Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hundreds of New Mexico healthcare workers make public plea to slow COVID-19 spread

    More than 350 physicians, nurses, and healthcare practitioners and providers in New Mexico are urging state residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Nurses, CNAs made up 36% of healthcare workers hospitalized with COVID-19 this spring, analysis finds

    More than a third of healthcare workers hospitalized with COVID-19 from March to May were in nursing-related positions, representing the highest proportion of healthcare workers in the hospital with the illness, according to a new CDC analysis.
  3. COVID-19 antibodies wane over time; herd immunity may be hard to achieve, study finds

    The number of people with COVID-19 antibodies decreased by 26.5 percent between June 20 and Sept. 28, suggesting that contracting the virus might not mean gaining long-lasting immunity, according to a study conducted by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori, a London-based polling organization.

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  1. Intermountain, Sanford aim to boost telehealth, digital health with merger

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare announced plans to merge with Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health this week with increased telehealth and digital services as a key aspect of the pending deal.
  2. Moda Health teams up with Fitbit to offer health trackers to 64,000+ members 

    Portland, Ore.-based insurer Moda Health will provide Fitbit devices to more than 64,000 members as part of its new digital health offerings, according to an Oct. 26 news release. 
  3. Microsoft beats out Amazon, Google for strongest healthcare AI offering, KLAS says 

    Healthcare providers and insurers consider Microsoft to have the strongest healthcare artificial intelligence offering among the big tech giants, according to a report from healthcare data and IT insights company KLAS. 
  4. Hospital CISOs to meet, prep for 'long war' against cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks against hospitals and healthcare organizations have accelerated in the last few months, and experts are warning this trend is likely to continue, according to a report in The Hill.

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  1. Emergency physicians reluctant to seek mental health help; cite stigma, job security

    Many emergency physicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are hesitant to seek mental health treatment, according to a new poll from the American College of Emergency Physicians and Morning Consult.
  2. Mayo Clinic Platform gains COO to lead strategic growth

    Maneesh Goyal has been promoted to COO of Mayo Clinic Platform, responsible for its strategic and operating plans.
  3. HCA execs keep cost-cutting plan in back pocket for next year

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's profit climbed to $668 million in the third quarter of this year, but the for-profit hospital operator is planning for a small drop in admissions next year, according to the Nashville Post. 
  4. 9 recent hospital credit downgrades

    The following nine hospital and health system credit rating downgrades occurred in the past three months. They are listed in alphabetical order. 
  1. US News names 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes: 5 things to know

    U.S. News and World Report published its 11th annual 2021 Best Nursing Home rankings Oct. 27. 
  2. Only 25 ICU beds open in North Dakota; US sees most new COVID-19 cases in 1 week — 6 updates

    The U.S. reported more than 481,000 new COVID-19 cases last week — the most new infections seen during a seven-day stretch of the pandemic, reports USA Today.
  3. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court: 5 things to know

    The Senate voted Oct. 26 to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  4. 10 big ideas in health IT

    Technology is playing a big role in healthcare providers' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from accelerating virtual care and data analytics efforts to supporting remote work and supply tracking efforts.
  5. Eli Lilly confirms antibody drug ineffective for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

    Eli Lilly's antibody treatment bamlanivimab does not improve recovery times or survival rates for patients hospitalized with advanced COVID-19, the drugmaker said Oct. 26.
  6. Positive COVID-19 tests rise in 8 regions: 4 CDC findings

    National indicators measuring COVID-19 activity have increased since September, driven largely by more cases in the Southeast and Central parts of the U.S., according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. 
  7. Ballad Health to postpone elective procedures at some Tennessee hospitals

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health will begin deferring elective procedures at three of its Tennessee hospitals due to a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, CEO Alan Levine announced in a series of tweets. 
  8. COVID-19 hospitalizations by state: Oct. 29

    Texas has the most COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the U.S., according to the COVID Tracking Project. 
  9. States reversing, pausing, reopening because of the pandemic

    Most states are well along the path toward reopening, though recent COVID-19 surges have prompted governors to close some sectors or consider new restrictions, according to The New York Times. Mask mandates and social-distancing guidelines remain in place nearly everywhere. 

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