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    California healthcare workers reassess contracts, pandemic pressures in mind

    The pandemic has prompted nurses and residents in the state to rethink working conditions and what they will endure. Some have walked off the job, demanding better contracts, and some residents organized for the first time.

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    Travel nurses: a challenging population for credentialing and monitoring

    Travel nursing continues to rise – how are you monitoring license verifications across state lines?   

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    Colorado governor signs hospital staffing bill

    The law includes penalties of up to $10,000 per day for hospitals failing to follow requirements and not taking corrective action, though Gov. Jared Polis asked the state health department to go easy on small, rural hospitals.

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    Lifespan names interim CEO

    Rhode Island's largest health system tapped an interim leader as it searches for a permanent successor to Timothy Babineau, who is stepping down at the end of this month.

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    Pear more than doubles revenue from last quarter, shares new economic data

    Analysts said the data would be important in conversations with payers. Pear reiterated its $22 million revenue forecast for this year.

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    Hospitals charge employer health plans more than 2 times what they charge Medicare for same services

    Rand researchers also found wide price variations across states. Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina had relative prices at or above 310% of Medicare prices, according to the report.

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    Google hires former FDA digital health officer to global strategy post

    In his new role, Bakul Patel will help Google build a unified digital health and regulatory strategy.

  • Mass General files performance improvement plan with state

    Massachusetts' largest hospital system has set cost savings targets after state regulators found fault with its healthcare spending growth and pressured the nonprofit to scale back a proposed expansion project.

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    States move to limit hospital visitor policies in wake of pandemic

    The Republican measures have passed in blue states like Colorado and Illinois. 

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    LabCorp becomes first company to get EUA for direct-to-consumer test for flu, RSV, COVID-19

    LabCorp's kit is differentiated from other companies' products as it enables at-home sample collection without a prescription.

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    Oscar faces shareholder lawsuit alleging it misled investors

    The insurer is accused of failing to disclose the potential negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business before its March 2021 IPO.

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    Humana expanding primary care clinics through second joint venture with PE firm

    The payer plans to open about 100 new value-based primary care clinics for Medicare patients between 2023 and 2025 through the latest deal.

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    HCA taps new president to oversee Kansas City area

    Keith Zimmerman will replace longtime HCA Healthcare leader Mel Lagarde, who is retiring.

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    Nonprofit hospitals squeezed by pricier labor, investment losses in Q1

    The first quarter is going to be "one of the worst for most of our providers," Fitch Analyst Kevin Holloran said last week.

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    Efforts to protect health workers from violence on the job ramp up

    Renewed efforts to pass federal requirements for healthcare employers come as some systems are implementing their own policies to keep workers safe.

  • Insurers seek steep marketplace premium hikes in Vermont

    Proposed average increases on individual and family plans would buck the national trend of declining ACA exchange premiums. The increases would reach 17% for MVP Health Care and 12% for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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    Hospital labor expenses up 37% from pre-pandemic levels in March

    Hospitals spent nearly $5,500 in labor expenses per adjusted discharge in March compared to about $4,000 roughly three years ago, according to a report from Kaufman Hall.

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    NIH licenses COVID-19 technologies to WHO-backed program

    The agreement, which covers three experimental vaccines as well as several key patents, makes products sold in 49 low-income countries royalty-free.

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    FTC likely to examine insurer overlap in Advocate Aurora, Atrium merger

    Mergers with geographic overlap often face challenges. This deal doesn't "raise the same red flags, but it doesn't mean that it gets waved through," said Leemore Dafny, former deputy director of healthcare and antitrust at the FTC.

  • VA EHR implementation facing patient data, access concerns, audit finds

    The multibillion-dollar Cerner implementation hasn't improved data exchange as well as some had hoped, as the departments "did not take all actions needed to achieve interoperability," the audit found.

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    Oscar Health withdraws from 2 states

    Leaving Arkansas and Colorado won't have a material effect on the company's income, and should reduce the insurtech's overhead in areas like compliance work and statutory reporting, executives said.

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    Advocate Aurora, Atrium Health to merge, creating $27B system

    The combination brings together two separate regional health systems, one with operations in the Midwest and the other with a four-state reach in the South.

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    Intermountain names first chief equity officer

    Tiffany Capeles' "leadership and her strong record of achieving greater health equity have earned her the respect of our peers in healthcare along with well-deserved national acclaim," Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison said.

  • Amwell Q1 net loss widens on costs to expand Converge platform

    The vendor's revenue grew 11% while expenses climbed 40% year over year, as Amwell invested heavily in research and development for its open architecture Converge platform.

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    Rising Google searches for procedures suggest recovering demand, analysts say

    Searches for surgeries like orthopaedics, general surgery and cardiovascular procedures are above pre-pandemic levels, providing another data point to indicate that demand is recovering, according to a Needham report.

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    Patient experience, safety worse during pandemic, Leapfrog says

    Patients reported issues with hospital staff responsiveness and said their experiences with care transitions out of a hospital setting worsened considerably during the pandemic, according to the watchdog.