Ousted Harris CEO joins Parkland Health

Ousted Harris CEO joins Parkland Health

By Maria Castellucci  |  May 27, 2016

David Lopez, the former CEO of Harris Health System in Houston, has joined Dallas' Parkland Health & Hospital System as COO. Lopez joins the public health system after pursuing its CEO position in 2014.

CMS offers no-risk risk contracts in primary-care initiative

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 27, 2016

Insurers wonder if CMS' latest effort to drum up interest in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative will overcome obstacles to participation in states that have laws prohibiting physician practices from taking on risk-based contracts.

Epic Systems loses appeal in overtime pay dispute

By Joseph Conn  |  May 27, 2016

A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that electronic health record vendor Epic Systems violated its employees' rights by trying to require them to seek arbitration in state and federal wage-and-hour law claims and other disputes.

Feds will appeal loss in Medicare fraud case over hospice eligibility

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 27, 2016

The federal government has decided to appeal a ruling in an unusual fraud case involving hospice care provider AseraCare, in which a judge ruled that disagreements between doctors over patients' eligibility for hospice care do not prove fraud.

Mayo Clinic gets $142 million NIH grant for precision medicine

By Maria Castellucci  |  May 27, 2016

The Rochester, Minn.-based system will establish the biobank for President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, which aims to collect at least 1 million volunteers' biological samples to promote individually tailored disease treatment.

CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 26, 2016

Director Tom Frieden said Congress needs to approve enough funding to fight the disease that could infect as many as 2 million pregnant women in the U.S this year. The CDC has had to borrow $50 million from other parts of the agency to begin fighting Zika. Some of that came from funds for Ebola.

Mount Sinai CEO says 'no layoffs' in the rebirth of Beth Israel

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  May 26, 2016

Since 2000, 19 New York City hospitals have closed. Mount Sinai's CEO Dr. Kenneth Davis doesn't want to be responsible for the loss of No. 20. Mount Sinai will restructure Mount Sinai Beth Israel and invest at least $550 million to increase the hospital's outpatient services.

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