Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

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  1. 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. 
  2. 3 areas providers are investing the most for patient experience 

    Healthcare providers are ramping up digital transformation projects and turning to new technology to stay connected to patients and improve care experiences. 
  3. Braden Health plans to buy, reopen more rural hospitals in Tennessee

    Braden Health, which operates a network of hospitals across the U.S., plans to buy more struggling or closed rural hospitals in Tennessee, according to News Channel 5.
  4. Medicare pays 15% higher for COVID-19 cases than other respiratory conditions, study finds

    Medicare pay was higher for COVID-19-related respiratory infections with major complications than non-COVID-19 cases at some major U.S. hospitals, according to a new study from Hospital Pricing Specialists. 

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  1. California's highest court to hear Aetna competition case

    The California Supreme Court will review a lawsuit filed by physicians that accuses Aetna of violating the Unfair Competition Law.
  2. CDC: 74% of people infected in Massachusetts outbreak vaccinated

    Among 469 COVID-19 infections tied to a number of summer events and large public gatherings in Barnstable County, Mass., about three-quarters of cases occurred in fully vaccinated people, according to the CDC's latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published July 30. 
  3. Hospitals face 2 surges: Critically ill COVID-19 and sicker non-COVID patients

    Some hospitals are facing two patient surges — patients who avoided or couldn't get medical care amid the pandemic, alongside a rising number of COVID-19 patients.
  4. DOJ joins false claims lawsuits against Kaiser

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 30 that it intervened in six False Claims Act complaints alleging Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and other affiliates of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente submitted inaccurate diagnosis codes for its Medicare Advantage members to receive higher reimbursements. 
  1. HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast division taps Amy Johnson to lead physician alignment

    Amy Johnson was appointed by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast division as vice president of physician alignment.
  2. Kaiser Health Plan sues Merck over cholesterol drugs

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies Merck & Co. and Glenmark over cholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin, the San Francisco Business Times reported July 28.
  3. Catholic Health secures approval to build New York hospital

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health received approval to build a hospital in Lockport, N.Y., according to The Buffalo News. 
  4. Shuttered Mississippi hospital reopens under new name

    The Delta Health Highland Hills Hospital in Senatobia, Miss., opened its doors to patients July 29, replacing the shuttered North Oak Regional Medical Center, according to local news station WMCA.
  5. Yoga, ping-pong tables? Snazzy perks distract from what young employees really want

    Companies have implemented office perks like gyms, yoga studios and video game arcades to attract young workers. Yet research suggests young employees just want what all employees desire — respect.
  6. The best incentive for vaccine skeptics? It might not be what you think

    Many companies are offering perks like free food or sports game tickets for individuals who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Yet, companies may be missing the simplest perk to get the vaccine: paid time off, according to a July 29 Technology Review report.
  7. Thousands of patients exposed after phishing attack on Iowa hospital

    Corydon, Iowa-based Wayne County Hospital began notifying 2,016 patients that their data may have been exposed after hackers launched a phishing attack on its employee emails.
  8. 19 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported on or shared with Becker's since July 23:
  9. AORN, largest nursing school in US partner on OR nursing program

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and Chicago-based Chamberlain University will launch an online perioperative nursing training program in early 2022. 

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