Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US News changes physician survey for best hospitals methodology: 6 things to know

    U.S. News & World Report has made changes to the physician survey that has long been part of the methodology for determining its annual best hospital rankings.
  2. Supreme Court justice declines to immediately halt enforcement of Maine vaccination mandate for healthcare workers

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has rejected a request from healthcare workers to immediately block enforcement of Maine's COVID-19 vaccination mandate based on their religious objections, according to The Washington Post and The New York Times.
  3. The in-person interactions CEOs prioritize in the workplace

    A lot of communication in the workplace is conducted electronically. However, it is essential for hospital and health system leaders to have face-to-face conversations with employees in some situations.

3 physician strategies to improve performance in 2022

The current changes in reimbursement and care delivery models, along with increased physician burn out make it a critical time to reevaluate your physician strategy. 
  1. FTC's merger filing influx: What healthcare execs should know

    The Federal Trade Commission is facing a "tidal wave" of merger filings this year that are straining agency resources and causing hiccups for some merging entities.
  2. 2022 is the year of nonmedical benefits for Medicare Advantage plans

    An Oct. 19 Avalere analysis of 2022 Medicare Advantage offerings found significant growth among nonmedical benefits.
  3. UnitedHealthcare, UWH of North Carolina launch prenatal care initiative

    UnitedHealthcare is partnering with Unified Women's Healthcare of North Carolina on an initiative to expand its group prenatal care model.
  4. Mayo Clinic, U of Minnesota get $19.4M for heart disparity research center

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have received a five-year, $19.4 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to create a research center aimed at reducing heart health disparities. 
  1. US probing sale of $1.8M in counterfeit masks to Cleveland Clinic

    Federal authorities are investigating several shipments of fake 3M N95 masks sent to Cleveland Clinic during the pandmeic, reported Oct. 20. 
  2. Most hospitals facing supply shortages, hefty price increases, Kaufman Hall says

    Ninety-nine percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems surveyed by healthcare consultant Kaufman Hall in 2021 reported challenges in supply procurement, including shortages of key items and significant price increases. 
  3. Radiologists launch coalition to fight $5B in federal payment cuts

    The Radiology Business Management Association in Fairfax, Va., launched Oct. 19 a coalition dubbed the Radiology Patient Action Network to prevent over $5 billion in federal payment cuts, according to a press release.
  4. Nursing homes slow to vaccinate staff as officials wait for federal  mandate

    The delay in a nationwide vaccination mandate for nursing home staff members has families and residents expressing frustration and concern about unvaccinated individuals providing direct care, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. 
  1. Amazon, FDA & others partner to integrate sensor data into patient care

    The Digital Medicine Society — a professional society for the digital health field that refers to itself as DiMe — on Oct. 20 launched a collaborative initiative focused on integrating sensor-generated data into patient care and clinical research.
  2. 34% of nurses report poor emotional health: 7 survey findings

    More than two-thirds of nurses have reported experiencing stress, exhaustion and frustration over the past two weeks, according to an Oct. 14 survey from the American Nurses Foundation, the American Nurses Association's philanthropic arm.
  3. ACA extras would cost $553B, extend coverage to 4 million people, budget office says

    A letter from the Congressional Budget Office found that expanding the ACA — including tax credits, eligibility and Medicaid programs in holdout states — would cost $553 billion. 
  4. Q3 report shows Anthem profits up 580%: 5 things to know

    Anthem's third quarter earnings report demonstrated an uptick in revenue and raised its outlook for the third time this year. 
  5. State drops charges against Connecticut physician accused of false COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

    The Connecticut Medical Examining Board unanimously agreed Oct. 19 to withdraw the charges against a retired physician accused of distributing fake COVID-19 vaccine and mask exemptions after voluntarily relinquishing her medical license Oct. 1, according to the CT Post.
  6. Aerosol expert: We can't ignore the role of airborne flu spread

    Experts should use what has been learned about airborne transmission of COVID-19 to change the trajectory of the flu season, wrote Linsey Marr, PhD, Oct. 19 for The New York Times.
  7. 5 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Oct.13:
  8. Kaleida Health offering incentives for extra shifts to address staffing issues amid nurses strike

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health is offering a monetary incentive program to employees who pick up additional shifts as a result of recruitment and staffing gaps relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and a nurses strike at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, according to Communications Workers of America, which represents workers at Kaleida and Catholic Health facilities.
  9. Mercy Medical union nurses receive $10K bonus, wage increase

    A day before planning to picket, union nurses at Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center decided on a tentative agreement with parent company Trinity Health. The agreement includes salary increases and a $10,000 retention bonus, the Boston Business Journal reported Oct. 20.

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