Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CommonSpirit eyes sale of 14 hospitals

    Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health is in discussions to negotiate an affiliation agreement to transfer ownership of 14 Midwest hospitals, according to financial documents released Nov. 16. 
  2. CDC: Monkeypox case reported in Maryland; 2nd US case this year

    U.S. health officials have confirmed a case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to the U.S. from Nigeria, the CDC said Nov. 17. This marks the second case in the U.S. this year. 
  3. US preterm birth rate dropped in 2020 for 1st time in 6 years

    The U.S. preterm birth rate declined slightly for the first time in six years, dropping from 10.2 percent in 2019 to 10.1 percent in 2020, according to a March of Dimes Report Card 2021 executive summary.  

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  1. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center gets $15M from 2 donors

    Columbus-based Ohio State Wexner Medical Center received two separate donations — one for $10.15 million and one for $5 million — to provide support to Ohio State University students and endow a chair for the chief clinical officer position.
  2. Final CMS guidance says hospitals can share services, space

    CMS has released final guidance clarifying how hospitals may organize shared spaces, services and personnel to meet regulatory requirements. 
  3. Ballad to acquire full ownership of Virginia hospital

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health purchased the remaining 20 percent ownership of Marion, Va.-based Smyth County Community Hospital for $33.7 million from the Smyth County Community Foundation, WJHL reported Nov. 17.
  4. Rhode Island Foundation lays out recommendations for Lifespan, Care New England merger

    A committee of 25 community members from the Rhode Island Foundation released a list of recommendations for the proposed merger of Lifespan and Care New England, both based in Providence.
  1. AI joint venture stems from 'culture of innovation': 6 Qs with CEO of Northwell Holdings

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health and startup studio Aegis Ventures formed a joint venture to launch artificial intelligence companies that address healthcare equity, costs and quality. Becker's Hospital Review spoke with Richard Mulry, the president and CEO of the hospital's venture arm, Northwell Holdings, about the joint venture and projects it is developing.
  2. Rising violence against healthcare workers troubles health systems 

    As violence against healthcare workers continues to rise, more hospitals are addressing ways to ensure their staff feel safe in the workplace. 
  3. About 1 in 5 healthcare workers have left medicine since the pandemic began — Here's why

    With about 1 in 5 healthcare workers leaving medicine since the pandemic began, The Atlantic explored numerous reasons why providers are leaving healthcare, coming up with at least seven key reasons. 
  4. Private equity-owned air ambulances receive bigger payments, issue more surprise bills

    When transported by a private equity-owned or publicly traded air ambulance, patients had a 55 percent chance of receiving a surprise out-of-network balance bill of $26,507 on average in 2017, a Nov. 16 white paper by USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy found.
  1. Caravan Health partners with entrepreneur to support physician well-being 

    Caravan Health announced Nov. 17 a partnership with Quint Studer, an entrepreneur and author, to bring critical resources to support and replenish physicians and hospital staff through a series of live and virtual events to be held during the first quarter of 2022.
  2. 8 recent moves to address staff shortages across the country 

    As healthcare staff shortages persist around the country, states, health systems and medical schools have attempted to alleviate the resulting strain. 
  3. New Rockefeller Foundation-funded research project aimed at combating misinformation 

    Social Science Research Council, an international nonprofit, announced the creation of a three-year, $10 million research project aimed at quantifying the costs and harms of disinformation and misinformation and how to reduce their impact, according to a Nov. 17 press release from the Rockefeller Foundation. 
  4. How the AMA is providing resources to health systems to proactively respond to physician, care team member and employee burnout

    Burnout of physicians, nurses and other caregivers has become a significant issue for healthcare systems, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Penn State's Hershey Medical Center names COO

    Jody Reyes, BSN, has been appointed senior vice president and COO of Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. Her role will become effective Dec. 27.
  6. UPMC using AI to decrease hospital disease outbreaks

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC combined machine learning and whole genome sequencing to develop an artificial intelligence-powered system to prevent hospital-based disease outbreaks, according to a study published Nov. 17 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  7. Tenet names new CEO of California hospital

    Murali Naidu, MD, was appointed CEO of Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif., part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare.
  8. Nursing salary grew 4% in 2021

    The average annual salary for registered nurses, excluding bonus pay such as overtime, climbed about 4 percent since Jan. 1 to $81,376, according to healthcare consultants Premier, which examined salaries of about 60,000 nurses for The Wall Street Journal.
  9. Indiana hospital notifying 1.5 million of ransomware attack after hackers leak PHI

    Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health began notifying more than 1.5 million patients and employees that their data may have been exposed after hackers leaked protected health information to the dark web Fox affiliate WXIN reported Nov. 17.

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