Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Nemours Children's chief value officer sees role as opportunity to bridge care gaps

    Karen Wilding began her role as chief value officer of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours Children's Health on Jan. 24, and she said she views her new job as a unique opportunity in healthcare. 
  2. How the No Surprises Act is affecting practices: 3 compliance officers weigh in 

    The No Surprises Act prompted many health practices and hospitals to act quickly to ensure they were in line with the law.
  3. AI models can predict patients' healthcare utilization amid COVID-19

    Artificial intelligence machine learning models, trained using health data, can predict a patient's risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a Nov. 15 study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
  1. OSU Wexner launches 'hospital-at-home' program for patients with heart failure

    Columbus-based Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is partnering with home health software provider WellSky to launch a "hospital-at-home" program for patients with heart failure, according to a Jan. 27 news release.
  2. HCA names nursing leader for St. David's Healthcare, Central and West Texas Division

    Susan Griffin, MSN, RN, has been appointed chief nursing executive for St. David’s HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and HCA Healthcare’s Central and West Texas Division, effective Feb. 1.
  3. Merck says its COVID-19 antiviral pill is effective against omicron

    Merck said Jan. 28 that molnupiravir, the COVID-19 antiviral pill it developed with Ridgeback Therapeutics, showed "consistent antiviral activity" against the omicron variant.
  4. Will post-omicron mean down time or prep time for hospitals?

    New omicron cases are declining nationwide, with most states predicted to see this surge peak by mid-February. If the omicron surge ends as quickly as it started — as it has in South Africa and the U.K. — some health experts predict the U.S. will experience a "quiet period" where infection levels will remain low due to high levels of population immunity. This period will give hospitals time to recuperate from a COVID-19 wave filled with record hospitalization levels, extreme staffing shortages and a scant supply of available tests and treatments. 

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  1. 5 Utah hospitals with the top nurse-patient communication scores

    The following Utah hospitals received the highest marks for nurse communication, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS. 
  2. 4 oncologists on the move

    These four oncologists joined new practices or received new appointments over the last few weeks.
  3. 24 organizations wipe out $35M of medical debt for 24,000 Arkansans

    Twenty-four organizations and donors relieved $35 million of medical debt for people in Arkansas through a partnership with nonprofit RIP Medical Debt, Arkansas Business reported Jan. 27.
  4. Don't count out delta just yet

    Omicron dominates the coronavirus landscape in the U.S., accounting for 99.9 percent of cases for the week ending Jan. 22. Still, experts are wary of dismissing delta as no longer a concern just yet, The Atlantic reported Jan. 27. 

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  1. Biden pick to lead FDA faces long odds

    Facing new hesitancy from Senators in both parties, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the FDA, Robert Califf, MD, does not yet have enough votes to give him the job, Politico reported Jan. 28. 
  2. CDC mulls changes amid criticism 

    The CDC is looking to make changes and rebuild trust after a series of criticisms have been thrown at the agency, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 28. 
  3. California hospital CEO's contract extended 1 year after union circulates no-confidence petition

    The board of Lancaster, Calif.-based Antelope Valley Hospital extended the contract of CEO Edward Mirzabegian to January 2026, according to the Antelope Valley Press. 
  4. New Jersey Hospital Association installs AtlantiCare CEO as board chair

    The New Jersey Hospital Association on Jan. 28 installed AtlantiCare President and CEO Lori Herndon, BSN, RN, as board chair. 
  5. From Midwest to West Coast, Suresh Gunasekaran is making an impact on community healthcare

    Suresh Gunasekaran is humble when reflecting on his accomplishments as CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the senior associate vice president for University of Iowa Health Care. "I don't think it's really about me, frankly," he told Becker's. "I think we've always taken a real team approach at UI Health Care."
  6. COVID-19 deaths up 25% nationwide: 9 CDC stats to know

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are falling in the U.S., while deaths continue to rise, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 28. 
  7. 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 week:
  8. 20,000 flu hospitalizations, 1,200 deaths so far this season — 7 CDC notes

    So far, there have been at least 2 million estimated flu cases, 20,000 flu hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths this season, according to the CDC's FluView report published Jan. 28.
  9. Phone calls make COVID-19 home monitoring more accessible, study finds

    St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis' home-based health monitoring program has been invaluable for tracking COVID-19 patients who have tested positive at home, but research suggests that phone calls make the program more accessible, according to a Jan. 6 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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