Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 3 states limit nursing home profits in effort to improve quality of care 

    Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 25 that Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have set requirements for how much nursing homes must spend on residents’ direct care and imposed limits on what they can spend elsewhere in an attempt to improve the quality of care. 
  2. 3-year med school programs prep students for residency with less debt, study finds

    Accelerated pathway program graduates may be just as prepared for residency training and have less debt than those in traditional programs, according to an Oct. 25 news release from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine citing an Aug. 10 study published in the Journal of Academic Medicine.
  3. Catholic Health: Nearly 50 nurses have resigned since Mercy Hospital strike began

    Amid a strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) that entered its fourth week Oct. 22, Catholic Health said it extended its agreement for replacement workers and that nearly 50 nurses have resigned from the hospital since the strike began, including more than 12 intensive care unit nurses, according to The Buffalo News.

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  1. Hospital M&A update: 5 deals involving WVU Health, LifePoint and more

    Five transactions involving hospitals and health systems have been announced, finalized or advanced since Oct. 15:
  2. Pfizer vaccine benefits outweigh risks for kids 5-11, FDA says

    An FDA review states that the benefits of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids ages 5 to 11 outweigh the potential risks, The Washington Post reported. 
  3. Gulf Coast Health Care files for bankruptcy

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Health Care, which operates 27 nursing skilled nursing and long-term care facilities in three states, aims to keep its facilities open and employees in place after entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy, WEAR reported Oct. 22. 
  4. Mark Cuban's drug company to launch PBM

    Mark Cuban's new generic drug company is launching its own pharmacy benefit management company, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 25. 
  1. Healthgrades recognizes 150 hospitals for surgical care excellence

    Healthgrades has identified 150 hospitals as the recipients of its 2022 Surgical Care Excellence Award, the organization said Oct. 19.  
  2. 8 healthcare companies named US 'most loved workplaces' by Newsweek

    Eight healthcare companies were named to Newsweek's "America Most Loved Workplaces" in the magazine's 2021 ranking.
  3. Business groups ask Biden to delay vaccine mandate until after the holidays 

    Industry lobbyists, business groups and private individuals all met with White House officials last week to ask for a push-back on the implementation of a COVID vaccine mandate for private companies, CNBC reported Oct. 25.
  4. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works well in kids ages 6-11

    Moderna said Oct. 25 its COVID-19 vaccine produced a "robust neutralizing antibody response" in children ages 6-11 during a phase 2/3 trial.
  1. Massachusetts health system fired CFO for voicing concerns over billing, lawsuit claims

    Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield, Mass., allegedly fired its newly appointed CFO after he voiced concerns about the potential for widespread billing errors, according to a retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit filed Oct. 22. 
  2. Only 3 states averaging more COVID-19 cases now vs. 2 weeks ago

    Just three states — Colorado, Vermont and New Hampshire — were averaging more COVID-19 cases Oct. 22 than they were two weeks ago, The New York Times reported.
  3. Arizona hospital names 6th CEO since 2015

    The interim CFO of Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley, Ariz., will begin serving as CEO Nov. 1, according to the Green Valley News. 
  4. Replacing striking Massachusetts nurses 'necessary,' not punitive, Tenet CEO tells lawmakers

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., released a response from Tenet Health CEO Saumya Sutaria, MD, to a recent letter from a Massachusetts congressional delegation urging him to leave Texas to settle a nurses strike at the Tenet-affiliated hospital.
  5. States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered: Oct. 27

    Wisconsin has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.
  6. Cedars-Sinai, Houston Methodist & more systems roll out Amazon Alexa skill to remotely check on patients

    Amazon is launching a new skill for its Alexa voice assistant that will let hospital clinicians call and "drop in" on patients without physically entering their rooms, the company said Oct. 25. 
  7. A look at the most expensive hospital projects this year

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, several hospitals have forged ahead with costly renovations, improvements and expansions.
  8. Florida Hospital Association: Delta surge in the state 'is over' 

    The Florida Hospital Association declared an end to the summer surge of the coronavirus's delta variant based on hospitalizations statewide. 
  9. Viewpoint: It's time to dump generational myths

    Generational stereotypes can create rifts between the way baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and Generation Z see one another. Bobby Duffy, professor of public policy at King's College London, argues in an essay in The Wall Street Journal that we should dump generational myths and work together to bridge divides.

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