Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. A Better Way to Manage Hospital Capacity

    We are at a time of unprecedented change in healthcare. Hospitals are currently reeling from the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, desperately trying to regain their financial footing. Material inflation and labor cost have pushed the majority of US hospitals into negative financial margins.  To survive, most hospitals are cutting costs, reducing length of stay (LOS) and trying to grow service lines with positive margins. Hospitals are attempting to balance increased census with the utilization of costly agency labor. The journey toward value in healthcare has accelerated, with many hospitals at risk of bankruptcy if they do not move quickly enough.   To address the need to reduce LOS and hospital admissions, our health systems conducted a 6 weeks proof of concept.  We implemented the following interventions (key results): 
  2. How an alleged monkey smuggling scheme can stifle drug research

    The National Association for Biomedical Research and other medical groups are urging federal officials to help amid a shortage of monkeys they say is disrupting research for lifesaving medications. 
  3. Salesforce, GV back medtech company's $20M seed round

    Salesforce Ventures and GV — formerly Google Ventures — co-led a $20 million seed funding round for Florence, a healthcare enablement software company.
  1. Oaklawn Hospital suffers rating downgrade

    Marshall, Mich.-based Oaklawn Hospital was downgraded March 29 amid operating losses caused by high labor costs and extended length of stay, and exacerbated by a "substantial reduction" in its 340B program revenues, Fitch Ratings said.
  2. Google wants to create a 'doctor' in your pocket

    Karen DeSalvo, MD, chief health officer of Google, said the company aims to create a 'doctor in your pocket,' as she says patients will be going to their phones to access healthcare and health information, Politico reported March 29. 
  3. Indiana hospitals implement 'hack lab' tests to combat rise in cyberattacks

    The Indiana Hospital Association said as cyberattacks on Indiana hospitals and health systems continue to increase, they are implementing new tactics such as 'hack lab' tests to assess vulnerabilities with medical devices before using them in patient care, Fox59 reported March 29. 
  4. Viewpoint: Resilience stems from hospitals' commitment to safety

    True organizational resilience starts with hospitals' commitment to patient safety and high reliability, Press Ganey's Chief Safety and Transformation Officer Tejal Gandhi, MD, wrote in an opinion piece published March 29 in Medpage Today. 

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  1. Smidt Heart Institute study uncovers why the heart's shape matters

    Researchers at Los Angeles-based Smidt Heart Institute found the shape of a patient's heart can indicate risk of disease.
  2. Kaiser lays out public health agenda

    Kaiser Permanente is aiming to strengthen the nation's public health system through three new initiatives, the Oakland, Calif.-based system said March 29. 
  3. Ex-Nurse who stole fentanyl from 2 Kansas hospitals gets 1 year in prison

    Former nurse Faith Naccarato was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for stealing fentanyl from two Kansas hospitals where she previously worked.
  4. Arizona nixes physician prescription requirement for birth control

    Arizona passed a bill which allows pharmacists to dispense birth control with non-patient specific orders, the Observer Today reported March 30.

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  1. A bubble burst? Nearly $400M in digital health funding in past month

    Despite assertions by some that the digital health bubble has popped, startups in the industry continue to garner healthy funding rounds.
  2. 8 hospitals, health systems shrinking, restructuring leadership teams

    At least eight hospitals and health systems announced changes to executive ranks and administration teams in March. 
  3. Health tech company CoverMyMeds to lay off 815 employees

    Health tech company CoverMyMeds plans to let go of 815 employees and close one of its offices, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported.
  4. Epic to use Microsoft's GPT-4 in EHRs

    Epic said it will use Microsoft's generative AI-based technoology GPT-4 in its EHRs. 
  5. Iowa governor throws rural hospitals a lifeline

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds took action March 28 to help rural healthcare facilities stay afloat during challenging economic times.
  6. PE firm inks 11-hospital real estate deal for $859M

    Australian private equity firm HMC Capital has inked a $859 million deal to acquire 11 U.S. hospital properties from Birmingham, Ala.-based Medical Properties Trust, the Financial Review reported March 29.
  7. Novant lays off 50, including executives

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health has laid off about 50 workers, including multiple C-level executives, the health system confirmed to Becker's March 29. 
  8. Cleveland Clinic London appoints physician as president

    Cleveland Clinic London, which opened in March 2022, has appointed Robert Lorenz, MD, as president. He will assume the role June 1. 
  9. Penn Medicine affiliate lays off less than 1% of workforce amid financial struggles

    Penn Medicine Lancaster (Pa.) General Health has eliminated fewer than 65 jobs, or less than 1 percent of its workforce of about 9,700, the health system confirmed to Becker's. 

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