Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hospitals ask Congress to add $25B to relief fund

    The American Hospital Association is urging Congress to include several priorities in legislation to fund the government beyond Feb. 18, including adding billions of dollars to the Provider Relief Fund. 
  2. Dr. Rod Hochman: 10 healthcare trends to watch in the year ahead

    As the world enters year three of the pandemic, Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Providence, today released his annual list of health care predictions.
  3. IBM strikes deal to sell Watson Health

    IBM has reached a deal with investment firm Francisco Partners to sell its data and assets from Watson Health. 
  1. Private equity pushes into healthcare: 6 recent deals

    Private equity firms recently invested in several healthcare companies, including those providing payment software and medical equipment maintenance. 
  2. Americans out sick because of COVID-19 reaches nearly 9 million

    Amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant, significant numbers of employees across healthcare and other industries have had to miss work because of illness and other reasons related to the virus. Those numbers recently hit a record high, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
  3. The top-rated hospitals for patient experience, state-by-state

    Using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS, Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in each state. Hospitals either received five or four patient summary star ratings. 
  4. Viewpoint: Many unvaccinated, critical COVID-19 patients still distrust those caring for them

    Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, some unvaccinated patients, even those who become critically ill, still deny the virus is behind their deterioration and vehemently distrust the physicians caring for them, a critical care physician said in an op-ed published Jan. 20 in The Los Angeles Times. 

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  1. Vermont, Utah among several states breaking COVID-19 hospitalization records this week

    As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase nationally, at least five states reported new records this week. 
  2. Maryland hospital patient information exposed in email breach

    Annapolis, Md.-based Anne Arundel Medical Center's owner, Luminis Health, informed patients Jan. 20 that their information may have been compromised, as an unauthorized party accessed its email system.
  3. Why don't hospitals just pay full-time nurses more?

    Hospitals' reliance on travel workers is nothing new. The pandemic intensified it and highlighted the gap between full-time workers' pay and lucrative temporary contracts. 
  4. How to turn virtual care into a broader digital health strategy — 4 takeaways

    Virtual care has become a permanent fixture in care delivery. Now, hospitals and health systems must transition from implementing short-term solutions to figuring out how to make telemedicine part of their long-term plan.

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  1. 7 Texas physicians, hospital CEO to settle kickback allegations for over $1.1M

    Seven Texas physicians and a hospital CEO have agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law by accepting illegal monetary benefits in exchange for ordering laboratory tests, the Justice Department announced Jan. 20.
  2.  Viewpoint: Hospitals should not discriminate against the unvaccinated

    As hospitals are again overwhelmed with by COVID-19 patients, opinion pieces in The Washington Post have argued  that health systems should prioritize the vaccinated or even consider refusing to treat the unvaccinated. However, that would set a dangerous precedent for ethics and public health, Atlantic science writer Ed Yong wrote Jan. 20. 
  3. Top 10 digital health companies that raised funds in 2021

    Amid record-breaking fundraising by digital health startups in 2021, 10 companies stood out, according to a CB Insights report published Jan. 20.
  4. Texas healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated by March 21, per CMS mandate

    Medicare and Medicaid providers in Texas covered by the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination mandate must ensure staff have received at least one dose by Feb. 22 and are fully vaccinated by March 21, CMS said in updated guidance issued Jan. 20.
  5. 12 drugmakers restricting 340B discounts

    Since July 2020, 12 drugmakers have said they will restrict or stop providing 340B discounts to safety net hospitals for drugs dispensed at community-based pharmacies. 
  6. 19 top-rated hospitals for patient experience: Colorado

    Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in Colorado using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS.
  7. Telehealth increased Black patients' follow-up visits, study shows

    The adoption of telehealth in the beginning of the pandemic led to an increase in Black patients' completion rates for follow-up visits after hospitalization, a study published Jan. 11 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found.
  8. Houston Methodist's Dr. Roberta Schwartz on innovating out of the staffing crisis

    Roberta Schwartz, PhD, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Houston Methodist, has been taking meetings with nursing executives, a group she said she hadn't spent very much time with before the staffing crisis.
  9. Inside Texas' maternity deserts: 5 things to know

    With only 40 percent of rural hospitals in Texas offering labor and delivery services, "maternity deserts" across the state are growing as staff shortages shutter rural labor and delivery units, according to a Jan. 20 report from The Texas Tribune.

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