Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Intermountain CIO to depart for provider-led digital health company 

    Ryan Smith will leave his role as CIO of Intermountain Healthcare early next year to serve as COO of Graphite Health, a digital health platform launched by the Salt Lake City-based health system and other providers, according to a Dec. 1 news release. 
  2. California confirms nation's 1st omicron case

    California officials have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 was caused by the coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 — also known as omicron — the first known case detected in the U.S., according to a Dec. 1 news release from the CDC.
  3. Oregon psychiatric hospital proposes plan to hire hundreds of employees

    Amid existing staffing challenges, Oregon's largest public psychiatric facility is proposing a plan to hire hundreds of workers to address staff burnout and safety concerns, the Salem Reporter reported Nov. 29.

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  1. Pfizer asks FDA to authorize boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds

    Pfizer requested the FDA authorize a booster dose of its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, developed with BioNTech, for 16- and 17-year-olds Nov. 30, The New York Times reports. 
  2. California HCA hospital to retain Medicare contract after correcting 'serious' issues

    CMS won't terminate the Medicare contract of San Jose, Calif.-based Good Samaritan Hospital, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, according to NBC Bay Area.
  3. Supply chain issues to persist till next summer, Siemens chairman says

    Supply chain issues will likely persist through next summer, Jim Snabe, chairman of Munich, Germany-based Siemens and Copenhagen, Denmark-based Maersk, told CNBC Dec. 1. 
  4. US regulators extend exemptions for truckers hauling COVID-19-related freight

    Hours of service exemptions for truckers carrying pandemic-related freight have been extended, a U.S. Transportation Department agency announced this week, citing the need to ensure capacity to respond to a potential rise in COVID-19 cases.
  1. Dr. Bechara Choucair returns to Kaiser after year on White House COVID-19 response team

    Bechara Choucair, MD, will resume his role as senior vice president and chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente, the company said Nov. 30.
  2. Boosting quality, safety scores hiked staff morale, too, Newark's University Hospital CEO says

    When former New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal, MD, became president and CEO of Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital in 2019, improving quality and safety became part of his central goals. 
  3. Antibody drug may be less effective against omicron, Regeneron says

    Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody treatment may be less effective against the omicron coronavirus variant, the drugmaker said Nov. 30. 
  4. Michigan health system unveils new name

    MidMichigan Health has been renamed MyMichigan Health, the Midland-based health system announced Dec. 1. 
  1. 5 strategies to keep temporary nurses engaged 

    Amid an existing nursing workforce shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals and health systems have turned to travel nurse agencies to supplement the loss of full-time RNs. 
  2. FDA advisers recommend Merck's COVID-19 pill for authorization

    A panel of advisers voted Nov. 30 to recommend the FDA authorize molnupiravir, the COVID-19 antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.
  3. Immunocompromised people 3X more likely to get breakthrough COVID-19, study finds

    Fully vaccinated people with weaker immune systems contract COVID-19 three times more often and have more severe illness than those with strong immune systems, a study published Nov. 30 in the Journal of Medical Economics found. 
  4. Vaccination-related employee departures at 45 hospitals, health systems

    Amid health system and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements, workers have been fired for noncompliance, and some have resigned or quit. 
  5. UAMS Digital Health & Innovation institute to open 5 telehealth training centers

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Institute for Digital Health & Innovation is expanding its virtual health push by launching five telehealth training centers across Arkansas and Tennessee, it announced Nov. 30. 
  6. MUSC Health inks digital front door collab to ease patient scheduling, intake

    Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina on Dec. 1 began a partnership with healthcare automation company Notable to improve the digital patient experience.
  7. HHS settles 5 provider HIPAA violations 

    Five healthcare providers have agreed to pay monetary settlements and start corrective action plans for potential violations of HHS' HIPAA Right of Access Rule, according to a Nov. 30 news release. 
  8. 3 states see record COVID-19 hospitalizations

    COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high in three states this week as cases rise nationwide.
  9. This state just passed Michigan as having most COVID-19 cases per capita

    New Hampshire 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.

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