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    Civica taps current COO to succeed VanTrieste as chief executive

    Civica, a nonprofit founded in 2018 by a group of hospitals to lower pharmaceutical prices, has tapped Ned McCoy to serve as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 1.

  • North Carolina Republicans draft Medicaid expansion bill

    The proposal, which signals growing support for expansion among state lawmakers after years of opposition, would add 600,000 low-income adults to the safety net insurance program.

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    Employees cause more cyber breaches in healthcare than other industries, report finds

    Employees were responsible for 39% of healthcare breaches last year. That's compared to 18% across all industries, according to new Verizon research.

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    Responding to outbreak, Moderna starts early work on monkeypox vaccine

    One day after the U.S. began releasing supplies of an approved Bavarian Nordic shot, Moderna said it's beginning development of its own vaccine against the virus.

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    Cedars-Sinai names UCLA physician as chief health equity officer

    Christina Harris, a primary care physician, will lead Cedars-Sinai's efforts to improve health disparities and address social determinants of health both internally and in Los Angeles.

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    Medtech companies keep supply, staffing challenges in check even as recession risks loom, analysts say

    Companies are coping with factors such as supply disruptions, staffing shortages, inflation and foreign-exchange hurdles, according to analysts at William Blair.

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    AHA urges DOJ to probe Medicare Advantage plans that deny care

    The hospital lobby is pushing the Justice Department to punish Medicare Advantage organizations that routinely deny coverage to beneficiaries.

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    Pfizer says 3 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine works in youngest children

    The drugmaker, along with partner BioNTech, plans to submit the new data to the FDA this week. The agency has scheduled a meeting for outside experts to review the data in mid-June.

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    Healthcare employers must urgently address burnout, surgeon general warns

    Systems should address burnout systemically, according to a Monday advisory from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. A priority is seeking and responding better to feedback from front-line workers.

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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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    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.