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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - Hal Wolf HIMSS

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of the Chartis Group and Kaiser Permanente, as its new president and CEO.

Two hundred physicians, nurses and other workers in Tacoma, Washington, are spending their days treating hospital patients they never meet in person in what CHI Franciscan Health is calling a “virtual hospital.”

Many problems in healthcare, from rising costs to inefficient use of available data to administrative burden on physicians, have a common solution, according to Siri cofounder and Health2047 advisor Norman Winarsky, PhD: artificial intelligence, or AI.

 - Women Rads

The total number of licensed physicians has increased by 12 percent since 2010, with women and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) making up a greater share of the physician population, according to a report released by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

Ohio passed a law requiring “good faith” estimates from providers to patients on the cost of elective procedures two years ago, but opposition from the state’s hospital and physician groups has keep the law from being implemented.

 - Walla Walla General Hospital

Walla Walla General Hospital in Washington has been closed by owner Adventist Health, citing financial challenges and a failed plan to transfer ownership Providence Health & Services.

 - John McCain ACA repeal vote

Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with 50 senators voting in favor of what’s called a motion to proceed, or MTP, opening the door to the chamber offering numerous amendments to craft some sort of repeal bill. The first option put forward—the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)—failed to pass as expected.

Managed care and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange insurer Molina Healthcare is planning to lay off about 10 percent of its employees in the firm’s corporate and health plan divisions by the end of the September, amounting to a layoff of 1,400 people.

 - ACO

If the 5 percent bonus payment in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APMs) track was available in 2015, accountable care organizations (ACOs) would’ve earned additional net payments of $886 million if they had assumed downside risk under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule would provide a boost in reimbursement to telehealth services, paying for several new services and codes as suggested by telehealth practitioners to CMS.