Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Healthcare groups back 'Value Act': 5 things to know

    In a July 20 letter to House lawmakers, 14 healthcare groups said the transition to value-based reimbursement is at a "critical juncture," and legislation like the Value in Health Care Act of 2021 is key to reform.
  2. MemorialCare JV acquires outpatient provider

    MemorialCare, a Fountain Valley, Calif.-based health system, acquired an outpatient physical therapy provider through a joint venture with the Physical Rehabilitation Network. 
  3. 33 people, mostly vaccinated, test positive for COVID-19 at Massachusetts nursing home

    Since July 10, 33 residents and staff members at Maplewood Mayflower Place nursing home in Yarmouth, Mass., most of whom are vaccinated, have tested positive for COVID-19, The Boston Globe reported July 20. 

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  1. MultiCare nurse retires at 96

    Florence "SeeSee" Rigney, RN, retired from her role as a surgical nurse at Multicare Tacoma (Wash.) General Hospital this month at age 96.
  2. Kaiser patients facing eviction can get free legal aid via new partnership

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is addressing health inequities caused by unjust housing policies through a new partnership with Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University and HealthBegins, the organizations said July 21.
  3. Scripps employee allegedly stole personal info of dying patients for fraud scheme

    A former Scripps Health employee was arrested July 12 for allegedly stealing personally identifying information of dying patients as part of an identity theft scheme, according to a July 21 Forbes report. 
  4. Mayo, Kaiser execs detail their joint investment in Medically Home

    In May, two of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. — Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic — made a joint strategic investment in Medically Home Group, a Boston-based tech services company that powers hospital-at-home programs.

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  1. New Hampshire HCA hospital interim CEO says he wasn't blindsided by physician exodus

    Matt Larkin, interim CEO of Rochester, N.H.-based Frisbie Memorial Hospital, is focused on rebuilding practices after an exodus of 12 of 14 primary care physicians. Here, he discusses with Becker's what it has been like leading the 112-bed facility, the circumstances surrounding the physician departures and his strategy for the future. 
  2. University of Kansas Health System employees will receive $1,250 'thank you' bonuses

    Kansas City, Kan.-based University of Kansas Health System is giving employees bonuses of $1,250 for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  3. UTHealth moves to streamline EHR implementation for 2,000 clinicians

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston recently enlisted Houston-based IT consulting firm ReMedi Health Solutions to help spearhead the implementation of Epic Systems for its 2,000 clinicians.
  4. 6 notes on PA job satisfaction in 2021

    Twenty percent of physician assistants cited the amount of paperwork and electronic health record requirements as the least rewarding part of the job, according to Medscape's latest PA career satisfaction report published July 21. 
  1. Hidden global pandemic effect: 1.5M+ children lose caregivers

    For every two adult COVID-19 deaths, a child is left without a family caregiver, according to a CDC-led global assessment published July 20 in The Lancet. 
  2. Northwestern 1st in US to use 3D device that offers images from inside the heart

    Cardiologists at Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine have become the first in the U.S. to use a 3D intracardiac echo device to treat a patient with heart arrhythmia. 
  3. US states ranked by suicide rate

    Wyoming has the highest rate of suicides among U.S. states, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. 
  4. 7 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since July 14:
  5. Dignity Health, Anthem end contract

    After Dignity Health issued a contract termination notice in January, the health system and Anthem have ended their relationship as of July 16.
  6. Penn State Hershey names new CNO

    Michele Szkolnicki, BSN, RN, was named senior vice president and CNO of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, effective in September, the organization said July 20.
  7. 15 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Here are 15 hospitals or health systems that have announced, advanced or completed construction projects since July 1:
  8. Florida providers want proposal for orthopedic hospital rejected, citing financial hit

    Healthcare providers, including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., are calling on regulators to reject a proposal to build a 24-bed orthopedic hospital, according to The Palm Beach Post. 
  9. Cleveland Clinic hospital to close surgery center

    Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, will close its outpatient surgery center by Sept. 1, according to The Times-Reporter. 

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