Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 7 ways the $4.5 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds supported healthcare investment

    In total, the federal government spent $4.52 trillion for COVID-19 relief, which allowed for several sectors to make needed investments, The New York Times Magazine reported Nov. 24. 
  2. HHS doles out $35M for telehealth in federal family planning program

    HHS is making $35 million in American Rescue Plan funding available to Title X family planning providers for telehealth infrastructure upgrades and expansions, it announced Nov. 23. 
  3. Fauci: Definition of 'fully vaccinated' will depend on booster data

    While U.S. health officials recommend all adults get their COVID-19 booster shots, they're not currently required to be considered fully vaccinated. 

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  1. COVID-19 vaccination rates up in 23 states, down in 27

    An average of 1.55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 5 percent increase from the previous week, according to The Washington Post. The number of doses administered per day includes booster doses in addition to initial vaccinations.
  2. Highly vaccinated New Hampshire reports record COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

    The number of hospitalizations and new daily COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire is at the highest level since the pandemic began. 
  3. Houston hospital slated to lose Medicare contract

    United Memorial Medical Center in Houston will lose its Medicare contract Dec. 11 for failing to meet program requirements, according to a notice of termination letter CMS published Nov. 23. 
  4. Higher penalties for undisclosed prices won't sway all hospitals to comply, consultant says

    While CMS' move to increase the penalty for hospitals that don't publish their prices will make some facilities more likely to comply with that requirement, it may not sway the country's largest health systems, Caroline Znaniec, a managing director at advisory firm CohnReznick, told Becker's Hospital Review.
  1. Supreme Court to hear case on DSH payment calculations next week

    The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear a case Nov. 29 that challenges a change made to the way Medicare calculates disproportionate share hospital payments, according to the CommonWealth Fund. DSH payments are given to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients. 
  2. Feds ask court to reinstate vaccine-or-test rule for businesses

    The Justice Department on Nov. 23 filed an emergency court motion seeking to lift an order halting the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for private employers, according to Politico. 
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Dec. 1

    As of December 1, more than 780,000 people in the U.S. had died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  4. 6 recent hospitals, health systems investing in employee compensation

    While hospitals and health systems struggle with staff shortages, they're making major investments in employee compensation.
  1. Surprise billing in the US: 4 things to know

    Surprise billing rules will take effect Jan. 1 and are intended to protect patients from unexpected costs and create a process for payers and providers to settle disputes.
  2. New York health system raises wages 14% for unionized RNs

    Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Health reached an agreement with the New York State Nurses Association to raise wages for its unionized registered nurses by 14 percent, the health system announced Nov. 23.
  3. Hospital employment still lagging — 4 proposed explanations

    While employment in ambulatory healthcare services has essentially climbed back to levels seen prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital employment has waned, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by Advisory Board. 
  4. Massachusetts hospitals with limited capacity ordered to reduce electives

    Massachusetts is ordering hospitals with limited capacity to reduce elective procedures amid workforce shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. 6 organizations erasing medical debt for patients

    Sixty-six percent of U.S. bankruptcies are linked to medical debt issues, and 25 percent of U.S. credit card debt is medical debt, according to New York City-based RIP Medical Debt.
  6. 10 hospitals seeking RCM leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management leaders.
  7. HHS creates ground ambulance and patient billing committee, solicits nominations

    HHS will create a Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee as part of its implementation of the No Surprises Act. 
  8. Over 90% of federal workers have met vaccination mandate requirement 

    More than 90 percent of federal workers had received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the Nov. 22 deadline, reports The New York Times. 
  9. From communication silos to unified communication: 4 takeaways on a new system for improving the patient journey

    The traditional patient journey is plagued by communication silos.

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