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GPO Vizient loses 20-provider network to Mercy's ROi

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 17, 2016

In what could be the start of a trend of providers flocking to smaller group purchasing organizations, ROi has inked a deal with a network of 20 acute-care hospitals across Arkansas, Missouri and Texas that previously worked with mega-GPO Vizient.

Blog: Cuban pharmaceutical imports to U.S. could lead to lower drug prices

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 17, 2016

Industry experts say the Obama administration's decision to lift a ban on importing Cuban pharmaceuticals and collaborating with the nation's researchers could bring the nation's cheaper, reputable medicines to the U.S. The move could give American researchers the chance to study Cuba's care...

Aramark loses Louisiana hospital housekeeping contract

By Associated Press  |  October 15, 2016

Aramark Healthcare Services says it's laying off 243 workers at Lafayette (La.) General Medical Center after the hospital did not renew a housekeeping contract. Affected employees will be able to apply for jobs within the hospital.

HHS inspector general calls for unique IDs on claims forms

HHS inspector general calls for unique IDs on claims forms

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 04, 2016

In a letter, HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson said the CMS should collaborate with Accredited Standards Committee X12 to include UDIs for implantable medical devices on insurance claims forms to help identify and reduce Medicare costs related to recalled or defective devices.

Merged systems struggle to integrate back-end software

Merged systems struggle to integrate back-end software

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 30, 2016

As merged providers integrate employees, facilities and technology, experts say many are neglecting the need to align crucial back-end software that manages finances, supply chain and human resources, among other functions.

How tech-enabled food service can make patients happier

How tech-enabled food service can make patients happier

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 24, 2016

Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.

Extending EpiPen shelf life could be a relief for patients, costly for Mylan

Extending EpiPen shelf life could be a relief for patients, costly for Mylan

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 22, 2016

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's recent announcement that Mylan is looking to extend the shelf life of the EpiPen could be a relief for patients, but a costly move for Mylan since it may take significant research and development to change epinephrine, the drug inside the EpiPen.

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