Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 12 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Here are 12 hospitals or health systems that have announced, advanced or completed construction projects in the last two weeks:
  2. Employee resignations, declined job offers linked to vaccination mandate, UNC Health says

    About 60 employees have resigned from their jobs at UNC Health, citing the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based system's vaccination requirement, system spokesperson Alan Wolf confirmed to Becker's.
  3. A breakdown of 4 transactions involving Steward Health Care

    It has been a busy two months of acquisitions and sales for Dallas-based Steward Health Care. 

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  1. 10 recent donations to healthcare organizations

    Several healthcare organizations recently received donations to fund research, new facilities and patient care advancements.
  2. Ex-Google Health, Uber execs join AI nursing platform: 3 details

    Digital nurse staffing platform IntelyCare welcomed Aashima Gupta, a former healthcare executive at Google Cloud, and Janelle Sallenave, a former Uber executive, to its board of directors, the company said Sept. 21. 
  3. Wisconsin hospital closes urgent care to boost ED staffing

    Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center is temporarily closing its urgent care so urgent care staff can assist in the emergency department, it said Sept. 20 in a Facebook post. 
  4. 5 numbers quantifying this COVID-19 surge's cost

    Though the effects may not be as devastating as they were in March 2020, the pandemic is still hurting hospitals' bottom lines. Below are five numbers that illustrate the financial woes healthcare providers are still experiencing due to the pandemic:
  1. Founders, angel investors are digital health startups' top funders

    Digital health startups garner most of their funds from their founders, angel investors, friends and families, according to a Deloitte report.
  2. Biden's plan to address heat-related illness — 6 details

    President Joe Biden launched a federal effort Sept. 21 to address health risks associated with extreme heat, including the development of a rule on heat illness prevention to protect workers in outdoor and indoor work settings.  
  3. Express Scripts offers COVID-19 vaccination record lookup

    Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts is launching a new feature for its 70 million users to record, review and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in-app. 
  4. CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan to end career at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health after 22 years

    Gary Kaplan, MD, is leaving his post as CEO of Seattle-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, a position he has held for 22 years.
  1. UW's Harborview Medical Center taps new CEO

    Sommer Kleweno Walley was named the permanent CEO of Seattle-based Harborview Medical Center, effective immediately. She has served as interim CEO since December 2020. She succeeds Paul Hayes, who retired after six years in the role.
  2. Healthcare workers sue Louisiana hospitals to halt vaccination mandates

    Employees of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional and Ochsner Lafayette General medical centers are suing to halt COVID-19 vaccination requirements, according to The Acadiana Advocate.
  3. Top health areas for startup funding — Cardiology is No. 1

    Health IT startups have secured more than $1 billion in recent funding rounds, with cardiology as the top-funded medical area, according to a Deloitte report.
  4. Patients' medical records awaiting scanning left in basement for 10 months at Atlanta VA hospital

    Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is beginning to sort through thousands of pieces of mail after they were left in a basement for more than 10 months, according to a Sept. 20 report by CBS affiliate WBS 2.
  5. ONC unveils 13 new elements for national interoperability framework

    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT unveiled 13 new elements for its Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which works toward achieving a single pathway to interoperability across health information networks. 
  6. Members, therapists criticize Kaiser Permanente's mental health coverage: 6 things to know

    Kaiser Permanente is facing backlash for how its insurance plans cover mental healthcare, receiving complaints from members, therapists and the American Psychological Association, according to NBC 7 San Diego. 
  7. Walmart, Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds launch innovation group to tackle health disparities in Black Americans 

    Telehealth providers Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds are teaming up with a group of large employers including Walmart, Target and Accenture, to create a digital health program that aims to reduce health disparities in Black Americans, the companies said Sept. 21. 
  8. The world's biggest brands advertise on COVID-19 misinformation sites, report finds

    Prominent brands have been advertising on websites dedicated to COVID-19 misinformation throughout the pandemic — often unknowingly because of the opaque design of the digital advertising market, according to a report released Sept. 18 by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
  9. Cigna, Hackensack Meridian Health re-up New Jersey network agreement

    Cigna renewed its contract with Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, maintaining that the system's 17 hospitals and 500 facilities remain in-network for members.

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