Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Millennials more likely to see surprise medical bills, survey finds

    Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are more likely than other generations to report a surprise medical bill, according to a survey from HealthCare Insider, a health plan comparison website.
  2. Memorial Sloan Kettering's operating loss reaches $453M

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City saw its operating loss reach $453.3 million in the nine months ended Sept. 30, despite receiving $100 million in federal relief aid, according to recently released financial documents. This compares to an operating income of $76.9 million in the same period in 2019.
  3. Fitch: 5 long-term financial trends for health insurers

    Health insurers can expect several factors, like interest rates, regulation and possible transformation of government healthcare, to negatively affect their credit in the long term, according to a new report from credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings.

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  1. MultiCare Indigo healthcare workers schedule strike

    Healthcare workers at 20 MultiCare Indigo urgent care clinics in Washington state plan to strike Nov. 23-24 amid contract negotiations, according to the union that represents them.
  2. Providence records $214M operating loss through Q3

    Despite receiving $682 million in federal aid, Renton, Wash.-based Providence recorded an operating loss in the first nine months of the year, according to recently released financial documents. 
  3. Advice for the holiday season: 10 clinicians weigh in

    Below are 10 clinicians' opinions on what Thanksgiving and the holiday season should look like this year, as compiled by Becker's.
  4. Viewpoint: Biden's COVID-19 task force needs a nurse

    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a task force of 13 physicians, public health experts, academics and commissioners Nov. 9 to help guide COVID-19 response. In an opinion piece published by CNN Nov. 15, two nurse practitioners in the New York City area argue nurses can provide valuable expertise and should also be included in the group.

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

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  1. The next iteration of Epic and EHRs

    Epic has made gains in the hospital EHR market share in the past year and has been instrumental during the pandemic in supporting field hospitals in New York, Chicago and other cities.
  2. 20 most common US passwords

    Healthcare providers are required to have several passwords to access their computers, EHR and other sensitive information.
  3. EHR with patient photos lowers order error, Brigham and Women's study shows

    Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers found placing headshots in patients' medical records can reduce order errors and published the results of their analysis in JAMA Network Open.
  4. 10,000 COVID-19 test results mistakenly sent to wrong party, Delaware health agency says

    The personal information of thousands of people was breached after a temporary staff member at a Delaware public health agency mistakenly sent two unencrypted emails with COVID-19 test results to an unauthorized person.

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  1. Feds warn of 2 Google Chrome vulnerabilities hackers already exploit

    The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is urging Chrome users to make security updates after vulnerabilities were detected.
  2. Boston Children's partners with cloud provider on AI-powered COVID-19 imaging detection tool 

    Artificial intelligence company DarwinAI and open-source cloud software vendor Red Hat tapped Boston Children's Hospital to help develop and expand their joint COVID-Net neural imaging tool for rapidly screening COVID-19 and assessing disease severity. 
  3. Trinity seeks OK for Chicago outpatient center where it's closing hospital

    Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health is seeking approval to build an outpatient center in a South Side Chicago neighborhood where it plans to close its 170-year-old inpatient hospital next year. 
  4. Biden team to meet with COVID-19 vaccine-makers this week

    President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisers will meet this week with the leading drugmakers developing COVID-19 vaccines, Ron Klain, President-elect Biden's chief of staff, told CNBC. 
  5. CommonSpirit posts $800M net income in Q1

    CommonSpirit, a 139-hospital system based in Chicago, saw revenues rise in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and ended the period with an operating gain. 
  6. Renown to invest $469M in renovations, expansions

    Renown Health plans to invest $469 million into renovations and expansions, the Reno, Nev.-based system said Nov. 12.
  7. Arkansas hospital halts certain surgeries as 55 employees sick with COVID-19

    Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark., is temporarily halting nonemergency surgeries requiring an overnight stay amid an increase in employee and patient COVID-19 infections, according to KY3.
  8. CHS wants out of Mississippi hospital lease

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is seeking to end its lease of Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, a 181-bed hospital in Clarksdale, according to The Press Register.
  9. US records 1M cases in week; Moderna's vaccine 94.5% effective — 6 COVID-19 updates

    New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have risen every day for more than a month, with the daily case average twice as high as it was at any point this summer, according to rolling seven-day averages from The New York Times.  

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