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Tag Archives: Hospital

Dual-eligibles: The next front in hospital readmissions penalties

The CMS is exploring how to levy excess readmission penalties fairly on hospitals, based on their patient population.
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CMS asks for comments on physician-owned hospital regulation

The Trump administration wants to hear comments on restrictions that the Affordable Care Act placed on physician-owned hospitals.
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Hospital execs assure investors that they can weather ACA repeal

Hospital executives who paraded before investors last week at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco put on a brave face about the coming repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
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Longtime Silver Cross Hospital CEO to retire

Paul Pawlak, who has led Advocate Health Care’s Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet Ill., for nearly 30 years, is retiring next year.
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock layoffs raise worry about state hospital

New Hampshire state officials say they’re dismayed by an announcement of big layoffs at a major hospital two days after they awarded it a $ 36.5 million contract to run the state psychiatric facility.
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2 dead in Florida hospital shooting; suspect captured

A gunman entered a Florida hospital through the emergency room early Sunday, went to the third floor and fatally shot a patient and an employee apparently at random, police said.
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State investigates KentuckyOne hospital over staff layoffs

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has begun an investigation of the hospital after several of its physicians claimed that layoffs among nurses and other staff have caused major patient-safety concerns.
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D.C. pick to lead hospital came from troubled Indian Health Service facility

The new head of Washington’s public psychiatric institution has just one other hospital stint on his resume: chief executive of an American Indian reservation’s hospital where emergency services were halted because federal and tribal officials said…
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Hospital pays ransom to regain control of its data

It’s the price of accessing their own data.

That’s what executives at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center say they were forced to do following a Feb. 5 cyberattack that disabled the facility’s computer network.

On Wednesday, CEO Allen Stefanek issued a statement that the hospital paid the equivalent of $ 17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who used malware to crash the network. It said, in part:

The malware locks systems by encrypting files and demanding ransom to obtain the decryption key. The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key. In the best in interest of restoring normal operations, we did this.


Law enforcement and IT professionals seem divided on whether organizations should pay ransom in these situations. However, a post on reminds those in health care that most security breaches are preventable:

We all know that health care IT leaders are working very hard to try to ensure data security and cybersecurity, but the reality is that the dangers are becoming more menacing all the time now, not less. And independent community hospitals like Hollywood Presbyterian are particularly vulnerable with regard to the kinds of human and capital resources available to master these ever-intensifying issues.

[Learn the state of internal communication in health care with this free download.]

Writer Mark Hagland said the issues are becoming apparent “in every sphere of patient care organization activity.” The threats, he said, are coming from:

  • Phishing scams that get unsuspecting staff members to open infected emails

  • Straight-out hacks by crime syndicates

  • Hostile foreign governments

  • Cyberattacks against medical devices that are connected to EHRs and other clinical information

A post on offered a few snarky insights, including this one:

It appears the hospital failed with its disaster recovery (DR). Looks like it either didn’t have backups, or the restore failed…Oopsy daisy, hashtag-fail, oh noes, etcetera. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see a lesson for all of us: Backups aren’t backups unless you can restore them!


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Ohio hospital fails to comply with mandated abortion reports

Some Ohio hospitals may have failed to report abortion procedures to the state after an inquiry by a news organization found one hospital failed to do so for several years.
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