Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Fitch: Staff shortages will be problem for nonprofit hospitals even post pandemic

    Operating margin pressures will become more pronounced for nonprofit hospitals — particularly lower-rated, smaller hospitals — as they deal with staff shortages, a problem not expected to go away any time soon, Fitch Ratings reported Oct. 27.
  2. BCBS of Minnesota names president, CEO

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota named Dana Erickson its permanent president and CEO, effective Nov. 1.
  3. 6 recent updates on COVID-19 variants

    AY.4.2, a descendant of the delta COVID-19 variant that has gained some traction in the U.K. and has been detected in the U.S., is the newest strain making headlines. 

3 physician strategies to improve performance in 2022

The current changes in reimbursement and care delivery models, along with increased physician burn out make it a critical time to reevaluate your physician strategy. 
  1. JFK University Medical Center names 3rd CMO in hospital's history

    New Jersey-based Hackensack Meridian Health has named Joseph Landolfi, DO, chief medical officer of JFK University Medical Center.
  2. Chicago hospital averts strike with new labor deal

    Registered nurses at Community First Medical Center in Chicago have reached a tentative agreement on their first union contract, according to an Oct. 26 announcement from the union that represents them.
  3. Connecticut hospital network restored after data server issue takes system offline 

    Stamford (Conn.) Hospital and Stamford Health Medical Group's network is fully operational after more than a day of downtime caused by a data storage server failure, New Haven Register reported Oct. 22. 
  4. Hospitals slam study saying provider relief funds went to wealthy hospitals

    The American Hospital Association is taking aim at a recent study published in JAMA Health Forum that found that hospitals in a strong financial position before the pandemic received more money from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. 
  1. Rebranding amid a pandemic: Strategies from Memorial Health, Bon Secours Mercy

    Rebranding a hospital often begins years before a new name is announced or an updated sign goes up. Becker's spoke with hospital executives about how they prioritized and budgeted for rebrands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals had to be increasingly selective with their resources.
  2. 93-bed Nebraska hospital explores deal to join Bryan Health

    Kearney (Neb.) Regional Medical Center is exploring a deal to join Lincoln, Neb.-based Bryan Health, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
  3. FDA requires physicians to share breast implant safety risks

    The FDA is requiring plastic surgeons to warn patients about the potential complications of breast implants as part of new safety requirements issued Oct. 27.
  4. New Jersey hospital mandates boosters for J&J vaccinated employees

    University Hospital in Newark, N.J., implemented a COVID-19 vaccine booster mandate for employees who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.
  1. More than half of North Dakota nursing homes freeze admissions amid staff shortages 

    A survey conducted by the North Dakota Long Care Association found that 57.6 percent of the 200 nursing homes surveyed in the state have frozen admissions because of staffing shortages, The Dickinson Press reported Oct. 26. 
  2. 5 hospitals gaining trauma center designations 

    Here are five hospitals that have gained trauma center designations: 
  3. 7 systems launching residency programs

    Some healthcare systems have launched new residency programs and partnerships to address workforce shortages persisting around the country.
  4. Former Texas nurse sentenced for murder of 4 patients 

    A former nurse at Tyler, Texas-based Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was sentenced to death Oct. 27 for the murder of four patients, Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. 
  5. Capacity strain forces Maine health system to reschedule nonemergency procedures

    MaineHealth is rescheduling some nonemergency procedures, part of a number of steps the organization is taking in response to the capacity issues, the Portland-based system said Oct. 26.
  6. 700-provider group expands in Florida

    Emergency Care Partners has merged with Hernando County (Fla.) Emergency Physicians.
  7. Support for flu shot mandates fell during pandemic, survey finds

    The public's support for workplace flu shot mandates has decreased since 2019, according to an Oct. 25 survey from ValuePenguin, a financial research and analysis website. 
  8. COVID-19 long-haulers struggle to prove illness for disability benefits

    Americans suffering from "long COVID" may qualify for federal disability protection and benefits, but applying and being accepted by the Social Security Administration remains a major obstacle, The New York Times reported Oct. 27.
  9. Where COVID-19 hospitalizations are highest and rising fastest

    COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen 19 percent percent in the last two weeks, but hospitals in some states are still struggling to treat high volumes of virus patients.

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