Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Antimicrobial resistance accounts for more global deaths than HIV, malaria, study finds

    An estimated 1.27 million people around the world died directly from antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, according to a study published Jan. 19 in The Lancet. Antimicrobial resistance was also a factor in nearly 5 million deaths globally, the estimates show. 
  2. Patients could wait days for a hospital bed in Southern California

    Amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant, some Southern California hospitals are facing a bottleneck in their ability to move patients treated in the emergency room to a hospital bed, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 20.
  3. Walgreens, VillageMD to open 8 more primary care clinics in Arizona

    Walgreens and VillageMD said Jan. 20 they will open eight Village Medical at Walgreens locations this year in the metro area of Tucson, Ariz.
  1. Joint Commission, American Heart Association launch heart attack certification program

    The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association launched the Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification program on Jan. 19 to advance care for the most complex and severely ill cardiac patients. 
  2. Blood collection tubes are in short supply: FDA

    All blood specimen collection tubes were added to the FDA's device shortage list on Jan. 19 amid an increase in demand and recent supply issues.
  3. 10 systems seeking supply chain talent

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  4. 3 states where health officials say omicron is likely peaking

    The omicron surge has yet to peak nationwide, but some states are reporting a recent drop in COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations.

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  1. The rise of telehealth puts spotlight on data privacy

    Health data has transformed healthcare and with the rise of telehealth, patient data is being acquired quickly, but healthcare facilities must balance healthcare data collection with patient privacy, Raconteur reported Jan. 19.
  2. Mayo Clinic wins domain name dispute with porn site

    The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, part of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, has won a case alleging its name was being used to divert people to a pornographic website. 
  3. Unilever won't raise offer for GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer joint venture

    After three rejected bids, London-based Unilever is throwing in the towel, stating that it will not raise its $68 billion offer to purchase GSK Consumer Healthcare, the joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 19.
  4. HCA hit with antitrust lawsuit in Florida

    HCA Healthcare, a for-profit hospital operator based in Nashville, Tenn., is facing a federal antitrust case in Florida concerning the orthopedic surgery market. 

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  1. 8 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Jan. 14:
  2. Who is hospitalized with COVID-19 right now? 6 trends

    New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have risen 42 percent over the last two weeks, with a daily average of 158,638 virus patients hospitalized, according to HHS data cited by The New York Times.
  3. California health system to outsource RCM jobs to Optum

    Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth has selected Optum to provide supply chain and revenue cycle management services.
  4. Montefiore fined $17K for workplace violence violations

    The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has fined New York City-based Montefiore Medical Center after the agency said it found that employees, including nurses, assistants, technicians and security personnel, were exposed to workplace violence.
  5. CHS to offer $1.5B in senior secured notes

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems plans to offer $1.54 billion worth of senior secured notes to repay outstanding bonds. 
  6. 3 notable stroke, heart disease findings in 2021: AHA

    The American Heart Association highlighted groundbreaking research and development in care for heart disease and stroke patients in 2021.  
  7. Humana's CenterWell Senior Primary Care to expand to 12 state markets

    Humana subsidiary CenterWell Senior Primary Care, the largest senior-oriented primary care provider in the nation, is expanding its reach to 12 states. 
  8. 7 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last month:
  9. Geisinger, Renown and more share patient communication strategies for 2022

    In 2022, hospitals' patient communication strategies will focus on carefully considered COVID-19 guidance and digital engagement efforts, according to four health system marketing executives who shared their strategies with Becker's.

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