Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 18 top-rated hospitals for patient experience: Connecticut

    Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in Connecticut using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS.
  2. Blockchain can change healthcare: 3 ways to use the new tech

    Blockchain technology provides healthcare with new opportunities to evolve interoperability by making it easier to exchange health information, MDLinx reported Jan. 24.
  3. 8 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Below are eight hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the past week.
  1. Ardent taps new CNO

    Lisa Dolan, MSN, RN, has been promoted to the role of chief nursing officer for Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health Services.
  2. 3 financial indicators that could predict rural hospital closures

    The 56 rural hospitals that closed between January 2017 and August 2020 have three things in common, a January study by the NC Rural Health Research Program found.
  3. Viewpoint: Healthcare needs a 'quintuple aim'

    The healthcare industry should expand the "quadruple aim" to include a fifth key focus: advancing health equity, three physician leaders wrote in a Jan. 21 op-ed published in JAMA.
  4. Anthem BCBS names new Georgia leadership as Northside legal woes broaden

    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield named Robert Bunch president Jan. 20, but the move comes as the payer potentially faces a new opponent in its legal battle against Atlanta-based Northside Hospital System, according to 11Alive. 

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  1. 6 recent heart study findings 

    Recent cardiology studies have focused on heart disease risk factors in men, heart function recovery in children who were exposed to COVID-19 and developed MIS-C and more.
  2. Safety-net hospitals face the worst of the US' nursing shortage

    While the unprecedented nursing shortage is a national problem, safety-net hospitals, which provide care to millions of Americans, face its worst effects, The New York Times reported Jan. 23. 
  3. Exclusion from at-home COVID-19 test coverage puts Medicare recipients on the 'back foot'

    The coverage gaps created by the Biden administration's at-home COVID-19 test coverage guidelines doesn't solve barriers for a population that faces already-increased risks: Medicare beneficiaries, according to a Jan. 24 Kaiser Health News report. 
  4. UnitedHealth Group: Telehealth is a ticket to driving health equity

    The widespread adoption of telehealth is what UnitedHealth Group CMO Margaret-Mary Wilson, MD, calls "one of the most dramatic changes" in healthcare, but the next step is using that development to drive health equity. 

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  1. Viewpoint: How to close racial gaps in cancer care

    Increasing diversity and accessibility to clinical trials is key to closing racial gaps in cancer care, Kathy Giusti and John Carpten, MD, wrote for The Hill Jan. 24.
  2. FDA authorizes remdesivir as outpatient COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA on Jan. 21 expanded its emergency use authorization for remdesivir to include the drug's use in nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who have a high risk of their case becoming severe. 
  3. 4 recent cancer partnerships

    Here are four cancer-related partnerships formed since Jan. 14. 
  4. Judge strikes down vaccination mandate for federal workers

    A federal judge in Texas has blocked enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccination requirement for federal employees, The Hill reported. 
  5. Former Arkansas nursing home owner arrested, charged in $29.5M Medicare scheme 

    A former Arkansas nursing home owner was arrested and charged in federal court in New Jersey with failing to pay $29.5 million in payroll and unemployment taxes and benefit plan fraud, the Department of Justice said Jan. 20.
  6. Florida hospitals don't have to use federal surprise-billing dispute resolution process

    Florida healthcare providers can use the state-specific dispute resolution process for out-of-network bills instead of the federal methodology outlined in the No Surprises Act, CMS determined. 
  7. Healthcare strikes could be more likely as labor deals expire across US

    The potential for strikes at healthcare facilities is elevated as union contracts are set to expire in 2022 and employees prepare to enter a third year on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg Law.
  8. Woman charged $847 'facility fee' for telehealth visit

    Brittany Tesso, a mother in Colorado, was recently charged $847.35 for a "facility fee" for her 3-year-old son's telehealth visit at Aurora-based Children's Hospital Colorado, KDVR reported Jan. 23.
  9. Indiana legislators threaten to act if health systems don't lower costs

    Indiana legislators warned healthcare organizations that they must work together with third-party payers to bring Indiana's healthcare costs down to the national average by 2025, threatening to "pursue legislation to statutorily reduce prices" if they don't have a plan by April, the Indy Star reported Jan. 24.

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