Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Feds warn of cybersecurity risks associated with OpenEMR

    The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center published a brief Jan. 31 warning healthcare organizations about the three vulnerabilities associated with an older version of OpenEMR. 
  2. Iowa hospital names CEO amid employee assault investigation

    William Kiefer, DNP, RN, has been named CEO of Ottumwa (Iowa) Regional Health Center as law enforcement investigates the death of an employee who committed a series of assaults at the hospital. 
  3. North Dakota hospital promotes CFO to CEO

    Tioga (N.D.) Medical Center has named Jamie Eraas its new CEO. 

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  1. Viewpoint: Physicians, not third parties, should determine patient treatment

    A Wisconsin lawsuit could determine whether third parties can compel hospitals and physicians to provide treatments even when those treatments are not proved effective. However, no physician should have to choose between a legal imperative or their ethical obligation to patients, American Medical Association President Jack Resneck Jr., MD, wrote in an article published on the group's website Jan. 31.
  2. Why patients are picking new providers: 8 notes

    A recent survey from IT company Accenture found that more patients are switching healthcare providers than in previous years, and it identified four attributes patients look for in a provider.
  3. Vandalia Health names CIO, technology chief

    Charleston, W.V.-based Vandalia Health, which was created by the merger of two West Virginia health systems, has named a CIO and chief technology officer.
  4. Banner, ChristianaCare, U of Iowa websites also hit by cyberattack

    More U.S. hospitals and health systems have reported that their websites went down this week after a cyberattack that Russian hacking group Killnet claimed responsibility for.

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  1. The Hospitals of Providence campus promotes COO to CEO

    The Hospitals of Providence, an eight-hospital health system based in El Paso, Texas, has promoted David Byrd to CEO of its Transmountain campus, El Paso Inc. reported Feb. 1.
  2. $400M U of Utah hospital project moves forward

    Salt Lake City-based University of Utah is moving forward with its $400 million hospital in West Valley City as its health system prepares to break ground in 2024, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 1. 
  3. North Carolina hospital launches on-demand pay for workers

    Mount Airy, N.C.-based Northern Regional Hospital is experimenting with on-demand pay benefits for employees as part of its recruitment and retention efforts. 
  4. Paxlovid, Lagevrio prescriptions no longer need a positive COVID-19 test

    The FDA altered its emergency use authorizations on Paxlovid and Lagevrio, two COVID-19 treatments, on Feb. 1 to revoke a requirement for a positive COVID-19 test before a provider can prescribe them. 

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  1. GoodRx might pay $1.5M for sharing patient data

    GoodRx Holdings illegally shared patient data to advertise on Facebook and Google, the Federal Trade Commission said Feb. 1, and the Justice Department filed a first-of-its-kind proposed order totaling $1.5 million against the prescription savings provider.
  2. Mayo Clinic expands partnership with data privacy company TripleBlind

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has expanded its partnership with TripleBlind, a company that deidentifies patient data, to allow health systems and developers to collaborate on digital health solutions.
  3. HCA Midwest Health names new CFO

    Overland Park, Kan.-based HCA Midwest Health has named Miah Stutts as its new CFO.
  4. CommonSpirit buys stake in Arabian hospital group

    Dignity Health International, the international arm of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, has acquired a minority equity stake in RAK Hospital, one of the United Arab Emirates' most acclaimed private hospitals, according to the Khaleej Times.
  5. Moffitt Cancer Center expands virtual care options

    Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to continue the expansion of its virtual care options after seeing a 5,000 percent increase in telehealth treatment in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox13 Tampa Bay reported Feb. 1.
  6. Las Vegas hospital sick leave policy prompts protest

    Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1107 picketed outside Las Vegas-based University Medical Center of Southern Nevada on Jan. 30 to protest certain sick leave rules at the facility, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. 
  7. Oklahoma town looks to bring back medical services after closure of hospital

    After the December closure of Clinton (Okla.) Regional Hospital, residents are placing their hopes of renewed medical services on a March 7 special election, Oklahoma Watch reported Feb. 1.
  8. Federal, state governments cracking down on nursing home payments to affiliated companies

    A string of recent lawsuits uncover a trend of nursing home owners moving money into their own pockets through corporate arrangements that are widespread — and legal — in every state, NPR reported Jan. 31.
  9. 'Killnet' has successfully exfiltrated data from hospitals, health systems

    On Jan. 31, 'Killnet,' a Russian-based hacking group claimed to have taken down multiple hospital and health system websites across the U.S., and HHS confirmed that the group has obtained data from a number of hospitals in January, SC Media reported Jan. 31.  

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