Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 5 systems launching, expanding or updating nursing programs

    Colleges and universities are updating and launching nursing programs to help combat nursing shortages. Licensing boards and state legislators are also attempting to create paths for more students to join the profession.
  2. Peter Marinoff to oversee 3 Michigan hospitals

    Peter Marinoff was named president of Traverse City, Mich.-based Munson Healthcare's south region, according to a Dec. 5 news release shared with Becker's.
  3. 8 hospitals, health systems charging for MyChart messaging

    A growing number of health systems are starting to charge patients for asking for their physicians' advice through online patient portals, such as MyChart. Here are some hospitals and health systems partaking in the growing trend:

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  1. New hotel targeting nursing, clinical staff moves closer to reality at Loma Linda complex

    The possibility of a new 131-bed hotel to be located next to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta (Calif.) and designed for temporary nursing staff accommodation and others appears to be taking a step closer to reality, a Dec. 5 patch.com report said.
  2. Oregon Health Authority taps 112 contract workers to help children's hospitals

    Oregon Health Authority is bringing in about 112 nurses and respiratory therapists to meet requests from children's hospitals, the government agency confirmed to Becker's.
  3. Women, minorities underrepresented in some COVID-19 trials: 4 takeaways

    Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center published the first meta-analysis of COVID-19 treatment and prevention clinical trials Dec. 5.
  4. Karmanos Cancer Institute among nation's top centers for 10th straight year

    Detroit-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women's Choice Award for the 10th consecutive year.

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  1. 11 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported by Becker's since Nov. 30: 
  2. High intensity ER billing is on the rise, study finds

    The number of "high-intensity bills" for patients treated and then released from emergency rooms is increasing, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. 
  3. 20 states allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control

    Pharmacists can now prescribe birth control in 20 states, and 10 other state legislatures are working toward expanding access to the contraception at pharmacy counters, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 
  4. 'Nocebos' more likely in vaccine-hesitant patients, study finds

    Being hesitant toward COVID-19 vaccines could result in more side effects after a shot is administered — a phenomenon of negative opinions spurring negative health outcomes, which is nicknamed "nocebos" — according to a study published Dec. 5 in Nature. 

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  1. New Hampshire health system appoints CIO

    New Bedford, N.H.-based SolutionHealth has named Debra Dulac, BSN, RN, senior vice president and CIO, according to a news release shared Dec. 6 with Becker's.
  2. Viewpoint: Closing pediatric units is short-sighted and reflects a broken system

    While hospital systems focus on more lucrative adult care operations, often sacrificing pediatric care in the process, the consequences of such decisions are often ignored, Brenna Miller, a health communications specialist at think tank the Lown Institute, wrote on its site Dec. 5.
  3. 'Historic' pay raises avert planned nurses strike in Minnesota

    Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached tentative three-year contracts with hospital executives, averting a planned strike by 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports.
  4. Pfizer countersues Moderna in COVID-19 vaccine patent infringement case

    Pfizer and BioNTech filed a countersuit against Moderna Dec. 5 over their rival COVID-19 vaccines made from the same mRNA technology, court documents show. 
  5. Feds warn of Cuba ransomware threat targeting the healthcare sector

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI released a joint cybersecurity advisory Dec. 1 to warn about a Cuba ransomware threat targeting the healthcare sector. 
  6. Massachusetts hospital to refund patients for losses after data breach

    Attleboro, Mass.-based Sturdy Memorial Hospital has settled a lawsuit for a Feb. 9, 2021, data breach that compromised the protected health information of 60,000 current and former patients, Top Class Actions reported Dec. 5.  
  7. Retired Mass General Brigham CIO to advise healthcare cybersecurity firm

    James Noga, the former vice president and CIO of Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham, has been named to the advisory board of healthcare cybersecurity vendor Censinet.
  8. Cleveland Clinic-affiliated health system names interim CEO

    Leonard Stepp Jr. has been named interim CEO of Cleveland Clinic-affiliated Ashtabula (Ohio) County Medical Center Healthcare System, the Star Beacon reported Dec. 5. 
  9. Piedmont promotes 4 senior executives

    Atlanta-based Piedmont has given promotions and expanded roles to four senior executives. 

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