Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Ex-Encompass Home Health and Hospice CEO accused of breaching employment contract

    A high-profile healthcare CEO is being sued over allegations that she violated her employment contract by stealing away employees from Encompass Health, The Dallas Morning News reported.
  2. Minnesota governor defends health commissioner as potential ousting looms 

    Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota is standing firmly behind his health commissioner, Jan Malcolm, while Minnesota Senate Republicans are considering ousting her, Kare 11 reported Oct. 26.
  3. New Penn Medicine hospital becomes largest LEED Healthcare-certified project globally

    Penn Medicine's new 1.5 million-square-foot pavilion on the Hospital of the University of Philadelphia campus — which opens Oct. 30 — received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Healthcare Gold Certification, becoming the largest certified project in the world to do so.

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  1. Adventist Health names Kerry Heinrich CEO

    Kerry Heinrich has been appointed CEO of Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health, an Oct. 27 news release shared with Becker's said.
  2. Merck to share its COVID-19 pill formula with other drugmakers

    Merck on Oct. 27 signed a licensing deal that allows other drugmakers to manufacture its promising COVID-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir, a move that will create cheaper access to the drug in low-income nations.
  3. 5 payers adopting 'virtual-first' models combining digital, in-person care

    While the pandemic has led to an increase in telehealth utilization, that wave has also led to the development of models that marry digital and in-person care.
  4. Cyberattacks, the new medical malpractice? 3 Qs with UMass Memorial CFO

    The potential harm of ransomware attacks on hospitals goes beyond lost network connectivity. Health systems may face millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements or lost revenue after a cyberattack.
  1. BayCare to launch pediatric residency program

    BayCare, the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Florida's Tampa Bay area announced a new pediatrics residency program at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on Oct. 25. 
  2. New COVID-19 cases down nearly 60% since delta surge

    New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are down nearly 60 percent since a September surge in cases brought on by the delta variant, The Washington Post reported Oct. 27. 
  3. How vaccination rates are changing in each state: Up in 28, down in 22

    An average of 796,100 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 4 percent decrease from the week before, according to The Washington Post. 
  4. Centene to restructure PBM following 4 states' claims of inflated drug costs

    Centene said Oct. 26 it plans to restructure its pharmacy benefits management business after four states claimed the insurer inflated prescription drug costs, Bloomberg reported. 
  1. American Telehealth Association forms board of health execs to curb disparities in virtual care

    The American Telehealth Association has launched the first phase of its goal of eliminating health disparities in virtual care. 
  2. Judgment favors Mississippi health system in trial over stolen patient records 

    A U.S. district judge issued a default judgment siding with Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center over litigation against three former employees who stole patient records and lied about their possession, Mississippi Today reported Oct. 26.
  3. Catholic Health weighs cutting healthcare benefits of striking New York workers

    Amid a strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) that is in its fourth week, Catholic Health said Oct. 26 that it is considering whether to discontinue healthcare coverage for striking workers if the walkout continues into November.
  4. 10 hospital execs define 'digital transformation'

    "Digital transformation" is a term used often in healthcare, though its meaning differs from organization to organization. Here, 10 executives from health systems across the country define what the term means to them.
  5. Facebook misinformation creates hurdles for UNICEF, WHO vaccine content

    Concerns that COVID-19 misinformation gets promoted on Facebook have made major health organizations hesitant to promote vaccine content on the site, Politico reported Oct. 27.
  6. Children's National launches $500M campaign for pediatric health

    Children's National Hospital announced a campaign Oct. 27 that aims to raise $500 million by 2023, which will be used for improved child care and research for kids.
  7. As the pandemic phases out, how do we talk about it?

    CDC models predict the nation's daily COVID-19 cases will drop about 20 percent by Nov. 13, perhaps an early signal of the beginning of the end of COVID-19's pandemic-level status.
  8. $26.8B of COVID-19 relief fund remains unused, nonprofit says

    There is about $26.8 billion of unused money in the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and more could be on the way as providers return grants, according to an analysis from The Urban Institute, a nonprofit economic and social policy research organization.
  9. UChicago Medicine plans expansion, microhospital in Indiana

    University of Chicago Medicine is planning to build a 116,000-square-foot medical facility with a microhospital in northwest Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported Oct. 26.

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