Sep 21, 2018

Health Provider News – September 21, 2018

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  • How ASC facilities turn their smaller operations into safer operations
  • Private equity pushes into healthcare
  • Walmart wants to bring its ‘everyday low prices’ to health care
  • Only 18% of physicians say value-based payments will improve care, survey finds
  • Half Of U.S. Doctors Have Pay Tied To ‘Value-Based Metrics’
  • HHS launches ASC safety database
  • CMS proposes rule to reduce burdensome healthcare facility requirements
  • AHA, on defense, pitches 340B ‘stewardship’
  • AHA launches hospital transparency effort
  • Do physicians’ white coats matter to patients? 5 thoughts
  • CMS proposes new Medicare compliance rules
  • Physicians satisfied with career, not so much with pay, report finds
  • AI to save healthcare $150B by 2025
  • ACOs dispute CMS estimate, say they saved double
  • Can patients with HSAs deduct the new Apple Watch as a medical device? Not yet
  • Amazon, Merck, Accenture to launch data-driven drug development platform
  • AHA, CHA leaders fire back at emergency room cost op-ed
  • HHS to create data-sharing strategy for its 11 agencies
  • Why Walmart is a fierce competitor in healthcare
  • Medicare auditors saved program $214M in FY 2016 and 7 other things to know
  • 6 healthcare executives on the evolution of their leadership style


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


  • Medicaid transportation contractor improving, but complaints continue
  • Connecticut hospital to build $3M neurosciences center
  • CT hospitals collect $1.2B in outpatient facility fees over three years
  • Health Quest’s expansion into Connecticut spotlights rural hospital crisis
  • State getting nearly $17 million to fight opioid crisis


  • LincolnHealth explains MaineHealth merger
  • CMH’s Maine Urgent Care will open Monday in Topsham
  • EMMC nurses reach tentative 3-year contract agreement
  • Letter to the editor: No-confidence votes don’t tell whole story at Central Maine Healthcare
  • MaineGeneral wins national award for workplace wellness
  • Community health care group to open new pediatric center
  • Hospital rehabilitation facility on hold


  • Growth in Massachusetts health care spending growth slowing
  • Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts Eye and Ear settling deceptive billing allegations
  • Urgent care clinic industry explodes across South Shore, state
  • RiverBend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group
  • Massachusetts hospitals, union clash over cost of nurse staffing ballot issue
  • Boston Children’s splits top role, appoints COO as president
  • Hospitals pay $1M in HIPPA settlements over ‘Boston Med’ filming


  • Hospital-acquired infections drop in New Hampshire
  • Ground broken by Portsmouth hospital officials for new Dover emergency room


  • NY’s Marist College Announces New Med School to Open in 2022
  • CDC report reveals ‘concerning’ C. auris emergence in New York hospitals
  • Why the largest health care provider in WNY is suing Buffalo City schools
  • Top official at Memorial Sloan Kettering resigns after failing to disclose industry ties
  • Kings County Hospital ER worker fired for allegedly selling patient records


  • BCBS of Rhode Island to pay $5M after audit reveals coverage deficiencies
  • BCBS of Rhode Island blames vendor for breach of customer data


  • Contract talks resume between Burlington hospital and nurses
  • UVM hospital management says latest offer is its last, calls for a union vote
  • Nurses union, hospital come to terms on tentative deal
  • North Country Hospital hires new CEO


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


  • Christiana Care hospital system defrauded taxpayers with ‘kickback scheme,’ suit says
  • Archives: Christiana Care pays $3.3 million to end whistleblower lawsuit


  • Here Are The Big Issues The D.C. Council Plans To Tackle When It Returns
  • Here’s the latest on Providence hospital’s upcoming closure in D.C.


