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Your Weekly Recommendations Tuesday, November 21, 2017
 
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Sticker shock for many, insurer exits if Obamacare rule killed
CNBC • Dan Mangan
Mercy Hospital Springfield maintains Medicare contract
Becker's Hospital Review • Alia Paavola
USDA invested $1B in rural healthcare in 2017
Becker's Hospital Review
Massachusetts law to protect contraceptive coverage no matter what happens to ACA
Becker's Hospital Review • Emily Rappleye
13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment
Modern Healthcare • Virgil Dickson
Actuaries warn Congress mandate repeal would increase premiums
The Hill • Peter Sullivan
12 latest hospital, health system CNO and CMO moves
Becker's Hospital Review
Is the Doctor In? Fighting to Access The American Healthcare System
WNYC
IHI: 5 strategies to improve patient flow
Becker's Hospital Review • Mackenzie Bean
Fixes: After Flint, Helping Doctors Recognize Chemical Exposure
The New York Times • Rachel Cernansky
 
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Economic Policy, Finance
Sticker shock for many, insurer exits if Obamacare rule killed
CNBCDan Mangan
A group of experts who set insurance prices warned Senate leaders Tuesday that repealing Obamacare's key coverage rule will lead to price hikes, and could weaken insurers' solvency and lead some to exit the market. At the same time, a leading health...
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Health Care Industry, Health Insurance
Mercy Hospital Springfield maintains Medicare contract
Becker's Hospital ReviewAlia Paavola
CMS rescinded Mercy Hospital Springfield's (Mo.) termination notice Nov. 17 after investigators determined the hospital was in compliance with program requirements. Mercy Hospital Springfield was placed on immediate jeopardy status following an Aug. 25 investigation that found issues with patient rights and...
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Health Care Industry, Health Insurance
USDA invested $1B in rural healthcare in 2017
Becker's Hospital Review
The U.S. Department of Agriculture invested $1 billion in rural healthcare through its Community Facilities Direct Loan Program in fiscal year 2017. The program provided funds for 97 projects across 41 states, bolstering hospitals, clinics and treatment centers that touch 2.5 million...
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Health Care Industry, Health Insurance
Massachusetts law to protect contraceptive coverage no matter what happens to ACA
Becker's Hospital ReviewEmily Rappleye
Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Monday that will ensure women can still access birth control at no cost, even if the ACA is repealed or changed. "We are proud to join our colleagues in the legislature to...
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Health Care Industry, Health Insurance
13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment
Modern HealthcareVirgil Dickson
The CMS on Monday added more hospitals to a program that industry executives say has been key to ensuring access to care in underserved communities. All in all, 13 additional hospitals will participate in the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program, which reimburses...
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Economic Policy, Health Insurance
Actuaries warn Congress mandate repeal would increase premiums
The HillPeter Sullivan
The American Academy of Actuaries is warning Congress against repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate in tax reform, saying the move could lead to higher premiums and insurers leaving the market. The group warned in a letter to Congress on Tuesday against repealing the...
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Barack Obama, Health Care Costs
12 latest hospital, health system CNO and CMO moves
Becker's Hospital Review
reported the following hospital and health system chief nursing officer and CMO moves in the last four weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent. 1. TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., named Kevin M. Hamilton, MD, its first-ever...
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Dental Care, Health Care Industry
Is the Doctor In? Fighting to Access The American Healthcare System
WNYC
What does access to healthcare mean in a country where coverage isn't guaranteed? Join The Takeaway on Thanksgiving Day to explore healthcare access in America — what it means, who has it, and what it costs. Here’s what you’ll find in this...
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Health Care Industry, Health Care Provision
IHI: 5 strategies to improve patient flow
Becker's Hospital ReviewMackenzie Bean
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement shared five ways hospitals can improve patient flow in a Nov. 8 blog post. 1. Make patient flow a strategic priority. Patient flow issues can prevent clinicians from providing the right care, in the right place, at...
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Energy Regulation, Environmental Health
Fixes: After Flint, Helping Doctors Recognize Chemical Exposure
The New York TimesRachel Cernansky
Before doctors in Flint, Mich., knew they were dealing with a crisis of lead poisoning, there were warning signs of a problem with the water supply. The doctors just didn’t know what to do with them — including Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the...
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