Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Number of primary care physicians, by state: KFF

    There are 494,821 active primary care physicians in the U.S., according to 2021 data from Kaiser Family Foundation's published Sept. 22.
  2. What Johns Hopkins employee survey reveals about pandemic's mental health challenges

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore released a report Sept. 23 that sheds light on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of front-line healthcare workers. It also identifies strategies for healthcare organizations to consider to help protect and enhance employee health and well-being.
  3. Vaccination-related employee terminations, resignations at 13 health systems

    Amid health system and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements, workers have been fired for noncompliance, and some have quit. 

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  1. 'A nice problem to have': Dr. Howard Eisen on plethora of therapies for heart failure

    Howard Eisen, MD, medical director of the advanced heart failure, cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs at Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, outlined several key questions about heart failure treatment that leaders are currently grappling with during a recent episode of the Becker's Healthcare cardiology podcast.
  2. Few of Maine health systems' workers quitting over vaccine mandate

    Two Maine health systems have seen a few of their employees quit because of the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. 
  3. Patient safety advocates propose new federal agency

    More than three dozen health systems, patient safety organizations and nonprofit groups are calling for the creation of a federal agency focused on reducing preventable harm.
  4. Novant Health launches telehealth program to reduce number of admitted COVID-19 patients

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health launched a digital health program to reduce the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to its hospitals, the company said Sept. 23. 
  1. Walmart Wellness Day offers COVID-19 vaccines, other immunizations at 4,700 stores

    Walmart will be offering free and affordable COVID-19 vaccines and immunizations Sept. 25 at locations nationwide, according to a Sept. 23 report by Penn Live.
  2. How changing consumer expectations are forcing providers to change their experience

    Consumers' digital experiences outside of healthcare are setting a high bar for what they increasingly expect to receive in healthcare. A set of six consumer beliefs is driving change in all industries, including healthcare. These beliefs are:
  3. Unvaccinated health system workers lose bid to keep jobs

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three unvaccinated Winchester (Va.) Medical Center workers who sought to stay employed, according to The Northern Virginia Daily.
  4. Good Samaritan Hospital CMO to resign after 18 months

    Klaus Thaler, MD, will step down from his CMO role at San Jose, Calif.-based Good Samaritan Hospital after 18 months on the job, NBC Bay Area reported.
  1. Why COVID-19 vaccine mandates trigger a fight-or-flight response

    As hospital executives work to understand the effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, brain science can help leaders understand why vaccine mandates make some employees feel threatened, according to a Sept. 23 report in Harvard Business Review.
  2. Multidose vials causing millions of wasted vaccines as clinic struggle to find shot recipients

    The U.S. has wasted at least 15.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from March through August, a problem fueled by the use of multidose vials, NBC News reported Sept. 23.
  3. COVID-19 misinformation prompts misuse of nebulizers, allergy foundation warns

    A new social media trend is spurring people to inhale hydrogen peroxide under the illusion that it can prevent or treat COVID-19, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America warned Sept. 21.
  4. Grand View Health System CEO to retire

    Jean Keeler announced plans to retire from her role as president and CEO of Sellersville, Pa.-based Grand View Health. Her last day will be Sept. 30, according to a news release shared with Becker's.
  5. 12 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Sept. 16:
  6. 6 drugmakers referred to HHS inspector general for denying 340B discounts

    The HHS Health Resources & Services Administration sent letters to six drugmakers Sept. 22 warning that they may face monetary penalties of $5,000 each for refusing to give 340B discounts to covered entities. 
  7. Study explores rare COVID-19 related inflammatory disease in adults: 8 notes

    While experts now know more about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children — a rare but serious immune response linked to COVID-19 infection — researchers are starting to learn more about how the condition affects adults. 
  8. BCBS of Massachusetts to pay physicians more for closing racial health gaps

    In an effort to reduce racial health disparities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is providing financial incentives for physicians who work to close health gaps.
  9. Humana contests ex-CMO claims, alleges exec was fired for suggestive text messages 

    Humana is contesting allegations from former CMO Sandra Guerra, MD, who claims she was fired in 2020 over her race and gender. 

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