B campus revamp
  • Dozens of clinical trials on-going in Rochester
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital turning emergency department into outpatient orthopedic clinic
  • New York hospitals push back against governor’s proposed $657M Medicaid cuts
  • New York physician admits to orchestrating $16M false billing scheme
  • New York City announces $1.7 million geriatric mental health expansion
  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island names chief marketing officer


  • 2 R.I. hospitals earn top rating from CMS
  • Kwiatkowski to relinquish CEO role at CareLink, remain CEO of PACE RI, as organizations grow
  • R.I. communities expand opioid lawsuits to include CVS, other drugstore chains
  • Rhode Island Hospital receives $1.6M to study opioid treatment and care at pharmacies
  • Kent Hospital recruiting nurses


  • UVM Medical Center union approves contract
  • Springfield Hospital cited for mental health treatment
  • 8 Vermont hospitals report negative operating margins in FY 2018, review shows

MID-ATLANTIC / EAST                                                                 

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


  • Christiana Care joins nonprofit that aims to improve access to affordable generic drugs
  • Delaware Healthcare Association launches pilot to improve patient transfers
  • Online info and collaboration speed service at local VA centers
  • Delaware Hospice opens new office in Dover


  • D.C. drops its suit against Providence hospital
  • D.C. Will Not Pursue Lawsuit Against Providence Hospital Over Planned Closure
  • DC ambulance crews will start denying rides to hospitals for some patients


  • New program at University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center shows effectiveness in curbing readmissions
  • Opinion: Hospital bill is just what the doctor ordered
  • Johns Hopkins Continues Fight For Its Own Police Force
  • Meeting tonight to talk hospital legislation
  • University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals


  • Newark Hospital Gets 5-Star Rating From Federal Agency
  • Medical society reacts to potential marijuana legislation in NJ


  • Former UPMC employee pleads guilty to criminal HIPAA violation
  • Pennsylvania hospitals test new funding model to help with ongoing struggles
  • Penn Medicine taking over home health, hospice services
  • New CEO fired at Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, two months into the job
  • Under Penn, Jefferson’s shadow, can Temple Health, a de facto public hospital, ever catch a break?
  • Temple University Health seeks long-term financial stability
  • Penn Medicine opens $10M spine center
  • Cancer center, suburban detox unit are among hospital projects seeking state funding
  • Lower Bucks Hospital announces additions to leadership team
  • Geisinger, Highmark to build Pennsylvania hospital
  • Tower Health Urgent Care receives accreditation
  • Tower Health strikes a deal with region’s largest group of private practice docs
  • UPMC To Start Construction Of New Vision And Rehab Hospital


  • UVA Children’s Hospital Introduces Technology to Monitor NICU Patients, Even After Release
  • Stafford Hospital marks 10 years as ‘valued community partner’
  • Virginia hospitals among those penalized by Medicare
  • Virginia to receive $2.2M grant to reduce low-value healthcare
  • Bon Secours Hampton Roads lays off medical practice employees


  • Hospitals in Ohio, West Virginia to lay off 70 employees
  • Camden Clark Medical Center, officials dedicate new Parkersburg cardiac facility
  • WVU breathes life into rural hospital


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


  • UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital taps new COO
  • Iowa rural hospitals are at risk of closure soon: analysis


  • Kansas community hospital clears hurdle to get sales tax help
  • Former employees of shuttered southeast Kansas hospital still unpaid
  • Kansas considers relaxing rules on rural ambulance drivers
  • Horton Hospital is shutting down
  • Kansas hospital faces immediate closure, city officials say
  • Proposed sales tax key to saving hospital
  • Attorney general investigating 2 Kansas hospitals that abruptly closed


