Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Racial gap for COVID-19 vaccinations closing, data shows

    Earlier in the pandemic, Black and Latinx Americans were less likely to get vaccinated than white Americans, but targeted messaging campaigns and a surge in COVID-19 deaths helped close the racial vaccine hesitancy gap, The New York Times reported Oct. 13.
  2. Mercy names chief physician executive

    Jeff Ciaramita, MD, was appointed senior vice president and chief physician executive of St. Louis-based Mercy Clinic.
  3. ACA subsidy, Medicaid expansions prioritized as $3.5T package slimmed down

    As President Joe Biden is looking to cut $1 trillion out of his $3.5 proposed spending package, top lawmakers want to ensure proposed ACA subsidy expansions and efforts to close state Medicaid gaps are top priorities.

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  1. 3 reasons COVID-19 testing, timeliness varies across US

    The nation's COVID-19 testing capacity has greatly expanded since the start of the pandemic, but testing access and turnaround times still vary across the U.S., Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 14.
  2. How to introduce surgical technologies & build a successful ASC total joint program — 4 learnings

    In the years ahead, many industry leaders believe that most outpatient joint replacements will be performed in ASCs.
  3. No Surprises Act implementation may slow premium growth 

    Implementing the No Surprises Act, the federal government's attempt to cut down on surprise billing practices, could slow the growth of healthcare premiums.
  4. Medicare Advantage plans don't significantly improve care, experiences: study

    A recent Commonwealth Fund study found that Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare enrollees have comparable healthcare experiences and concerns about costs.
  1. WHO names 26 scientists to new panel on pathogen origins

    The World Health Organization on Oct. 14 named 26 scientists from around the globe to serve on its new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens. 
  2. Walgreens makes $5.2B investment in VillageMD, becomes majority owner

    Walgreens said Oct. 14 it has agreed to make a $5.2 billion investment in VillageMD, which will make it the majority owner. 
  3. 3 must-dos when marketing COVID-19 vaccines to parents

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could soon be approved for children ages 5-11. When promoting vaccination to parents of young children, it's important that communication professionals emphasize data to ease safety and efficacy concerns, as well as encourage parents to have conversations with people they trust.
  4. Arkansas legislation allowing vaccination mandate opt-outs will become law without governor's signature

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is letting two bills that allow employees to opt out of COVID-19 vaccination mandates to become law without his signature, he announced Oct. 13.
  1. Fitbit names UCHealth, Scripps & more winners of health equity research initiative 

    Fitbit is awarding six organizations, including UCHealth and Scripps Research, more than $300,000 for various research projects focused on improving health equity, the company said Oct. 13. 
  2. 13 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Oct. 7:
  3. CHS, IU Health invest $675M in new Indiana hospitals

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems and Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health are opening new hospitals in Indiana before the end of the year. 
  4. Catholic Health strike: New York attorney general claims staffing agency lacks license + 5 other details

    Workers at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) have been on strike for about two weeks amid their union's labor dispute with hospital management.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 

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