Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. States slow to act on travel nurse prices

    Lawmakers in states across the U.S. are considering proposals targeting travel nurse prices, Kaiser Health News reported. 
  2. New Butler-Excela system lays off 13 managers

    The newly merged Greensburg, Pa.-based organization made up of Excela Health and Butler Health System has eliminated 13 filled managerial jobs.
  3. Wellstar faces another federal complaint over hospital closures

    The Fulton County (Ga.) Commission voted on March 15 to file a complaint with the Justice Department against Marietta, Ga.-based Wellstar Health System, marking the third request for federal complaints against the health system over its closure of two Atlanta-area hospitals in a week, according to a report from WABE. 
  1. Do strikes harm patients? Evidence is limited

    The narrative that strikes threaten patient safety is not substantiated by current evidence, researchers wrote in a March 10 analysis published in The BMJ. 
  2. VA says 4 deaths linked to its Oracle Cerner EHR system

    The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that the Oracle Cerner EHR system caused six incidents of "catastrophic harm" to veterans, and four of those incidents led to the death of patients, The Spokesman-Review reported March 15. 
  3. CMS posts guidance for drug negotiation program

    CMS has issued initial guidance on key elements of the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program for 2026, the first year the negotiated prices will apply.
  4. 4 pressing drug shortages: ASHP

    Weeks after a U.S. drugmaker closed up shop, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists marked four drugs for being in key shortages. Three are connected to the shutdown of Gurnee, Ill.-based Akorn Operating Co.

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  1. Keto diet associated with increased heart risk

    A recent study found a low-carb, high-fat "keto-like" diet may double the risk of cardiovascular events, CNN reported March 5.
  2. Arizona cardiovascular center gifted $5M from local family

    Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center Cardiovascular received a $5 million donation from the Humberto and Czarina Lopez family, KVOA reported March 15.
  3. US maternal mortality hits 58-year high

    The rate of maternal deaths during or shortly after pregnancy rose 40 percent in 2021, making the U.S. the most dangerous place among high-income countries to give birth, The Wall Street Journal reported March 16.
  4. Former VA hospital manager sentenced to 6 months for accepting kickbacks

    Ralph Johnson, a former manager at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was sentenced to six months in federal prison for accepting $30,000 in kickbacks and bribes to steer contracts toward a Florida couple, Stars and Stripes reported March 15.

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  1. 15 hospitals seeking marketing talent

    Fifteen hospitals or health systems recently posted job listings seeking marketing expertise. 
  2. 13 recent moves from nurse unions

    Thirteen moves from nurse unions across the country Becker's has covered since mid-January: 
  3. Ohio system's $102M expansion plan faces further delays

    Marietta, Ohio-based Memorial Health System is facing further delays to its Athens expansion project because of extended approval required from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a March 15 filing.
  4. New York hospital CEO undergoes colonoscopy on video

    Georges Leconte, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, underwent a routine colonoscopy as cameras followed him — from prep to procedure.  
  5. How come no one wants to lead the National Institutes of Health?

    The National Institutes of Health is still without a director more than one year after Francis Collins, MD, PhD, retired from the role, The Wall Street Journal reported March 13. 
  6. 3 health systems closing outpatient surgery centers

    Many hospitals and health systems are scaling back services and closing facilities due to financial and staffing difficulties. 
  7. States ranked by Medicaid fraud dollars in 2022

    Nationwide, Medicaid fraud units recovered $1.1 billion in civil and criminal suits in 2022, according to a report from the HHS' Office of Inspector General. 
  8. Strep-detecting app, AI to assess surgeons: How Johns Hopkins helps clinicians launch digital health startups

    Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures helps clinicians from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine bring their digital health ideas to market, reported.
  9. UCSD nurses allege 'eroding patient care conditions'

    Members of the California Nurses Association are alleging unsafe overcrowding at San Diego-based UCSD Health's Jacobs Medical Center.

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