Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Cleveland Clinic takes on $200M credit facility

    Cleveland Clinic, which reported net operating income of $32.3 million for the first quarter, is taking out additional credit, according to a June 2 filing.
  2. Google, Humana adding secure insurance cards to digital wallet

    Google is adding health insurance cards to its digital wallet to make it easier for patients to furnish that information to healthcare providers.
  3. 60 CEO exits in the 1st half of 2023

    This year has been big for hospital CEO exits. Departures hit a four-year high in January and  climbed 72 percent in the first four months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. 
  1. Know the risks: ultrasound and healthcare-associated infections

    Ultrasound is one of the most common procedures in the United States, with more than 140 million ultrasound procedures performed every year.1 These procedures are highly variable, spanning many areas of medicine and involving different techniques, clinical environments or patient characteristics. Given this variability, appropriate infection control is essential to lower the risk of infection transmission. In 2020, drug-resistant pathogens caused a 15% increase in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the United States and a similar increase in patient deaths.2 It is now estimated that 1 in 31 U.S. hospital patients has at least one HAI.3 Proper reprocessing of medical devices, including ultrasound probes, is one of the key strategies required to break the chain of infection transmission and protect patients.
  2. Ascension workers authorize strike in Texas

    Members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee — an affiliate of National Nurses United — have voted to authorize a strike at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
  3. Striking when the bubble pops: How Kaiser's supply chain unit manages a market in flux

    As health systems and hospitals crawl back to positive finances after 2022 swept many into the red, Kaiser Permanente's supply chain unit is focused on managing inflation through better understanding and tracking. 
  4. Healthcare adds 52K jobs in May

    Healthcare gained 52,400 jobs in May, similar to the average monthly gain of 50,000 over the previous 12 months, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine CIO wants to be IT 'conductor,' blending genomics, generative AI

    Richard Mendola, PhD, the new vice president and CIO of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, told Becker's he hopes to be the "conductor of the orchestra," providing the technology that will enable the "brilliant" minds at his academic health system to advance the practice of medicine.
  2. LSU Health Shreveport names new CIO

    LSU Health Shreveport (La.) has named Viola Sprague as its new CIO, effective June 5. 
  3. Florida bans offshore storage of EHRs

    The Florida legislature passed an update to the Florida Electronic Health Records Exchange Act banning healthcare organizations using certified health record technology from storing EHR data outside the continental U.S., its territories and Canada, The HIPAA Journal reported June 2.
  4. Why #medicalgaslighting is trending on TikTok

    Patients are turning to social media and using the hashtag #medicalgaslighting to express their discontent over lackluster healthcare interactions that leave them feeling unheard, Fox News reported June 1. 

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  1. Erlanger Health looks to new board member's financial expertise as it becomes nonprofit

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System is due to become a nonprofit entity July 1 as opposed to its current public system setup.
  2. 51% of hospitals plan to join an interoperability network

    Fifty-one percent of hospitals and health systems plan to join a health information exchange network such as the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, a May 31 survey from the American Hospital Association found. 
  3. 3 ways the ANA is advocating for nurse reimbursement

    Nursing's economic value and the reimbursement of it has been neglected for decades, the American Nurses Association argues, and now it is pushing for key changes to restore how the profession is valued.
  4. Providence nurse leader suffers near-fatal spinal cord injury in Costa Rica

    A California nurse executive suffered a near-fatal spinal cord injury after a tree limb cracked, fell and crushed her in a Costa Rica adventure park, according to a May 31 ABC7 report.
  5. Duke to cut 280 positions

    About 280 positions will be eliminated from Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System as it plans to "right-size and realign the structure of some of its administrative and operational functions," Duke officials said in a statement shared with Becker's. 
  6. Rare brain abscesses spiked in kids last winter, CDC finds

    Rare brain abscesses in children sharply increased last winter amid a surge in respiratory infections, a June 2 CDC report shows.
  7. Mercy Health debuts hospital police department

    Mercy Health-Springfield (Ohio) Regional Medical Center unveiled its own police department and vehicle on May 25. 
  8. HCA system agrees to raises in new contract for Las Vegas workers

    Sunrise Health System and its three Las Vegas hospitals, which are part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, have reached a tentative three-year contract with SEIU 1107.
  9. Labor expenses still wreak havoc on health systems

    Labor expenses continue to increase for large health systems across the nation as many report losses or small gains for the first quarter of the calendar year.

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