Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 5 tips for a smooth EHR-to-EHR transition

    As EHRs continue to age out from first and second generation software, hospitals and health systems will increasingly look to transition their current systems to a new platform.
  2. Allina Health loss grows to $154M over 9 months

    Allina Health's revenue declined year over year in the first nine months of this year, and the Minneapolis-based health system ended the period with an operating loss, according to unaudited financial documents released Nov. 12. 
  3. Viewpoint: 2 existing technologies that should be part of the US pandemic response

    While the U.S. races to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, there are two technologies already in widespread use outside the country that may limit virus transmission: germicidal ultraviolet light and the antituberculosis vaccine BCG, according to Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, and Tom Nicholson.

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  1. Detroit Medical Center names CMO of adult central campus hospitals: 6 notes

    Detroit Medical Center tapped Karen Carbone, MD, as CMO of its adult central campus hospitals, the health system said Nov. 17.
  2. Baylor opening regional medical school

    Baylor Scott & White Health and the Baylor College of Medicine have partnered to develop a four-year regional medical school in Temple, Texas, according to a Nov. 17 news release. 
  3. Ex-employee sentenced for defrauding Georgia hospital to buy 93 guns

    The former director of security for a Georgia hospital has been sentenced to one year and six months in prison for fraudulently using hospital funds to acquire guns that he then sold for profit, the Department of Justice announced Nov. 13. 
  4. 'You can't cut or shrink your way to greatness': University of Chicago Medical Center CFO on managing finances amid the pandemic

    Rich Silveria has spent the last three years as executive vice president and CFO of the University of Chicago Medical Center and more than 30 years in healthcare, but his road to the C-suite has been anything but traditional. 

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

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  1. Private equity pushes into healthcare: 13 latest deals

    There were more than 300 private equity deals in the healthcare industry in 2019, and the healthcare sector has continued to draw private equity investors in this year. 
  2. White House preparing to activate "most favored nation" drug-pricing

    Implementation of President Donald Trump's proposal to lower certain Medicare drug prices to match what other wealthy countries pay could come as soon as this week, people familiar with the matter told The Hill.  
  3. New York patients struggling to get prescription opioids since excise tax

    Patients in New York who rely on prescription opioids to treat a range of conditions are now struggling to get access to their medications due to an excise tax the state placed on many types of opioids last year, Kaiser Health News reported. 
  4. Dana-Farber, Quest Diagnostics partner to assess how COVID-19 affects those with rare blood cancer risk

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Secaucus, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics plan to study how people with or at high risk of developing multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that attacks healthy plasma cells, are affected by COVID-19. 

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  1. Ablation procedure favorable option as initial treatment of heart rhythm disorder, study finds

    Cryoballoon ablation, a procedure in which a liquid nitrogen-filled balloon is inserted to freeze heart tissue responsible for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is more successful as an initial treatment to the disorder than conventional medications, according to a study published Nov. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine. 
  2. Children's Minnesota names interim chief nursing officer

    Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota has tapped Anne Boisclair-Fahey, DNP, MSN, as interim chief nursing officer, the health system said Nov. 10. 
  3. 46 states ranked by lung cancer survival rates

    The nation's five-year survival rate for lung cancer has increased 13 percent since 2015, though lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association's State of Lung Cancer 2020 report.
  4. 22% of US hospitals anticipate a staffing shortage, HHS data shows

    The resurgence of COVID-19 is putting stress on staffing at hospitals across the U.S., with nearly a quarter of facilities anticipating a shortage, according to HHS data obtained by The Atlantic.
  5. How medical schools can remove racism from curriculum, per KHN

    Faculty members and student activists across the U.S. are calling for medical schools to combat racism by changing their curriculum in three main ways, reports Kaiser Health News. 
  6. 10 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last three weeks:
  7. Norton Healthcare, King's Daughters' Health explore partnership

    Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Health and Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare signed a letter of intent Nov. 16 to explore a partnership.
  8. Patient's transfer between states illustrates pandemic's stress on health systems, neurosurgeon says

    Amid a surge in U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a man with a brain mass was forced to travel from Missouri to Iowa for emergency surgery, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  9. Mercy Health Muskegon makes call for nurses amid COVID-19 surge

    Mercy Health Muskegon (Mich.) is recruiting nurses to provide support amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the hospital confirmed to Becker's Nov. 17. 

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