  • CHI St. Alexius nurses vote to unionize with Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Minnesota Hospitals Charge Average of 212 Percent More Than Cost of Care, Study Finds
  • St. Alexius nurses vote to unionize
  • Mayo’s outlying hospitals, clinics see earnings jump
  • A look inside U of M’s Masonic Children’s Hospital
  • Allina Health Joins Forces with PatientWisdom, Inc. to Improve Patient Engagement
  • The ambitious agenda of Allina Health COO Lisa Shannon
  • KU Hospital surgeons join Kansas lawmakers to keep liver transplants in state
  • While two bills would eat away at patient privacy, another protects it
  • Minnesota senate passes bill to continue subsidies for health insurers


  • Another Rural Hospital Once Owned By North Kansas City Company Is In Dire Straits
  • CMS terminates Missouri hospital’s Medicare contract
  • Nevada Regional Medical Center appoints CEO
  • Branstetter takes hospital reigns
  • BJC HealthCare sees 61% drop in annual operating income


  • Nebraska Supreme Court decision in squabble over $436 hospital bill leaves questions
  • Nebraska hospitals concerned about law enforcement dumping patients to avoid paying the bill
  • Emergency room construction phases on track for Great Plains Health


  • St. Alexius nurses vote to unionize
  • CHI St. Alexius workers vote to unionize in North Dakota


  • Another South Dakota nursing home closing due to money woes
  • Sanford donates $25M to improve drug decisions for veterans
  • South Dakota lawmakers pass big nursing home funding boost


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


  • Dozens of Chicago hospital staff fired for improperly viewing Jussie Smollett’s records
  • Owners of West Suburban hit with lawsuit
  • Data breach reported by Chicago hospital system affects 45,000
  • Backlash grows over plan to close Westlake Hospital
  • Gov. Pritzker signs critical access hospital bill in Saline Co., IL
  • SIH seeks trauma center status for Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
  • St. John’s sues company for alleged construction delays
  • Swedish Covenant, Rush consider merger
  • Health Care Service Corp. nets $4B in 2018
  • Pipeline Health accused of acquiring Illinois hospital under false pretenses
  • Chicago health systems weighing possible merger, Crain’s says
  • Illinois governor signs bill to fund critical access hospitals
  • Longtime Rush CEO to retire


  • Lutheran Health Adds to Leadership Team
  • Southern Indiana hospitals welcome employees of closing Kentuckiana Medical Center
  • Partner on St. Vincent neighborhood hospitals had big ambitions but flamed out
  • How Indiana’s new mental health hospital will change psychiatric care
  • Lilly Seeks Tax Abatement on $90M Project
  • IU School of Medicine Partners With Purdue Engineering
  • Hoosier Hospitals Among Top 100


  • UK HealthCare, Lexington Clinic finalize agreement for cancer care
  • Tennova & UTMC partner for new rehab hospital
  • Amendment viewed as threat to Medicaid expansion may be pulled from bill
  • Tennova, UT Medical Center, Kindred plan inpatient rehab hospital on Middlebrook
  • News on hospital infections in Kentucky, nationally is not good. What needs to change?
  • Kentucky Patient Health Advocate And Hospital Association Reacts To CDC Report On Infections
  • U of L won’t reveal potential partners in KentuckyOne Health deal
  • IU Health Physicians ramps up recruiting drive for specialists
  • Kentucky nursing homes use $750K in penalty dollars to stage series of ambitious plays with residents
  • Humana to pay $500,0000 in pregnancy-discrimination settlement


  • Michigan hospitals docked Medicare payments, due to patient infections
  • Michigan lawmakers reintroduce mandated nurse-to-patient ratios
  • Mayo Clinic going show on potential clinic in Hudson, Wis.
  • Beaumont Health’s 146th outpatient center expected to be its biggest
  • Clare hospital penalized for third time
  • How Henry Ford Medical Group moves medicine
  • Ottawa Community Mental Health gets $2.5M, still struggling financially
  • Report: Munson Cadillac may receive 1 percent penalty by Medicare
  • Medical Licensure Compact: expanding health care in rural areas of Michigan
  • Kalkaska Memorial a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital
  • Who is Emory Tibbs Jr., Sparrow Health System CEO and president?
  • MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland celebrates 75 years
  • Trinity Health posts $301M loss in first half of fiscal year
  • How Beaumont Health reduced its IT budget after a hospital merger: Q&A with CIO Subra Sripada
  • Sparrow Health CEO placed on leave amid misconduct allegations


