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  1. UnitedHealth to shut down Harken Health — 4 key notes

    UnitedHealth Group is shutting down its Harken Health subsidiary, the Minnesota StarTribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Giving clinicians the right data at the right time — The power of data analytics

    The digital age of healthcare presents endless opportunities for providers to improve care, but all this information is useless if providers can't use the data to drive clinical decisions.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Physician-owned hospital bill introduced in Senate: 5 things to know

    Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced legislation in the Senate to improve access to physician-led hospitals. By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. ASCA partners with SPH Analytics for OAS CAHPS survey: 5 things to know

    ASCA formed an affinity partnership with SPH Analytics to offer discounted Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems rates. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Takeda reports strong FY 2016 & more: 4 GI companies making waves

    Here are four updates on GI companies from the past week.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont requests 12.7% price hike: 5 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont submitted a proposal to increase its 2018 rates by 12.7 percent, according to Burlington Free Press.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 18 statistics on how certificate-of-need, out-of-network status affects ASC valuation

    In the 2017 ASC Valuation Survey, HealthCare Appraisers outlined how an ASC's location in a certificate-of-need state and status as an out-of-network center affects the center's valuation. By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Baptist Health South Florida acquires Galloway Surgery Center, Kendall Endoscopy Center

    Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida acquired a controlling interest in Sunset, Fla.-based Galloway Surgery Center and in Kendall (Fla.) Endoscopy Center, the South Florida Business Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. How patients, providers perceive chronic idiopathic constipation — 5 insights

    Synergy Pharmaceuticals presented data on patients' struggles with chronic idiopathic constipation at Digestive Disease Week 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Analysts defend Exact Sciences after seething Citron Research report — 5 insights

    Analysts have refuted Citron Research's report on Exact Science’s Cologuard which stated the product was a "seriously inferior product and a disastrous business model." Despite the report causing Exact Science's stock to drop 8 percent, analysts recommend the stock, MarketWatch reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. 6 statistics on PAs' with 20+ years experience compensation by US region

    Physician assistants who have accrued more than two decades of experience can make upwards of $121,000 in some US. regions, according to Physicians Practice 2017 Staff Salary Survey data.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. Summit Surgery Center at Saint Mary's Galena adds breast center to open in June: 5 key notes

    Summit Surgery Center at Saint Mary's Galena in Reno, Nev., is launching a new breast center for breast cancer patients, according to a Northern Nevada Business Weekly report. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Aetna CEO: US should have 'debate' over single-payer system: 4 things to know

    Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini said the country should be open to a conversation about a single-payer system, according to Vox.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Premiums differences between ACA, American Health Care Act by 2026: 6 statistics

    According to Congressional Budget Office data, premiums under the ACA and the American Health Care Act will vary based on age in 2026, the Washington Post reports.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Surgery Partners strikes $760M deal to acquire National Surgical Healthcare; HCA shares jump 1.3% & more — 5 ASC notes

    Here are five notes on ASC management companies to note:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. 4 things to know about medical claims errors

    Providers often incorrectly submit medical claims which can amount to billions of dollars.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. NC hospital executives speak out after CON repeal bill passes state Senate: 5 things to know

    The North Carolina Senate passed a budget proposal including an amendment to repeal the state's certificate-of-need laws, drawing criticism from hospital groups, according to Daily Advance.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. 4 things to know about the AGA's new President Dr. Sheila Crowe

    Sheila Crowe, MD, assumed her position as the 112th president of the American Gastroenterological Association after Digestive Disease Week, May 6 through May 9 in Chicago, concluded.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Variations in billing for colonoscopies leave patients footing the bill — Unclear pricing practices cause confusion, create debt

    A New Orleans Times-Picayune investigation documented the high variance in colonoscopy price throughout New Orleans.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. National Cancer Institute awards $1.9M grant to PLx Pharma — 4 insights

    The Bethesda, Md.-based National Cancer Institute awarded PLx Pharma a $1.9 million grant to support the drugmakers' aspirin for chemoprevention to treat colorectal cancer.  By Eric Oliver -

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