Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. LCMC Health makes case for $150M acquisition of 3 HCA hospitals

    At a Dec. 8 public hearing, New Orleans-based LCMC Health officials made their case to the office of the Louisiana Attorney General for the system's planned acquisition of three Tulane University hospitals in Baton Rouge, La., nola.com reported Dec. 8. 
  2. Epic launches interoperability hub for developers

    Epic is introducing a connection hub where developers can indicate that their software is interoperable with the EHR vendor.
  3. Highest paid specialties for NPs

    Year over year, median total cash compensation for physician assistants and nurse practitioners climbed by 4.5 percent, according to a survey released Dec. 7 by consulting firm SullivanCotter. 

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  1. Minnesota nurses withdraw strike notice

    Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association at St. Luke's Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have withdrawn their strike notice amid ongoing negotiations.
  2. 10 healthcare HR leaders on the move

    The following hospital and health system human resources executives have been named to new roles since Nov. 1: 
  3. Bacteria prompts Franciscan Children's to restrict water, adjust transfer use

    Franciscan Children's in Brighton, Mass., is restricting the use of water after discovering the presence of harmful bacteria in two water sources. 
  4. Hospitals may unknowingly be sharing data on website visitors with Twitter

    After coming under scrutiny in recent months for sharing patient information with Facebook parent company Meta, hospitals and health systems may also be inadvertently transmitting data to Twitter, the Washington Post reported Dec. 8.

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  1. Hospitals have not been this full since omicron's height: 5 notes on capacity

    More than 80 percent of the nation's hospital beds are in use, the highest rate throughout the pandemic, according to a CNN analysis of HHS data. 
  2. Duke Health credit rating downgraded amid integration and macro concerns

    Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System was downgraded to an "AA-" credit rating amid concern over its planned integration of the Private Diagnostic Clinic, a for-profit medical group with over 1,800 physicians, Fitch Ratings said Dec. 8.
  3. Are workers winning the wage war?

    In the fight to attract talent, companies began offering pay hikes to stand out from their competitors. That trend appears to be continuing even as the labor demand softens, The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 4. 
  4. Ascension's CIO aims to develop a mobile-first approach for patients

    Gagan Singh, CIO and senior vice president of Ascension, said the health system is building out a new mobile-first approach for its patients in order to enhance their digital experience, BuiltInChicago reported Dec. 8. 

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  1. Missouri hospital seeks 'deeper affiliation' with health system amid $2M loss for 2022

    The Hermann (Mo.) Area District Hospital is seeking a "deeper affiliation" with Mercy Health or another provider as it projects to lose $2 million in 2022, The Washington Missourian reported Dec. 8. 
  2. HHS warns of Royal ransomware threat targeting healthcare providers

    The HHS released a warning Dec. 7 about a human-operated ransomware group known as Royal that is increasingly becoming a threat to the healthcare sector. 
  3. An inside look at Grady's largest investment in 30 years

    Atlanta-based Grady Health System is weeks away from wrapping construction on its 600,000-square-foot Correll Pavilion — a project that will expand the hospital's clinic capacity by 45 percent and increase total operating room volume by 25 percent. 
  4. U of Michigan Health to acquire, invest $800M in 6-hospital system

    The University of Michigan Health's board of regents on Dec. 8 approved a proposed agreement that would see it acquire Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Health System to become a $7 billion-health system with more than 200 sites of care.
  5. 'You failed to do your job': Colorado hospital narrowly makes payroll for 155 staff after last-ditch plea to county

    Leadville, Colo.-based St. Vincent Health will be able to pay its 155 employees after Lake County Commissioners voted unanimously to cover the costs for December, CBS Colorado reported Dec. 8.
  6. MetroHealth hiring independent auditor to probe bonuses to former CEO

    The MetroHealth System is hiring an independent audit firm to review policies, practices and issues related to bonuses paid to former CEO Akram Boutros, MD.
  7. Executives grapple with decisions on CMS' Rural Emergency Hospital designation

    The new Rural Emergency Hospital designation is putting providers between a rock and a hard place, offering an infusion of cash from the federal government that is available only if they eliminate inpatient care, The New York Times reported Dec. 9
  8. OSF Ventures, UnityPoint Ventures back $15M financing round for AI-powered heart health platform

    OSF Ventures, the venture capital arm of Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, and UnityPoint Ventures, the venture arm of West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, participated in a $15.1 million series A financing round for Cardiosense, a digital health company working to detect heart disease earlier.
  9. Top cloud companies used by health IT vendors

    Health IT vendors — like their hospital and health system counterparts — are increasingly moving their data to the cloud, often working with Big Tech companies.

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