Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Lung virus patients fill pediatric hospital beds in Oklahoma, Louisiana

    Hospital pediatric wards in Oklahoma and Louisiana are facing an unseasonal surge in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, that's putting a strain on capacity, according to Bloomberg.
  2. The strategy behind Providence Ventures and where it's headed

    Aaron Martin, executive vice president and chief digital officer of Renton, Wash.-based Providence and managing general partner of Providence Ventures, joined the Becker's Healthcare Podcast to talk about how the health system thinks about innovation and the strategy for its venture fund.
  3. The competitive landscape for a rural hospital CIO

    Stephanie Lahr, MD, CIO and chief medical information officer of Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D., appeared on the Becker's Healthcare Podcast to talk about technology challenges and opportunities for rural healthcare institutions.

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  1. Healthcare out-of-pocket spending rises to $491B

    A report from medical research company Kalorama Information shows total out-of-pocket healthcare spending by consumers has reached an estimated $491.6 billion in 2021, a 10 percent increase from 2020 with an anticipated increase of 9.9 percent through 2026, a July 29 press release said.
  2. 4.5 million affected by data breaches in July: 10 hospitals hit

    In July, 4,584,411 patients and employees across 39 healthcare organizations were hit by data breaches.
  3. Hospitals deployed AI in mass to help with COVID-19; Research suggests they don't work

    When COVID-19 started making waves in March 2020, researchers around the world raced to develop algorithms that could help physicians make decisions, triage patients and predict surges, according to a July 30 Technology Review report.
  4. Lee Health makes telehealth visits free amid COVID-19 surge 

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health slashed the regular $49 visit price for its telehealth visit until "further notice" as the current wave of COVID-19 continues to spread across Southwest Florida, the health system said July 30. 

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  1. Rising COVID-19 vaccinations, cases: 9 weekly stats to know

    Both COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates are rising, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published July 30.
  2. Vaccination rates pick up amid delta variant spread

    The pace of vaccinations in the U.S. is rising as the delta variant continues to spread and the overwhelming majority of virus-related deaths are occuring in the unvaccinated, CNBC reported July 30. 
  3. 19 largest gifts from individuals to hospitals, healthcare organizations in 2021

    Nearly 40 hospitals and healthcare research organizations received gifts, pledges and bequests from individuals so far in 2021. 
  4. Virginia health system CEO steps down for new role

    Chad Melton has resigned as CEO of Warrenton, Va.-based Fauquier Health, after four years at the helm, according to a July 30 news release.
  1. 10 top cardiology stories in July

    A round-up of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery for 2021-22 was Becker's most-read cardiology story in July. 
  2. 3 areas providers are investing the most for patient experience 

    Healthcare providers are ramping up digital transformation projects and turning to new technology to stay connected to patients and improve care experiences. 
  3. Braden Health plans to buy, reopen more rural hospitals in Tennessee

    Braden Health, which operates a network of hospitals across the U.S., plans to buy more struggling or closed rural hospitals in Tennessee, according to News Channel 5.
  4. Medicare pays 15% higher for COVID-19 cases than other respiratory conditions, study finds

    Medicare pay was higher for COVID-19-related respiratory infections with major complications than non-COVID-19 cases at some major U.S. hospitals, according to a new study from Hospital Pricing Specialists. 
  5. California's highest court to hear Aetna competition case

    The California Supreme Court will review a lawsuit filed by physicians that accuses Aetna of violating the Unfair Competition Law.
  6. CDC: 74% of people infected in Massachusetts outbreak vaccinated

    Among 469 COVID-19 infections tied to a number of summer events and large public gatherings in Barnstable County, Mass., about three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people, according to the CDC's latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published July 30. 
  7. Hospitals face 2 surges: Critically ill COVID-19 and sicker non-COVID patients

    Some hospitals are facing two patient surges — patients who avoided or couldn't get medical care amid the pandemic, alongside a rising number of COVID-19 patients.
  8. DOJ joins false claims lawsuits against Kaiser

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 30 that it intervened in six False Claims Act complaints alleging Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and other affiliates of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente submitted inaccurate diagnosis codes for its Medicare Advantage members to receive higher reimbursements. 
  9. HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast division taps Amy Johnson to lead physician alignment

    Amy Johnson was appointed by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast division as vice president of physician alignment.

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