Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Aug. 5

    As of Aug. 5, more than 614,800 people in the U.S. had died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  2. MUSC completes purchase of 3 LifePoint hospitals

    The Medical University of South Carolina on Aug. 1 finalized its acquisition of three hospitals, a freestanding emergency room and affiliated physician practices owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, according to The Post and Courier.
  3. Tenet sells 5 Florida hospitals

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare completed the sale of five hospitals in Florida, the organization said Aug. 2.

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  1. Missouri health system reaches 'sad new record' of COVID-19 patients, CEO says

    CoxHealth had 168 COVID-19 positive inpatients as of July 30. On July 31, the Springfield, Mo.-based system had 180, a new record during the pandemic, and as of Aug. 1, the number climbed even higher to 187, according to Steve Edwards, CoxHealth's president and CEO.
  2. Arkansas hospital eyes new administrative structure after no-confidence vote

    The Medical Center of South Arkansas board of trustees voted to request a new administrative structure after the El Dorado-based hospital hired an independent counsel to investigate concerns from some physicians related to quality of care, patient safety and staffing, according to the News-Times, which cites a memo from the CEO.
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 hospitalization rates: Aug. 5

    New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have increased 87 percent over the last two weeks, with 48 states seeing hospitalization rates trend upward, according to data tracked by The New York Times.
  4. Epic mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for employees 

    U.S.-based Epic employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1, the Wisconsin State Journal reported July 30. 

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  1. Albany Med to pay 7 former nurses restitution over 'repayment fee' provision

    Albany (N.Y.) Med Health System has agreed to pay $90,229 to seven former nurses to resolve allegations it illegally forced the nurses to pay fees after resignation or termination, according to a June 17 news release from New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
  2. Lung virus patients fill pediatric hospital beds in Oklahoma, Louisiana

    Hospital pediatric wards in Oklahoma and Louisiana are facing an unseasonal surge in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, that's putting a strain on capacity, according to Bloomberg.
  3. The strategy behind Providence Ventures and where it's headed

    Aaron Martin, executive vice president and chief digital officer of Renton, Wash.-based Providence and managing general partner of Providence Ventures, joined the Becker's Healthcare Podcast to talk about how the health system thinks about innovation and the strategy for its venture fund.
  4. The competitive landscape for a rural hospital CIO

    Stephanie Lahr, MD, CIO and chief medical information officer of Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D., appeared on the Becker's Healthcare Podcast to talk about technology challenges and opportunities for rural healthcare institutions.
  1. Healthcare out-of-pocket spending rises to $491B

    A report from medical research company Kalorama Information shows total out-of-pocket healthcare spending by consumers has reached an estimated $491.6 billion in 2021, a 10 percent increase from 2020 with an anticipated increase of 9.9 percent through 2026, a July 29 press release said.
  2. 4.5 million affected by data breaches in July: 10 hospitals hit

    In July, 4,584,411 patients and employees across 39 healthcare organizations were hit by data breaches.
  3. Hospitals deployed AI in mass to help with COVID-19; Research suggests they don't work

    When COVID-19 started making waves in March 2020, researchers around the world raced to develop algorithms that could help physicians make decisions, triage patients and predict surges, according to a July 30 Technology Review report.
  4. Lee Health makes telehealth visits free amid COVID-19 surge 

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health slashed the regular $49 visit price for its telehealth visit until "further notice" as the current wave of COVID-19 continues to spread across Southwest Florida, the health system said July 30. 
  5. Rising COVID-19 vaccinations, cases: 9 weekly stats to know

    Both COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates are rising, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published July 30.
  6. Vaccination rates pick up amid delta variant spread

    The pace of vaccinations in the U.S. is rising as the delta variant spreads, and the overwhelming majority of virus-related deaths are occuring in the unvaccinated, CNN reported Aug. 1. 
  7. 19 largest gifts from individuals to hospitals, healthcare organizations in 2021

    Nearly 40 hospitals and healthcare research organizations received gifts, pledges and bequests from individuals so far in 2021. 
  8. Virginia health system CEO steps down for new role

    Chad Melton has resigned as CEO of Warrenton, Va.-based Fauquier Health, after four years at the helm, according to a July 30 news release.
  9. 10 top cardiology stories in July

    A round-up of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery for 2021-22 was Becker's most-read cardiology story in July. 

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