Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. How 2 hospice execs are reimagining their workforce strategies

    Social isolation and clinical safety are just two of the growing challenges hospices face as another wave of COVID-19 takes hold nationwide. As hospice leaders make changes to immediately address these difficulties, some are realizing those changes will become part of their long-term strategy.
  2. Best, worst scenarios for post-acute care in the next 24 months

    Fueled by the pandemic, post-acute care facilities are bracing for unparalleled workforce challenges in the next 24 months, executives said during a keynote session at Becker's Post-Acute Virtual Forum Nov. 16. 
  3. Orlando Health plans 134-bed hospital

    Orlando (Fla.) Health has won approval from the city of Lake Mary, Fla., to build a six-story, 134-bed hospital, according to The Orlando Business Journal.

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  1. Lee Health names new strategy, innovation head

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health has selected Lisa Martinez as vice president of strategy and innovation.
  2. Azar says HHS will move 'quickly as possible' to OK Moderna, Pfizer vaccines

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Nov. 16 that the FDA will move "as quickly as possible" to authorize the experimental COVID-19 vaccines being developed by Moderna and Pfizer, The Hill reported. 
  3. 34 health systems, Premier partner with DeRoyal to boost isolation gown production

    Thirty-four health systems have partnered with Premier and DeRoyal Industries, a medical manufacturer, to form a joint venture designed to produce isolation gowns in response to critical shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. Elective procedures and the holiday season: Advocate Aurora experts address latest COVID-19 surge

    Three clinical leaders from Milwaukee- and Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Aurora Health weighed in on the latest surge of COVID-19 battering Illinois and Wisconsin during a Nov. 16 news briefing. 

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  1. VA clinicians can practice across state lines, interim rule affirms

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued an interim final rule to confirm authority for VA healthcare clinicians to practice across state lines, regardless of if it conflicts with state requirements.
  2. 10 hospitals hiring CEOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the last few weeks.
  3. U of Kansas Health System begins delaying elective surgeries

    The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City started postponing some elective surgeries to free up inpatient beds, according to local news station KMBC.
  4. BJC HealthCare extends elective surgery postponement to all hospitals

    St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare will postpone some elective surgery cases at all 15 of its hospitals and ambulatory care settings starting Nov. 16, according to a Nov. 15 company announcement. 

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  1. Safety of outdoor dining tents questioned amid COVID-19

    Many restaurants are constructing outdoor dining tents this fall amid pandemic-related restrictions on indoor dining. The tents are meant to keep diners warm and increase capacity, while still following safety measures. However, some health experts are questioning the safety of these tents, especially those that are more enclosed, reports Bloomberg.
  2. Idaho's St. Luke's halts elective surgery scheduling through Christmas

    St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, will stop scheduling certain elective surgeries and procedures through Dec. 25, according to a company news release.
  3. 10 leadership strategies to maintain after COVID-19

    The first COVID-19 surge this spring forced healthcare leaders to abandon their traditional management and governance models for more innovative leadership styles that entailed quick decision-making and more access to senior leaders. Rather than returning to old leadership styles when the pandemic is over, healthcare organizations should consider making some of these strategies permanent, seven healthcare leaders wrote in an article for Harvard Business Review.
  4. COVID-19 test positivity jumps in every region: 4 CDC findings

    At least one indicator used to assess COVID-19 activity is increasing in every HHS surveillance region, and many regions are reporting increases in multiple indicators, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. 
  5. Oklahoma hospitals tighten admission criteria amid influx of COVID-19 patients

    Tulsa, Okla., Mayor G.T. Bynum said local hospitals have implemented more selective criteria when deciding which COVID-19 patients get admitted as the state continues to beat its own record number of cases and hospitalizations, reports Tulsa World.
  6. How 8 universities are handling holiday break amid the COVID-19 surge

    Public health experts have warned that college students leaving campus for holiday break may increase community spread of COVID-19, and many large universities have implemented precautionary protocols. 
  7. 15 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Fifteen hospitals or health systems announced, advanced or completed construction projects in the last two weeks:
  8. 'Puzzle without the edge and corner pieces': 2 experts weigh in on Pfizer, Moderna vaccine trial news

    Americans have good reason to be encouraged by Pfizer's Nov. 9 announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate can prevent more than 90 percent of infections, even though significant uncertainties about the vaccine's distribution remain.
  9. Ascension hospital halts elective surgery scheduling until Nov. 30

    Citing an increased demand for inpatient beds, Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, Mich., will not schedule any new inpatient elective surgeries until at least Nov. 30, according to MLive. 

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