Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Merger reviews to get a revamp: 5 things to know

    The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are seeking to rewrite merger guidelines for businesses. 
  2. States ranked by percentage of population fully vaccinated: Jan. 25

    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.
  3. UCSF Health names new CEO

    Suresh Gunasekaran has been appointed president and CEO of UCSF Health, effective March 1.
  1. UnitedHealth Group profits up 12.2%: 13 things to know

    UnitedHealth Group posted its 2021 year-end earnings report Jan. 19, revealing strong operational earnings that slightly outpaced expectations. 
  2. ONC releases new guidelines for health information-sharing

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, alongside its recognized coordinating entity, The Sequoia Project, published the Trusted Exchange Framework and the Common Agreement, which outlines the requirements for nationwide information-sharing for healthcare organizations.
  3. Mayo Clinic to give 2% raise with multiplier

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic will provide its employees with a 2 percent raise in 2022 with a 2.75 multiplier, which is the same as the raise they received in 2020 before the pandemic and less than the national trend, the Post Bulletin reported Jan. 18.
  4. Board of Pharmacy Technicians Specialties expands certifications, specialty certificates

    The Board of Pharmacy Technicians Specialties on Jan. 18 launched three new advanced certifications and 10 specialty certificates. 

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  1. Viewpoint: To combat pandemic, US needs to think less like a physician

    Caring for an individual and protecting a population require different thought processes, which is why the U.S. must stop thinking like a physician to improve the nation's response to the pandemic, according to an op-ed published Jan. 14 by The New York Times.
  2. White House forms task force to target next coronavirus variants

    The White House has formed a new task force that will prepare for the emergence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — and other pandemic threats, according to Bloomberg Government. 
  3. Essentia Health to tear down old hospital, build new tower in $900M expansion

    Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health will demolish St. Mary's Medical Center and build a new 12-story, 942,000-square-foot hospital tower as part of its $900 million project, the Star Tribune reported Jan. 18.
  4. 15% of job vacancies are due to long COVID-19, report finds: 6 things to know

    As the U.S. deals with a major labor shortage, a Jan. 11 Brookings report estimates that about 15 percent of unfilled jobs could be the result of people struggling with long COVID-19.

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  1. St. Clair Health CFO to retire, successor named

    Richard Chesnos will retire from his role as senior vice president and CFO of Pittsburgh-based St. Clair Health on April 1.
  2. Health agencies release No Surprises Act resources: 6 things to know

    Since the No Surprises Act took effect Jan. 1, several healthcare agencies have released resources to help healthcare professionals understand the new rules.
  3. Workers rally, launch billboard calling on Gundersen to invest more in employees

    Front-line workers at La Crosse, Wis.-based Gundersen Health System and community supporters held a rally and launched a mobile billboard Jan. 17, calling on executives to "respect and invest in healthcare heroes for quality care," according to the union that represents them. 
  4. CDC director pledges more clarity on uncertain nature of the pandemic

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said she has not been sufficiently clear with Americans when communicating the agency's COVID-19 guidance in an interview published Jan. 17 in The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Democrats eye healthcare provisions amid midterm pressure

    After campaigning on healthcare in 2020, Democrats are feeling pressure to deliver before the midterm elections this year, The Washington Post reported Jan. 17. 
  6. Top 10 health technology hazards for 2022, ranked by ECRI

    The ECRI Institute released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards 2022 report Jan. 18 for hospitals, medical practices and home care providers.
  7. Bristol Myers Squibb to restrict 340B discounts to safety net hospitals

    Bristol Myers Squibb will limit 340B drug discounts for safety net hospitals' contract pharmacies, the drugmaker said in a Jan. 14 letter to hospitals. 
  8. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 8th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Jan. 14 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the eighth time.
  9. 1 in 5 Americans have had COVID-19

    Since the pandemic began, 1 in 5 Americans — or 20 percent — have contracted COVID-19 at one point, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 

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