Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. New York nursing home shutters after 40 years

    After more than 40 years, Rochester, N.Y.-based Hill Haven Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Center is set to close this fall, reports CBS affiliate WROC-TV. 
  2. Humana responds to possible data breach of 3rd-party app on Medicare Advantage

    Humana became aware of a possible data breach of an unaffiliated third-party app that targeted Medicare Advantage members and agents, a spokesperson confirmed with Becker's July 22. 
  3. What would get Centene CEO to stay in Missouri? 

    Centene CEO Michael Neidorff has cited crime and withdrawn plans for Medicaid expansion as forces pushing Centene's headquarters out of Missouri, but fixing those problems is what has kept him around for so long.

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  1. $51M Tennessee COVID-19 overflow hospital closes without treating any patients

    A $51.3 million COVID-19 overflow hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has closed permanently without ever treating a single patient, reports NBC affiliate WMC-TV.
  2. Banner Health offers fully vaccinated employees chance to win $10K

    Phoenix-based Banner Health has rolled out an incentive program for employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes drawings for a chance to win $10,000.
  3. 2020 overdose deaths, by state

    Provisional data shows California had the most fatal overdoses among U.S. states in 2020, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released July 20.
  4. Anthem profit down 21% in Q2

    Anthem reported its second-quarter results July 21.

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  1. J&J shot may be significantly less effective against delta variant, small study hints

    Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine may be much less effective against the delta and lambda variants of the virus compared to the original strain, according to a study posted July 20 on the preprint server bioRxiv. 
  2. Louisiana hospital CEO to step down for Duke role

    Barbara Griffith, MD, president and CEO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., has accepted a new position as president of Duke Health's Duke Raleigh (N.C.) Hospital.
  3. CDC: US life expectancy saw biggest decline in decades amid pandemic

    U.S. life expectancy fell to 77.3 years in 2020, marking a 1.5 year drop from 78.8 years in 2019, according to a July 21 CDC report. It's the largest one-year drop since World War II. 
  4. What the CDC can learn from Wikipedia about health information delivery

    As the U.S. grapples with the "infodemic" of misinformation and half-truths related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it should look to platforms like Wikipedia as a solution for better communicating with the public, according to one researcher. 
  1. Former Cerner COO joins discount drug software company

    Rx Savings Solutions, a pharmacy transparency and engagement software platform, tapped former Cerner COO Mike Nill to serve as a strategic advisor, according to a July 21 news release. 
  2. Get vaccinated or take weekly COVID-19 test, NYC public healthcare workers told

    New York City will require workers in city-run hospitals and health clinics to get COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for the virus, according to The New York Times.
  3. Doctor On Demand, Grand Rounds Health tap former Blue Shield exec as new telehealth COO

    Doctor On Demand and Grand Rounds Health have named Shayna Schulz as COO of their newly combined, multimillion dollar virtual care company. 
  4. Pay cut forces Health Partners to lay off 560 workers

    Health Partners, one of the largest home healthcare providers in Michigan, laid off 560 employees at the beginning of July, including nurses, nursing assistants, therapists and direct care workers, according to Crain's Detroit Business. 
  5. 18 health systems with strong finances

    Here are 18 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.
  6. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 6th time

    The nation's public health emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic will take effect for at least another 90 days. 
  7. Medicare insurer can use discounts to encourage use of select hospitals, OIG says

    A health insurer that provides supplemental Medicare insurance and a preferred hospital organization can incentivize members to seek care at hospitals in the organization's network, according to an advisory opinion from the HHS Office of Inspector General. 
  8. Florida hospital loses organ meant for biopsy, patient says

    A patient who recently had his gallbladder removed at Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, says the hospital lost the organ, Boca News Now reported July 21. 
  9. Americans' medical debt tops $140B, study finds

    Collection agencies held $140 billion in unpaid medical debt in 2020, according to a study published July 20 in JAMA.

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