Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 2 signs a severe flu season might be ahead

    Health officials say two factors might signal a severe flu season is in store for the U.S.: outbreaks at college campuses and a dominant strain associated with particularly bad flu seasons, NBC News reported Nov. 19. 
  2. Athenahealth close to finalizing sale: 5 things to know 

    Watertown, Mass.-based EHR company Athenahealth is reportedly in the final stage of its sales process with a handful of private equity firms, Seeking Alpha reported Nov. 18. 
  3. Study finds 35% surge in calls to mental health crisis lines during pandemic

    Mental health crisis lines experienced a 35 percent surge in calls relating to fears and loneliness early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, a study analyzing over 8 million calls published Nov. 7 in Nature found.

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  1. Attorney general concerned over Mass General Brigham's $400M expansion proposal

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced concerns over Boston-based Mass General Brigham's $400 million expansion plans for three ambulatory care centers, which she said will raise healthcare costs and generate about $385 million in profits a year for the hospital, according to a report she released Nov. 17.
  2. House passes $1.7 trillion spending package: 6 healthcare takeaways

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.7 trillion spending package Nov. 19 aimed at expanding social services and programs ranging from healthcare to education. 
  3. 5 recent EHR contracts, go-lives

    Here are five organizations that announced plans to implement an EHR or deployed a new EHR in the past four weeks.
  4. California hospital CEO takes voluntary pay cut

    Matthew Matthiessen, CEO of John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa, Calif., took a salary reduction this year after requesting that the board of directors continue a pay cut that he had started to take shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the hospital announced in a news release.
  1. Tenet's vice president of investor relations to retire

    Regina Nethery will retire as vice president of investor relations at Tenet Healthcare at the end of the year.
  2. This state has higher daily COVID-19 cases per capita than every US region

    Michigan is currently seeing the highest average rate of daily COVID-19 cases per capita in the nation, with higher rates than all other states as well as every major U.S. region, according to state and local health agency data cited by The New York Times.
  3. FDA authorizes Pfizer, Moderna boosters for all adults

    The FDA expanded its emergency use authorization of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults Nov. 19, paving the way for people to receive a booster shot at least six months after completing their primary series. 
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 2021 high in Wisconsin

    The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wisconsin is at the highest level of 2021.
  1. 10 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Here are 10 hospitals or health systems that have announced, advanced or completed construction projects in the last two weeks:
  2. Hospital M&A update: 10 recent deals

    Ten transactions involving hospitals and health systems have been announced, finalized or advanced since Nov. 1.
  3. 'Truth is losing' fight to stop misinformation in science, outgoing NIH director says

    Francis Collins, MD, PhD, outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health delivered strong words on misinformation in science in an interview with The Washington Post Nov 19.
  4. Mayo Clinic operating income more than doubles

    Mayo Clinic's financial and operating performance was strong in the first nine months of this year, with revenue gains offsetting higher expenses, according to financial documents released Nov. 18. 
  5. California hospital to lay off 328 employees

    Community Hospital Long Beach (Calif.) plans to lay off employees early next year, according to a notice recently filed with state regulators. 
  6. County leaders launch effort to save Pennsylvania hospital

    A group of Chester County officials are working to keep a Pennsylvania hospital slated to close Jan. 1 from shutting down, according to Daily Local News.
  7. Senators introduce bill for $50M in student loan repayment to healthcare workers

    Several senators introduced a bill called the Bolstering Infectious Outbreak Preparedness Workforce Act, which would allow $50 million to be used for a student loan repayment program for infectious disease and bio-preparedness healthcare workers.
  8. Analysis revives questions about first known COVID-19 case

    The first known person to contract COVID-19 was likely a vendor at an animal market in Wuhan, China — not an accountant who lived about 18 miles from the market, as a World Health Organization team previously suggested — a leading expert in virus evolution wrote in a Nov. 18 article for Science. 
  9. ED service to remain closed at Catholic Health Orchard Park center amid staffing shortages

    Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) will keep the emergency department at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center in Orchard Park, N.Y., closed for the next several weeks, the health system announced Nov. 18.

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