Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. AHIP to CMS: Don't extend open enrollment deadline

    CMS' plan to extend open enrollment for ACA marketplace exchanges could "disincentivize" consumers from enrolling in a health plan with full-year benefits, AHIP said in a comment published in the federal register July 28.
  2. Margaret Mary Health CEO stepping down

    Dr. Tim Putnam, president and CEO of Batesville, Ind.-based Margaret Mary Health, is resigning. 
  3. North Carolina slaps Humana with fine over out-of-network, emergency coverage

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has fined Humana $630,000 for numerous violations related to health insurance, according to a July 29 news release.

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  1. Ophthalmologists ask Congress to intervene on new Aetna cataract policy

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery have called on Congress to assist in reigning in excessive prior authorization requirements imposed by health insurers. 
  2. The way we use time has changed: 3 stats

    Many Americans drastically changed how they spent their time in 2020 compared to 2019, as they followed social distancing measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Why delta is the most transmissible variant yet: 9 things to know

    The COVID-19 delta variant contains genetic changes that allow it to spread twice as fast as the original strain, Kaiser Health News reported.
  4. Spectrum Health names CNO for hospitals

    Carolyn Leja, MSN, RN, was chosen as chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health's Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals in Michigan, the health system said July 29.

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  1. 10 hospitals hiring CEOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs in the last few weeks.
  2. Idaho hospital shuts down OR, obstetrics over staffing shortage

    St. Luke's Jerome (Idaho) Medical Center temporarily shut down its operating room and obstetrics services because of a staffing shortage, local news station KMVT reported June 30. 
  3. Memorial Hermann hospital to get clinic for uninsured

    The University of Houston College of Medicine is opening a direct primary care clinic at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston for uninsured patients.
  4. St. Louis public health leader says he faced 'angry mob' after promoting mask mandate

    The acting director of the St. Louis County Health Department said he faced an "angry mob" and was called racist slurs in a St. Louis County council meeting where he promoted a mask mandate, according to The Washington Post and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  1. Tower Health won't sell hospitals, pursues alliance with Penn Medicine

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health plans to remain independent and has signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic alliance with Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine, the system announced July 30. 
  2. CMS releases 4 final payment rules: 16 things to know

    CMS on July 29 released its annual final payment rules for hospices, inpatient psychiatric facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
  3. 12 most common vulnerabilities exploited by cybercriminals

    The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published new security guidance July 28 urging public and private organizations to secure their IT networks and unveiled the top 12 commonly exploited vulnerabilities hackers target. 
  4. COVID-19 transmission in most US counties warrants indoor masking, CDC says

    The majority of U.S. counties — 69.3 percent — had a high or substantial level of community COVID-19 transmission as of July 27, according to CDC data. 
  5. Geisinger launches virtual urgent care: 4 things to know

    Patients who need urgent care that's not an emergency will have a new option through a telehealth program launched by Geisinger.
  6. IU Health launches 'hack' lab to test medical device security 

    IU Health in Indianapolis launched an innovation lab to test the security of medical devices the health system uses for patients, Inside Indiana Business reported July 29. 
  7. Pennsylvania hospital to lay off 110 employees

    Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa., is scaling back services in October, resulting in 110 employees losing their jobs.
  8. 'War has changed' against COVID-19, CDC says — 7 things to know

    The delta coronavirus variant, first detected in India, appears to be as contagious as chickenpox and appears to cause more severe illness than earlier strains, according to an internal CDC slide presentation obtained by The Washington Post.
  9. Biden amps up vaccine strategy, tells states to offer $100 incentive

    President Joe Biden is asking state and local governments to use funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to offer individuals $100 payments if they get vaccinated against COVID-19, The Hill reported.

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