Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US COVID-19 cases, deaths fall this week: 8 CDC stats to know

    The nation's seven-day average for COVID-19 cases and deaths fell this week, while hospitalizations increased slightly, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Dec. 3.
  2. Utah officials plan to merge health agencies

    Utah officials have submitted a proposal to combine the state's health and human services departments, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Dec. 1.
  3. Walgreens' care goal is to keep people away from the healthcare system, CEO says

    Walgreens' push into primary care and post-acute services aims to keep people healthy enough to prevent them from reentering the healthcare system, CEO Roz Brewer told attendees at the Forbes Healthcare summit, Forbes reported Dec. 3. 

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  1. 2020 APRN earnings by group, region

    On average, compensation for full-time practicing advanced practice registered nurses increased in 2020 compared to the year before, according to a report released Dec. 3 by Medscape.
  2. Rennova hospital in Tennessee secures critical access status

    CMS approved a critical access hospital designation for Oneida, Tenn.-based Big South Fork Medical Center, the facility's owner, Rennova Health, said Dec. 3. 
  3. 23 states see low flu activity, up from 11 last week

    For the week ending Nov. 27, New Mexico reported high flu activity for the fourth consecutive week, according to data from the CDC's FluView report published Dec. 3.
  4. Cleveland Clinic performs 1st implant of leadless pacemaker defibrillator system

    Cleveland Clinic doctors were the first in the world to successfully implant leadless pacemaker defibrillator systems in two patients as part of a global clinical trial sponsored by Boston Scientific, according to a Dec. 2 news release.
  1. 10 states with the strongest elder abuse protections 

    Wisconsin offers the strongest protection against elder abuse in the U.S., according to an analysis released Dec. 1 by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
  2. Ethics complaint against MD Anderson tops oncology stories in November

    News regarding an ethics complaint against MD Anderson was Becker's most-read oncology story in November.
  3. Independence Health Group tops $60M investment in BCBS-partnered digital health firm

    Philadelphia-based Independence Health Group is leading a $60 million investment in New York City-based Quartet Health to grow its mental health screening offerings to providers.
  4. 13 hospitals closing departments, ending services

    Several healthcare organizations have closed medical departments or ended services at facilities to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or address staffing shortages. 

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  1. 2 physicians, 1 nurse sentenced in $40M fraud scheme

    Two physicians were sentenced to a combined 23 years in prison Dec. 2 for their roles in a hospice agency scam that defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, the Justice Department said. A nurse at the hospice was also sentenced to more than two years in prison.
  2. Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold during pandemic, study finds 

    With relaxed regulations during the pandemic, Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold in 2020, from 840,000 in 2019 to 52.7 million, according to a Dec. 3 HHS report. 
  3. Vaccinating the world would cost $50B, analysis says

    The cost of vaccinating the world — a key measure to ending the pandemic and stabilizing the global economy — would be $50 billion, Bloomberg reported Dec. 1.
  4. Sparrow workers reach labor deal, averting possible strike

    Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Hospital reached a tentative agreement with the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, a local affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, on a three-year contract, according to hospital and union statements released Dec. 3.
  5. State-by-state breakdown of 73 hospital closures

    About 60 million people — nearly 1 in 5 Americans — live in rural areas and depend on their local hospitals for care. More than 70 of those hospitals have ended all services since 2011, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
  6. What omicron means for hospitals facing delta surges: 12 things to know

    As more information emerges about the omicron variant — which has now been detected in five states — public health experts nationwide say the delta variant is still the main threat, The Washington Post reported Dec. 2.
  7. 33 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following executive moves have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Nov. 19:
  8. Amazon's 10 most recent health-related job openings

    Amazon has new job openings related to its health business. Below are 10 positions the company recently posted:
  9. Ex-CFO of $21B biopharma firm charged with fraud

    The former CFO for Immunomedics, who helped guide the biopharmaceutical company to its $21 billion buyout by Gilead Sciences last year, was arrested Dec. 1 and charged with securities fraud, according to the Justice Department. 

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