Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CMS suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccination mandate

    CMS has suspended implementation and enforcement of its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers pending developments in litigation, the agency said in a Dec. 2 memorandum.
  2. 6 recent executive moves at Providence

    The following leadership appointments within Renton, Wash.-based Providence health system have been reported since Oct. 20: 
  3. Despite growing demand, some physicians are skeptical about healthcare wearables: 3 report insights 

    Innovations in artificial intelligence and sensors are helping patients detect and manage chronic health conditions, but not all physicians are fully on board with the popular technology, according to a recent Deloitte report. 

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  1. COVID-19 surge prompts Cleveland hospitals to delay surgeries

    Cleveland-based hospitals Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals announced in a joint statement Dec. 3 that some surgeries will be postponed due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the region.
  2. Viewpoint: Colorado's 1st mental health commissioner will have an essential role to play 

    In October, the role of mental health commissioner opened up within Colorado's new Behavioral Health Administration. Whoever lands this position must make sure they are more than a symbolic figurehead and instead deliver real change to the state, Dr. Benjamin Miller, president of mental health foundation Well Being Trust, argued in The Colorado Sun Dec. 3. 
  3. 8 oncologists on the move

    These eight oncologists joined new practices, received new appointments or left their positions over the last few weeks.
  4. California Tenet hospital gets new CEO

    Eleze Armstrong has been appointed CEO of Doctors Hospital of Manteca (Calif.), effective Jan. 3, 2022.
  1. Director of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health steps down

    Scott Lippman, MD, will step down as director of Moores Cancer Center at University of California-San Diego Health once a successor is found, according to a Nov. 29 news release.
  2. Atlantic Health names president of Overlook Medical Center

    Atlantic Health System has named Stephanie Schwartz the permanent president of Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., a role she had been serving in an interim capacity since August.
  3. Hartford HealthCare's special task force on staffing shortages enacts fast-track hiring program

    Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare said it is rolling out various efforts to fast-track its hiring process so the health system can fill vacancies more rapidly, especially in nursing, and reduce the workload for staff.
  4. Omicron may spread 2x faster than delta, scientists say

    The omicron variant appears to spread more than twice as quickly as delta, according to preliminary findings cited by The New York Times.

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  1. Nevada 1st state to issue insurance surcharge for unvaccinated public employees

    Nevada will charge insured public employees upwards of $55 a month if they are unvaccinated against COVID-19, making it the first state to enact such a penalty.
  2. 12.8 million adults delay, skip prescriptions because of cost each year: 4 report findings

    Before the pandemic, nearly 13 million U.S. adults reported delaying or not filling a prescription in the past year because of cost, according to a Dec. 1 analysis from the Urban Institute, a nonprofit economic and social policy research organization.
  3. UPMC study finds merit in giving antibodies via injection during COVID-19 surges

    While administering monoclonal antibodies via intravenous infusion is standard practice to prevent severe hospitalization and death in outpatients with COVID-19, new research from UPMC shows giving the drug via four injections under the skin may be just as effective.
  4. 3 ways employers can improve health equity

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals, health systems and other employers across the U.S. have increased their focus on addressing disparities among Americans, including healthcare access and health outcomes. A new report, published by McKinsey & Co. on Dec. 3, details how employers can boost health equity in the workplace and help employees access needed healthcare and other benefits.
  5. Healthfirst's 30 years of health equity experience a call to action, says SVP

    Errol Pierre is the senior vice president of Healthfirst, a New York City-based nonprofit health insurer serving 1.7 million people across the state of New York. Mr. Pierre spoke with Becker's Dec. 1 about the organization's latest efforts to expand health equity through the launch of Healthfirst ADVANCE. 
  6. 5 recent health IT company acquisitions

    Here are five acquisitions involving  health IT companies in the past six weeks.
  7. Former Hacienda nurse who assaulted patient in vegetative state gets 10 years in prison

    A former nurse at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility in Phoenix, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Dec. 2 after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting and impregnating a patient in a vegetative state, according to NBC News.
  8. Humanigen's lenzilumab boosts survival among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Mayo Clinic study shows

    Humanigen's monoclonal antibody lenzilumab significantly increased survival without the use of mechanical ventilation among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, according to a study published Dec. 1 in The Lancet.
  9. Most effective COVID-19 boosters are mRNA vaccines, study shows

    The COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are most effective at boosting antibody levels among fully vaccinated adults, according to a study published Dec. 2 in The Lancet.

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