Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 'The exhaustion is palpable': Hospital chiefs plead for support as staff resilience runs thin

    The ability of a hospital or health system to maintain appropriate staffing levels is one of the most pressing challenges executives now face amid a nationwide resurgence of COVID-19. As such, many are making pleas to their state for help.
  2. CIOs looking for people skills in new IT hires 

    The increase in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a new hiring trend among IT employees: prioritizing candidates with people and communication skills, according to the Wall Street Journal. 
  3. On-site vs. remote work for IT teams: 5 execs share their approaches

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of employees working from home across industries, hospitals and health systems have taken tailored approaches to which workers they still need to provide in-person support. 

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  1. Ascension's net income hits $1B in Q1

    St. Louis-based Ascension saw its net income reach $1.2 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended Sept. 30, according to recently released financial documents. 
  2. Washington hospital unwinds from Virginia Mason

    Virginia Mason Memorial, a 256-bed hospital in Yakima, Wash., is transitioning back to an independent hospital and reverting to its old name, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. 
  3. Holiday travel spikes despite CDC warning; Regeneron's antibody cocktail wins emergency approval — 7 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. surpassed 12 million total COVID-19 cases Nov. 21, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.  
  4. 1,000 Cleveland Clinic workers sidelined due to COVID-19

    Cleveland Clinic has about 1,000 employees away from work due to COVID-19, the health system told Becker's Nov. 23.
  1. UW Health's open letter to residents: 'We are, quite simply, out of time' 

    Thousands of employees from UW Health, the academic health system for the University of Wisconsin in Madison, issued an open letter to state residents Nov. 22 pleading for cooperation with COVID-19 safety measures. 
  2. CMS selects primary care payment model participants

    CMS chose 916 primary care practices and 37 regional health plan partners as participants in its new payment model called Primary Care First.
  3. Kaiser EHR error breached patient billing info: 4 details

    A coding error within Kaiser Permanente's EHR caused the health system to send bill-related mailings of some Georgia members to their dependents instead of the main policyholder, according to a statement from Kaiser Permanente.
  4. 7 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves have been reported in November.

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  1. Michigan hospital employees exposed to COVID-19 told to come to work if asymptomatic

    Several Michigan health systems have told employees that if they had close or household contact with someone who has COVID-19, they are still expected to report to work until they get their test results, according to the Detroit Free Press. 
  2. UW Medicine halts some surgeries 

    UW Medicine in Seattle is suspending nonemergency surgeries that require hospitalization, effective Nov. 23 through Feb. 1, according to The Seattle Times. 
  3. 169 Henry Ford Health System staffers test positive for COVID-19

    The number of Henry Ford Health System employees who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community remains high, putting additional stress on staffing at the Detroit-based health system, Adnan Munkarah, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, said during a media briefing Nov. 20. 
  4. Connecticut company gets gets $590M US loan for disposable vaccine injector

    The federal government has awarded a $590 million loan to ApiJect Systems America for a novel injection device the company said could be used instead of traditional glass vials and syringes for vaccinations. 
  5. CMS finalizes Stark Law overhaul: 6 things to know

    CMS issued a final rule Nov. 20 that modifies the Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referrals.  
  6. White House releases 2 new drug-pricing rules

    President Donald Trump announced two new drug-pricing rules Nov. 20, one that would link Medicare Part B drug prices to those paid in other countries and one to eliminate rebates drugmakers pay to pharmacy benefit managers, The Hill reported. 
  7. Cost the biggest barrier to widespread coronavirus testing, survey finds

    Companies most often cited the cost of COVID-19 testing as the primary reason they weren't testing their workers, rather than test availability or turnaround times, The New York Times reported. 
  8. 10 recent health IT exec moves

    Here are some of the recent leadership changes affecting health IT:
  9. Georgia cancer center gets $576K to advance skin cancer care

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University $576,035 Nov. 19 to expand access to skin cancer care, particularly for melanoma, in the state. 

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