Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Kaiser terminates employee that inappropriately accessed 2,756 patients' records over 8 years

    Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States has reported an employee inappropriately accessed members' radiology records from 2012 to 2020.
  2. Kettering Health closes operating rooms at Ohio hospital

    Kettering Health Network has permanently closed the operating rooms at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio, according to the Dayton Daily News. 
  3. Hospitals seek $52B in emergency funding

    The American Hospital Association is urging HHS to distribute additional emergency funds to hospitals and health systems to help offset financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  1. 6 hospitals, health systems hiring IT executives

    Here are six hospitals and health systems hiring CIOs or other IT executives.
  2. Epic creating tool to disrupt racial disparity in birth outcomes

    Epic is developing a software tool to help address racial disparities in birth outcomes by connecting black mothers' prenatal care process with their social needs, according to The Cap Times.
  3. Leading ASCs and hospitals are ushering in a new era of opioid sparing postoperative pain management

    As America’s other epidemic, the opioid crisis, continues to inflict societal and economic damage on the U.S. healthcare industry, hospitals and clinicians are seeking new cost-effective and accurate ambulatory infusion pumps that can reduce and, in some cases eliminate, the need for postoperative opioids.
  4. Mayo, IU Medicine, Pew health experts tackle patient matching and contact tracing issues

    While patient identification and matching are not new issues for healthcare, the COVID-19 pandemic has "exposed deep-seated and long-standing deficiencies in the underlying technology infrastructure" for patient data sharing among providers, according to a commentary article published in npj Digital Medicine.

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  1. UCLA report: Telehealth must address broadband, infrastructure issues for vulnerable populations

    While telehealth has been a useful tool to provide care to patients and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, policymakers must enact ways to ensure barriers such as broadband connectivity and infrastructure do not limit access for vulnerable patient populations, according to a recent UCLA report.
  2. Washington state issues emergency order to block surprise bills from insurers, labs

    Washington state's insurance commissioner ordered all health plans to not balance bill residents for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, effective June 1. 
  3. Hospital innovation in the 'new normal': 3 accelerated trends

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced health systems to reevaluate care delivery, including a transition to virtual care and accelerating their operational and digital transformation journeys. Now, innovation leaders are seizing the momentum for rapid change and scaling these capabilities to provide seamless experiences, increase access, and attract new patients.
  4. Viewpoint: Police brutality begets a public health nightmare

    As thousands take to the streets to protest the injustices black Americans face at the hands of police around the country, it is happening against the backdrop of a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting people of color, writes Lauren Powell, PhD, in an opinion piece for STAT News.

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  1. Palliative care can reduce readmission risk for heart failure patients, study shows

    Palliative care, which focuses on pain relief and emotional support, can help reduce the risk of readmission among heart failure patients, according to a new study.
  2. North Dakota health system lays off 167 workers due to pandemic

    Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System has laid off 167 employees, about 6.5 percent of its workforce, according to the Grand Forks Herald. 
  3. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  4. FDA authorizes emergency use of PPE to combat shortages

    The FDA authorized emergency use of some personal protective equipment to help address insufficient supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  5. COVID-19 'still a killer virus,' WHO official says

    The virus responsible for COVID-19 is still highly transmissible and lethal, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's emergencies program, said during a June 1 media briefing.
  6. COVID-19 testing sites across the country closed amid protests

    COVID-19 testing sites have been closed across the country due to safety concerns with mass protests of police brutality, Politico reported.
  7. Medtronic heart pump recalled again after link to 4 patient deaths

    The FDA issued another class 1 recall of Medtronic's HeartWare HVAD ventricular assist device after discovering a design issue that has caused four patient deaths, Medtech Dive reported. 
  8. More than 21,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day

    More than 21,000 people were diagnosed with the new coronavirus in the U.S. June 1, according to ABC News.
  9. Nurse union balks at reuse of stained, decontaminated N95 masks

    Nurses and other front-line clinicians are raising concerns about a decontamination system used to disinfect N95 masks amid the pandemic, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

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