  • Changes are coming to UM Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Health closes merger with Maryland health system
  • 3 Maryland providers plan new ASC projects
  • How Johns Hopkins encourages employees to voice patient safety concerns


  • RWJBarnabas chief: Monmouth Medical plots Fort Monmouth campus with tech in mind
  • MRI unit at Monmouth Medical Center receives accreditation
  • AmeriHealth apprises members of privacy breach
  • Smart Hospital Challenge seeks to improve hospital ops
  • Adler Aphasia Center names Walker president, CEO
  • The hospital digital revolution & what it means for cybersecurity: 4 Qs with University Hospital Newark, New Jersey’s interim CISO


  • 4 ways CHOP is boosting behavioral healthcare services for children
  • Pottstown Hospital names new chief operating officer
  • Jefferson, Einstein poised to unite forces
  • Hospital execs push value of telemedicine to Pa. House
  • Penn State Health presents sketch plan for new hospital to township officials
  • How Penn Medicine empowers residents to drive quality improvement, patient safety
  • Aramark to sell healthcare technology business for $300M
  • Jefferson and Einstein Healthcare Network reach definitive merger agreement
  • Pennsylvania hospital CEO reverses decision to leave role
  • Penn Medicine, Grand View Health Announce Alliance
  • Grand View to expand alliance with Penn Medicine
  • Pennsylvania hospitals urged to weigh patients in kilograms to curb medicine errors
  • Hershey trying to prevent hospital’s ‘implosion’
  • Pennsylvania hospital blames tech glitch for employee paycheck issues
  • 350+ patients settle lawsuit with Pennsylvania hospital over fugitive physician’s misdiagnoses


  • Virginia Hospital Center Expansion Proponents Mobilize Ahead of Key Vote
  • Virginia Lawmakers Seek Solution for Surprise Balance Billing
  • Arlington Chamber warns further delay on VHC expansion could send ‘wrong message to businesses’
  • Letter: Hospital expansion plan will bring behavioral-health upgrades


  • WVU Hospitals, Wetzel County Hospital Enter Into Management Agreement
  • Highland Hospital in Charleston announces 31 layoffs
  • West Virginia hospital lays off 31 employees
  • New president and CEO selected for Mon Health System
  • WVU, Jackson County, Wetzel County hospitals join together


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


  • Is there a future for OB services in Iowa Falls?
  • Regents given rosy UI Children’s Hospital budget, but…
  • County accused of HIPAA violations
  • Iowa Methodist, UI Hospitals rank high in national list for consumer loyalty
  • Iowa Medicaid’s per-member cost increases nearly triple since privatization
  • Moreland opens Nextaff franchise for health care staffing


  • University of Kansas Health System given $66 million gift
  • ‘Big-picture view of life’: New CEO brings optimism, collaboration to St. Francis hospital
  • Stormont Vail achieves top nursing designation for third time
  • Francis adding ‘game-changing’ medical equipment, part of $50 million investment by new owners


  • Apple’s latest health hire is this Minnesota hospital chain COO
  • Investigation: Edina hospital violated patient privacy
  • Mayo Clinic to launch health plans with Minnesota insurer
  • CMS Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Patient Privacy Rights
  • Shriners Hospital to cut 64 workers as part of shift to outpatient care
  • Smiths Medical won’t be sold after all; parent company calls off merger talks
  • Shriners Hospitals’ sole Minnesota facility to end inpatient care
  • Frontier Airlines chairman donates $25M to Mayo’s new medical school


  • MU Health Care CEO Touts Financial Gains, Potential Hospital Acquisitions
  • Report suggests declining number of primary care physicians in Missouri
  • Louis County health chief quits for job in Kansas City
  • Louis health monitoring startup raises $4 million
  • Liberty Hospital buys out partners in $66M wellness community
  • Patricia A. Maryland: In today’s data-accessible age, a focus on people-first healthcare drives quality, customer satisfaction
  • Louis Children’s Hospital receives one million dollars from Hyundai Motors
  • Newly renovated pediatric department at St. Joseph Hospital
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital-Baraboo taps new president
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Lake Saint Louis opens pediatric emergency rooms
  • BJC names new senior vice president and chief financial officer


