Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 28 recent hospital, health system exec moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Jan. 10:
  2. 4 states set COVID-19 hospitalization records this week

    COVID-19 hospitalizations are at an all-time high nationwide, with at least four states reporting new records this week. 
  3. Denver Health CEO to retire

    Robin Wittenstein will retire as CEO of Denver Health in August.
  1. Washington requires hospitals to temporarily halt nonurgent procedures

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency order Jan. 13 to temporarily restrict hospitals from performing nonurgent healthcare services, procedures and surgeries.
  2. Holy Cross Health to close maternity ward in March

    Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will permanently close its labor and delivery unit March 14, CBS Miami reported Jan. 14. 
  3. 17% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 23% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Almost 17 percent — or 1,019 of 6,035 — of all hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 13.
  4. 81% of ICU beds in use nationwide: How each state stacks up

    Rhode Island has the most intensive care unit beds in use as of Jan. 18 while Wyoming has the fewest in use, according to HHS data.

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  1. Payers: At-home COVID-19 test coverage will drag reimbursement into 'the olden days' upon rollout

    Under a time crunch, payers are bracing for a messy rollout of a new federal rule requiring insurers to cover at-home COVID-19 tests, The New York Times reported Jan. 14. 
  2. Supreme Court blocks OSHA mandate, upholds CMS' healthcare worker rule

    The Supreme Court on Jan. 13 blocked enforcement of the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test rule for workers at larger businesses. However, justices kept in place CMS' vaccination mandate for eligible staff at healthcare facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  
  3. 11 New York counties ask state to reconsider booster requirement

    A New York requirement for healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 booster shots is drawing concern from 11 counties in the state's Finger Lakes region, according to Spectrum News.
  4. 19 hospital-union contract agreements

    The following hospital union agreements have been reported on by Becker's since June 30, 2021:
  1. UPMC names new COO of north central Pennsylvania region

    UPMC has appointed Patti Jackson-Gehris COO of the health system's north central Pennsylvania region. She will also serve as president of UPMC Williamsport (Pa.). 
  2. States ranked by anxiety, depression rates: Dec. 1-13

    West Virginia had the highest percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression in the first half of December 2021, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released Jan. 13.
  3. Digital health investment dollars by region

    From 2019-21, the top six metropolitan areas for health technology investments were the Bay Area, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Diego and Austin, Texas, according to Silicon Valley Bank's Healthcare Investments and Exits report.
  4. Cleveland Clinic, Sentara join $50M funding round for blockchain health firm

    Blockchain health firm Avaneer Health closed a $50 million funding round.
  5. 20 things to know about Cigna

    From its roots as one of the country's oldest insurers to its leading efforts in the pharmacy benefit management space, here are 20 things to know about Cigna. 
  6. Kaiser Permanente joins digital health tool marketplace Graphite Health

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has become an organizing member of Graphite Health, a nonprofit healthcare company that focuses on interoperability challenges to improve cost and patient outcomes in digital health.
  7. Yale researchers develop personal COVID-19 exposure detector

    A team of researchers from New Haven, Conn.-based Yale University have developed a wearable air sampler device meant to monitor personal exposure to the coronavirus. 
  8. Nurses: The most trusted US professionals 20th year in a row

    Americans said nurses are the most honest and ethical professionals for the 20th consecutive year, according to an annual Gallup poll. 
  9. 11 hospitals with payment problems since Kronos attack

    Workers at 11 hospitals are still experiencing payment issues from the Dec. 11 ransomware attack on Kronos Private Cloud, according to news reports.

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