Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UNC Health hospital opens Nov. 1 after COVID delays

    UNC Health Rex Holly Springs (N.C.) Hospital has rescheduled its opening for Nov. 1 now that the number of COVID-19 cases has declined in the area, The News & Observer reported Oct. 19.
  2. FDA will allow mixing and matching doses for COVID-19 boosters

    The FDA is planning to allow Americans to receive a COVID-19 booster made by a different drugmaker than the one that made the vaccine with which they were initially inoculated, The New York Times reported Oct. 18.
  3. Man gets 7-year prison sentence for 2014 UPMC database hack

    A Michigan man was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the hacking and theft of data belonging to more than 65,000 UPMC employees, the Justice Department said Oct. 18. 

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  1. 15 best places to retire 2021-2022, per US News & World Report 

    Florida towns dominated the U.S. News & World Report's best places to retire 2021-2022 list, the site of nine of 15 top places listed.  
  2. What's next for unvaccinated, unemployed healthcare workers?

    A growing number of hospitals and health systems have mandated COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, leaving questions about what's next for a trove of unvaccinated healthcare workers who've been terminated or resigned.  
  3. 'Striketober': Why healthcare workers nationwide are walking off the job

    In a movement that has been deemed "striketober" online and on social media, workers in healthcare and other industries, who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly two years, are walking off the job or preparing to walk off over working conditions, according to NBC News.
  4. From CIO to chief digital officer: Why Memorial Healthcare's Jeffrey Sturman is making the shift 

    As it continues to accelerate digital transformation and consumerism efforts, Memorial Healthcare System is restructuring several leadership positions, including CIO, to better support its patient engagement and IT agendas. 
  1. New Mexico hospital physicians demand new CEO

    Physicians at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup, N.M., are demanding a new local CEO, more transparency from the board and better working conditions. 
  2. New corporate directors class most diverse yet, but their spread is uneven

    New data suggests that the newest class of board directors at public companies is the most diverse yet. However, the pattern was uneven, with smaller companies lagging behind their larger counterparts and half of companies adding no new board members, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 19. 
  3. UnitedHealthcare launches virtual-first health plan

    UnitedHealthcare has launched a virtual-first health plan for employers in nine markets.
  4. Insurance waivers end; hospitalized COVID patients could owe thousands

    Americans who are hospitalized with COVID-19 in 2021 may have to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills as insurers lift waivers, according to a University of Michigan analysis published in JAMA Network Open on Oct. 18.
  1. 4 systems hiring chief quality officers 

    Below are 4 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  2. How Atlantic Health heals symptoms, stigma of long COVID-19: 2 physicians weigh in

    The World Health Organization released an official definition on post COVID-19 condition on Oct. 6, but clinicians have been treating patients with symptoms since the onset of the pandemic — including stigma surrounding the legitimacy of the condition. 
  3. Viewpoint: Black women in medicine considered 'superhuman, but never enough'

    Black women historically have been excluded and dismissed from entry into many sectors, healthcare being one. Authors from Harvard University penned an article titled "Superhuman, but never enough" in the Oct. 16 issue of The Lancet  discussing what being a Black woman in healthcare is like. 
  4. Recruiting retired staff, volunteers: 3 things North Dakota is doing to boost healthcare workforce

    The North Dakota Department of Health and providers statewide are taking steps to encourage volunteers and individuals with healthcare experience to join the workforce during the ongoing pandemic and staffing shortage, according to an Oct. 18 news release.
  5. Kevin DeRonde renamed CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership

    Kevin DeRonde has been renamed CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa, The Oskaloosa Herald reported Oct. 15. 
  6. The status of COVID vaccine authorization for kids

    The CDC has released a guide saying states can begin ordering COVID-19 shots intended for children younger than 12 on Oct. 20, but the FDA and CDC have yet to authorize any vaccine for use in children under 12. Only Pfizer's vaccine is authorized for use in people under age 18. 
  7. Why praising competitors can make a health system seem more trustworthy

    Brands usually are apprehensive about complimenting competitors, as many marketers say doing so gives a rival free publicity. However, health systems might have an opportunity to improve patients' perceptions of them by giving competitors their due, according to a study in the Journal of Marketing.
  8. Physicians are spending more time in EHR inboxes, exacerbating burnout, study says

    During the first 15 months of the pandemic, physicians experienced "a small but sustained increase" in EHR messages from patients, despite a decrease in the number of patients seeking care during the same period, according to research published Oct. 12 in JAMA Network Open.
  9. Jefferson Health, General Catalyst team up to tackle disconnected tech systems

    Jefferson Health tapped General Catalyst to serve as its innovation partner, helping the Philadelphia-based health system tackle digital transformation initiatives, including modernizing tech platforms and diversifying its revenue streams, according to an Oct. 18 news release. 

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