  • Portage hospital shows off renovated ER
  • Kettering Health Network names COO, 2 hospital presidents
  • Hospitals in Ohio, West Virginia to lay off 70 employees
  • UC Health selects chief administrative officer for ambulatory services
  • Lake Health, University Hospitals announce new partnership
  • Genesis HealthCare posts $6.9M net loss for 2018
  • The Christ Hospital receives series of local approvals as CON appeal goes through court
  • Newly formed urology group offers ‘alternative to a hospital acquisition’
  • Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati closing, moving to Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Shriners Hospital will end 50-year legacy in Cincinnati by moving to Dayton in summer 2020
  • One of Cincinnati’s largest hospitals to close
  • Western Reserve Medical Group Increases Home-Based Medical Care Capabilities in Ohio, Appoints Clinical Leadership
  • Hospital reviews 48 nurses, pharmacists over dosages, deaths
  • Cincinnati’s Shriners Hospital plans move to Dayton in 2020
  • Cleveland Clinic launches clinical AI center
  • OhioHealth selects Epic for new HER
  • Cleveland Clinic CEO: Violence ‘epidemic’ happening in hospitals nationwide


  • Medical College of Wisconsin plans $100 million expansion for a cancer research center
  • St. Croix County targets nursing assistant shortage
  • “Pay up:” Former Wellspring employees demand paychecks after nursing home closed suddenly
  • Post Acute Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee to close
  • Baggott Named To Lead University Health Services At UW-Madison
  • How Marshfield Clinic Health System moves medicine
  • North Shore CEO: Amid SNF Changes, Regional Operators Poised for Future Success
  • Proposed legislation could help fix doctor shortage in rural areas of Wisconsin
  • Consolidation in health care, disruption coming soon?


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


  • Alabama hospital to close March 8
  • State to investigate alleged mistreatment at Huntsville VA retirement home
  • Thrive Alabama now accepting new primary healthcare patients


  • Lawmakers point to ‘transparency’ for health costs
  • Florida hospital system wins dismissal of whistleblower case
  • Calls intensify for repeal of Florida’s health-care provider ‘Certificate of Need’ process
  • Deadly deliveries: Some Florida hospitals face high rates of maternal complications
  • Florida hospital to launch 3 telehealth sites at Publix pharmacies amid rebranding
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s still noncompliant with some regulations, CMS says
  • 21st Century Oncology Names Healthcare Financial Executive Todd Higgins as Chief Financial Officer
  • Florida Lab Company Buys A Third Struggling Tennessee Hospital
  • 39 Florida Hospitals Penalized With Medicare Cuts
  • Covidien to pay $17.5M for False Claims Act violations
  • Capital Regional Medical Center hit with $1.1 million verdict after hospital visitor slips, falls on wet floor
  • Jackson Health System lays off undisclosed number of Florida employees


  • Georgia House defeats surprise-billing legislation
  • Memorial Health faces Medicare penalties
  • Bill to ease private hospital developments fails in Georgia House
  • Hospital E.R., O.R. expansions to wrap up this summer
  • Brookhaven council OK’s Children’s Healthcare’s proposal for a hotel at new campus
  • In Its Infancy, Bioscience Industry Poised To Boom In Atlanta’s Office Market


  • Hospital closings becoming campaign issue
  • Is your hospital on this list? 31 Mississippi hospitals at risk of closing, report says
  • Worried about your hospital closing? You should be worried about your next ambulance ride.
  • Some Mississippi healthcare providers are illegally balance billing, report finds
  • Merit Health Wesley welcomes Muns as new CEO
  • Rural ER’s closed, patients at risk
  • Mississippi hospital to remain open after finding new owner


