Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Reducing sodium levels could save healthcare industry $40B: AHA

    The FDA released new voluntary sodium targets for commercially processed foods Oct. 13, a move the American Heart Association applauded and said could save the healthcare industry $40 billion.
  2. Double-digit growth dots UnitedHealth Q3 results: 10 things to know

    UnitedHealth Group released its third-quarter results Oct. 14, demonstrating double-digit growth throughout its portfolio.
  3. Rare variant detected for 1st time in Louisiana

    Researchers at LSU Health in Shreveport, La., detected B.1.630 — a rare COVID-19 variant — in two samples from Baton Rouge last week, the academic medical center announced Oct. 13. 

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  1. Jefferson Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko to retire: 7 things to know

    Stephen Klasko, MD, will retire as CEO of Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health and president of Thomas Jefferson University at the end of the year, a news release shared with Becker's on Oct. 14 said. 
  2. Downcoding, delayed payments a 'revenue grab' by insurers, physician says

    U.S. physicians routinely are seeing their higher-cost claims downcoded by insurers, a strategy a family physician in Cincinnati called a revenue grab, according to Medscape. 
  3. St. Luke's in Kansas City to give employees $2K bonuses, raise minimum wage again

    Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Luke's Health system is raising its minimum wage to $17.50 an hour and giving all its employees $2,000 "thank you" bonuses, NPR affiliate KCUR reported Oct. 13.
  4. Broward Health poised for significant growth in 2022, CEO says

    Shane Strum became president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health in March, and he brought with him a state-level perspective.
  1. Mayo, Kaiser rally 11 systems to launch hospital-at-home coalition

    Two of the nation's biggest healthcare providers are leading a new innovation coalition focused on transforming healthcare delivery outside of the four walls of a hospital. 
  2. UVM Health appoints first chief diversity and inclusion officer

    Jackie Hunter has been named The University of Vermont Health Network's first chief diversity and inclusion officer.
  3. Wide pay disparities found for physicians by gender, race

    According to a survey published Oct. 7, female physicians and scientists at medical schools across the country are paid substantially less than men of all races. 
  4. California changes hospital debt collection, charity care eligibility

    A California bill signed into law this month imposes new limitations on hospital debt collection practices and changes charity care eligibility.
  1. Overdose deaths at new high, CDC data show

    More than 96,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending in March, marking a new record high, ​​according to preliminary CDC data released Oct. 13.
  2. Bon Secours Mercy expands employee education program 

    Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health announced Oct. 13 a new employee education program that will offer to pay 100 percent tuition for select clinical pathway programs.
  3. Med-surg unit shut down at Clarksburg VA hospital after patient safety review

    The medical-surgical unit at Clarksburg, W.Va.-based Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center has been shut down following an assessment of patient safety records, officials said Oct. 13, according to ABC affiliate WBOY-TV.
  4. More than one-third of older Americans have received COVID-19 boosters

    More than one-third of Americans ages 65 and older have received a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, the White House said Oct. 13.
  5. 27M households were unable to visit a physician virtually in 2021, report shows

    Twenty-seven million U.S. broadband households reported being unable to visit a doctor in 2021, according to research released Oct. 13 by market research and consulting company Parks Associates.
  6. States ranked by anxiety, depression rates: Sept. 15-27

    Louisiana had the highest percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression in the second half of September, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation published Oct. 12. 
  7. Amazon, Pfizer & Merck launch AI-powered innovation lab

    Amazon Web Services, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and several other pharmacy and biotech leaders partnered to launch AION Labs, an innovative drug research project, AION Labs said Oct. 13.
  8. Amita Health approved for $107M expansion

    Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village (Ill.) received state approval for a $107 million expansion, which will improve and add to the operating and recovery areas and create new inpatient rooms.
  9. Medicare cuts could lead to healthcare layoffs, AMGA says

    AMGA is calling on Congress to delay 10 percent cuts to Medicare, citing its recent survey that found health systems would have to make tough decisions like layoffs and hiring freezes.

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