Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Jefferson Health drops policy linking physician bonuses, patient fundraising referrals

    Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health has dropped a policy that linked some physician bonuses to patient referrals to its fundraising office, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.  
  2. Federal lawmakers urge Tenet to speed COBRA benefits for striking Massachusetts nurses

    A group of lawmakers is calling on Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare to expedite Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act benefits for nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., who have been on strike for about two months.  
  3. Kaiser's net income hits $2B in Q1

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente recorded a net income of $2 billion in the first quarter of 2021, up from a net loss of $1.1 billion recorded in the same quarter last year, according to financial data released May 7. 

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  1. Measuring what matters: How hospital rankings are evolving

    Hospital rankings serve as indicators of how organizations are performing compared to their peers, and they have historically been focused on outcomes and patient safety.
  2. Former UF Health employee snooped 1,500+ patient records over 2 years 

    Gainesville-based University of Florida Health Shands recently began notifying 1,562 patients that a former employee wrongfully accessed their protected health information during a two-year period, according to a May 7 news release.
  3. 21 US hospitals with the top nurse-patient communication scores

    The following U.S. hospitals received top marks on patients' HCAHPS surveys for nurse communication. 
  4. What's the proper patient 'dosing' of telehealth? 5 things to know

    With the rapid adoption of telehealth over the past year, West Virginia University researchers are exploring patient trends to decipher the appropriate number of visits and lengths patients should partake, according to a May 7 news release.

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  1. CDC updates guidance on how COVID-19 spreads

    The CDC updated its guidance on COVID-19 transmission May 7, underscoring that the virus spreads via small respiratory droplets and particles in the air.
  2. 11 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported in May:
  3. National Hospital Week starts May 9: 4 things to know

    National Hospital Week — which aims to recognize and celebrate hospitals, health systems and the people who work at them — begins May 9 and runs through May 15.
  4. Australian hospitals investigate Microsoft software glitch that duplicates medication doses in EHR 

    SA Health, Australia's public healthcare system, is investigating whether patients have been harmed by an apparent bug in Microsoft's Remote Desktop software, which is duplicating the last digit of medication doses ordered in the Allscripts Sunrise EHR, Pulse IT reports. 

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  1. 6 recent cancer center constructions, expansions

    Here are six hospitals, health systems and cancer institutes that have expanded their facilities or shared plans to open new centers since April 23.
  2. Paid sick leave reduces emergency department visits, study finds

    New York City's 2014 paid sick leave mandate was tied to a decrease in emergency department and specialist visits, and more primary care use, according to a study published May 6 in JAMA Health Forum. 
  3. Retiring couples may need $300K for medical costs, up 88% from 2 decades ago

    A retiring couple should plan to spend $300,000 in healthcare and medical costs throughout their retirement, a figure that's up 88 percent since 2002, according to Fidelity Investments.
  4. Houston Methodist to build 400-bed hospital

    Houston Methodist is planning a new 400-bed hospital in Cypress, Texas, according to Community Impact Newspaper. 
  5. 8 recent healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a Texas hospital filing an appeal to end life support of a toddler to Dignity Health's St. Joseph Hospital settling an improper billing case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
  6. Corner Office: Vedner Guerrier's journey from staff therapist to C-suite

    During his 20-year journey at Memorial Healthcare System, Vedner Guerrier has risen to become CEO of Memorial Hospital Miramar (Fla.).
  7. How 7 insurers fared in Q1

    Seven for-profit health insurers saw their revenues and profits increase during the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year.
  8. Former medical group COO charged in connection with 153-person Grand Canyon hike

    The former COO of Chehalis, Wash.-based Steck Medical Group has been charged for allegedly leading a 153-person hiking trip through the Grand Canyon National Park and charging fees to participate in October, according to a May 6 report by The Washington Post.
  9. Penn Medicine physician raises $500K to aid India's COVID-19 crisis

    In just one week, Ruchika Talwar, MD, urologic surgery resident at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, raised nearly $500,000 to send India's hospitals supplies as the country battles the world's worst COVID-19 outbreak, CNN reported May 6. 

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