Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UnitedHealthcare to retroactively reimburse providers for COVID-19 vaccines

    UnitedHealthcare will retroactively reimburse in-network providers for vaccinating its members.
  2. Cerner laying off 150 employees

    Cerner CEO David Feinberg, MD, confirmed that the EHR company is cutting 150 positions in November, kansascity.com reported Oct. 22. 
  3. Washington hospital gives staff $625 bonuses after vaccine deadline

    Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Wash., is investing about $2.62 million in its employees by giving $625 bonuses to those who stayed on the job after the vaccination deadline, KPQ reported Oct. 21.

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  1. 5 recent donations to healthcare organizations

    Here are five recent donations to healthcare organizations reported by Becker's since Oct. 8.
  2. CDC director approves Moderna, J&J boosters, mix-and-match doses

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, endorsed booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recipients Oct. 21, making more than 50 million additional Americans eligible for boosters. 
  3. HCA's profit more than triples to $2.3B in Q3

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare saw strong growth in revenue and profit in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. 
  4. Next Generation ACOs saved Medicare $667M, but model's still losing money

    The Next Generation ACO Model has saved Medicare $667 million in the last four performance years, but the model is operating at a loss with performance payouts, according to an evaluation of it released Oct. 21.
  1. WHO calls for 'immediate' action to protect healthcare workers, estimates 115,000 have died from COVID-19

    The World Health Organization on Oct. 21 urged leaders to take "immediate" and "concrete" action to protect healthcare workers against the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the estimated 115,000 who have died from the virus between January 2020 and May 2021. 
  2. CommonSpirit names chief nursing officer of new California division

    Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health has appointed Ron Yolo, DNP, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer of the health system's newly formed Southern California Division. 
  3. Viewpoint: 'Waning' immunity not huge cause for concern

    Despite concerns over the number of antibodies against COVID-19 dwindling after vaccination, there's no reason to worry about so-called "waning immunity," Katherine Wu, PhD, wrote Oct. 20 for The Atlantic. 
  4. Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler on retirement and rebuilding

    Penny Wheeler, MD, was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the same hospital she has overseen as CEO of Allina Health system since 2014. "I tell people that I've been here for 63 years," she told Becker's in October.
  1. CDC panel recommends Moderna, J&J boosters for millions: 5 things to know

    The CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices on Oct. 21 voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines for millions of Americans, The New York Times reported.
  2. Study reveals pandemic-induced gender gap in journal submissions 

    A recent study has found that the first wave of the pandemic created a gender disparity in journal publishing, with fewer women authoring peer-reviewed papers. 
  3. Yale selects cancer center director

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health has selected Eric Winer, MD, as the next director of the Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at its Smilow Cancer Hospital, effective Feb. 1, 2022. 
  4. Job reviews mentioning burnout, mental health spike during pandemic

    While burnout is not new to healthcare or U.S. employees, an examination of online job reviews released by Glassdoor Oct. 21 shows a significant spike in burnout over the last 19 months.
  5. BCBS Association names pair of chief execs

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association announced two C-level executive moves Oct. 19. 
  6. Prospect Medical eyes sale of 4-hospital system in Pennsylvania

    Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit hospital operator based in Los Angeles, is planning to sell Springfield, Pa.-based Crozer Health, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Oct. 21.
  7. Vaccination rates fell in Idaho as hospitals enacted crisis care

    The number of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in Idaho has decreased in the last month, even as surging patient volumes have forced many hospitals in the state to operate under crisis standards of care, The Idaho Statesman reported Oct. 21. 
  8. States ranked by vaccine hesitancy

    Wyoming is the currently most vaccine hesitant state, with 28.6 percent of residents over 18 reporting being hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  9. Delta variant subtype detected in the US

    A sublineage of the delta variant that has gained some traction in the U.K. has been detected in the U.S., the CDC said Oct. 21. 

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