Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Recent federal drug pricing measures might not lower costs — here's why

    The executive order President Joe Biden signed July 9 promises to lower drug prices, but policy experts have expressed doubt that such pledges will come to fruition, Kaiser Health News reported July 19.
  2. AAMC urges medical schools, teaching hospitals to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees

    Medical schools and teaching hospitals should require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Association of American Medical Colleges urged July 16.
  3. Patients of female physicians have lower death rates, study finds

    The mortality rate for hospitalized patients treated by female physicians was 4.8 percent, compared to 5.2 percent for patients cared for by male physicians, according to research published July 16 in JAMA Health Forum.

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  1. Recent heat wave tied to spike in ED visits, CDC finds

    Heat-related emergency department visits during a six-day period in June, when most of Oregon and Washington were under an excessive heat warning, were 16 times higher than the same period in 2019, a July 16 CDC report found. 
  2. HHS slates $103M to address healthcare workers' mental well-being

    Healthcare organizations have until Aug. 30 to apply for American Rescue Plan funding intended to reduce burnout and promote mental health among healthcare workers, HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration said July 16.
  3. Patient data from California practice found in police suspect's car

    Brass Valley, Calif.-based Sierra Nevada Family Care Physicians began notifying patients that months' of their data had been recovered after police searched a suspect's vehicle during a May arrest.
  4. ER usage could see permanent drop due to COVID-19, UnitedHealth CEO says

    The pandemic led to a dip in emergency room visits, and the numbers may not recover, UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty said during the company's July 15 earnings call.

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  1. Cerner exec leaves for chief growth role at digital healthcare provider

    Signify Health, a healthcare technology company that provides in-home care and management services, welcomed former Cerner executive Sam Pettijohn as its new chief growth officer, the company said July 19. 
  2. It's 'killing people': Biden sounds off on COVID-19 misinformation online

    President Joe Biden called out social media platforms including Facebook for allowing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation to spread on its services, which he claims has resulted in the deaths of Americans, CNBC reported July 16. 
  3. 14 infected in COVID-19 outbreak at PeaceHealth hospital

    Ten patients and four employees at Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center have tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital said July 18.
  4. US launches ransomware website: 4 things to know

    The U.S. government has launched a website to provide resources to protect hospitals and other businesses from ransomware attacks.
  1. Elekta software breach hits Advocate Aurora, Intermountain; 96,000 patients affected

    Advocate Aurora Health and Intermountain Healthcare are two of the latest health systems to report having been affected by a cybersecurity breach of cancer care software company Elekta. 
  2. North Carolina health systems work to gain primary care market share amid HCA retreat

    Several nonprofit health systems in North Carolina are working to gain primary care market share in the region amid HCA Healthcare's retreat, the Hendersonville Lightning reported July 18. 
  3. Missouri hospitals move COVID-19 patients from city to city as cases surge

    Hospitals in Springfield, Mo., continue to deal with an overflow of COVID-19 patients that's causing them to transfer patients to facilities in different cities, according to KY3.
  4. COVID-19 cases rising in all 50 states: 8 things to know Monday

    Regions with low vaccination rates are primarily driving rising U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, reports The New York Times.
  5. Michigan healthcare workers protest vaccine mandate

    Some employees at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health are pushing back against COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
  6. 94% of hospitals still noncompliant with price transparency rule, study finds

    Of all U.S. hospitals, just 5.6 percent are fully compliant with CMS' price disclosure rule, according to a PatientRightsAdvocate.org study reported by The Washington Post July 16.
  7. Hawaii health system plans $500M expansion

    The Queen's Health Systems in Honolulu plans to invest $500 million to expand its hospital in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported July 18. 
  8. States ranked by percentage of population fully vaccinated: July 23

    Vermont has the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.
  9. 'We want all hospitals to be our partners on this': YouTube's health chief on fight against misinformation

    In his first advisory, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, urged technology and social media companies to "take more responsibility" to combat the proliferation of online health misinformation. YouTube has a plan to do just that, Garth Graham, MD, the director and global head of healthcare and public health partnerships at Google and YouTube, told Becker's.

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