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August 15, 2018

Government News
  • Seema Verma cites longitudinal patient records as the future of healthcare
  • GPO News
  • HealthTrust recognizes US Med-Equip with 2018 Supplier Excellence Award
  • Provider Services News
  • Deborah Sprindzunas awarded AHRMMs 2018 Leadership Award
  • Hospital and IDN News
  • Adventist Health System announces plans to become AdventHealth
  • Allegheny Health Network to break ground on 160-bed hospital
  • Catholic Health Services to move 200 administrative, technology jobs in New York
  • Government News
    Seema Verma cites longitudinal patient records as the future of healthcare
    CMS Administrator Seema Verma hinted at one of her goals for the future of healthcare during the agency's Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference August 13, according to FedScoop. At the conference, CMS encouraged developers to create software built with Blue Button 2.0, an open application programming interface tool that allows third-party apps and services to connect to Medicare claims data. "We're at the beginning of what I call the digital health revolution, where we have all of this data that's in a digital format within the doctor's office and we have the ability to take that information and unleash it," Verma said. Verma said she envisions a "a future for healthcare, and a future for all of us, where our healthcare record begins from the time of birth and collects all of our data throughout our lifetime." These longitudinal patient records would not only include information from today's EMRs, but also information from wearables, claims and genetic tests.
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    GPO News
    HealthTrust recognizes US Med-Equip with 2018 Supplier Excellence Award
    US Med-Equip (Houston, TX) was awarded the 2018 Supplier Excellence Award from HealthTrust.US Med-Equip, a company that serves hospitals with 24/7 rental, sales, and asset management of movable medical equipment, was chosen from among hundreds of HealthTrust vendors in the Medical /Surgical category to receive this top honor. Award recipients were chosen based on a variety of factors including product quality, on-time delivery, billing accuracy, customer service and overall price/value.
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    Provider Services News
    Deborah Sprindzunas awarded AHRMMs 2018 Leadership Award
    The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) named Deborah Sprindzunas the recipient of the 2018 George R. Gossett Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is the highest honor bestowed by AHRMM and is given to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of leadership and professionalism in the field, made significant contributions to AHRMM and advanced the healthcare supply chain. Sprindzunas has been the executive director of AHRMM for 20 years. In her role, Sprindzunas handles strategic planning, budget and finances, board and executive committee relations, staffing, the direction of the Association, collaborative relationships, AHA and PMG relations, media relations, sponsorship development, elections, board task forces, and other projects as needed.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Adventist Health System announces plans to become AdventHealth
    Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, FL) today announced it will rebrand as AdventHealth at the beginning of 2019. According to the system, the name change signals its move to being a single consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care for every stage of life and health. All of Adventist Health System’s wholly owned hospitals and hundreds of care sites across its footprint will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo beginning January 2, 2019. The naming structure will allow consumers to more easily distinguish AdventHealth’s care locations and services. Changes to signage and visual elements at hospitals and other facilities are expected to take place in January when the AdventHealth name is fully adopted systemwide. Joint venture locations will not change as part of this rebrand. The organization is not changing in ownership or business structure.
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    Allegheny Health Network to break ground on 160-bed hospital
    Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, PA) will start construction August 15 on its 160-bed hospital in Pine Township, Pennsylvania, part of its $1 billion systemwide expansion. The hospital will offer a wide range of services and be built next to the health network's Wexford Health and Wellness Pavilion. Plans also call for construction of a 180-space parking garage and a 165-space surface lot.
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    Catholic Health Services to move 200 administrative, technology jobs in New York
    Catholic Health Services of Long Island (Rockville Centre, NY) plans to move nearly 200 jobs to Melville, NY, in a cost-cutting move that will also provide patients more space. The 191 employees affected by the move work in technology and administrative roles. They are in hospitals on Long Island: Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital. Under the health system's plan, employees will move to a "centralized corporate location" in Melville.
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