Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Organ transplant group votes for hospitals to remove race from kidney calculations

    The Organ Procurement and Transportation Network has voted for transplant hospitals to remove race from their calculations of kidney function, the group said in a June 28 news release. 
  2. GE Healthcare recalls 4K ventilator batteries

    GE Healthcare has recalled 4,222 Carescape R860 ventilator backup batteries in a class 1 recall, the most serious type, after discovering replacement batteries were unexpectedly running out of juice.
  3. 6 themes linked to physician suicides, study finds 

    Six overarching themes contributed to physician job stress and suicides, a study published June 29 in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior found.

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  1. Has smell, taste returned for COVID-19 survivors? 2 latest findings

    Temporary loss of smell emerged as a common indicator of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. Research into the cause and treatment of the condition, known as anosmia, is ongoing, though recent studies have brought us one step closer to answers. 
  2. Cybersecurity No. 2 concern of CIOs

    With hospitals sitting on so much data in our tech-heavy age, health systems have to be vigilant about safeguarding their patients' protected health information.
  3. 13 supply chain leaders on priorities for the rest of 2022 

    With the COVID-19 pandemic straining medical supply chains for more than two years, operation experts are still grappling with daily disruptions.
  4. 'The decision to end a pregnancy is a medical conversation, not a legal or political one'

    As expected, and as many feared, the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the privacy rights of women to make their own choices about their healthcare in the official decision released on June 24 to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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  1. UAB names interim health system CEO

    Dawn Bulgarella was selected as interim CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.
  2. Merck to help early-stage AI, machine learning startups through new initiative

    Merck has launched a new program aimed at helping early-stage biomedical startups pilot their technologies. 
  3. CMS updates nursing home participation guidance

    CMS released updated guidance June 29 on minimum health and safety standards that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. 
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations can be predicted through Google searches

    Information from Google searches as well as COVID-19 data on vaccination and previous hospitalizations can help create a real-time, predictive calculator of future hospitalizations, according to a June 11 study published in Nature. 
  1. HHS launches a website for reproductive care 

    HHS has launched a website,, to help people understand their abortion rights and find access to contraception and abortion services, Politico reported June 29. 
  2. US to pay $3.2B for 105M doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

    Pfizer-BioNTech has inked a deal for $3.2 billion with the federal government to deliver 105 million COVID-19 adult and child vaccines by the end of summer 2022, according to a June 29 press release. 
  3. Rite Aid shrinks debt by $200M amid store closures

    Pharmacy chain Rite Aid has curbed its net debt of $2.9 billion last year to $2.7 billion, The Washington Post reported June 29. 
  4. Iowa man gets 27 months in prison for sharing VA patient's health info

    An Iowa man has been sentenced June 29 to more than two years in prison for wrongfully accessing and disclosing information from patient records at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
  5. California hospitals must begin sharing patient data in the next year

    California passed legislation a year ago requiring all healthcare and human services providers to sign a data-sharing agreement, which will be posted July 1. CalMatters, a nonprofit news source, outlined the goals of the legislation in a June 30 report.
  6. Singing River Health System names Tiffany Murdock CEO

    Tiffany Murdock, MSN, was named CEO of Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Miss.
  7. HHS releases guidance on reproductive care privacy

    The federal government has released guidance on how members of the public can protect their reproductive health privacy in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  8. UC Davis Health gets $1.7M for digital outreach to underserved communities

    Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health has received $1.7 million in federal funding to build a digital platform to improve healthcare access for underserved communities in Sacramento and Northern California. 
  9. Only 1 in 5 people in US have optimal heart health: 5 notes 

    Only 19.6 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cardiovascular health, a study published June 29 in Circulation found.

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