Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Mayo Clinic's operating income down 51%, but records 3.6% operating margin through Q3

    Although Mayo Clinic's net operating income through the first nine months of 2020 is down 51.4 percent compared to 2019, the Rochester, Minn.-based system's operating margin was 3.6 percent, according to recently released financial documents.
  2. 19 provider groups urge Congress to lower Quality Payment Program requirements

    Nineteen provider groups are urging Congress to lower the threshold requirements for the Quality Payment Program, established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  3. Sanford Health CEO: I've had COVID-19, won't wear a mask as 'symbolic gesture'

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft shared his thoughts about having COVID-19 and why he won't be wearing a mask in an email to health system staff, according to the Grand Forks Herald. 

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  1. HIV deaths fell 48% from 2010 to 2017, CDC says

    HIV-related deaths decreased by 48.4 percent from 2010 to 2017, CDC data shows.
  2. CEO of Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento division to retire amid structural shakeup

    Laurie Harting, RN, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento division, is retiring Jan. 3 as Dignity's parent company changes its operating division structure, CommonSpirit Health said Nov. 19.
  3. Pfizer to apply for emergency approval of vaccine today; COVID-19 cases up 26% in 1 week — 5 updates

    The U.S. reported 8,461 COVID-19 deaths for the week ending Nov. 18, the highest weekly COVID-19 death count since May, according to The COVID-19 Tracking Project.  
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations by state: Nov. 23

    Texas has the most COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the U.S., according to the COVID Tracking Project. 

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  1. Banner Health's operating income up 32%

    Banner Health's revenue increased year over year in the first three quarters of this year, but the Phoenix-based health system ended the period with a loss. 
  2. 'We needed to think differently': Northwell Health's Dr. Annabella Salvador-Kelly on sharpening leadership skills during the pandemic

    When the pandemic surged in New York this spring, Northwell Health was hit especially hard, treating more than 41,000 COVID-19 patients between March and May. Annabella Salvador-Kelly, MD, who serves as senior vice president of medical affairs and associate CMO at the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based health system, had a front row view of this initial surge and has since played a critical role in Northwell Health's pandemic response. 
  3. 4 execs on how their health systems are preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine

    With both Moderna and Pfizer reporting that their vaccine candidates are close to 95 percent effective, and Pfizer planning to submit an application for emergency authorization for its vaccine in the next few days, health systems across the country are finalizing plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
  4. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:

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  1. Pennsylvania behavioral health provider to join St. Luke's University Health Network

    Penn Foundation, a behavioral health provider serving 20,000 patients a year, said it's making plans to join the St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.
  2. Novant, UNC Health plan med school campus in Charlotte

    Novant Health and UNC Health are planning a UNC School of Medicine branch campus in Charlotte, N.C., the health systems said Nov. 19.
  3. 3 major challenges for health IT in 2021 from Harvard Medical Faculty CEO Dr. Alexa Kimball

    Alexa Kimball, MD, CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, oversaw the rapid deployment of telehealth and data analytics during the pandemic. Now her team is focused on refining the digital patient experience and predictive analytics.
  4. 18 companies Optum Ventures invested in this year

    Optum Ventures, Optum's venture capital arm, has grown significantly over the past four years, from investing $7.5 million in 2016 to $654 million so far in 2020.
  5. CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel

    Postponing Thanksgiving travel and celebrating virtually or only with those from the same household is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said Nov. 19 as cases continue to soar. 
  6. Heart attack care regionalization may not help minorities, study finds

    Although recent protocols have aimed to improve the care standard for severe heart attack patients, people living in minority communities aren't benefiting much as much as those in  non-minority communities, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.
  7. Baptist Health seeks 250 call center workers

    Baptist Health is recruiting 250 patient access coordinators to work in its call centers, the Louisville, Ky.-based health system said Nov. 18. 
  8. 99% of long-term care facilities have signed up for free COVID-19 vaccines from CVS, Walgreens

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Nov. 18 that the department is seeing "tremendous uptake" of a program between HHS, CVS and Walgreens to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care facilities, with 99% of facilities signed up for the program, CNBC reported. 
  9. In 2 years, insurers must disclose what they pay for prescription drugs

    Health insurers will have to disclose customers' estimated out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs as well as the negotiated prices they pay for drugs under a new rule passed by the Trump administration, Kaiser Health News reported. 

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