Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. R1 RCM to acquire Cloudmed in deal valued at $4.1B

    Revenue cycle management company R1 RCM plans to acquire Cloudmed in an all-stock deal worth about $4.1 billion, including debt, the organizations said Jan. 10. 
  2. Mayo, Kaiser among companies investing $110M into 'hospital-at-home' venture 

    Medically Home, a "hospital-at-home" company,  received $110 million in a new funding round from investors including Baxter International, Cardinal Health, Global Medical Response, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. 
  3. Worst of omicron yet to come for Midwest + 4 more forecasts to know

    Some East Coast states may see new omicron cases peak this week, but the Midwest is still facing the thick of a surge, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said Jan. 9 on CBS' "Face the Nation."
  1. Illinois hospital closes, terminates staff

    Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital closed Jan. 8 and its workers were told via email that their employment was terminated, according to The Register-Mail.
  2. 19% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 21% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Just over 19 percent — or 1,168 of 6,089 — of all hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 9.
  3. California allows healthcare workers back to work after COVID-19 exposure, positive test

    The California Department of Public Health temporarily revised its guidelines to allow healthcare workers who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic to return to work immediately without isolation or testing.
  4. 5 hospitals, health systems cutting capacity amid staffing shortages

    Hospitals and health systems across the U.S. are struggling with staffing challenges as workers call in sick and COVID-19 infections surge, and several facilities have had to temporarily limit capacity.

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  1. US COVID-19 hospitalizations compared to last winter's peak — where are we right now?

    U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 96 percent of last winter's peak, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
  2. Cue Health to develop omicron-specific test through HHS partnership

    HHS' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will provide additional funds to its ongoing partnership with San Diego-based Cue Health, a healthcare technology company, to develop an omicron-genotyping COVID-19 test.
  3. Supreme Court appears open to CMS COVID-19 vaccination mandate: 10 things to know

    After about four hours of arguments Jan. 7, the Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared skeptical about vaccine-or-testing requirements for large businesses, while the court seemed more open to a vaccination mandate for certain healthcare workers, CNN and The New York Times reported.
  4. Rhode Island hospital reports COVID-19 outbreak

    Cranston, R.I.-based Eleanor Slater Hospital reported 28 patients tested positive for COVID-19 Jan. 6 across multiple campuses, The Boston Globe reported Jan 6.
  1. Under capacity pressures, Minnesota hospitals discourage seeking COVID-19 testing at EDs

    Minnesota Hospital Association leaders on Jan. 7 urged the public to not seek COVID-19 testing at emergency departments or urgent care centers.
  2. 10 hospitals with the highest contract labor expenses

    Hospitals across the U.S. are seeing labor costs rise and are increasingly bringing in contracted workers to keep their facilities staffed. 
  3. CDC: Hospitalization rate among 0-4-year-olds rising

    COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children younger than 4 are at their highest yet, according to the CDC. 
  4. Mortality rates dropped 33% at NYC hospital after NYU Langone merger, study finds

    In-hospital mortality rates decreased by 33 percent at New York City-based NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn — previously named Lutheran Medical Center — after it merged with NYU Langone Health, a Jan. 6 study published in JAMA Network Open found.
  5. FDA trims booster interval for Moderna recipients

    The FDA on Jan. 7 cut the interval between completion of Moderna's two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series and a booster dose to five months instead of six. 
  6. Court rules against UnitedHealth subsidiary, orders $20M payout

    A California court ruled against United Behavioral Health, a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, ending a multiyear class-action lawsuit and requiring the provider pay out over $20 million, according to Bloomberg. 
  7. Viewpoint: Build Back Better the ticket to universal healthcare no one is talking about

    While conversations around partisanship, funding and education surround President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, spectators are largely ignoring how close the bill brings the U.S. to reaching universal healthcare, Washington Post columnist Katherine Rampell wrote Jan. 6. 
  8. New York to require COVID-19 boosters for healthcare staff

    New York will require healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 booster shots as cases and hospitalizations continue to climb statewide, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Jan. 7. 
  9. COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 60% in 1 week: 9 CDC stats to know

    The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increased sharply last week, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 7.

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