Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CEO, chief nursing officer no longer with Prisma Health hospital

    The CEO and chief nursing officer of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, S.C., are no longer in their positions, Columbia, S.C.-based Prisma Health confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's Nov. 17.
  2. Time to rethink US capitalism?: 5 takeaways for healthcare leaders

    As economic, health and education inequalities grow, more people are beginning to question whether it's necessary to reimagine how American capitalism functions, according to a report from consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
  3. More providers inflating prices for out-of-network COVID-19 tests, insurer survey says

    Nearly a quarter of all claims for COVID-19 tests are coming from out-of-network providers, and the share of claims for tests with inflated prices has grown since this summer, according to a survey from the health insurance trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. 

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  1. Drug testing practices prompt investigation of 3 New York hospitals

    The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating drug testing practices at Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai and NewYork-Presbyterian hospitals to determine if they disproportionately target Black and Latinx parents and infants.
  2. COVID-19 immunity may last years, new study suggests

    COVID-19 immunity may last years, according to a study published Nov. 16 on the preprint server bioRxiv. 
  3. How 3M shifted business gears in response to pandemic

    3M, a Minnesota-based conglomerate that spans the automotive, construction and energy industries, has become increasingly involved in production of personal protective gear for healthcare workers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Data on emergency approval of COVID-19 drugs, vaccines to be made public

    The FDA will make all of the data and information regarding emergency use authorization it has granted to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines publicly available, the agency said Nov. 17. 

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  1. Catholic Health to temporarily close ED at New York hospital

    Catholic Health temporarily will close its emergency department at the Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph's Campus in Buffalo, N.Y.
  2. AMA updates guidance on physician immunizations

    The American Medical Association is calling for physicians and healthcare workers to voluntarily take appropriate measures to protect others if they are not immunized from a vaccine-preventable disease, according to an ethical guidance amendment approved during a Nov. 16 meeting.  
  3. Humana CEO to chair AHIP board

    The board of directors of America's Health Insurance Plans named Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of Humana, as its new chair for 2021.
  4. AMA adopts policy to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

    The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to curb misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and their development process, particularly in communities of color, given the historical context of experimentation with vaccines and other medications in the community, the organization said Nov. 17.

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  1. House launches COVID-19 testing program for lawmakers, staffers

    The U.S. House of Representatives has started a COVID-19 testing program for lawmakers and staffers as many travel back and forth from Washington, D.C., The Hill reported. 
  2. Survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest drops 17% amid pandemic, study finds

    Patients who experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest faced worse outcomes during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the same period in 2019, according to a recent study published in JAMA Cardiology.
  3. 5 tips for a smooth EHR-to-EHR transition

    As EHRs continue to age out from first and second generation software, hospitals and health systems will increasingly look to transition their current systems to a new platform.
  4. Allina Health loss grows to $154M over 9 months

    Allina Health's revenue declined year over year in the first nine months of this year, and the Minneapolis-based health system ended the period with an operating loss, according to unaudited financial documents released Nov. 12. 
  5. Viewpoint: 2 existing technologies that should be part of the US pandemic response

    While the U.S. races to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, there are two technologies already in widespread use outside the country that may limit virus transmission: germicidal ultraviolet light and the antituberculosis vaccine BCG, according to Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, and Tom Nicholson.
  6. Detroit Medical Center names CMO of adult central campus hospitals: 6 notes

    Detroit Medical Center tapped Karen Carbone, MD, as CMO of its adult central campus hospitals, the health system said Nov. 17.
  7. Baylor opening regional medical school

    Baylor Scott & White Health and the Baylor College of Medicine have partnered to develop a four-year regional medical school in Temple, Texas, according to a Nov. 17 news release. 
  8. Ex-employee sentenced for defrauding Georgia hospital to buy 93 guns

    The former director of security for a Georgia hospital has been sentenced to one year and six months in prison for fraudulently using hospital funds to acquire guns that he then sold for profit, the Department of Justice announced Nov. 13. 
  9. 'You can't cut or shrink your way to greatness': University of Chicago Medical Center CFO on managing finances amid the pandemic

    Rich Silveria has spent the last three years as executive vice president and CFO of the University of Chicago Medical Center and more than 30 years in healthcare, but his road to the C-suite has been anything but traditional. 

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