Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Americans have lost 2.5 million years of life to COVID-19, Harvard researcher finds

    COVID-19 has cost Americans an estimated 2.5 million years of life, and nearly half of that number comes from the deaths of middle-aged patients, according to research published in the preprint server medRxiv. 
  2. Dry winter air will fuel COVID-19's spread, health experts say

    Studies show that dry air encourages the spread of COVID-19, and health experts are sounding the alarm as temperatures start to cool, STAT reported. 
  3. Half of patients get cost estimates before treatment, TransUnion finds

    Fifty-three percent of patients said they receive clear cost estimates before seeing a provider for treatment, according to a new report from consultant TransUnion Healthcare. 

Behavioral health cases are rising: leverage technology to improve outcomes

Before COVID-19, the US spent a respective $200 billion and $35 billion per year on mental and substance use disorders. The pandemic has caused an increased demand for behavioral health services. Learn how care coordination can help improve outcomes.
  1. 5 risk factors for long-term COVID-19: Study

    There are five main risk factors that may increase the chance people experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, according to findings published by medRxiv. 
  2. Massachusetts hospital to remain closed for 1 year to repair flood damage

    Norwood (Mass.) Hospital will need at least a year to repair damage incurred from a flood this summer, the hospital's owner confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  3. Hospital deaths 5 times higher for COVID-19 than flu, CDC finds

    Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for death and health complications than those hospitalized with influenza, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Oct. 20. 
  4. Hall of Fame Health, 12 providers to offer medical services to former NFL players

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame's new entity, Hall of Fame Health, has partnered with 12 U.S. healthcare providers to offer medical services to any former NFL player or team employee, and their families.

The new rules of margin improvement

Challenges often accelerate innovation—and in the era of COVID-19, the need for system-wide agility, integration and transformation are vital.
  1. Men more likely to die of COVID-19 than women, analysis finds

    There are 13 deaths among men with confirmed COVID-19 cases for every 10 deaths among women, according to an analysis from Global Health 50/50, an initiative to improve gender equality in global health. 
  2. Some COVID-19 vaccines may increase HIV susceptibility, researchers warn

    Some COVID-19 vaccines contain a certain adenovirus strain that could make people more susceptible to HIV, four researchers warned in a commentary for The Lancet.
  3. How Virginia Mason is using lessons learned from COVID-19

    Between shifting patient flow, the need to expand capacity for COVID-19 patients and revenue losses from shutting down services early on, the pandemic has caused numerous challenges and disruption for health systems across the country. For Gary Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle, these challenges have underscored the importance of being open to new ideas and using lessons learned during the public health crisis to improve patient care. 
  4. Michigan insurer launches virtual-first primary care plan

    Priority Health, an insurer based in Grand Rapids, Mich., launched a primary care plan for members who want more online interactions with providers.
  1. CMS approves Nebraksa's Medicaid expansion, work requirements

    CMS said Oct. 20 that it approved Nebraska's demonstration to expand Medicaid and add work requirements to the program. 
  2. Northwell unveils $500M investment into South Shore University Hospital

    Northwell Health will invest more than $500 million to transform South Shore University Hospital, the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based system said Oct. 20.
  3. Lehigh Valley Health Network plans to open Pennsylvania hospital in 2022

    Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network said it plans to open a hospital in Dickson City, Pa., in the summer of 2022, according to The Morning Call. 
  4. Kaiser Permanente to build medical center in Maryland

    Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States plans to build a medical center in Silver Spring, Md., according to Montgomery County Media. 
  5. Envision, Cigna sign multiyear agreement in Florida

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare and Cigna reached a multiyear agreement that will allow Cigna members to continue receiving in-network access to Envision physicians. 
  6. 5,300 physicians, scientists: Herd immunity as virus management is a 'dangerous fallacy'

    Thousands of scientists, researchers and healthcare professionals have signed the John Snow Memorandum denouncing herd immunity as "a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence."
  7. Which states saw unemployment rise, fall last month?

    Unemployment rates declined from August to September in 30 states, rose in eight states and were stable in 12 states and Washington, D.C., according to data released Oct. 20 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  8. Cardiology leader at Ohio hospital dies of COVID-19 complications

    Mukul S. Chandra, MD, a cardiologist with Ohio-based Premier Health, died Oct. 18 of health complications following a COVID-19 diagnosis, reports CBS affiliate WHIO. 
  9. Amazon extends remote work through next June

    Amazon lengthened its work from home policy into next year, matching remote work guidance from Google and other big tech companies, according to an Oct. 21 blog post.

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