Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Georgia lands $100M to strengthen healthcare workforce

    The CDC is awarding Georgia $100 million to bolster the state's public health infrastructure, workforce and data systems, NPR affiliate GPB reported Dec. 6.
  2. 8 strikes that (almost) were

    Healthcare workers have participated in labor strikes across the U.S., citing concerns about staffing, patient care, working conditions and employee retention. But there are several situations where workers averted such walkouts, just days or weeks before they were scheduled to occur.
  3. A decade high for hospitalizations: 8 notes on this year's flu season

    The nation is seeing its worst flu outbreak in more than a decade, with the CDC estimating there have already been 78,000 hospitalizations since the start of the season in October. 

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  1. Nursing homes rarely face sanctions for staffing violations, report shows

    Only 4 percent of U.S. nursing homes are cited by government inspectors for flouting federal registered nurse staffing level rules, and even fewer face fines for doing so, a USA Today investigation has found.
  2. 13 recent RCM mergers and acquisitions

    From JP Recovery Services joining Meduit, to Knowtion Health acquiring Amplus, here are 13 revenue cycle management mergers and acquisitions Becker's has reported since June 21:
  3. Ascension nurses in Michigan move closer to strike

    Members of the Michigan Nurses Association at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo have given their bargaining team the ability to call a strike.
  4. Billions in hospital pandemic aid misallocated, analysis finds

    The federal government provided tens of billions of dollars in COVID-19 aid to hospitals around the country to help deal with the pressures of the pandemic, but many recipients did not need the funds, according to a Dec. 4 report by The Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Kaiser, Virginia Mason, more say they are not partaking in the MyChart charge trend

    Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, MultiCare and Kaiser Permanente said that they do not have any plans to charge patients for MyChart messages with physicians, The News Tribune reported Dec. 5. 
  2. Digital health investment in 2023: 4 key things to know

    Investors in the healthcare technology space expect digital health investments to reach a valuation of $15 billion to $25 billion in 2023, according to a Dec. 1 survey by global investment firm GSR Ventures.
  3. CEOs express concern over economy, Dow Jones slumps for 2nd straight day

    Comments from several CEOs at major U.S. companies appeared to spook the stock market Dec. 6 as the Dow Jones Industrial Index declined sharply for a second straight day, CNN reported.
  4. Remote work is slowing CDC overhaul, leaders say

    A heavily remote workforce may be slowing an overhaul of the CDC, Kaiser Health News reported Dec. 5. 

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  1. Amazon ends HIPAA compliance tool for Alexa used by Atrium Health, Providence, others

    Amazon will no longer support HIPAA compliance on its Alexa devices after the tech giant had partnered with several healthcare organizations on the tool.
  2. 21,000 Kaiser nurses approve agreement with 22.5% wage boost

    Members of the California Nurses Association at 21 Northern California Kaiser Permanente facilities have approved a new four-year contract.
  3. New Jersey hospital fined $63K over gun cache

    The New Jersey Department of Health has fined Hudson Regional Hospital $63,000 for various licensure violations after dozens of guns were found in an unlocked closet at the Secaucus, N.J.-based hospital in July. 
  4. 378 labs billed Medicare at questionable levels for COVID-19 tests, OIG report says

    A Dec. 6 OIG report found that 378 labs billed Medicare Part B at questionably high levels for test add-ons.
  5. Oklahoma hospital breaks ground on $150M expansion project

    Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee (Okla.) has broken ground on its new $150 million building, NewsOn6 reported Dec. 6.
  6. 8 hospital projects costing more than $1B

    Several hospitals and health systems, including Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and Pittsburgh-based UPMC, have started or planned projects costing $1 billion or more.
  7. Adventist Health downgraded on bonds rating

    Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health reported a downgraded long-term credit rating on bonds it holds Dec. 6, declining from "A" (negative) to "A-" (stable).
  8. New green card proposals will harm international nursing recruitment, AHA warns

    Congressional proposals to change green card rules could have a highly negative effect on the ability of healthcare groups to employ foreign nurses at a time of national labor shortages, the American Hospital Association warned in a letter to House of Representatives leaders Dec. 5.
  9. Top 10 companies hiring tech workers include Humana, Elevance Health

    Despite Big Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook parent Meta laying off tens of thousands of employees, many businesses — including a couple of payers — continue to hire tech workers at a rapid pace.

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