  • Josie Abboud to serve as CEO of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s
  • Josie Abboud is first woman tapped to lead Methodist hospitals as president, CEO
  • Phoenix mall to be home to $100M Nebraska-based health campus


  • Talking Trinity: Trinity breaks more ground this week
  • Addiction center in western ND postponed following heated city meeting


  • Regional names Davidson as permanent president, CEO
  • Sanford Invests $10M in Sioux Falls Biopharma Company
  • New robot at Rapid City Regional Hospital


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


  • Rush Hospital scores city approval for $473M cancer care center
  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital adds monthly Pain Management Clinic
  • Danish pharmaceutical company picks Chicago area for new office


  • Goshen Health to Open New Infusion Center
  • TriMedx nearly doubles workforce with $300M acquisition
  • TRIMEDX to Acquire Healthcare Technologies Business
  • Aramark To Sell Healthcare Technologies Biz To Trimedx For $300 Mln
  • Parkview Partnering With Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Parkview, Cincinnati Children’s teaming up
  • Federal agency awards Indiana $25M to fight opioid abuse
  • Pain center reopens after being served a warrant by federal agents
  • Lutheran Hospital returning to normal after computer virus attack
  • Cyberattack forces Indiana hospital to cancel elective surgeries, divert ambulances
  • Community Healthcare System Cuts Ribbon on St. Mary Medical Center Occupational Health Clinic


  • $105M Health Innovation Center opens
  • Chris Self named President/CEO for Manchester Memorial Hospital
  • $5.6 million secured for community health centers in Kentucky
  • Baptist Health Paducah Radiation Oncology Earns Reaccreditation
  • Waystar to acquire Massachusetts tech firm
  • Humana CFO: ‘What we’re trying to do with health care is fundamental transformation’


  • Thinking ahead: Michigan’s bioindustry promotes innovation in health care delivery
  • Munson Medical Center nurses rally for contract
  • Borgess Medical Center to be renamed as Ascension Borgess
  • Almost 4,000 nurses authorize strike at University of Michigan
  • Henry Ford to open Royal Oak outpatient facility in civic center
  • Priority Health Announces Leadership Changes: Strengthens East Region
  • UP Health won’t seek to acquire DCHS
  • Health system makes nursing cuts
  • Feds awarding $12M to West Michigan mental health centers
  • Proposed sale of Michigan hospital falls through for 2nd time


  • Mercy Health makes another leadership change
  • Bon Secours Mercy Health names Mid-American Group president
  • Premier Health CEO named leader of UD board of trustees
  • Premier Health names new VP of primary care for physician group
  • This health consulting company will add more than 1,000 jobs to Greater Cincinnati
  • City maintains secrecy around Affinity offers
  • Parkview Partnering With Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • New Ohio ED to Quicken EMS Turnaround Time
  • Cleveland Clinic reports it boosted Ohio’s economy by $17.8 billion in 2016
  • Mercy Health closes merger with Maryland health system
  • Summa Health pulls off financial turnaround in H1
  • Massillon council tables legislation to revive Affinity Medical Center under new management
  • University Hospitals plans $2 million renovation at Ravenna facility
  • Summa Health denied bid to restart ER residency program
  • Steward closes Ohio hospital, lays off 468
  • Ohio hospital throws out bid to reopen
  • Miami Valley Hospital constructing new ICU
  • Incoming emergency department to serve as ‘incubator of opportunities’
  • Premier Health to open two new practices
  • Struggling rural hospital affiliates with Adena for specialists
  • UC Health, hospital settle with plaintiffs in fugitive spine doctor case
  • Mercy Health invests in tech firm
  • Ohio hospital scales back services ahead of Sept. 20 closure


  • Sheboygan HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital welcomes CEO Justin Selle
  • UWSP and Marshfield Clinic team up for health care careers
  • Marshfield Clinic job eliminations go beyond city, about 115 positions
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System to lay off 25 employees
  • Froedtert Health Announces Plans for New Wisconsin Hospital
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System finalizes Neillsville Hospital affiliation
  • $10M lawsuit: Aurora Health cut real estate firm from buyback deal worth millions; Aurora: No contract breach
  • Ascension All Saints in Racine gets new $1 million electrophysiology lab
  • Bellin Health Oconto Hospital taps new CEO


