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  1. Washington hospital closes ER, lays off 463 employees

    Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Wash., closed its emergency room Jan. 13 and plans to completely shut down within the next few weeks. When the hospital closes, 463 employees will lose their jobs, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice.
  2. Hospital groups sue HHS, seek to block site-neutral pay cuts

    Two organizations representing hospitals and health systems across the nation and several individual hospitals sued HHS Jan. 13 over site-neutral payment cuts for 2020.
  3. Piedmont taps Dr. Lacy Knight as chief health information officer: 3 things to know

    Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare has selected Lacy A. Knight, MD, to serve as chief health information officer.

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  1. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center names Lori Persohn CNO

    Jasper, Ind.-based Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has named Lori Persohn, RN, MSN, BSN, vice president of patient services and CNO.
  2. What's next for the Camden Coalition after MIT study challenges core strategy 

    The Camden (N.J.) Coalition of Healthcare Providers, known for pioneering a program that targets emergency department "frequent flyers," is looking ahead despite a recent study challenging the ability of its program to reduce readmission rates, NJ Spotlight reports.
  3. 'Cluster hiring' could completely change how executive teams are formed

    The Wall Street Journal suggests a "Hunger Games"-like hiring strategy, popular in academia, could be a good way to promote cohesiveness and improve retention and diversity of executive teams.
  4. First drug to target mutation causing gastrointestinal tumors approved by FDA

    The FDA has approved Blueprint Medicine's drug, Ayvakit, designed to treat adults with unresectable or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors with a certain type of mutation. 

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  1. Taro Pharmaceuticals recalls epilepsy drug

    Taro Pharmaceuticals, a Hawthorne, N.Y.-based drugmaker, is recalling one lot of its drug, Lamotrigine, designed to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, after discovering it was cross-contaminated with a small amount of another drug substance. 
  2. 7 latest hospital credit rating downgrades

    The following seven hospital and health system credit rating downgrades occurred since Dec. 1. They are listed below in alphabetical order.
  3. 5 things that can sink hospital innovation efforts

    Over the past couple years, "innovation" has become a strategic imperative for many hospitals and health systems, but what exactly is innovation — and how can leaders sustain innovative changes in their organizations long-term?
  4. WVU Medicine to absorb Pennsylvania hospital

    Morgantown-based West Virginia University Health System inked a letter of intent to acquire Uniontown (Pa.) Hospital, the organizations announced Jan. 13.

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  1. Endo settles Oklahoma opioid case for $8.8M

    Endo Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $8.8 million to Oklahoma to settle claims its marketing played a role in fueling the opioid crisis, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  2. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  3. Wisconsin reports first child flu death

    Wisconsin reported that a child younger than 10 years has died from influenza, according to WDJT-TV, a CBS affiliate.
  4. Trump administration: Supreme Court review of ACA case is 'premature'

    The Trump administration said the latest legal challenge to the ACA can wait. 
  5. 7 things to know about Teladoc Health for 2020

    Teladoc Health experienced several key developments in 2019, from launching new virtual care programs to undergoing C-suite level leadership changes.
  6. Google's 5 latest health-related job openings

    Google recently posted several job openings related to its health business.
  7. Idaho VAs struggle to keep nurses as neighboring states raise minimum wage

    The Idaho Division of Veterans Services requested hundreds of thousands of dollars to help retain nurses at Veterans Affairs facilities, citing difficulties due to an unchanging $7.25 per hour minimum wage while neighboring states raise minimums, the Post-Register reports.
  8. Allscripts offers AI patient triage platform to clients  

    Allscripts is teaming up with MyndYou to make its artificial intelligence-powered patient triage management platform available to Allscripts EHR clients, according to a Jan. 13 news release.
  9. UCSF launches medical image access through EHR patient portal

    University of California San Francisco patients can now view their radiology images online in their Epic patient portal, according to the health system's Jan. 10 tweet.

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