Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Struggling with price transparency laws? Wipfli leader shares tips and tricks

    As hospitals adjust to the price transparency rules that went into effect Jan. 1, 2021, Kelly Arduino, a healthcare industry leader for consulting and accounting firm Wipfli, is working with hospitals to help them comply with the rules.
  2. Why the best ideas in digital health are still to come

    Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of information technology and data and chief digital officer of University of California Irvine and UCI Health, is bullish on the future integration of technology in healthcare.
  3. UNC Health opens 80-bed tower

    Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health opened its 107,000-square-foot patient tower, which includes 80 patient beds and six inpatient dialysis bays, at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough (N.C.) Campus.

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  1. FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11

    The FDA authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 5 to 11 on May 17.
  2. GE urged to allocate scarce imaging dye to hospitals based on need

    A national shortage of contrast media is hindering hospital and health systems' ability to care for patients and what's available should be distributed based on need, the American Hospital Association said in a May 16 letter to GE Healthcare.
  3. Major for-profit hospitals' labor costs hit $12B in Q1

    Three of the four major for-profit hospital operators in the U.S. saw labor expenses spike in the first quarter of this year. 
  4. Former FDA digital chief joins Google Health

    Google appointed Bakul Patel, the former head of digital health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to develop and lead its unified digital health and regulatory strategy.

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  1. CDC, CMS and others call for urgent action on patient safety

    A group of federal and industry safety leaders have issued an urgent call for healthcare organizations to rebuild the foundations for safe care that deteriorated during the pandemic. 
  2. COVID-19 public health emergency set to be extended

    HHS is set to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency past mid-July, Bloomberg reported May 16.
  3. 6 schools launching nursing programs

    Several colleges and universities have launched nursing programs and partnerships to address persistent shortages around the country.
  4. US surpasses 1 million COVID-19 deaths, and 3 forecasts to know

    More than 1 million people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, a grim milestone the U.S. crossed May 16, CDC data shows. 

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  1. New Jersey health systems get state approval to merge

    Two New Jersey health systems — Saint Peter's Healthcare System and RWJBarnabas Health — received approval from state regulators to merge. 
  2. Florida hospital misses payroll

    Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is behind on payroll, according to a letter from hospital administration published by ABC affiliate WMBB.
  3. Christus Health blocks ransomware attack 

    Irving, Texas-based Christus Health system has successfully blocked a ransomware attack, keeping patient data safe so far, reported The Dallas Morning News May 16. 
  4. Experts warn of a COVID-19 wave that is 'almost like omicron'

    The increasing prevalence of "unbelievably transmissible" COVID-19 omicron subvariants has experts concerned about a potential new wave of cases that may go partly undetected as people turn to home tests instead of lab tests, The Houston Chronicle reported May 16.
  5. Viewpoint: FTC will be healthcare's biggest headache until 2025

    With the Senate's confirmation of Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission on May 11, Democrats now have a 3-2 majority in the FTC, which will likely lead to heightened scrutiny of competition in healthcare, Paul Keckley, PhD, wrote May 16 in The Keckley Report.
  6. The best hospitals for avoiding unnecessary services: Lown Institute

    The Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, released its ranking May 17 of the best hospitals in the U.S. for avoiding overuse of low-value tests and procedures.
  7. What scares, excites the president of Mayo Clinic Labs about diagnostics' future

    Diagnostics has always been an important part of healthcare, but recent times have shined a brighter spotlight on it. William Morice II, MD, PhD, president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories, told Becker's there are exciting developments on the horizon as well as areas for concern.
  8. Interim leadership in healthcare: Pros and cons

    At hospitals and health systems, interim leadership is brought in when an executive position becomes vacant, whether that be through a resignation, promotion or other means. 
  9. CommonSpirit posts $591M quarterly operating loss

    CommonSpirit Health, a 142-hospital system based in Chicago, reported an operating loss for the three months ended March 31, according to financial documents released May 13. 

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