Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Viewpoint: 'Waning' immunity isn't necessarily bad

    Despite concerns over the number of antibodies against COVID-19 dwindling after vaccination, there's no reason to worry about so-called "waning immunity", Katherine Wu, PhD, wrote Oct. 20 for The Atlantic. 
  2. Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler on retirement and rebuilding

    Penny Wheeler, MD, was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the same hospital she has overseen as CEO of Allina Health system since 2014. "I tell people that I've been here for 63 years," she told Becker's in October.
  3. CDC panel recommends Moderna, J&J boosters for millions: 5 things to know

    The CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices on Oct. 21 voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines for millions of Americans, The New York Times reported.

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  1. Study reveals pandemic-induced gender gap in journal submissions 

    A recent study has found that the first wave of the pandemic created a gender disparity in journal publishing, with fewer women authoring peer-reviewed papers. 
  2. Yale selects cancer center director

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health has selected Eric Winer, MD, as the next director of the Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at its Smilow Cancer Hospital, effective Feb. 1, 2022. 
  3. Job reviews mentioning burnout, mental health spike during pandemic

    While burnout is not new to healthcare or U.S. employees, an examination of online job reviews released by Glassdoor Oct. 21 shows a significant spike in burnout over the last 19 months.
  4. BCBS Association names pair of chief execs

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association announced two C-level executive moves Oct. 19. 
  1. Prospect Medical eyes sale of 4-hospital system in Pennsylvania

    Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit hospital operator based in Los Angeles, is planning to sell Springfield, Pa.-based Crozer Health, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Oct. 21.
  2. Vaccination rates fell in Idaho as hospitals enacted crisis care

    The number of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Idaho has decreased in the last month, even as surging patient volumes have forced many hospitals in the state to operate under crisis standards of care, The Idaho Statesman reported Oct. 21. 
  3. States ranked by vaccine hesitancy

    Wyoming is the currently most vaccine hesitant state, with 28.6 percent of residents over 18 reporting being hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  4. Delta variant subtype detected in the US

    A sublineage of the delta variant that has gained some traction in the U.K. has been detected in the U.S., the CDC said Oct. 21. 
  1. NIH rewards Penn State $25M for medical research, collaboration

    The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, gifted Penn State more than $25 million for clinical and translational research and more collaboration within the organization and the community.
  2. Northwell CFO Michele Cusack's key criteria for evaluating partnerships

    Michele Cusack serves as senior vice president and CFO of Northwell Health, a 23-hospital system with $13.4 billion in annual revenue.
  3. Lawmaker skeptical the VA's $16B Cerner EHR rollout will meet 2028 deadline

    One lawmaker has expressed concern that Cerner's EHR deployment with the Department of Veterans Affairs will be unable to meet its 10-year deadline in 2028, The Military Times reported Oct. 21. 
  4. 5 ways health systems can stop hackers from attacking vaccine 'cold chain'

    Hospitals and health systems can prevent hackers from attacking their equipment that keeps COVID-19 vaccines ultracold by implementing protective measures like limiting access to sensor displays, according to Kevin Fu, the FDA's medical device cybersecurity director. 
  5. Residents in Southern states use Facebook to track businesses' COVID-19 compliance

    Some residents in states that have more lax COVID-19 safety measures have been forming Yelp-like social media groups to review the infection control compliance of local businesses and schools, Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 21.
  6. Maine hospital to suspend emergency-level care at walk-in location to combat staffing shortage

    York Hospital will temporarily suspend emergency-level care at its walk-in facility in Wells, Maine, amid a staffing shortage, The Portsmouth Herald reported.
  7. Iowa privatizing Medicaid resulted in 891% more illegal care denials, report finds

    A report from Rob Sand, Iowa's auditor of state, found that privatizing the state's Medicaid program in 2016 resulted in an 891 percent increase in patients who were allegedly illegally denied care. 
  8. COVID-19 infection, death risks lower in areas with robust primary care, study finds

    Residents in areas with the most robust primary care, the strongest public health infrastructure, and the fewest social vulnerabilities were 12 percent less likely to get infected with COVID-19 and 42 percent less likely to die from the virus, according to a report released Oct. 18 by Primary Care Collaborative and the Robert Graham Center.
  9. Massachusetts General pursues record $3B in fundraising

    Massachusetts General Hospital is hoping to raise $1 billion in donations through the end of 2024 after already receiving $2 billion over the last four years, marking the largest campaign in the history of any academic medical center in the U.S., The Boston Globe reported Oct. 21.

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