Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Catholic Health's credit downgraded amid nurses strike

    Moody's Investors Service reported Oct. 12 that it downgraded Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health's rating to "Ba2" from "Baa2" because of its financial problems from the pandemic, labor costs and its ongoing nurses strike, giving them a negative outlook.
  2. Flu cases up 23% compared to 2020, Walgreens' data shows

    As of Oct. 9, flu cases in the U.S. are up 23 percent compared to last year, when flu activity was historically low due to widespread COVID-19 mitigation measures, according to new data from Walgreens' Flu Index. 
  3. RWJBarnabas fires 118 workers over vaccination mandate

    RWJBarnabas Health has fired 118 staff members for not complying with the West Orange, N.J.-based health system's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to a statement shared with Becker's.

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  1. Why Sanford Health's CEO is opting for a lean exec team

    Sanford Health President and CEO Bill Gassen is making leadership changes as he nears one year at the helm of the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based health system, according to, a digital news organization.
  2. 3 hospital CEOs on why the pediatric mental health crisis needs more attention

    The pandemic has created an influx of children and families seeking help from hospital emergency departments for mental and behavioral health disorders. Three children's hospital CEOs spoke with Becker's in September and October about the mental health crisis facing children and health systems.
  3. EmblemHealth lays off 89 New York employees

    New York City-based EmblemHealth laid off 89 employees starting Oct. 15, according to an Oct. 18 New York labor department filing.
  4. Missouri hospital sees 0 new COVID admissions for 1st day since July

    Springfield, Mo.-based Mercy Hospital reported no new COVID-19 admissions Oct. 17, the first day without a new coronavirus patient since July, according to an Oct. 18 tweet from Erik Frederick, the hospital's chief administrative officer. 
  1. Partnerships, mergers can save hospitals, AHA says, but some studies link consolidation to higher prices

    Mergers, partnerships and acquisitions may have saved some hospitals and allowed them to scale up, an October 2021 American Hospital Association report says. However, other research has found that consolidation actually raises prices and doesn't necessarily increase quality of care.
  2. National nurses union outlines goals for society, healthcare post-pandemic

    Registered nurses from across the U.S. took to the National Nurses United convention Oct.12-14 to pass resolutions for society in light of the pandemic: a society based on care focusing on workers’ rights, Medicare for All, global health and vaccine equity, and racial and gender justice, according to an Oct. 15 release from the union.
  3. Scammers spoofing Henry Ford Health's name to steal patients' data, hospital warns

    Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System is warning patients that scammers are spoofing phone calls to make it appear as if they are coming from Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.
  4. 7 recent lawsuits, settlements filed over data breaches

    From Optum's lawsuit against former employees to class-action lawsuits against UF Health that affected more than 700,000 patients, here are seven recent lawsuits and settlements over data breaches making headlines:
  1. Hackers breached UMass Memorial's emails for 5+ months, affecting 3,000+ patients

    Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health began notifying 3,099 patients that hackers breached employee email accounts, according to data the organization shared with the Maine attorney general's office Oct. 15.
  2. Appreciation bonuses helping with retention, hospital execs say

    U.S. hospital and health system workers have been serving nearly two years on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. To recognize these workers, organizations have offered bonus payments during the public health crisis. It has been part of an ongoing effort to retain and recruit employees as hospitals deal with staff shortages and burnout during surges of the virus.
  3. 21 most diverse colleges in 2021

    Schools in California dominated the top 21 schools in the diversity category of this year's Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.
  4. Equitas Health CEO resigns after employees allege racism within system

    Bill Hardy, the president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Equitas Health, has stepped down following claims of racism and discrimination within the health system.
  5. Blue Shield of California, Google Cloud launch real-time claims processing

    Blue Shield of California and Google Cloud are collaborating on a cloud-based solution that allows the insurer to process claims in real time. 
  6. 22 hospitals hiring CNOs

    Below are 22 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking chief nursing officers. 
  7. How proactive revenue recovery strategies can reduce revenue leakage

    A major problem for hospitals and health systems is revenue leakage, which has been exacerbated during the pandemic.
  8. Washington physician assistant's license suspended after more than a dozen COVID-19 complaints

    The Washington Medical Commission suspended the license of a pediatric physician assistant following more than a dozen complaints for prescribing medication without seeing patients and interfering with the care of COVID-19 patients, according to an Oct. 15 report from The Columbian.
  9. Hospitals offered limited public support of Black Lives Matter movement, study says

    Researchers analyzed the top 100 hospitals' Twitter accounts to analyze their support of Black Americans, social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to an Oct. 15 report published in JAMA Network Open.

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