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


  • Volunteer Who Rocks Babies Donates $1 Million To Alabama Hospital
  • Bradford Health Services names new president


  • Central Florida Regional Hospital files application for new hospital
  • Memorial Healthcare System selects new CIO
  • Florida Hospital partners with startup Wellth to improve medication adherance
  • Sarasota hospital system sues pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors for role in opioid epidemic
  • Ultimate CEO Insights: Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Barsoum on his professional growth
  • Inside Johns Hopkins’ new $95M Research and Education Building in St. Petersburg, Florida


  • South Georgia Medical Center — Moody’s downgrades Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County (GA) to Baa3; outlook negative
  • Georgia hospital’s expansions gaining national attention
  • Georgia considers CON reforms to increase health care access
  • Georgia could upend CON laws after shutting down surgery center proposal
  • Doctors Hospital to cut the ribbon on a $21.8M expansion


  • Merit Health Rankin Names CEO, CFO
  • Another pharmacist pleads guilty in $400M-plus health fraud


  • Florence hospital roundup: How are affected hospitals recovering after impact
  • State sets hearing on day surgery facility application
  • Aramark To Sell Healthcare Technologies Biz To Trimedx For $300 Mln
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Expansion of SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
  • Hearing set for $16.3M Pardee UNC Health Care ASC application
  • NC Hospital Foundation Announces Disaster Relief Fund
  • Atrium Health’s net income drops 64% in first half of 2018
  • Randolph Health isn’t going anywhere; Orth answers the rumors
  • Free services, delayed bills among health care offerings as Florence smashes NC
  • OMH reports estimated $1 million in damage
  • Novant Health invests $300K in community
  • Wilkes hospital computer network down due to virus
  • Cone Health: Virtual visits pair doctors with evacuees
  • Two $1.5 million grants allow Wake Forest Baptist to join national stroke study
  • Durham’s BioAgilytix continues Durham expansion


  • South Carolina hospitals face high costs of hurricane evacuations
  • Florence hospital roundup: How are affected hospitals recovering after impact
  • SC hospitals that transferred patients out of evacuation zone will take financial hit


  • How Nashville Changed Health Care for the Nation
  • 3 things to know about Covenant Surgical Partners CEO Lew Little
  • Quorum closes Tennessee hospital
  • Nashville Price Transparency Firm Tells Congress To Police Health Care Consolidation
  • Nashville health care firm names new CEO


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


  • Urgent Care Joins Surgery as Arkansas Surgical Hospital Niche
  • Tied to Arkansas Corruption, Preferred Family Healthcare Seeks Sale
  • Federal panel dismayed after thousands of Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lose coverage


  • Steward Health Care teams up with Diamondbacks
  • Arizona State Hospital Sued For Withholding Records On Patient’s Death
  • Phoenix mall to be home to $100M Nebraska-based health campus
  • Creighton University to open four-year medical school in Phoenix


  • Lakeview Regional Medical Center selects Scott Montgomery as COO
  • Lawmakers welcome new deal for north Louisiana hospitals
  • LSU-Ochsner deal hailed, but bitterness lingers over safety net hospitals
  • Ochsner’s center for children with disabilities opens on Jefferson Highway
  • Proposed Louisiana health care cuts eliminate mental health, substance abuse, adult day care services


  • Christus partner changes name to Anchorum
  • Hospital partner unveils new name, expanded mission
  • Shiny new Presbyterian hospital feels hospitable
  • New Presbyterian hospital spurs competition in Santa Fe
  • Health Council looks for help from hospital
  • Santa Fe to open its first new medical center in 30 years
  • First look at Presbyterian’s new Santa Fe hospital


  • Oklahoma Medicaid providers see rate hike after 9 years
  • Oklahoma hospital tries GoFundMe to keep its doors open
  • OU Medicine becomes official healthcare partner of the Oklahoma City Thunder


