Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Pharma's 15 biggest lobbyists

    Thirty-two lobbying groups representing the pharmaceutical industry spent more than $2 million in 2022, Politico reported Jan. 24. 
  2. Florida's Health First sees expenses rise to over $2B, reports losses

    Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First reported an operating loss of almost $75 million in fiscal 2022 as expenses rose to over $2 billion, an increase of more than 11 percent.
  3. How Dollar General is testing the waters of rural healthcare

    Dollar General is leveraging its store locations to bring more healthcare access to rural America, Pymnts reported Jan. 23. 

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  1. How much 3 health systems are paying for EHR installs

    Here is how much three health systems are expected to pay for the cost of purchasing, installing and upgrading a new or current electronic health record system:
  2. Brooks-TLC hospital relocation may be moving closer to reality

    The fate of a new Brooks-TLC hospital location in Western New York looks to be clearer as local authorities in Dunkirk appear increasingly resigned to losing out to a new facility in next door Fredonia, according to a Jan. 24 report in The Post-Journal.
  3. Organ transplant network scraps calculation that caused delays for Black patients

    Despite Black Americans' higher likelihood of being diagnosed with kidney failure than white Americans, a widely used test for decades prevented individuals from getting needed transplants sooner.
  4. Quality primary care linked to fewer hospitalizations, even during a pandemic, study finds

    Strengthening primary care systems directly reduces hospitalizations — even during a large-scale health event like a pandemic — a new study, published Jan. 21 in the Annals of Family Medicine, revealed.

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  1. 15,500 US adults have newly discovered illness, NYU Langone study suggests

    Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York City estimate about 13,200 men and 2,300 women over the age of 50 in the U.S. have a rare syndrome called VEXAS — a deadly disorder that's associated with unexplained fevers and low blood oxygen levels in people with other diseases. 
  2. 'Ozempic face': A rare result of popular weight-loss drugs

    Dramatic weight-loss results from drugs such as Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro are joining a less-desired outcome: a deflation in the face, The New York Times reported Jan. 24. 
  3. Phoenix Children's to create specialty pharmacy program

    Phoenix Children's, a two-hospital pediatric system, partnered with Shields Health Solutions Jan. 24 to help design and implement its specialty pharmacy program. 
  4. 12 hospitals looking for CFOs

    Hospitals around the country are seeking CFOs, including several owned by some of the largest systems in the nation. Here are 12 recently-posted hospital CFO openings, by state:

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  1. N.J.’s Hackensack University Medical Center opens nine-story “smart” pavilion

    Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center opened a 530,000-square-foot, nine-story surgical and intensive care pavilion, Hackensack Meridian Health said Jan. 23.
  2. States with the best, worst change in unemployment rates

    The U.S. unemployment rate sits at 3.5 percent, down from a high of 14.7 percent in April 2020, due to a combination of vaccinations and states removing restrictions. But inflation and a possible recession could drive the unemployment rate higher if the Federal Reserve rate increases cannot hold them off, according to a WalletHub report published Jan. 24.
  3. CFO to resign from North Dakota health system

    Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System is on the hunt for a new CFO after Doug Arvin announced plans to resign, effective Feb. 3, according to the Grand Forks Herald. 
  4. Former gubernatorial candidate pleads guilty to trespassing at Idaho hospital

    Ammon Bundy, a former candidate for Idaho governor and founder of the activist People's Rights Network, pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to trespassing outside St. Luke's Meridian (Idaho) Medical Center, according to Idaho Reports.
  5. Cleveland considering $190M medical debt relief proposal

    The Cleveland City Council has introduced an ordinance that, if passed, could eliminate an estimated $190 million for 48,000 city residents, NBC affiliate WKYC reported Jan. 23. 
  6. Samsung, IntelliTek Health partner on healthcare virtual assistant

    Samsung has partnered with developer of patient-facing virtual assistant tools IntelliTek Health to bring artificial intelligence and digital voice assistance to the post-discharge process. 
  7. Meditech to add clinical direct messaging into EHR

    Meditech has partnered with interoperability and connectivity services provider MedAllies to integrate clinical direct messaging into its EHR system. 
  8. BlackCat ransomware group attacks 2nd healthcare vendor in a matter of days

    BlackCat, a "triple-extortion" ransomware group that combines ransomware attacks with threats to leak data and disable websites, attacked pharmacy management services firm PharmaCare Services, GovInfoSecurity reported Jan. 23. 
  9. Sentara taps Ciox for new health record tool

    Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare is partnering with health IT company Ciox to launch a tool that allows expecting and new mothers to access their medical records.

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