Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Dr. Bechara Choucair returns to Kaiser after year on White House COVID-19 response team

    Bechara Choucair, MD, will resume his role as senior vice president and chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente, the company said Nov. 30.
  2. Boosting quality, safety scores hiked staff morale, too, Newark's University Hospital CEO says

    When former New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal, MD, became president and CEO of Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital in 2019, improving quality and safety became part of his central goals. 
  3. Antibody drug may be less effective against omicron, Regeneron says

    Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody treatment may be less effective against the omicron coronavirus variant, the drugmaker said Nov. 30. 

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  1. Michigan health system unveils new name

    MidMichigan Health has been renamed MyMichigan Health, the Midland-based health system announced Dec. 1. 
  2. 5 strategies to keep temporary nurses engaged 

    Amid an existing nursing workforce shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals and health systems have turned to travel nurse agencies to supplement the loss of full-time RNs. 
  3. FDA advisers recommend Merck's COVID-19 pill for authorization

    A panel of advisers voted Nov. 30 to recommend the FDA authorize molnupiravir, the COVID-19 antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.
  4. Immunocompromised people 3X more likely to get breakthrough COVID-19, study finds

    Fully vaccinated people with weaker immune systems contract COVID-19 three times more often and have more severe illness than those with strong immune systems, a study published Nov. 30 in the Journal of Medical Economics found. 
  1. UAMS Digital Health & Innovation institute to open 5 telehealth training centers

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Institute for Digital Health & Innovation is expanding its virtual health push by launching five telehealth training centers across Arkansas and Tennessee, it announced Nov. 30. 
  2. MUSC Health inks digital front door collab to ease patient scheduling, intake

    Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina on Dec. 1 began a partnership with healthcare automation company Notable to improve the digital patient experience.
  3. HHS settles 5 provider HIPAA violations 

    Five healthcare providers have agreed to pay monetary settlements and start corrective action plans for potential violations of HHS' HIPAA Right of Access Rule, according to a Nov. 30 news release. 
  4. 3 states see record COVID-19 hospitalizations

    COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high in three states this week as cases rise nationwide.

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  1. This state just passed Michigan as having most COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people

    New Hampshire is currently seeing the highest average rate of daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the nation, with higher rates than all other states as well as every major U.S. region, according to state and local health agency data cited by The New York Times.
  2. Federal judges block vaccination mandate for healthcare workers

    Federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana issued preliminary injunctions Nov. 30 to halt the start of COVID-19 vaccination mandates for millions of workers across the U.S. 
  3. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  4. COVID-19 vaccination rates up in 5 states, down in 45

    An average of 1.15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 28 percent decrease from the previous week, according to The Washington Post. The number of doses administered per day includes booster doses in addition to initial vaccinations.
  5. Forbes honors co-founders, researchers in healthcare '30 Under 30' list

    Forbes on Dec. 1 released its annual "30 Under 30" list honoring young professionals in healthcare, including entrepreneurs, researchers and future physicians. The 2022 class features individuals focused on tackling challenges such as health equity and access.
  6. 6 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported or shared with Becker's since Nov. 24:
  7. AI algorithm can predict long-term patient survival after cardiac surgery, Mayo Clinic study finds

    An artificial intelligence algorithm that can identify cardiac dysfunction from a single-lead EKG also can predict long-term survival for patients following cardiac surgery, a new study published Dec. 1 in Mayo Clinical Proceedings found. 
  8. Vaccination mandate blocked for federal contractors in 3 states

    A federal court has halted President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal government contractors in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
  9. CMS scraps seriously ill component of Primary Care First payment model

    CMS has withdrawn the seriously ill population component of the Primary Care First payment model. 

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