Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Mayo study: 10 Google search terms predict COVID-19 hotspots

    Mayo Clinic researchers examined Google Trends search terms amid the pandemic and found the keywords related to COVID-19 correlated with outbreaks across the U.S.
  2. St. Luke's University Health Network spends $11M on GE Healthcare ultrasound tech: 4 details

    Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network inked a multimillion-dollar deal to install new ultrasound technology and IT workflow software.
  3. UC San Francisco names new president of children's hospitals: 4 notes

    UC San Francisco has tapped Matthew Cook as president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and senior vice president of UCSF children's services, effective Dec. 31, officials said Oct. 22.

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. HHS revises revenue-reporting rules for COVID-19 grants after hospitals push back

    HHS has reversed a change made in September to COVID-19 relief grant reporting after hospitals warned it could result in many needing to return funds meant to offset coronavirus-related expenses or lost revenue. 
  2. Pandemic confirmed med school was right choice, Medscape student survey finds

    About half of medical students say the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced their decision to enter medicine, a recent Medscape report found.
  3. 'An urgent crisis': Hospitals in several states hit capacity — 8 notes

    At least 14 states are hitting record high COVID-19 hospitalizations, with seven more states close to peaking, according to The COVID-19 Tracking Project data cited by The New York Times.
  4. States ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rates: Oct. 24

    Here are the rates of positive COVID-19 tests in each state, along with the number of new cases most recently reported and number of tests conducted per 1,000 people. 

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. 3 cities sue Trump over threats to cut COVID-19 aid, other funding

    New York City, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, three cities deemed "anarchist jurisdictions" by President Donald Trump, are suing the Trump administration over threats to cut federal funding, according to The New York Times. 
  2. Lee Health shakes up leadership

    Lee Health in Fort Myers, Fla. has promoted several leaders and expanded several roles. 
  3. US sees 75K+ new cases in 1 day; FDA approves 1st COVID-19 treatment — 5 updates

    The U.S. reported more than 75,000 new COVID-19 cases Oct. 22, marking the second-highest daily increase seen during the pandemic, reports The New York Times.
  4. The final presidential debate: 5 healthcare takeaways

    President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden debated Oct. 22 for the last time before the general election. The debate took place in Nashville, Tenn.  
  1. Chicago area slated to lose 14th hospital in 20 years

    Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago is scheduled to close next year, and it will be the 14th hospital in the Chicago area to close since 2000, according to an analysis by ABC7 Chicago. 
  2. Walgreens expands COVID-19 testing to children 3 and older

    Walgreens said Oct. 22 it is expanding its COVID-19 testing to be available to children ages 3 years and older. It was previously only available to people 18 and older. 
  3. 8 recent legal actions involving pharmacists, drugmakers

    Below are eight legal actions involving members of the drug supply chain, including pharmacists, drugmakers and others, reported by Becker's Hospital Review since August:
  4. Retired physicians call on Washington hospital to split from Virginia Mason

    A group of retired physicians is urging Virginia Mason Memorial, a 256-bed hospital in Yakima, Wash., to split with Virginia Mason Health System over concerns about a potential merger, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.
  5. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  6. No clear US plan on how COVID-19 antibody drugs will be distributed, paid for if approved

    Both Regeneron and Eli Lilly have submitted emergency use authorization requests with the FDA for their COVID-19 antibody drugs, but there is no clear system for how the federal government will make sure the drugs will be allocated fairly or how they will be paid for if they are approved, NPR reported.  
  7. 3 trends for healthcare marketers

    Healthcare marketers should keep a pulse on trends emerging in the industry if they want to deliver patients the most up-to-date and engaging information, according to Ajay Prasad, the founder and CEO of healthcare digital marketing agency GMR Web Team.
  8. Remdesivir becomes first FDA-approved COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA on Oct. 22 granted approval to remdesivir, which Gilead sells under the brand name Veklury, as a COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients aged 12 years and older.
  9. 4 providers join deployment of BCBS Illinois, Epic payer platform

    Four healthcare providers have signed on to implement a new payer platform jointly developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and EHR software giant Epic.

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