  • Texas Health Resources is considering sports medicine center partnership
  • Texas hospital asks judge to dismiss Aetna’s claims in billing suit
  • Waxahachie anesthesiologist faces 10 years in prison, $100K fine for alleged health care fraud
  • Thousands expected to get $25M worth of health services at Fort Worth ‘mega clinic’
  • Methodist Health to Open 235,000 SF Healthcare Facility in Metro Dallas
  • How the nationwide IV bag shortage helped Texas Health boost patient, nurse satisfaction
  • Houston hospital appeals loss of federal funding for heart transplants


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


  • 5 Things Alaska:  Managed care, defining “local,” key health care legislators
  • Alaska psych hospital prioritizes patient safety over staff, employees say


  • Idaho still in talks to allow non-ACA health plans
  • Idaho Health Insurance Providers Propose Rate Hike Average of Eight Percent in 2019
  • Hospitals are fed up with drug companies, so they’re starting their own


  • Central Montana Medical Center recognized for Improvement in Patient Care
  • Missoula hospitals work on treatment for addicted babies
  • Hospital in Missoula conducts emergency response exercise


  • BOLI fines Legacy Health record-breaking $5 million for denying employees breaks
  • Oregon hospital to expand use of control center to head off sepsis
  • Walden, Wyden hail Senate-passed opioid package
  • Why one rural Oregon county beat out 200 competitors for a national health prize
  • Providence Heart Institute taking in patients from OHSU’s transplant program


  • 100-bed Inland Northwest Behavioral Hospital prepares to open
  • State’s new health care website receives national award
  • New urgent care planned on Bainbridge Island
  • CHI Franciscan Health Virginia Mason Announce Plan for New Birth Center in Seattle
  • State’s new health care website receives national award


  • hopefuls talk health-care ideas in Cheyenne
  • Hospital board’s membership to shrink after election


(California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)


  • Dignity is merging with a Catholic medical system — will it impact SLO County healthcare?
  • Hospital works through issues, hires new development officer
  • Hospital merger meeting set for Monday in Grass Valley
  • UC hospitals, nurses’ union have tentative five-year deal that would boost pay 15%
  • Joseph Health to cut 25 jobs at 2 California hospitals after union protest
  • Hospital merger public hearing scheduled on Sept. 25
  • Cash-strapped California hospital closes ER
  • Hospital merger triggers concerns
  • California Nurses, University of California system reach tentative contract agreement
  • Health care bills sent on to Governor Brown
  • California hospitals must offer vegan meals under new law
  • California physicians must inform patients of probation status under new law
  • Adventist Health Bakersfield to cut more than a dozen jobs


  • New Facilities, Partnerships Help Healthcare Systems Grow
  • Southwest Memorial’s cutbacks hit home in Dolores
  • Grand Junction clinic joins in growing health care program
  • Boulder Community Health launches hospital-based midwife clinic
  • Patients, partners laud partnership between Vail Health, Children’s Hospital
  • Hospitals, clinics looking to expand as rapidly as Colorado’s population is growing
  • Baxter steps down as Parkview Medical Center CEO; Barnes named replacement
  • Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis reveals 100-day plan to improve health care in Colorado
  • Could laws like one in Colorado reduce medical costs? A U.S. Senate committee aims to find out
  • Parkview Medical Center CEO to resign in 2019


  • 40K notified of ransomware attack at Hawaii fetal diagnostic center
  • Study: Hawaii’s physicians shortage got worse in 2018
  • Survey: Hawaii loses 51 doctors as shortage continues


  • Health care briefs: new surgical center features robot
  • Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored


  • Healthcare Must Change: New Intermountain Transformation Center to Lead Global Advance in Healthcare Delivery
  • Huntsman Cancer Foundation Announces Major Gifts to Support Hospital Expansion Plans
  • Ribbon cut to celebrate new Layton Hospital
  • 12th Street hospital status unknown, city won’t pay demolition costs for old Fred Meyer building

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