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    Envision Healthcare names permanent CEO

    Jason Owen took on the leadership role this week, months after the physician staffing firm emerged from bankruptcy restructuring.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Over 20% of healthcare bankruptcies last year were linked to private equity: report

    Another wave of private equity-backed bankruptcies is expected this year, according to the Private Equity Stakeholder Project.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Trendline

    Surprise Billing

    Federal legislation banning surprise bills has hit a barrage of roadblocks, complicating efforts to protect consumers from unexpected out-of-network charges.

    By Healthcare Blog staff
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    Elevance partners with private equity firm on primary care

    The payer has inked a deal with Clayton, Dubilier and Rice to join their primary care assets as Elevance looks to catch up with peers like UnitedHealth and CVS in care delivery.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Opinion

    No appointments available: America’s escalating primary care shortage

    Chronic disinvestment and inadequate training have created a shortage of primary care workers, according to leaders at the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Association of Community Health Centers and others.

    By Christopher Koller, Kyu Rhee and R. Shawn Martin • April 15, 2024
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    VillageMD faces lawsuit over online tracking technologies

    The class action alleges the Meta Pixel embedded on VillageMD’s website allowed the primary care provider to disclose protected health information to third parties, including Facebook and Google.

    By April 12, 2024
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    More than three-fourths of doctors are employed by corporations, report finds

    Rampant consolidation continues to threaten the existence of independent physicians, according to a new report from Avalere and the Physicians Advocacy Institute.

    By April 12, 2024
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    VillageMD taps new COO amid clinic closures

    Former Centene executive Jim Murray will lead operations at the Walgreens-backed primary care chain, which has shut down 140 clinics in recent months.

    By April 11, 2024
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    Massachusetts lawmakers call on regulators to review Steward-UnitedHealth deal

    Antitrust agencies could be sympathetic toward the deal, given Steward’s financial distress and important hospital portfolio. But sympathy won’t shield the deal from scrutiny, an expert told Healthcare Blog.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Change asks to consolidate dozens of cyberattack class-action lawsuits

    Twenty-four cases have racked up so far against the UnitedHealth subsidiary following a cyberattack against the technology firm in late February.

    By April 8, 2024
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    Trial shows Wegovy can ease heart failure symptoms

    Earlier testing resulted in expanded approval as well as broader Medicare coverage. Now, Novo Nordisk has proved Wegovy can benefit heart failure patients, too.

    By Jonathan Gardner • April 8, 2024
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    Deep Dive // Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Change cyberattack serves as wake-up call for healthcare cybersecurity

    The outage shows why health systems need to plan for inevitable cyberattacks, evaluating risks and putting operational backups in place, experts say.

    By April 4, 2024
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    Walmart decelerates health center expansion plans

    The retailer previously planned to have more than 75 health centers operational this year. Now, Walmart plans to reach that goal in 2025.

    By Updated April 4, 2024
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    Intermountain-owned Saltzer shutters operations, sells clinics

    The financially strapped physician group finalized a midnight deal to sell some services to Trinity Health-owned Saint Alphonsus Health System and Intermountain Medical Imaging of Idaho.

    By April 3, 2024
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    UnitedHealth CFO John Rex to replace Dirk McMahon as president

    McMahon announced earlier this year that he would retire from the healthcare behemoth in April. Rex will step up as president, though there’s no word yet on who will assume McMahon’s chief operating officer role.

    By March 29, 2024
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    Inside CVS Health’s push to transform customer experience

    The transformation, led by Deloitte Digital, focused on increasing customer feedback to identify pervasive issues and closing the loop on customer inquiries.

    By Kristen Doerer • March 29, 2024
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    Walgreens posts $6B loss on waning VillageMD value; ups clinic closures

    The retail pharmacy chain has closed 140 VillageMD locations to date to cut costs, blowing past its previous goal of 60 closures.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Overturning of Roe v. Wade

    Supreme Court weighs abortion opponents’ standing in mifepristone case

    Reversal of the FDA’s expanded access could limit use of medication abortion even in states that have legal protections for the procedure in place.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Healthcare companies expand perks to recruit talent: report

    The increase stands in contrast to other industries, which have cut back on extra offerings.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Walgreens’ VillageMD sells 11 locations in Rhode Island

    The sale comes as the pharmacy chain culls VillageMD clinics, including in Florida and Illinois.

    By March 21, 2024
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    MedPAC’s physician pay recommendations insufficient, provider groups say

    The Medicare Advisory Payment Commission also suggests tying the rate of physician payment increases to the Medicare Economic Index — a move some industry groups support.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Change cyberattack could damage credit at small providers: Fitch

    Smaller companies may already have worse credit ratings and could struggle with cash flow disruptions caused by the outage.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    CMS releases Medicaid payment flexibilities during Change cyberattack

    The relief comes as 94% of hospitals reported financial impact from the outage, according to a survey from the American Hospital Association.

    By March 18, 2024
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    Inexperienced clinicians pose the largest patient safety risk in 2024: report

    Challenges with health technology adoption and reductions in maternal services could also threaten patient safety this year, according to an ECRI study.

    By March 15, 2024
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    HIMSS24

    Oracle to launch generative AI-backed clinical assistant within next quarter, exec says

    The tool, which automatically transcribes patient visits and suggests next steps for providers, is entering a cluttered market.

    By March 12, 2024
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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Small, financially struggling providers at risk from Change cyberattack: Moody’s

    Larger providers, however, aren’t immune from cash flow challenges, especially if UnitedHealth Group is unable to restore systems by mid-March.

    By March 11, 2024