Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CHS records $112M profit, says it will sell 4 more hospitals by year-end

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems saw its revenue decline in the third quarter of 2020, but ended the period with a $112 million profit, according to financial documents released Oct. 27. This compares to a net loss of $17 million in the third quarter of 2019. 
  2. Colorado hospital remains closed after wildfire evacuation

    Estes Park (Colo.) Health was originally evacuated Oct. 22 due to wildfire spread in the area, and plans to reopen its emergency department this week, according to a hospital statement published in the Trail-Gazette. 
  3. Flash radiation therapy can help treat cancer without harmful effects, study finds

    Flash radiation therapy, also called Flash-RT, can eliminate the debilitating side effects associated with traditional radiation therapy by delivering the same dose in tenths of seconds, and can remove tumors, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research. 

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  1. 15 cities with the highest interoperability rates at hospitals: ONC data

    Cleveland is the city with the highest rates of interoperability among hospitals in the U.S., according to a recent analysis by ONC.
  2. 7 big ideas in telehealth

    Telehealth adoption has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitals and health systems increase their virtual care programs and technologies to stay connected to patients.
  3. Cerner's tech partnerships in the past year: A timeline

    Though the early months of the pandemic did not bode well for new tech-focused partnerships, Cerner has pursued several acquisitions and partnerships to improve its products and services in the past year.
  4. Former Verity Health CEO takes helm from billionaire as CEO of biotech company

    NantKwest in Culver City, Calif., has selected Richard Adcock to replace Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, as CEO, the biotech company said.

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  1. Senators call for hearing on defense department's role in Operation Warp Speed

    Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote a letter urging the committee to hold a hearing on the U.S. Department of Defense's role in Operation Warp Speed, the White House task force to develop and distribute a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. How 5 states are using federally provided Abbott rapid COVID-19 tests

    The HHS has released initial data on how states plan to use their share of 100 million rapid COVID-19 tests the government began distributing in September. The tests, from Abbott, don't require a lab and give results in 15 minutes. 
  3. FDA is letting COVID-19 vaccine makers skip inspection before emergency authorization

    The FDA won't require inspections of vaccine makers' production facilities before a COVID-19 vaccine receives emergency use authorization, Bloomberg reported. 
  4. AAMC creates new entities to improve people's health

    The Association of American Medical Colleges said it has created two new entities as part of its strategic plan to address inequities in medical education, healthcare and research.
  1. 3 key roadblocks preventing telehealth growth

    The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of some digital health tools, but there are still significant obstacles preventing widespread use of these tools in the healthcare industry.
  2. COVID-19 outbreak grows at Washington hospital, investigation launched

    Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan health system is working with its local health department to investigate an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at St. Joseph Medical Center, reports The News Tribune. 
  3. New York restricts hospital, nursing home visits in COVID-19 "red zones"

    As New York sees an increase in COVID-19 clusters, hospital and nursing home visits are banned in areas designated as COVID-19 red zones, reports 
  4. Why federal incentives to adopt health IT aren't working, according to 162 health system execs

    For health IT to meet its full potential, it needs better methods for creating and dispersing best practices and providing advanced tech assistance to health systems, according to a recent study published in Healthcare journal.
  5. Brigham and Women's concludes $1.75B fundraising campaign

    Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital has ended its fundraising campaign after raising more than $1.75 billion for the organization.
  6. Centene's profit grows to $568M: 4 things to know

    Centene Corp. saw its revenue and profit increase in the third quarter of 2020, thanks in part to its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans.
  7. COVID-19 vaccine to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid

    Americans who get their health insurance through Medicare or Medicaid likely won't have to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Politico, which cites an expected rule from the Trump administration.
  8. Female representation on hospital boards: 4 research findings

    While diversity benefits the boards of nonprofit hospitals and health systems, barriers to joining these governing bodies remain substantial for women, according to joint research from the Women's Nonprofit Leadership Initiative and Nonprofit Issues.
  9. Colon cancer screenings should start at 45, US task force says

    A national panel of health experts is for the first time recommending adults get screened for colon cancer at age 45 — five years earlier than current guidelines call for, reports NBC News.

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