Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Despite its $3M drugs, Bluebird Bio may not survive

    Bluebird Bio sells two of the most expensive drugs on the market, both priced at about $3 million per patient, but they may not be enough to keep the business afloat, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 3. 
  2. 6 chief strategy officers on the move

    Here are six hospital and health system chief strategy officer moves that have been reported by Becker's this year.
  3. Harnett Health completes transition to Epic

    Harnett Health, a two-hospital system in Dunn, N.C., and Lillington, N.C., completed its transition to Epic EHR on Oct. 1, according to Oct. 1 reporting in the Greater Fayetteville Business Journal.

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  1. Tennessee Republican lawmakers to Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Halt gender-affirming surgeries

    Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are calling on Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to stop providing gender-affirming surgeries, NBC News reported Oct. 1.
  2. AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy reaccredited for specialty pharmacy services

    Walgreens' specialty and home delivery pharmacy business, AllianceRx, gained reaccreditation Oct. 4 for its specialty services. 
  3. CommonSpirit IT security incident disrupts hospital operations

    Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health was the victim of an IT security incident that is impacting its facilities across the country, Kitsap Sun reported Oct. 3. 
  4. This New Jersey hospital improved HCAHPS scores with no new tech or renovations

    RWJ Barnabas Health's Monmouth Medical Center launched a simple patient experience strategy in 2021 that is paying off in big ways, Asbury Park Press reported Oct. 4.

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  1. Only 49% of Americans plan to get flu shot amid threat of severe season, survey finds

    While 69 percent of Americans agree flu vaccination is the best preventive measure against flu-related deaths, only 49 percent are planning on getting a shot this season, a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found.
  2. New omicron relatives make up nearly 20% of US cases: 4 updates

    As BA.5 slowly descends, a collection of omicron relatives now make up 18.7 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to the CDC's latest variant proportion estimates. 
  3. Infection preventionists should still mask in patient care areas, APIC says

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology urges all infection preventionists to maintain mandatory mask requirement policies for all healthcare employees in patient care areas despite the CDC's recent guidance shift.
  4. 2,000 PeaceHealth workers call for improved hospital standards

    Members of Service Employees International Union 49 are holding a day of action Oct. 4, including an informational picket at facilities operated by Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth, according to a news release shared with Becker's.

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  1. 'People and policymakers are finally getting it': AMA President Dr. Jack Resneck Jr. on the fight to fix prior authorization, physician burnout

    It's only been around four months since Jack Resneck Jr., MD, took over as president of the American Medical Association. In that time, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Congress took action on a bill to reform prior authorization for Medicare Advantage plans, and the nation charted its course out of the worst public health crisis in more than a century.
  2. Ascension to close hospital, lay off 133 workers

    Ascension is closing an Indiana hospital and nine medical practices, a move that will affect 133 employees, according to notices the St. Louis-based health system filed with state regulators. 
  3. Healthcare consumers conditioned not to shop for best prices, study says

    Sixty-four percent of Americans have never sought out pricing for healthcare services, according to an Oct. 4 survey from Akasa revenue cycle firm that uses artificial intelligence.
  4. Providence responds to New York Times billing practice report

    Providence has shared the internal message it sent following the New York Times' Sept. 24 report regarding the Renton, Wash.-based health system's alleged billing practices. 
  5. 17 hospitals scaling back care

    More than a dozen hospitals are scaling back services for a variety of reasons, including financial challenges and staffing issues. 
  6. 10 states with the largest decreases to travel nurse pay

    The average weekly travel nurse pay in September in the U.S. was $3,066, down 17.34 percent from $3,709 during the same month in 2021, according to a report from Vivian Health, a national healthcare hiring marketplace.   
  7. Supreme Court declines 10 states' challenge to CMS' vaccine mandate

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 declined a case brought by 10 states challenging the Biden administration's rule that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work in healthcare facilities that receive federal funding.
  8. 7-hospital system files for bankruptcy

    Pipeline Health System, which includes seven hospitals in three states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 2. 
  9. Atrium Medical Center names Kevin Harlan president

    Middletown, Ohio-based Atrium Medical Center has tapped Kevin Harlan as president, Sidney Daily News reported Oct. 3. 

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