Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Lee Health, Cleveland Clinic partner in Southwest Florida

    Cleveland Clinic and Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health have established a strategic alliance to help improve patient care in Southwest Florida.
  2. Ballad Health names CEO of behavioral health services

    Ballad Health has tapped Tammy Albright as vice president and CEO of behavioral health services, the Johnson City, Tenn.-based health system said Nov. 18.
  3. Buyer backs out of purchasing closed New York hospital: 'It's too risky'

    Castello Holdings has backed out of buying Eastern Niagara Health System's closed hospital campus in Newfane, N.Y., according to Buffalo Business First.

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  1. Spectrum Health sees 700 November COVID-19 cases among staffers in west Michigan

    More than 700 hospital staffers at 14 of Spectrum Health's west Michigan hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19 in November, The Detroit News reported.
  2. Nevada experiences 'data management nightmare' after COVID-19 data tool malfunctions

    Nevada county health departments are resorting to alternative software for gathering COVID-19 data because the state's official disease investigation tool has been malfunctioning, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  3. Missouri's COVID-19 data reports send 'dangerous message to the community,' say health systems

    A group of health system leaders in Missouri challenged state-reported hospital bed data, saying it could lead to a misunderstanding about hospital capacity, according to a Nov. 19 report in the St. Louis Business Journal.
  4. States with businesses open, closed, mixed amid COVID-19 spike

    While the U.S. surpasses 11.8 million COVID-19 cases, most states have not closed nonessential businesses, opting for indoor gathering limits and mandatory mask wearing, according to The New York Times. A majority of states have mask mandates in place, regardless of business opening status. 

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  1. Mayo Clinic's operating income down 51%, but records 3.6% operating margin through Q3

    Although Mayo Clinic's net operating income through the first nine months of 2020 is down 51.4 percent compared to 2019, the Rochester, Minn.-based system's operating margin was 3.6 percent, according to recently released financial documents.
  2. 19 provider groups urge Congress to lower Quality Payment Program requirements

    Nineteen provider groups are urging Congress to lower the threshold requirements for the Quality Payment Program, established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  3. Sanford Health CEO: I've had COVID-19, won't wear a mask as 'symbolic gesture'

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft shared his thoughts about having COVID-19 and why he won't be wearing a mask in an email to health system staff, according to the Grand Forks Herald. 
  4. HIV deaths fell 48% from 2010 to 2017, CDC says

    HIV-related deaths decreased by 48.4 percent from 2010 to 2017, CDC data shows.

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  1. CEO of Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento division to retire amid structural shakeup

    Laurie Harting, RN, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento division, is retiring Jan. 3 as Dignity's parent company changes its operating division structure, CommonSpirit Health said Nov. 19.
  2. Pfizer to apply for emergency approval of vaccine today; COVID-19 cases up 26% in 1 week — 5 updates

    The U.S. reported 8,461 COVID-19 deaths for the week ending Nov. 18, the highest weekly COVID-19 death count since May, according to The COVID-19 Tracking Project.  
  3. COVID-19 hospitalizations by state: Nov. 24

    Texas has the most COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the U.S., according to the COVID Tracking Project. 
  4. Banner Health's operating income up 32%

    Banner Health's revenue increased year over year in the first three quarters of this year, but the Phoenix-based health system ended the period with a loss. 
  5. 'We needed to think differently': Northwell Health's Dr. Annabella Salvador-Kelly on sharpening leadership skills during the pandemic

    When the pandemic surged in New York this spring, Northwell Health was hit especially hard, treating more than 41,000 COVID-19 patients between March and May. Annabella Salvador-Kelly, MD, who serves as senior vice president of medical affairs and associate CMO at the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based health system, had a front row view of this initial surge and has since played a critical role in Northwell Health's pandemic response. 
  6. 4 execs on how their health systems are preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine

    With both Moderna and Pfizer reporting that their vaccine candidates are close to 95 percent effective, and Pfizer planning to submit an application for emergency authorization for its vaccine in the next few days, health systems across the country are finalizing plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
  7. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  8. Pennsylvania behavioral health provider to join St. Luke's University Health Network

    Penn Foundation, a behavioral health provider serving 20,000 patients a year, said it's making plans to join the St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.
  9. Novant, UNC Health plan med school campus in Charlotte

    Novant Health and UNC Health are planning a UNC School of Medicine branch campus in Charlotte, N.C., the health systems said Nov. 19.

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