Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CommonSpirit Health CEOs' memo to staff in wake of George Floyd's death, protests

    Kevin Lofton and Lloyd Dean, CEOs of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, sent a memo to staff in response to protests over racial disparities and excessive police force that have occurred across the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day in the custody of Minneapolis police.
  2. Houston Methodist officially back in network for UnitedHealthcare

    Houston Methodist officially inked a multiyear contract with UnitedHealthcare that took effect June 1, according to the Houston Chronicle. 
  3. UnitedHealth donates $10M to honor George Floyd

    Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group and its team members will donate $10 million to honor George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day in the custody of Minneapolis police.

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  1. Over a quarter of black Americans know someone who's died of COVID-19

    Twenty-eight percent of African Americans know someone who has died due to coronavirus, compared to 11 percent of white Americans, according to a new Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index poll.
  2. 7 things to know about COVID-19 patients undergoing surgery

    COVID-19 patients getting surgery may face several risks, including postoperative lung complications seen in about half of the patients in a new international study.
  3. California seeks legislation to slow healthcare mergers, protect competition

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is seeking authority to slow healthcare mergers, arguing that consolidation typically accelerates amid crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Los Angeles Times. 
  4. Investment losses bruise MedStar's Q3 finances

    Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health recorded a net loss of $246.8 million in the three months ended March 31, driven primarily by investment losses, according to recently released financial results.

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  1. Telehealth claim lines increase 4,347% amid pandemic

    U.S. telehealth claim lines increased 4,347 percent among privately insured individuals from March 2019 to March 2020, according to data released June 2 from FAIR Health.
  2. Geisinger redeploys more than 2,000 employees through in-house developed app

    Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System said it has used its in-house developed app to redeploy more than 2,000 employees to critical need areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Pfizer to start $500M biotech hedge fund

    Pfizer is launching a hedge fund that will funnel $500 million into biotech companies, according to a June 2 news release from the pharma giant.
  4. 'Virtual care is here to stay': Valleywise Health execs talk telemedicine transformation and what's in store post pandemic 

    In response to the pandemic, Phoenix-based Valleywise Health built a telemedicine program from the ground up, facilitating more than 20,000 virtual visits and spurring benefits that will pave the way for future expansion.

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  1. SSM Health names CMO for Saint Louis University Hospital

    St. Louis-based SSM Health has tapped Matthew Broom, MD, to serve as CMO and vice president of medical affairs for its Saint Louis University Hospital.
  2. Racial disparities & COVID-19: Why it matters in healthcare

    Racial disparities in the U.S. affect every aspect of life, including healthcare. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals of color have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Below are eight key findings revealing the connection between race and healthcare.
  3. Some temporary telehealth provisions will become permanent, CMS chief says

    The number of CMS beneficiaries has grown from 12,000 weekly telehealth visits to "well into six figures" during the pandemic, and both President Donald Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma aim to continue those benefits.
  4. Where Google could go next in healthcare

    Google has taken the lead in massive data analytics and artificial intelligence research, a possible indicator of where the company is headed in healthcare, according to a new report from CB Insights.
  5. Wisconsin health system to implement Cerner EHR: 3 notes

    Wausau, Wis.-based North Central Health Care will roll out a new Cerner EHR system across its three multispecialty behavioral healthcare facilities. 
  6. Up to $250B of US healthcare spend could shift to virtual: report  

    The acceleration of telehealth adoption among consumers and providers has pushed virtual care beyond urgent care services and laid a framework for up to $250 billion of U.S. healthcare spending to be virtualized, according to a recent McKinsey report. 
  7. Saint Joseph Health, 6 more Indiana providers report improper disposal of patient records 

    Mishawaka, Ind.-based Saint Joseph Health System disclosed to patients last week that in April it discovered some of the patient and employee records it paid to have securely stored or destroyed were improperly dumped in an unsecure location in South Bend, Ind. 
  8. COVID-19 activity by region: Where cases are rising, falling

    Is the spread of COVID-19 slowing in the United States? It's a simple question with no clear-cut answer, as progress on containing the virus varies drastically across regions, states and cities.
  9. Essentia employees protest 900 layoffs

    A union representing 50,000 U.S. healthcare workers is protesting Duluth, Minn-based Essentia Health's plans to lay off 900 employees, about 6 percent of its workforce, according to the Star Tribune.

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