Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Patients can now access prescription savings through their TV

    LG televisions now offer a prescription savings card in their telehealth hubs.
  2. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine's founding dean dies

    Bonita Stanton, MD, founding dean of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and president of Academic Enterprise at Hackensack Meridian Health, died Jan. 19.
  3. HHS provides $103M for programs to reduce healthcare workforce burnout

    HHS will disburse $103 million through the Health Resources and Services Administration to address staffing needs, burnout and mental health among healthcare workers.
  1. Completion timeline for $969M US military hospital in Germany delayed 5 years

    A $969 million contract for most of the work on a U.S. Defense Department hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, has been signed, but completion plans are being pushed back to 2027 after originally being planned for 2022, Stars and Stripes reported Jan. 20.
  2. COVID-positive employees returning to work: 2 CEOs share their protocols

    Hospital CEOs are relying on employees more than ever as the COVID-19 omicron variant continues to spread across the U.S. and staffing shortages persist. During the pandemic, they have worked to establish return-to-work protocols for employees who test positive for COVID-19 while ensuring that their workforce needs are addressed and workers are safe. 
  3. 15% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 24% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Almost 15 percent — or 886 of 6,033 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 20.
  4. 122 organizations stand against California single-payer coverage proposal

    More than 120 organizations — including payers, businesses and advocacy groups — have signed on to a coalition that opposes proposals that would enact and fund a single-payer healthcare system in California. 

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  1. Omicron cases may be slowing in some places, but deaths aren't: 3 things to know

    As the omicron COVID-19 surge appears to be peaking in some areas of the nation, U.S. COVID-19 deaths have started to climb, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times.
  2. 7 ways to immediately reduce nurse strain

    Hospitals and health systems are increasingly partnering with nursing schools or offering academic financial assistance to bolster the nursing pipeline. While an influx of nursing students will eventually help address workforce issues, there will be at least a two-year lag before these investments pay off, and with a growing nursing shortage, hospitals can't afford to wait.
  3. Tufts to close children's hospital, convert it to adult ICU

    Boston-based Tufts Children's Hospital will close its 41-bed hospital because of a smaller demand in child care and a larger demand in adult care, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 20.
  4. UNC Hospitals names new CFO

    Latonya Brown has been promoted to the role of CFO for UNC Hospitals, effective Jan. 24. 

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  1. CDC approval delays are tying up N95 supplies, mask-makers say

    The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health faces a backlog of applications from manufacturers seeking regulatory approval for N95s and other air-filtering masks, Roll Call reported Jan. 19.
  2. Kaiser to offer repeat COVID vaccinations to nearly 4,000 people who may have received low dose

    After discovering that about 3,900 people who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek (Calif.) Medical Center in late 2021 may have received a slightly less than recommended dose, Kaiser announced it will offer repeat vaccinations to those potentially affected, the health system said in a statement shared with Becker's.
  3. 25% of US adults inactive, CDC map shows

    About 25 percent of adults in the U.S. are not active enough to protect their health, according to the CDC's physical inactivity maps updated Jan. 20. 
  4. Could robots be the future of elder care? 

    The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, there will be 1.4 billion people older than 60 on the planet. Caring for this population will require intensive care from health professionals, but robots might help ease the burden, Nature reported Jan. 19.
  5. Digital health funding reaches record $57.2B: 5 things to know

    The digital health industry raised a record amount of funding, with growth to the sector increasing 79 percent since 2020, according to a 2021 report released by CB Insights on Jan. 20.
  6. 2 Michigan hospitals collaborate on Epic EMR system

    Helen Newberry (Mich.) Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center and Midland-based MyMichigan Health joined forces to implement a new Epic EMR system for patients at Helen Newberry.
  7. Anthem CEO, President Gail Boudreaux awarded highest NCAA honor

    Gail Boudreaux, Anthem CEO and president, was awarded the National Collegiate Athletic Association's highest individual honor: the Theodore Roosevelt Award. 
  8. AAMC, AAHC to merge

    The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Centers have approved a merger agreement.
  9. OSF HealthCare, U of Illinois to help fund 20 health tech research teams

    The Jump ARCHES program, a partnership between Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, will fund a program to develop technologies and devices to enhance healthcare delivery and medical training.

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