Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Pediatric COVID-19 cases top 1 million in one week

    More than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases were reported among children for the week ending Jan. 20, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. 
  2. Catholic Health's Kenmore Mercy service, plant workers agree to new contracts

    Kenmore (N.Y.) Mercy Hospital — part of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health — and United Food & Commercial Workers Union District Local One have agreed to new contracts for service and plant operations associates at the hospital, according to a news release shared with Becker's.
  3. North Carolina hospitals billing patients eligible for charity care

    Nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina bill patients eligible for charity care for millions of dollars in medical care each year, according to a Jan. 25 report from the office of the state treasurer.
  1. South Carolina bill would no longer require state permission for hospital projects

    South Carolina senators voted 35-6 on Jan. 25 to repeal the certificate of need regulatory process, which would mean healthcare providers no longer need the state's permission for capital projects or to buy expensive medical equipment, The Post and Courier reported.
  2. 5 hospitals, health systems hiring workers

    Amid the latest COVID-19 surge, hospitals and health systems are holding hiring events and taking other measures to recruit staff.
  3. Female clinicians spend more time in the EHR, study finds

    Female clinicians see fewer patients per week and spend more time on EHR documentation than their male counterparts, leading to less pay and increased burnout, according to study results released Jan. 26 by EHR company Athenahealth. 
  4. University of Vermont Health CEO to retire

    John Brumsted, MD, will retire as president and CEO of University of Vermont Health Network on Sept. 30. 

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  1. Venture capital firm launches $75M telehealth-focused fund

    Venture capital firm Swiftarc Ventures launched Swiftarc Telehealth, a $75 million fund that will focus on telehealth and digital health, TechCrunch reported Jan. 25.
  2. Dana-Farber adds 1st affiliate member in Maine

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute named Scarborough, Maine-based New England Cancer Specialists its first affiliate member in Maine, the institute said Jan. 25. 
  3. Delta vs. omicron surge: A comparison of key trends

    Becker's has compiled some key U.S. COVID-19 metrics from both the delta and omicron surges. 
  4. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opens $289M inpatient facility

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opened its new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, Pa., on Jan. 26; it spans more than 250,000 square feet.

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  1. It’s Time to Go Digital with Your Payments: Here’s Why

    Electronic claim payment trends all point to one dynamic: faster turnaround. Simply put, businesses and consumers now expect near-immediate access to funds when they have been given notice of transfer. Luckily, that era of real-time digital payments is not too far off for health plans. 
  2. Health stock sell-off poised to hit worst drop since 2009

    Investors continued to drop health stocks for the ninth day Jan. 25, tying the sector's longest sell-off since 1994, according to Bloomberg.
  3. Gothenburg Health, Midland Memorial among organizations revisiting vaccination deadlines

    After the Supreme Court upheld the CMS COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers Jan. 13, hospitals and health systems are taking another look at their own requirements.
  4. Don't let the term fool you — 'Endemic' can be dangerous 

    The word "endemic" is one of the most misused of the pandemic, contributing to a dangerous complacency about COVID-19's potential future toll, Aris Katzourakis, PhD, professor of evolution and genomics at St. Hilda's College Oxford in the U.K., wrote in a Jan. 24 op-ed published in Nature.
  5. New York health system CEO, 44, dies

    Joseph McTernan, CEO of Warsaw, N.Y.-based Wyoming County Community Health System, died Jan. 24 at age 44, according to The Buffalo News. 
  6. COVID-19 cases up in 11 states, down in 33, flat in 6

    Over the last week, seven-day COVID-19 case averages have risen in 11 states, flattened in six and dropped in 33, according to data tracked by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
  7. States ranked by booster rates: Jan. 26

    Vermont has the highest rate of fully vaccinated people who have received boosters, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.
  8. Amid shortage, COVID-19 antibody treatments raffled off

    Hospitals have resorted to creating their own lottery systems to allocate a scarce supply of COVID-19 antibody treatments for immunocompromised patients, NPR reported Jan. 25.  
  9. Nurse staffing agencies inflating prices, lawmakers allege, seek White House probe

    Nearly 200 House members are urging the White House to investigate ballooning costs charged by nurse staffing agencies.

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