Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UCB to restrict 340B discounts to hospitals using community pharmacies

    Beginning Dec. 13, global drug company UCB will stop providing 340B discounts to hospitals for drugs dispensed at community-based pharmacies. 
  2. How Cleveland Clinic has saved $133M in physician retention

    In 2008, Cleveland Clinic instituted a peer-based coaching and mentoring program for physicians and scientists to promote a proactive approach to clinician well-being for allcomers, which officials estimate has saved the health system at least $133 million in physician retention alone in 2020. 
  3. Medical debt collection disproportionately affects Black Americans

    There is a burden of $140 billion in past-due medical bills shown on U.S. credit files, and 28 percent of Black households have medical debt compared to only 17 percent of white households, Bloomberg reported Nov. 22.

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  1. COVID-19 cases among children have risen 32% in 2 weeks

    Between Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 141,905 COVID-19 cases were reported among children in the U.S., marking a 32 percent increase since the week ending Nov. 4., according to a Nov. 22 update from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
  2. Who is gathering with friends, family on Thanksgiving? 5 stats to know

    A large majority of Americans intend to gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, though who is gathering differs by race/ethnicity and vaccination status, according to Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index poll findings published Nov. 23. 
  3. Idaho ends crisis standards of care for most of the state

    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated crisis standards of care Nov. 22 for hospitals and health systems across the state, with the exception of north Idaho.
  4. Fitch: Labor, supply chain challenges increase for hospitals

    Although U.S. healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have maintained solid credit metrics throughout the pandemic, with 2021 third quarter results in line to be slightly better than expected for most sub-sectors, labor inflation and supply chain disruptions have led to higher costs and potentially lost revenue, Fitch Ratings reported Nov. 19. 
  1. 22 COVID-19 related research findings

    Here are 22 COVID-19-related research findings covered by Becker's Hospital Review since Oct. 26:
  2. Epic's sepsis model linked to potential alert fatigue after 43% increase at 24 hospitals amid COVID-19, study finds

    Some hospitals using Epic's sepsis alert system experienced an increased number of alerts in the weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic began compared to the months leading up, according to a Nov. 19 report published in JAMA Network Open.
  3. HHS distributes $7.5B in pandemic aid to providers

    HHS began distributing $7.5 billion in payments to rural healthcare providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency announced Nov. 23. 
  4. Albany Med announces 3 leadership changes

    Albany (N.Y.) Med has transitioned three of its senior leaders to new roles, the health system said Nov. 22.
  1. HCA defeats billing fraud claims

    A whistleblower failed to adequately allege Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare submitted false claims to government healthcare programs for physical therapy services, a Kansas district court said Nov. 19, according to Bloomberg Law. 
  2. Dr. David Feinberg shares strategy for Cerner & the leadership advice that has guided his career 

    Throughout his 25-year career in different healthcare and technology spaces, Cerner CEO David Feinberg, MD, has maintained a central focus on what he considers the most important thing: the patient. 
  3. Michigan hospital CMOs: Get vaccinated, get boosted and be careful where you seek care

    Chief medical officers across Michigan hospitals are asking residents to take advantage of vaccines to help curb a surge in COVID-19 cases ahead of the holiday season. 
  4. California hospital seeks OK to join Keck Medicine of USC

    Arcadia-based Methodist Hospital of Southern California is seeking approval to join Los Angeles-based Keck Medicine of USC, the organizations said Nov. 22. 
  5. Judge declines Florida request to block federal mandate for healthcare workers

    A federal judge has denied Florida's request to block a CMS rule requiring vaccination for eligible staff at healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to court documents.
  6. HHS secretary defends surprise-billing arbitration process

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is defending CMS' proposed surprise-billing rule, bashed by several medical groups as an unfair gift to health insurers, according to Kaiser Health News.
  7. States ranked by COVID-19 hospitalization rates: Nov. 30

    New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have risen 10 percent over the last two weeks, with 29 states and the District of Columbia seeing hospitalization rates trend upward, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
  8. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  9. Florida hospitals make mandate decisions amid state fight against federal requirements

    The number of hospitals and health systems announcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates has continued to grow since CMS issued its regulation requiring healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs to fully vaccinate all eligible staff members by Jan. 4. But recently passed state legislation limiting vaccination mandates, alongside ongoing legal challenges to federal requirements, have complicated decisions for Florida hospitals regarding employee vaccination.

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