Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Q&A with Novant Health Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer Angela Yochem: Leading Transformation in Healthcare during and after COVID-19

    During a recent interview, Angela Yochem, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health, discussed her health system’s approach to digital health and how she thinks creatively about innovation opportunities.
  2. Kaiser defrauded Medicare of $1B, Justice Department alleges

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and various affiliates defrauded Medicare of about $1 billion by adding diagnoses to patients' medical records to increase reimbursement, the Justice Department alleged in a complaint filed Oct. 25. 
  3. Novant Health must pay $10M to former exec in discrimination case

    A former Novant Health executive who claimed in a lawsuit he was fired to help the organization reach diversity goals was awarded $10 million by a federal jury Oct. 22.

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  1. New York hospital suspends nonemergency surgeries, cites staff shortage

    Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital has suspended nonemergency surgeries because of staff shortages, The Bradford Era reported Oct. 26.
  2. Tampa General CEO John Couris: Once a learner, always a learner

    A little over a week ago, I defended my dissertation. In December, I will graduate with a doctorate in business administration with a focus in management sciences from the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. While I am tremendously proud of what I have achieved, my purpose in sharing this is to inspire others to continue pursuing their passions. Learning is a lifelong journey and should be a process for everyone. 
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Oct. 27

    As of October 27, more than 739,000 people in the U.S. had died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  4. Designing value-based musculoskeletal care models that benefit patients and providers — 4 insights

    Although costs in the musculoskeletal space are rapidly increasing, that spending doesn't always translate to value. By creating value-based programs that focus holistically on patients, population health data and the right provider incentives, healthcare systems can better control costs while improving care.
  1. States ranked by COVID-19 hospitalization rates: Oct. 27

    New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have decreased 19 percent over the last two weeks, though 10 states are still seeing hospitalization rates trend upward, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
  2. Cook County Health names permanent CFO

    Pamela Cassara has been appointed CFO of Cook County Health in Chicago. She assumed the role in September, according to LinkedIn.
  3. Best Buy unveils its healthcare strategy: 5 insights

    Deborah DiSanzo, president of Best Buy Health, outlined the technology retail company's healthcare strategy at HLTH's 2021 conference.
  4. Emergency physicians group chooses new president

    The American College of Emergency Physicians has selected Gillian Schmitz, MD, as its president for the 2021-22 term. 
  1. Atrium, Novant battle for hospital beds in North Carolina

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health and Novant Health, the biggest health systems in Charlotte, are competing to add more hospital beds in Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte Business Journal reported Oct. 25.
  2. Cigna CEO predicts pharmaceutical innovation, other trends will shape healthcare

    David Cordani, Cigna CEO and president, highlighted pharmaceutical innovation as one of three healthcare trends industry leaders should watch as they develop their strategies, according to an Oct. 26 Cigna news release. 
  3. Competing South Dakota hospital leaders team up to discuss how to save rural healthcare in the state 

    Leaders from South Dakota's largest, competing hospitals have come together to work out how they can best address the healthcare needs of rural South Dakotans, the Argus Leader reported Oct. 25. 
  4. Viewpoint: How Maryland's price controls can benefit hospitals in economic distress

    When Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, underwent intensive physical therapy and received several neurological tests after a head injury, the bills that came back were mostly reasonable, she said Oct. 26 in Kaiser Health News.
  5. 13 hospitals that faced COVID-19 outbreaks this year

    The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened infection risks in the hospital setting, causing some facilities to experience outbreaks among patients and staff.
  6. AIDS Healthcare Foundation calls UnitedHealthcare, OptumRx fees 'unethical' in protest

    The AIDS Healthcare Foundation organized a protest Oct. 26 at UnitedHealthcare's Minnetonka, Minn., headquarters over what it called "unethical" costs. 
  7. 3 ways med schools are sharpening their focus on digital health

    As artificial intelligence and other digital health tools become increasingly integrated into care delivery, medical schools are developing programs to prepare incoming medical professionals for these trends. Here are three examples:
  8. Methodist Le Bonheur calls potential for US intervention in fraud suit 'abusive'

    Attorneys representing Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare are asking a federal court to prevent the Justice Department from intervening in a false claims lawsuit filed by whistleblowers against the Memphis, Tenn.-based health system, according to the Commercial Appeal.
  9. 13 recent hospital, health system CNO, CMO moves

    The following chief nursing officer and CMO moves have been reported since Oct. 1:

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