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    VA extends EHR modernization contract with Oracle

    Despite patient safety and technical concerns plaguing the years-long rollout of the new electronic health record, the Department of Veterans Affairs extended its contract with Oracle for another 11 months.

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    Passion in orthopedics and beyond: Meet Dr. Lew Schon on The Ortho Show

    Explore the connection between orthopedics and rock music with Dr. Lew Schon on The Ortho Show. Discover how this pioneering surgeon ended up performing with the Foo Fighters in an inspiring episode hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman.

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    CMS recalculates Medicare Advantage star ratings in major win for insurers

    The redo comes after regulators lost two court cases over the methodology used to determine 2024’s quality ratings and should result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional bonuses to plans.

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    Cardiovascular conditions now the second-highest reimbursement category, Sun Life says

    Cost of cardiovascular conditions is up 33% — “higher than we would expect given medical inflation,” the insurance provider said.

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    Tracking Steward's decline

    Steward contends with possible facility closures

    State regulators, workers and creditors reacted to Steward's new loan terms, which demand the health system transition or close facilities that don't sell at auction.

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    Lawmakers promise to stop kicking the can on Medicare solvency

    The House Budget Committee met Thursday and said they’d take action to restore Medicare’s financial footing, though the hearing was light on specifics.

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    CMMI’s savings record sparks concern among lawmakers

    Republicans at a House subcommittee hearing chided the innovation center for increasing federal spending, even as CMMI’s director said each tested model has resulted in valuable learnings.

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    The state-by-state impact of Ascension’s cyberattack

    Ascension reported Friday it restored electronic health record and patient portal access across the system.

    Updated June 14, 2024
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    Supreme Court preserves access to abortion pill in unanimous ruling

    The high court said the plaintiffs’ “desire to make a drug less available to others” did not give them standing to challenge the FDA's approval of mifepristone.

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    National health spending reached $4.8T last year, CMS actuaries estimate

    More Americans had insurance in 2023 than at any other time in the nation’s history, spurring medical utilization and accelerating healthcare spending faster than growth in the overall economy, according to government projections.

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    Protected health data may have been compromised during Ascension cyberattack

    Hackers gained access to the major nonprofit’s systems early last month after a worker accidentally downloaded a malicious file, Ascension said.

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    Proposed rule would wipe medical debt from credit scores

    The vice president also called for states to increase oversight of their nonprofit health systems’ charity care programs, noting some patients incurred debt when they should have qualified for assistance. 

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    Complex environments, 24/7 availability: Why cybersecurity poses a unique challenge for hospitals

    Andrew Carney from HHS agency ARPA-H explains why hospitals struggle with cybersecurity and talks about a new program that aims to help them defend their technology environments.

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    Tracking healthcare data breaches

    A breach at an eye care provider may have exposed information of more than 377,000 people.

    Updated June 13, 2024
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    Court strikes down FTC’s latest attempt to block Novant-CHS deal

    This is the second time a district court has shot down the antitrust agency’s request to stop the deal. 

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    White House partners with Microsoft, Google on cybersecurity for rural hospitals

    The technology giants will offer free or low-cost cybersecurity tools to rural hospitals, which often have limited resources to combat the rising number of cyberattacks.

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    MACPAC wants Congress to force states to disclose Medicaid financing streams

    The influential advisory group has been lobbying the federal government to collect more detailed information on how states loop providers into funding Medicaid for almost a decade.

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    Elevance wins star ratings lawsuit (sort of)

    Friday’s district court ruling is the latest suggesting the CMS might have to recalculate every MA plan’s star rating score due to an administrative oversight.

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    Tracking Steward's decline

    Steward secures $225M days before it was set to run out of cash

    The health system found financing after its original backer Medical Properties Trust declined to provide more funds. Steward will present the deal in federal bankruptcy court later this week for final approval.  

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    Teladoc Health names former insurance exec as new CEO

    Chuck Divita will take the reins as CEO immediately, about two months after the telehealth vendor’s longtime chief executive abruptly departed following flagging financial performance at the company.

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    Tracking healthcare worker strikes

    More than 3,000 Providence nurses are set to strike in Oregon on June 18. Their union says it would be the largest nurses strike in state history.

    Updated June 11, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack lawsuits consolidated in Minnesota

    Nearly 50 lawsuits filed after a massive cyberattack early this year will be centralized in parent company UnitedHealth’s home state.

    Updated June 11, 2024
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    Walgreens-backed CityMD settles with Justice Department over alleged COVID fraud

    From 2020 to 2022, CityMD falsely documented insured patients as uninsured before fraudulently billing the federal government for their COVID-19 care, according to regulators. CityMD denies the allegations.

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    Prospect files suit demanding Yale New Haven purchase its three Connecticut hospitals

    The health systems have been at odds over the deal, which was first announced in 2022.

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    Deep Dive

    Humana and CVS are downsizing their Medicare Advantage plans for 2025. Which insurers could benefit?

    Hundreds of thousands of seniors could switch plans during next year’s open enrollment, depending on how drastically the MA market giants slash benefits in an attempt to improve profits.

    Updated June 10, 2024
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    9th Circuit orders new $411M antitrust trial for Sutter Health

    The California health system beat allegations of anticompetitive conduct in 2022. But a new ruling says the original jury didn’t hear the full story.