Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. COVID-19 admissions fall 14% in 1 week: 7 CDC updates

    The U.S. saw double-digit decreases in COVID-19 admissions and hospitalizations this week, even as XBB.1.5 grew to account for nearly two-thirds of all infections, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Jan. 27. 
  2. Why California hospitals spend the most on contract labor

    Eleven of the 20 hospitals with the highest contract labor expenditures are located in California, accounting for the top 30 percent. 
  3. HCA aims to hit labor, growth goals with 'winning plays' in 2023, CEO says

    HCA Healthcare's agenda in 2023 will focus on overcoming labor and capacity challenges, countering inflationary pressures and accelerating growth through "winning plays," CEO Sam Hazen said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call on Jan. 27.

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  1. Kaiser names Washington region leader

    Angela Dowling was tapped as the new president for Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente's Washington region.
  2. 32 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Jan. 20:
  3. CEO named for 2 Baptist Health South Florida hospitals

    Jared Smith was named CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West, both in Boynton Beach, Fla.
  4. Data breach involving online appointment forms affects 94,000 at UCLA Health

    Los Angeles-based UCLA Health said analytics tools it used on its website and mobile app may have transmitted the data of 94,000 individuals to third parties.

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  1. Flu activity still high in 2 regions

    Flu metrics continue their steady decline in most of the U.S., though New Mexico and New York City are still reporting high levels of activity, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  2. Where CMOs, CNOs and clinical leaders think health systems are headed

    Becker's asked health system leaders: Question: What will hospitals and health systems look like in 10 years? What will be different and what will be the same?
  3. CEO named for HCA Florida Capital Hospital

    Chris Mosley was named CEO of HCA Florida Capital Hospital in Tallahassee, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare.
  4. What to expect from the hospital of the future, from 8 CIOs, innovation chiefs

    Hospitals and health systems accelerated their technology integration and digital transformation during the pandemic to best serve their communities. Many organizations see the shift to digital continuing to affect hospital strategy in the next decade.

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  1. Digital health: Who's up, who's down

    The digital health market is constantly changing, with startups coming onto the scene and more established companies restructuring their strategies.
  2. Johns Hopkins researchers develop AI to predict 'ICU delirium'

    Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University have created an artificial intelligence tool to predict the risk of a patient developing "ICU delirium," a condition in which patients admitted to the intensive care unit develop bouts of confusion, inattention, paranoia and, in some cases, hallucinations. 
  3. U of Maryland Medical System partners with tech company to boost population health, reduce admin tasks

    Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System has partnered with tech company Curation Health to use data analytics to improve population health and reduce administrative tasks for providers.
  4. Number of patients experiencing long COVID-19 has dropped, data shows

    Since June, the number of individuals who experience long COVID-19 has dropped, the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote of its findings after examining CDC data on long COVID-19. On top of that, more than 50 percent of patients who once reported having long COVID-19 say they are no longer affected by it.
  5. Precision oncology company Guardant Health lays off 130 employees

    Precision oncology company Guardant Health has laid off about 130 employees, or 7 percent of its workforce, GenomeWeb reported.
  6. Washington system names Kelly Allen chief nursing officer

    Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Wash., has appointed Kelly Allen, MSN, RN, as its new chief nursing officer. Ms. Allen played a crucial role in leading the organization through the challenges of COVID-19, serving in her previous capacity as the system's director of urgent and emergent services, a Jan. 26 article in the Columbia Basin Herald stated.
  7. FDA floats looser blood donation rules for gay, bisexual men

    The FDA issued draft guidance Jan. 27 to loosen blood donation eligibility rules for gay and bisexual men in monogamous relationships.  
  8. Ohio hospital accused of sharing patient information with third parties, like Meta

    A lawsuit was filed Jan. 10 accusing Cincinnati-based Christ Hospital of sending patient information to Meta and other third parties using code on their website, ABC affiliate WCPO reported.
  9. CVS, Walmart to cut hours at most pharmacies in March

    Two national chains will reduce operation hours at their pharmacies this spring, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 27. 

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