Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. What J&J's pharma business plans to focus on post-split

    After Johnson & Johnson splits into two companies with one dedicated to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, the company plans to focus on developing drugs for conditions including lung cancer and eye disease, Jennifer Taubert, the company's executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals, told Bloomberg. 
  2. New Mexico sees high flu activity 2nd week in a row

    For the week ending Nov. 13, New Mexico reported high flu activity for the second week in a row, according to data from the CDC's FluView report published Nov. 19.
  3. The cost of gun violence in the US, by the numbers

    Every year, gun violence kills nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation $280 billion, including medical, criminal justice and quality-of-life expenses. 

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  1. Mayo Clinic CIO: Google partnership will 'transform healthcare'

    In 2019, Mayo Clinic began a 10-year strategic partnership with Google focused on innovation and cloud computing. Here, Cris Ross, the Rochester, Minn.-based system's CIO, provides updates on what the partnership has accomplished and where it's going.
  2. Montana State names nursing school after donors of record $101M gift

    Bozeman-based Montana State University said Nov. 18 it will name its nursing school after the donors of a record-breaking $101 million donation.
  3. Dignity Health to pay $19M to California hospital over ownership transfer dispute

    Dignity Health, now part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, will pay $19 million to Sequoia Healthcare District to settle a dispute over the ownership transfer of Redwood City, Calif.-based Sequoia Hospital, The Daily Journal reported Nov. 19. 
  4. Patients who use EHR portals have shorter hospital stays, analysis finds

    Having an active patient portal account is linked to a shorter average length of stay in the hospital for both COVID-19 patients and heart failure patients, according to a recent analysis of data from Epic's Health Research Network. 
  1. How does COVID-19 compare to this time last year? 8 stats

    A lot has happened in one year, yet as the holiday season approaches, Americans are still facing similar challenges amid the ongoing pandemic. 
  2. 34 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following executive moves have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Nov. 12:
  3. Court denies reinstatement bid of Mass General Brigham employees who refused vaccination

    Fired employees who were denied exemptions from Boston-based Mass General Brigham's COVID-19 vaccination mandate have lost a legal battle to preserve their jobs, Bloomberg Law reported.
  4. 8 hospitals hiring CEOs

    Below are eight hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs in the last week.
  1. Highmark Health CEO elected board chair of America's Health Insurance Plans 

    America's Health Insurance Plans elected David Holmberg, Highmark Health president and CEO, on Nov. 18 to chair its board.
  2. Humana adds Albertsons pharmacies to Medicare Part D network

    A Nov. 18 agreement between Humana and Albertsons Cos. adds Safeway, Jewel-Osco and Albertsons pharmacies among others to the payer's preferred cost-sharing network.
  3. New York launches tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Nov. 18 a new tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students in an effort to address staffing shortages. 
  4. Benefits of LTACH partnership for hospital success

    Medically complex and critically ill patients now makes up 10% of the overall Medicare population, translating into four million individuals around the nation. This rapidly growing population continues to consume a disproportionate amount of acute healthcare resources and has a significantly higher-than-average likelihood of hospital admissions and readmissions.
  5. Insurers won't pay for Aduhelm until they know it works

    Insurers need more evidence of the clinical benefit of Biogen's controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm before they start paying for it, Bloomberg reported Nov. 18.
  6. Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai & more system CIOs join venture to grow health tech companies 

    Several CIOs from health systems including Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai and SCL Health have signed on as advisors to a new innovation venture focused on growing healthcare and government tech companies, according to a Nov. 18 news release. 
  7. 2 signs a severe flu season might be ahead

    Health officials say two factors might signal a severe flu season is in store for the U.S.: outbreaks at college campuses and a dominant strain associated with particularly bad flu seasons, NBC News reported Nov. 19. 
  8. Athenahealth close to finalizing sale: 5 things to know 

    Watertown, Mass.-based EHR company Athenahealth is reportedly in the final stage of its sales process with a handful of private equity firms, Seeking Alpha reported Nov. 18. 
  9. Study finds 35% surge in calls to mental health crisis lines during pandemic

    Mental health crisis lines experienced a 35 percent surge in calls relating to fears and loneliness early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, a study analyzing over 8 million calls published Nov. 7 in Nature found.

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