Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Half of COVID-19 cases are now BQ.1 + BQ.1.1 infections: 10 CDC findings

    Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 — dubbed "escape variants" for their immune evasiveness — now account for 49.7 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Nov. 18. 
  2. 8 recent chief medical, nursing officer moves

    Eight chief medical and nursing officer moves Becker's has covered since Nov. 7: 
  3. Sanford Health revenue up 11%

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health reported $5.2 billion in 2021 revenue and total expenses of $4.8 billion, keloland.com reported Nov. 17.

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  1. Wyoming approves $10M for new hospital

    Wyoming's State Loan and Investment Board approved a $10 million grant to build a new hospital in Riverton, Cowboy State Daily reported Nov. 17.
  2. Amedisys CEO out after less than 1 year

    Chris Gerard, CEO of Baton Rouge, La.-based home health provider Amedisys, left the company Nov. 17 after about seven months in the role. 
  3. Prime Healthcare taps new California hospital CEO

    Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare has chosen Clay Farell for CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif.
  4. UF Shands names chief human resources officer

    The University of Florida Health Shands in Gainesville has named Ed Daech chief human resources officer, effective Jan. 2. 

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  1. Baptist Health hospital promotes chief nursing officer to president

    April Bennett, MSN, RN, has been named president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway (Ark.) after serving as chief nursing officer since 2020. 
  2. Orlando Health names hospital COO

    Orlando (Fla.) Health has named Joseph Khayat chief operating officer of its Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla. 
  3. Stamford Health names Liz Longmore COO

    Liz Longmore, MSN, was named the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Stamford (Conn.) Health, which became effective in October. 
  4. How COVID-19 therapeutics stack up against BQ.1

    When the FDA advised vaccine-makers in late June to engineer their boosters to target subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, at the time the "sister variants" accounted for a slight majority of infections. Four months later, new mutations BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 have surpassed the subvariants the omicron boosters targeted. 

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  1. Nearly 9,000 flu patients hospitalized last week: 8 FluView notes

    Flu activity metrics are quickly ramping up in the US, with 8,707 lab-confirmed flu patients admitted to hospitals for the week ending Nov. 12, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  2. Catfishing CMS: 10 charged in $11.1M fraud

    A group of 10 people are being charged with crimes related to wire fraud and money laundering schemes that drained $11.1 million from Medicare, state Medicaid programs, private health insurers and other victims, the Justice Department said Nov. 18.
  3. Lifespan taps Mass General Brigham exec as CEO

    John Fernandez was selected as the next president and CEO of Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan.
  4. FDA greenlights 1st drug to delay onset of Type 1 diabetes

    In a win for Red Bank, N.J.-based ProventionBio, the FDA approved its drug Tzield Nov. 17, marking the first approved therapy to delay the onset of Type 1 diabetes. 
  5. Melting batteries, 3 fires prompt recall of 248K insulin devices

    Insulet recalled 248,288 insulin deployment devices after receiving three reports of fires and more than 400 complaints about the product's batteries swelling, leaking and overheating. 
  6. Pennsylvania hospital association CEO to retire

    Andy Carter, president and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, is retiring.
  7. UnityPoint rolls out 2 new telehealth programs

    Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health has rolled out two new telehealth programs for patients seeking treatments for common ailments.
  8. Watchdog says HHS faces 'significant' challenges in trying to protect health data

    A new report from the departmental Office of Inspector General said the HHS is facing "significant challenges" in protecting data and technology from cyberthreats and must improve how its entities share public health data, BankInfoSecurity reported Nov. 17. 
  9. Mount Sinai unveils nursing school upgrades

    New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System unveiled its upgraded and renamed Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing, previously known as Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

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