Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. California hospital district names CEO after leader's resignation

    Tulare (Calif.) Hospital Healthcare District has two vacancies on its board after naming a new CEO, according to the Visalia Times Delta. 
  2. COVID-19 makes spotty resurgence in the US before Thanksgiving

    The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases — which had been on the decline nationally since September — first plateaued and is now ticking upward, with states in different regions experiencing the most pronounced increase in cases. 
  3. Massachusetts hospitals expect tough winter regardless of COVID-19

    The combination of staffing shortages, longer patient stays and unmet behavioral health needs is leaving Massachusetts hospitals bracing for "yet another difficult winter," according to the head of the state's hospital association.

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  1. States ranked by adult flu shot rate, 2020-21

    Massachusetts had the highest adult flu vaccination rate of all U.S. states during the 2018-19 flu season, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released Nov. 11.
  2. R1 RCM more than triples its profit in Q3, partners with VillageMD

    For the third quarter of 2021, revenue cycle company R1 RCM reported a net income of $17 million, more than triple the $5.2 million recorded in the same quarter last year.
  3. Houston Methodist suspends privileges of physician following tweets about COVID-19 vaccine, treatments

    Houston Methodist has suspended the privileges of a physician who the system says spread "harmful" and "dangerous" information about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments, CNN reported Nov. 13.
  4. 14.5% Medicare Part B premium hike: 7 things to know 

    CMS announced Nov. 13 that Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles will see the largest hike in the program's history next year.
  1. 7 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them since Nov. 1:
  2. Kaiser, unions reach tentative deal, avert strike

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and an alliance of unions that includes about 50,000 of its workers nationwide have reached a tentative four-year contract, according to a joint statement.
  3. Hackensack Meridian Health CEO: Lessons on a successful COVID-19 mandate

    As major companies throughout the nation prepare to meet the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination deadline of Jan. 4, I would like to share key lessons on how we vaccinated 99.8 percent of our workforce at Hackensack Meridian Health. 
  4. How 2 hospitals in tourist towns are using employee housing to fight staff shortages

    At St. Luke's McCall (Idaho) Medical Center, four people turned down a job for a building service manager position. 
  1. Emory leader to step down

    Jonathan Lewin, MD, is stepping down from his multiple leadership roles at Atlanta-based Emory University, according to a Nov. 12 news release.
  2. Will virtual-1st plans stick? Insight from 2 early adopters

    Telehealth's boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a stepping stone for "virtual-first" health plans, a model that promotes telehealth as the first touchpoint in the care delivery process. 
  3. 1,350 Kaiser workers in Northern California to join nationwide strike

    Kaiser Permanente healthcare professionals in Northern California, who are represented by the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, will strike beginning Nov. 22.
  4. Sepsis-related deaths highest among older people, CDC finds

    In 2019, three-fourths of the country's 201,092 sepsis-related deaths were among people aged 65 and older, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics published Nov. 10. 
  5. Court limits noise from picketers during West Virginia hospital strike

    A judge has granted parts of Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital's request to limit activity of workers who have been on strike for more than a week, according to hospital and union statements.
  6. Tech strategies at the hospitals that topped CHIME's 'Most Wired' list

    In October, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives released its Most Wired list, acknowledging hospitals that have adopted and deployed information technology to improve patient safety and health outcomes across the industry.
  7. S&P raises CommonSpirit's debt rating on strong financial performance

    S&P Global Ratings raised CommonSpirit Health's debt rating to "A-" from "BBB+" and expects the health system to continue to see its finances improve. 
  8. ECU, Vidant advance plan to create new academic health system brand

    East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Health — both in Greenville, N.C. — advanced their plan Nov. 12 to create a new health system brand in eastern North Carolina.
  9. Mississippi church wipes 955 patients' medical debt

    Jackson, Miss.-based The Word Center Church has canceled medical debt for 955 people in the state, the Jackson Free Press reported Nov. 12.

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