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March 19, 2019

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  • Henry Schein Financial Services celebrates 20 years helping healthcare practitioners achieve practice success
  • Manufacturer News

  • Abbott announces CE Mark for Alinity m diagnostics system and assays
  • Baxter and bioMérieux announce collaboration to improve identification, treatment of acute kidney injury
  • Government News

  • Missouri searches for path to contain Medicaid spending
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Munson Medical Center, union reach tentative labor deal
  • WhidbeyHealth CEO to retire
  • Healthcare IT News

  • Industry leaders launch Healthcare Transparency Initiative (HTI)
  • Distributor News
    Henry Schein Financial Services celebrates 20 years helping healthcare practitioners achieve practice success
    Henry Schein Financial Services (HSFS), a subsidiary of Henry Schein Inc (Melville, NY) today celebrates its 20th anniversary “delivering customized financial and business solutions that help oral health and medical practitioners improve operational efficiency.” To commemorate this occasion, Stanley Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO, Henry Schein Inc, opened the Nasdaq Stock Market. Established in 1999, HSFS initially offered financial solutions for new and growing practices in the US. Since then, the business has grown to serve customers in 16 countries, expanding its portfolio to offer customized solutions for equipment leasing and financing, practice credit card services, patient financing, and many other value-added services, as well as dental associate recruitment and placement through Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities, and practice brokerage, valuations, and transition consulting through Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions.
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    Manufacturer News
    Abbott announces CE Mark for Alinity m diagnostics system and assays
    Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) received announced CE Mark for its Alinity m diagnostics system and assays. Alinity m provides unprecedented flexibility for lab staff and faster testing results for clinicians and patients. Alinity m may also reduce the lab equipment footprint from four to six instruments down to one – decreasing the space requirements and hours spent learning and maintaining different instruments, the company said. Alinity m offers initial assays including virologic testing for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV); sexual health-related testing for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma genitalium or CT/NG/TV/MG panel; and high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. Local product availability may vary depending on geographic location. In the U.S., Alinity m is in development and is not commercially available for diagnostic use.
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    Baxter and bioMérieux announce collaboration to improve identification, treatment of acute kidney injury
    Baxter International Inc (Deerfield, IL) and bioMérieux (France) announced an agreement to develop future biomarkers with the goal to rapidly identify and inform treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI). “We’re committed to improving outcomes for critically ill patients across the continuum of care, which includes identifying opportunities to diagnose AKI earlier so a patient can receive the best therapy,” said Reaz Rasul, general manager of Baxter’s Acute Therapies business. “By working with the team at bioMérieux, we’ll be able to combine their expertise in diagnostics with our experience in bringing the latest medical advancements to the ICU.” Additional details about the agreement were not disclosed.
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    Government News
    Missouri searches for path to contain Medicaid spending
    “Missouri's share of funding for the state's Medicaid program has been on an upward trajectory.
    ”When Gov. Mike Parson selected former House Speaker Todd Richardson to direct MO HealthNet, the state Medicaid program, late last year, the governor tasked Richardson with containing the rising costs of Medicaid, improving the program's sustainability, and examining rural health care and hospital closures.
    ”In 2009, Missouri Medicaid spending was equal to 17 percent of the state's general revenue. By 2018, it was 24 percent…” (continue reading)
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Munson Medical Center, union reach tentative labor deal
    Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, MI) and nurses represented by the Michigan Nurses Association have reached a tentative three-year agreement. The agreement includes staffing protections, mandatory overtime limits and raises to recruit and retain nurses. Nurses must still ratify the agreement. Munson Medical Center said in a statement that it was also pleased an agreement was reached and hopes nurses accept the deal. A vote to ratify the agreement will be scheduled soon.
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    WhidbeyHealth CEO to retire
    WhidbeyHealth (Coupeville, WA) CEO Geri Forbes is retiring July 1. Forbes led the health system for four years, beginning in February 2015. Her successor has not yet been named.
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    Healthcare IT News
    Industry leaders launch Healthcare Transparency Initiative (HTI)
    Several leading healthcare companies and providers – including BD Healthcare Solutions, Trinity Health, and University of Vermont Health Network, as well as Resilinc announced the launch of the Healthcare Transparency Initiative (HTI). HTI is a unique cross-industry collaboration focused exclusively on leveraging data with artificial intelligence (AI) and data science to improve supply chain transparency, lower risks and reduce disruptions in healthcare supply chains in order to improve patient outcomes. HTI will immediately drive lower costs by creating a shared ecosystem and improving visibility and transparency across the healthcare value chain, leveraging AI and data science. The initiative is powered by Resilinc’s trusted platform and healthcare supply chain data, which offers unique transparency and insights for the industry today. (Click here to learn more)
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