  • Hospitals group pushes back on NC Treasurer’s proposal to change healthcare reimbursement
  • How Novant Health alerts patients of split billing
  • Mission Health sale brings changes to adult day care, other services
  • Berger’s latest Medicaid expansion opposition targets ‘Carolina Cares’ bill
  • HCA shuffles the cards
  • Atrium Health tackling opioid crisis with ‘first-of-its-kind’ technology
  • Smithfield hospital is ‘reviewing its policies and procedures’ after worker was stabbed
  • Atrium Health children’s hospital launches app to streamline information for patients, families
  • North Carolina EMS company alerts 20,000 patients of foreign cyberattack
  • UNC Health’s suburban strategy comes to Holly Springs as ground is broken for new hospital
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC combines with Oregon insurer Cambia
  • Hospital president provides answers
  • Ann Caulkins named as senior vice president of Novant Health and president of Novant Health Foundation
  • SeHealth to seek partner in health-care quest
  • UNC Rex receives national recognition for heart care
  • Atrium Health details its latest expansion plan for the Charlotte area
  • Southeastern Health expects to get healthier through partnership
  • UNC Health Care Now Offers Telehealth Service
  • Cone Health Names Senior Vice President & Associate Chief Nurse Executive


  • EHR tool boosts clinical research participation for Medical University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina pain group under investigation for billing fraud related to opioids, urine testing
  • MUSC cuts ribbon on new MUSC children’s health facility in North Charleston
  • Prisma Health stops deliveries at South Carolina birth center
  • MUSC partners with Charleston schools for telehealth clinics
  • MUSC Health welcomes Marion County hospital facility to team


  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital announces hiring of new president
  • Tennova & UTMC partner for new rehab hospital
  • Tennova, UT Medical Center, Kindred plan inpatient rehab hospital on Middlebrook
  • Report outlines how Ballad Health’s progress will be evaluated by the state
  • Rennova acquires Tennessee hospital
  • Nashville program looks to tackle uncompensated care costs
  • Holston Valley recognized as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for fourth time
  • Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland appoints CEO
  • Florida Lab Company Buys A Third Struggling Tennessee Hospital
  • Nashville General names CMO
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to open Urgent Care in Powell
  • Hospital closures create havoc in rural Tennessee
  • Tennessee hospital files for bankruptcy
  • LifePoint Health appoints 2 division presidents
  • How HCA defies industry trends with 19 straight quarters of admission gains
  • Tennessee health system taps CEO


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


  • Judge to let sides in Arkansas hospital case have say in court after filing cites ‘crisis’
  • Arkansas hospital’s financial crisis puts patients at risk, board says
  • Arkansas Heart Hospital gets 5-star rating
  • Baptist Health announces executive leadership changes
  • Arkansas physician-assisted suicide bill fails before panel


  • Arizona lawmakers hope to close insurance-coverage gap in telemedicine
  • Hacienda HealthCare reaches oversight agreement with AZ Dept. of Health
  • Arizona’s Medicaid program warns 3,100 enrollees about privacy breach
  • Arizona hospitals can’t impose financial liens on patients, court rules
  • ‘They should have never put me out there.’ Hospital left homeless woman on the street


  • ‘Untrue from the outset:’ Touro Hospital, LSU Health respond to USA Today report
  • Children’s Hospital $300 Million Expansion is Named One of New Orleans CityBusiness’ Top Construction Projects for 2019
  • How Ochsner Health System moves medicine
  • New parish hospital to break ground March 21
  • Louisiana health system ousts CEO
  • Board chair resigns after Louisiana hospital fires CEO


  • UNM Hospital prepares to serve migrant families coming to Albuquerque
  • Christus St. Vincent rated as a top New Mexico hospital by federal agency
  • Longtime PR exec to lead NM health care group


  • Oklahoma hospital owner forced to turn over operations
  • Prague Hospital Owners Found In Contempt In Court
  • Financial troubles force Oklahoma hospital to hold food drives to feed patients
  • ‘Local option’ Medicaid expansion OK’d by Oklahoma House of Representatives


