Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Staff shortages force patients to wait for hospice care

    Staff shortages in hospice facilities around the country are causing some facilities to postpone patient care, according to an Oct. 16 report from The New York Times. 
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    ​​Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. States can order COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5-11 starting Oct. 20

    On Oct. 7, Pfizer submitted its request for the FDA to extend its COVID-19 vaccine's emergency use authorization to include children between ages 5 and 11. Since then, the CDC released a guide to which states can refer when making plans ahead of the FDA's decision.

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  1. Prisma Health names new CEO for Tuomey Hospital

    Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health has appointed Joseph DiPaolo CEO of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, S.C. His role became effective Oct. 18.
  2. BCBS without nationwide mandate as Kansas affiliate requires employees get vaccinated

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to WIBW.
  3. Public health short on staff, funding and authority: 4 takeaways

    The nation's public health system, which was already short staffed and underfunded before the pandemic hit, may be less equipped to confront a future pandemic than it was in early 2020, The New York Times reported Oct. 18.
  4. Statewide lotteries had no effect on COVID-19 vaccine uptake, study shows

    Nineteen states rolled out lotteries for COVID-19 vaccine recipients, but none of them saw increased vaccination rates as a result, according to a study published Oct. 15 in JAMA Health Forum.
  1. 5 key investments Walgreens has made in 2021

    Here are five key deals Walgreens has pursued in 2021 to advance its pharmacy operations and push itself further into the primary care sector.
  2. US to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers

    Starting Nov. 8, international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit the U.S., reversing a ban on nonessential travel for foreign nationals that has been in place since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, the White House announced Oct. 15.
  3. Mandates spur uptick in employee vaccinations: Early results from 5 Massachusetts hospitals, health systems

    Mandates requiring COVID-19 vaccination at Massachusetts health systems have prompted many healthcare workers to get inoculated, although some are still holding off amid looming deadlines and threats of termination, The Boston Globe reported Oct. 15, citing information from hospital officials in the state.
  4. MD Anderson faces ethics complaint from advocacy group over cancer trial

    Transparimed, an advocacy group focused on clinical trial transparency, has filed an ethics complaint with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston over undisclosed results from a clinical trial completed in 2005. 
  1. Multistate healthcare provider sued after halting some Medicare admissions

    A company that provides healthcare services to elderly patients in several states is facing a proposed securities class action alleging the Denver-based organization omitted key pieces of information from its initial public offering, resulting in its share price falling after Medicare admissions to one of its centers were banned, according to Law360. 
  2. 12 recent hospital expansions

    Here are 12 hospitals or health systems that have completed expansions, are in the process of expanding or are planning to expand, as reported by Becker's in the last few weeks.
  3. Americans spend 12M hours a week on the phone with health insurers

    On average, Americans cumulatively spend 12 million hours a week talking to their health insurer, according to a Stanford study. 
  4. Amazon to add 150,000 seasonal jobs

    Amazon announced Oct. 18 that it plans to hire 150,000 workers for seasonal positions across the country. According to Bloomberg, this is about 50 percent more than last year. 
  5. Viewpoint: How scrubs reinforce sexist double standards

    As hospitals relax their dress codes to pre-pandemic standards across the country, female physicians are preparing for a return of appearance-related sexism, according to an Oct. 16 opinion piece in The Atlantic by Trisha Pasricha, MD. 
  6. COVID-19 still undermining performance improvement efforts, report finds

    Despite efforts by hospitals and health systems, the COVID-19 pandemic is still damaging their improvement efforts, showing a need for major changes in operations, according to Kaufman Hall's 2021 Healthcare Performance Improvement Report Oct. 18.
  7. Former New Jersey hospital employee wrongfully viewed, shared 9K patient records

    Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital began notifying thousands of patients that their protected health information was exposed by a former employee.
  8. Allina Health suspends emergency, urgent care at campus amid nurses strike

    Minneapolis-based Allina Health is temporarily suspending emergency and urgent care services at its Abbott Northwestern WestHealth location in Plymouth, Minn., as nurses go on strike.
  9. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 7th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Oct. 18 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the seventh time.

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