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November 21, 2017

Government News
  • Congress faces growing healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico
  • GPO News
  • Premier Inc. CJR participants outperform peers in achieving savings by 35%
  • Manufacturer News
  • AliMed Inc receives Innovative Technology designation from Vizient for InvisiCoat Positioners
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' Ray Jakubowicz discusses the future of optics innovation
  • Sekisui Diagnostics wins Canada Top Employer 2018 award
  • Alpha Source completes acquisition of BC Technical Inc
  • Hospital and IDN News
  • Patient-centered medical home model improves chronic disease management
  • Tenet promotes Mark Lisa to Central Coast market CEO
  • Stock Watch
  • Health Stocks
  • Government News
    Congress faces growing healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding crisis is deepening, according to The Hill. Hurricane Maria caused serious damage to Puerto Rico’s healthcare system, and none of the federal disaster relief money to date has been earmarked for the Medicaid program. A $44 billion supplemental payment request from the White House said the administration was “aware” that Puerto Rico needed Medicaid assistance, but it put the onus on Congress to act. Efforts to provide the money through legislation have failed so far. Advocates and lawmakers are now eying the upcoming year-end spending bill as a solution, given that the bill may become a “Christmas tree” loaded up with policy provisions… Click here to read the full story.
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    GPO News
    Premier Inc. CJR participants outperform peers in achieving savings by 35%
    "Hospital participants in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) model that are members of the Premier Inc. Bundled Payment Collaborative are substantially outperforming their peers, according to a Premier analysis of CMS’s preliminary CJR performance year-1 data. Approximately 63% of CJR participants in the Premier Bundled Payment Collaborative received positive savings payments from Medicare, outperforming their peers by 35% when compared to the 47% of CJR program participants that achieved positive savings payments nationally.
    "Though they make up six percent of all CJR program participants, Premier Collaborative CJR members also generated 11% of the total $37.5 million in Medicare savings distributed to..."
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    Manufacturer News
    AliMed Inc receives Innovative Technology designation from Vizient for InvisiCoat Positioners
    AliMed Inc (Dedham, MA) announced that its InvisiCoat Positioners received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient Inc (Irving, TX). InvisiCoat Positioners are radiolucent patient positioning solutions used in Medical Imaging procedures to promote positive outcomes by providing cleaner, clearer images. InvisiCoat’s curved edges are designed to reduce artifacts and witness lines unlike traditional positioners that may obscure or simulate etiology, causing a possible misdiagnosis or inconclusive image. To further enhance clinical outcomes, InvisiCoat Positioners feature a seamless, antimicrobial, fluid-proof coating that is durable and easy to clean for complete infection control.
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    Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' Ray Jakubowicz discusses the future of optics innovation
    "Ray Jakubowicz, Innovation Fellow at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, shared his perspective on the future of optics, photonics and imaging research, in a recent video by New York State’s Empire State Development project. Ray spoke from Ortho’s Global Center of Excellence for R&D in Rochester, NY." Click here to learn more and watch the video.
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    Sekisui Diagnostics wins Canada Top Employer 2018 award
    Sekisui Diagnostics PEI was selected as one of “Atlantic Canada's Top Employers,” recognizing Sekisui among the four Atlantic Provinces. In addition to the Top Employers Award, the company was also recognized as a “Top Employer for Recent Grads.” As a manufacturing company, the award is truly a special Top Employer accomplishment - as winners are usually in the banking, service, insurance, retail and educational fields, according to the company. The editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers use a number of selection criteria to evaluate “progressive and forward-thinking employment programs” including: the workplace, work atmosphere, health, financial & family benefits, vacation time, employee development and more.
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    Alpha Source completes acquisition of BC Technical Inc
    Alpha Source Inc (Milwaukee, WI) completed the acquisition of BC Technical Inc. The acquisition doubles the size of Alpha Source and creates one of the largest independent full service, imaging services and equipment repair solutions companies in the U.S., according to the company. The BC Technical deal will broaden imaging service offerings across the portfolio of companies, expanding the Alpha Source ultrasound and bone densitometry equipment service to now include maintenance, repair and refurbished equipment for CT, MRI and molecular imaging modalities. Alpha Source headquarters will remain in Milwaukee, with additional BC Technical and Medical Optics locations in Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Patient-centered medical home model improves chronic disease management
    “Data from more than 800 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics revealed that national implementation of a patient-centered medical home model was effective at improving several chronic disease outcomes over time. Findings were published online in Health Services Research…
    “The VHA launched its Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) initiative in 2010, the largest program in the country to implement patient-centered medical home care…
    “The 77 clinics that most fully executed the PACT model by 2012 had significantly larger improvements in five of seven chronic disease outcome measures and two of eight clinical process measures compared to the 69 clinics with the fewest PACT elements implemented. Researchers found that clinics with the most advanced PACT implementation saw 1 to 5 percent more of their patients meeting established levels for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol control…”
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    Tenet promotes Mark Lisa to Central Coast market CEO
    Tenet Healthcare (Dallas, TX) named Mark Lisa as Central Coast market CEO. Lisa is currently CEO at Twin Cities Community Hospital (Templeton, CA). In his new role, he will also lead Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center (San Luis Obispo, CA). Lisa takes the position from Tim Menton, who has been interim CEO of Sierra Vista Regional since January.
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    Stock Watch
    Health Stocks

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