Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Top 10 digital health companies that raised funds in 2021

    Amid record-breaking fundraising by digital health startups in 2021, 10 companies stood out, according to a CB Insights report published Jan. 20.
  2. Texas healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by March 21, per CMS mandate

    Medicare and Medicaid providers in Texas covered by the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination mandate must ensure staff have received at least one dose by Feb. 22 and are fully vaccinated by March 21, CMS said in updated guidance issued Jan. 20.
  3. 12 drugmakers restricting 340B discounts

    Since July 2020, 12 drugmakers have said they will restrict or stop providing 340B discounts to safety net hospitals for drugs dispensed at community-based pharmacies. 
  1. 19 top-rated hospitals for patient experience: Colorado

    Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in Colorado using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS.
  2. Telehealth increased Black patients' follow-up visits, study shows

    The adoption of telehealth in the beginning of the pandemic led to an increase in Black patients' completion rates for follow-up visits after hospitalization, a study published Jan. 11 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found.
  3. Houston Methodist's Dr. Roberta Schwartz on innovating out of the staffing crisis

    Roberta Schwartz, PhD, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Houston Methodist, has been taking meetings with nursing executives, a group she said she hadn't spent very much time with before the staffing crisis.
  4. Inside Texas' maternity deserts: 5 things to know

    With only 40 percent of rural hospitals in Texas offering labor and delivery services, "maternity deserts" across the state are growing as staff shortages shutter rural labor and delivery units, according to a Jan. 20 report from The Texas Tribune.

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  1. Patients can now access prescription savings through their TV

    LG televisions now offer a prescription savings card in their telehealth hubs.
  2. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine's founding dean dies

    Bonita Stanton, MD, founding dean of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and president of Academic Enterprise at Hackensack Meridian Health, died Jan. 19.
  3. HHS provides $103M for programs to reduce healthcare workforce burnout

    HHS will disburse $103 million through the Health Resources and Services Administration to address staffing needs, burnout and mental health among healthcare workers.
  4. Completion timeline for $969M US military hospital in Germany delayed 5 years

    A $969 million contract for most of the work on a U.S. Defense Department hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, has been signed, but completion plans are being pushed back to 2027 after originally being planned for 2022, Stars and Stripes reported Jan. 20.
  1. COVID-positive employees returning to work: 2 CEOs share their protocols

    Hospital CEOs are relying on employees more than ever as the COVID-19 omicron variant continues to spread across the U.S. and staffing shortages persist. During the pandemic, they have worked to establish return-to-work protocols for employees who test positive for COVID-19 while ensuring that their workforce needs are addressed and workers are safe. 
  2. 15% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 24% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Almost 15 percent — or 886 of 6,033 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 20.
  3. 122 organizations stand against California single-payer coverage proposal

    More than 120 organizations — including payers, businesses and advocacy groups — have signed on to a coalition that opposes proposals that would enact and fund a single-payer healthcare system in California. 
  4. Omicron cases may be slowing in some places, but deaths aren't: 3 things to know

    As the omicron COVID-19 surge appears to be peaking in some areas of the nation, U.S. COVID-19 deaths have started to climb, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times.
  5. 7 ways to immediately reduce nurse strain

    Hospitals and health systems are increasingly partnering with nursing schools or offering academic financial assistance to bolster the nursing pipeline. While an influx of nursing students will eventually help address workforce issues, there will be at least a two-year lag before these investments pay off, and with a growing nursing shortage, hospitals can't afford to wait.
  6. Tufts to close children's hospital, convert it to adult ICU

    Boston-based Tufts Children's Hospital will close its 41-bed hospital because of a smaller demand in child care and a larger demand in adult care, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 20.
  7. UNC Hospitals names new CFO

    Latonya Brown has been promoted to the role of CFO for UNC Hospitals, effective Jan. 24. 
  8. CDC approval delays are tying up N95 supplies, mask-makers say

    The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health faces a backlog of applications from manufacturers seeking regulatory approval for N95s and other air-filtering masks, Roll Call reported Jan. 19.
  9. Kaiser to offer repeat COVID vaccinations to nearly 4,000 people who may have received low dose

    After discovering that about 3,900 people who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek (Calif.) Medical Center in late 2021 may have received a slightly less than recommended dose, Kaiser announced it will offer repeat vaccinations to those potentially affected, the health system said in a statement shared with Becker's.

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