  • How Telehealth is Impacting Employers in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Texas physicians group opposes legislation to combat surprise ER bills
  • How good is your hospital? New report rates Houston hospitals from worst to best
  • How do payer-provider ventures win? ‘Integration,’ Texas Health Aetna CEO says
  • UT Health Center to triple residency program with hopes of adding more doctors in region
  • Texas hospital CEO pleads guilty to role in multimillion-dollar pass-through payment scheme
  • Why the Canceled Baylor-Memorial Merger Might Be Good For Hospital Quality and Cost
  • Property tax plan worries hospitals
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s new president is Juan Fresquez
  • Texas A&M Health, BCBS may use drones, self-driving cars to improve rural health


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


  • Premera uses AI to identify customers at risk of high-cost care
  • Health care emphasized at TCC convention


  • Idaho House Speaker: Still short on Medicaid expansion votes
  • This Boise psychiatric hospital has emerged from bankruptcy with a new owner


  • Telemedicine offers real-time review of ultrasounds for rural Montana women
  • Kalispell Regional Healthcare hospitals recognized for high quality ratings
  • Acting director named for Montana VA Health Care


  • Real-time locating system reduces wait times by 75% at Oregon Medical Group
  • PeaceHealth Oregon selects new CFO
  • PeaceHealth Oregon announces new chief development officer
  • Pfizer Settles with Oregon Over Drug Price Coupons
  • Oregon Health Insurance Companies Report Big Losses In 2018
  • Has serendipity created a transformational moment in Oregon health care?


  • Island Hospital CEO to retire
  • Harrison Medical Center still on track for 2020 opening in Silverdale
  • UW teaching hospital plan passes Washington House
  • Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients
  • State public health-care plan clears Washington House


  • Ten Wyoming hospitals penalized by Medicare, report says
  • St. John’s Medical Center boasts 5-star rating despite readmission penalties
  • Summit Medical Center under new ownership
  • Physician-owned hospital in Wyoming sold


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Stanford Health Care CFO Linda Hoff on standardizing care to contain costs
  • Sacramento’s Sutter Health reports its first annual financial loss in 23 years
  • Covidien to pay $17.5M for False Claims Act violations
  • Nurses walk out after sale of hospitals to Santa Clara County
  • Nurses strike at 2 California hospitals
  • Shuttered California hospital to reopen after city OKs operating agreement
  • Health care union notes layoffs as Kaiser expands contract landscaping service
  • St. Bernardine Medical Center selects new CFO


  • Colorado hospital ‘bed tax’ is legal, court rules
  • Group of Denver doctors travels abroad to perform free surgeries
  • St. Thomas More Hospital interim CEO focuses on providing exceptional care
  • Chief medical officer addresses work, life and job security
  • Colorado hospital to outsource physician billing
  • Craig Richardville Named CIO Of $2.5 Billion SCL Health
  • Two measures in state Legislature seek to end surprise medical bills
  • Colorado Senate tentatively Oks hospital transparency bill
  • Survey highlights Coloradans’ health care cost concerns
  • CEO Peter Banko on Centura Health’s plan to double revenue by 2025
  • Valley-Wide leadership changes


  • Q&A: Hawaii Sen. Stanley Chang on health care, housing, and bills this session
  • Queen’s to open new family clinic in Ewa Beach later this year


  • Children’s Week begins at the Nevada State Legislature
  • Las Vegas health care provider sentenced for Medicaid fraud
  • Controversial medical waste company proposes incinerator in North Las Vegas
  • Critical condition: The crisis of rural medical care
  • Cleveland Clinic Nevada joins international clinical trial investigating RRMS treatment


  • Intermountain Healthcare genomics division awards $400K for precision medicine research
  • Intermountain Healthcare Launches New ‘Intermountain at Home’ Service to Enable Patients to Receive Clinical Care at Home
  • Dixie Regional names new medical director
  • Intermountain CEO Dr. Marc Harrison: How Civica Rx will disrupt the drug industry

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