Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. FTC wants $70M budget increase to tackle healthcare challenges

    The Federal Trade Commission has requested a budget of $590 million for 2024 — an increase of $160 million from 2022 — $70 million of which will go towards supporting the agency addressing healthcare merger challenges, rulemaking and investigations.
  2. 10 best, worst and fastest-growing cities for physician pay

    Average physician pay in the U.S. decreased 2.4 percent between 2021 and 2022; however, it trended upward in some cities, according to a recent report from Doximity. 
  3. Ex-nurse sentenced for opioid scheme at Montana hospital

    Caitlin Ashley Evans, a former nurse who admitted to diverting opioids while working at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., has been sentenced to three years of probation. 
  1. ERs grapple with boarding, burnout and déjà vu

    Emergency departments and the specialty of emergency medicine are like the well-adjusted friend who is in need of help, but everyone assumes is doing just fine. 
  2. UR Medicine selects Providence-built tool for virtual visits

    Rochester, N.Y.-based UR Medicine has selected DexCare to power its virtual visits and telehealth program.
  3. Colorado bill to end facility fees rolled back

    Colorado House Bill 23-1215, legislation that originally proposed a ban on hospital facility fees for care provided outside a hospital, is being rolled back to just ban facility fees for telehealth services, preventive services and primary care, The Denver Post reported March 22.
  4. Ohio city taps Cleveland Clinic clinicians for telehealth EMS program

    Akron, Ohio, has been working to reduce the load on its emergency services and ambulance fleet through a telehealth pilot program where patients can receive virtual care from clinicians at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the Akron Beacon Journal reported March 22.

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  1. Lifepoint-owned Virginia hospital sees ER expansion budget upped to over $20M

    Sovah Health, part of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Lifepoint Health, said the emergency room renovations at its Danville, Va., site are now budgeted at more than $20 million compared with an original estimate of $12 million, according to a March 22 Danville Register & Bee report.
  2. Biogen's ALS drug candidate shows mixed results; FDA panel weighs in

    An FDA advisory panel voted for and against the clinical benefit of tofersen — Biogen's investigational drug for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which failed to pass its primary endpoint in a late-stage trial — on March 22. 
  3. 3 healthcare moves from Google

    From launching open source tools for digital health app builders to creating a new search function that identifies low-cost care options, Google is continuing its push into the healthcare industry. Here are three recent healthcare moves from the company as reported by Becker's since March 14:
  4. 90% of tech leaders say their healthcare organizations lost revenue due to inefficient data usage

    Ninety-percent of provider leaders, who are responsible for implementing and purchasing technology at their healthcare organizations, said they lost revenue due to inefficient data usage, a March 22 survey from healthcare data company Intelligent Medical Objects found.  

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  1. North Carolina hospital names Dr. Thresa Hardy chief nursing, operating officer

    UNC Health Rockingham in Eden, N.C., has named Thresa Hardy, DNP, MSN, as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer. She joined the 108-bed community hospital in September 2020 as accreditation manager. 
  2. Helen DeVos Children's, McLaren to expand pediatric care access

    Helen DeVos Children's Hospital will provide pediatric hospitalists and neonatal nurse practitioners to the Lansing, Mich., region through a partnership with  McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. 
  3. Vanderbilt welcomes 1st Black woman into neurosurgery residency

    Tamia Potter made history by matching with Vanderbilt University Medical Center's neurological surgery program on March 17. She is the first Black woman to be selected by the unit, which began over 90 years ago, VUMC confirmed to Becker's. 
  4. LockBit 3.0 can now dismantle malware detection, Feds warn

    The LockBit 3.0 ransomware is more invasive than its previous versions and is capable of dismantling malware detection, federal officials warn. 
  5. St. Luke's Health System rolls out Meditech's 'smart' pump integration

    Duluth, Minn.-based St. Luke's Health System implemented Meditech's smart pump infusion integration into its Baxter Spectrum IQ infusion system so that the health system's medical records and IV pumps can communicate electronically.
  6. 3 universities working to graduate students faster, curb health worker shortages

    Universities across the U.S. are accelerating curriculum tracks to graduate medical students faster and help curb the ongoing healthcare workforce shortage.
  7. Washington hospitals will 'cease to exist' if losses continue, leaders say

    Washington hospitals are in dire financial straits. Service cuts and closures are inevitable if such losses continue, The News Tribune reported March 22. 
  8. 25 COO moves in 2023

    The following hospital and health system COO moves have been shared with or reported by Becker's this year:
  9. Providence suffers 2nd downgrade in a few days

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence had its second downgrade in less than a week amid higher expenses that helped lead to steeper-than-expected losses and an expectation of a multiyear recovery.

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