Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Amid outbreak, US has slim access to monkeypox treatment

    The nation's only drug to treat monkeypox is wrapped up in red tape, The New York Times reported Aug. 6.
  2. Meritus Health taps Melissa McHugh Short as chief nursing officer 

    Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Medical Center appointed Melissa McHugh Short, RN, to serve as chief nursing officer, it shared in an email with Becker's Aug. 8. Her appointment is effective immediately.
  3. Landmark bill's cost-reduction efforts draw praise from healthcare groups

    Groups across the healthcare industry had overall favorable reactions to a sweeping $739 billion bill passed by Senate Democrats on Aug. 7 that touches healthcare, energy and tax reform.

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  1. El Camino Health names new chief operating officer

    Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Health appointed Meenesh Bhimani, MD, as its new chief operating officer, according to a press release sent to Becker's. His role goes into effect Aug. 8.
  2. University Hospitals appoints chief physician executive

    Cleveland-based University Hospitals appointed Scott Sasser, MD,  chief physician executive and president, effective Aug. 1.
  3. Doernbecher Children's Hospital's longest-serving nurse retires after 43 years

    Doernbecher Children's Hospital's oldest and longest-serving nurse retired Aug. 3 after 43 years with the organization, The Oregonian reported.
  4. COVID-19 cases to fall through mid-August, Mayo forecasts

    COVID-19 cases are expected to decrease nationwide over the next two weeks, even as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant BA.5 accounts for more than 80 percent of infections, modeling from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic shows.

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  1. Pfizer to acquire Global Blood Therapeutics for $5.4B

    Pfizer nabbed a $5.4 billion deal to acquire sickle cell drugmaker Global Blood Therapeutics, according to an Aug. 8 press release. 
  2. Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine rollout off to slow start

    The approval of a fourth COVID-19 vaccine won't "make a real dent" in America's vaccination rate, infectious disease experts told ABC News in an Aug. 5 report. 
  3. Jury sides with pharmacist in trial over contraception access

    Access to reproductive health products has gotten murkier after a Minnesota jury ruled in favor of a pharmacist who refused to sell contraceptives in 2019 because of his beliefs, according to MPR News. 
  4. 4 hospitals seeking CEOs

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  1. Eli Lilly to seek growth opportunities outside of Indiana following abortion ban

    Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly, one of Indiana's largest employers, said it plans to seek growth opportunities outside of Indiana following the signing of an abortion ban bill, FOX59 reported on Aug. 6. 
  2. VA Oracle Cerner EHR suffers 3-hour outage from corrupted patient database

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' Oracle Cerner EHR system suffered a three-hour outage on Aug. 4 resulting in downtime and delays to VA patient databases, FedScoop reported Aug. 5. 
  3. Viewpoint: Don't punish the candor of those who report medical errors

    The U.S. healthcare system should stop reacting harshly to employees who disclose medical errors, according to a physician at Boston-based Mass General Brigham. 
  4. What's stopping Congress from extending telehealth benefits

    The House passed legislation to extend Medicare reimbursements for medical visits that occur by video or phone call through 2024, but recent federal crackdowns on Medicare fraud linked to telehealth have raised concerns in Washington, Politico reported Aug. 7.
  5. WVU Cancer Institute 1st in West Virginia to use new prostate treatment 

    Morganstown, W. Va-based WVU Cancer Institute became the first facility in the state to administer Pluvicto, a radiation pharmaceutical administered through injection or infusion, for a type of metastatic prostate cancer, local news website My Buckhannon reported Aug. 7.
  6. MarinHealth goes live with Epic EHR system

    Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth Medical Center's new EHR system called APeX went live at the health system Aug. 8. 
  7. OSF HealthCare names central region CEO

    Bob Anderson was appointed CEO of Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare's central region, effective Sept. 1.
  8. Providence not resolving payroll errors fast enough, union says

    Providence healthcare workers in Northern California said they have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars due to payroll errors that the health system has not resolved in the contractually required 48 hours.
  9. California hospital system reaches $340K settlement over data breach

    Salinas (Calif.) Valley Memorial Healthcare System agreed to pay $340,000 as part of a class-action settlement over claims its security system did not protect patients from a data breach, according to court documents.

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