Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Christus Health clinic in Texas deploys Epic EHR 

    Christus Trinity Clinic in Texarkana, Texas, has launched its new Epic EHR system, it said this week.
  2. Missouri hospital leader worries area will be 'next New York' as 8 hospitals halt ambulance admissions

    Eight Kansas City, Mo.-based hospitals and emergency departments had to refuse ambulances the night of Oct. 14 because they hit capacity, according to the Kansas City Star. 
  3. Federal judges signal support for hospital price disclosure rule

    Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely Oct. 15 to uphold CMS' rule that forces hospitals to disclose prices they negotiate with insurance companies, according to Bloomberg Law. 

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  1. Avera, Sanford shift surgeries to fulfill staffing, patient needs amid COVID-19 surge

    Avera Health and Sanford Health, both based in Sioux Falls, S.D., are adjusting surgery plans to accommodate patient and staffing needs as COVID-19 surges, according to officials at the health systems.
  2. COVID Tracking Project: The 3rd surge has likely begun 

    The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reported this week suggest the third surge of the pandemic is underway in the United States, according to analysis from the COVID Tracking Project. 
  3. 47 hospitals closed, filed for bankruptcy this year

    From reimbursement landscape challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals to shut down or file for bankruptcy. At least 47 in the U.S. have closed or entered bankruptcy this year, and the financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may force more to do the same. 
  4. Cases up in 41 states; remdesivir has little effect on survival, WHO study finds — 4 COVID-19 updates

    About 64,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the U.S. Oct. 15, the highest daily number since late July, reports The Washington Post. 

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  1. HCA to help Belmont University open medical school

    Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., announced Oct. 15 that it will launch a new college of medicine in partnership with Nashville-based HCA Healthcare.  
  2. COVID-19 death rates by state: Oct. 19

    As of Oct. 19, more than 219,000 people in the U.S. have died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  3. Georgia hospital to close emergency department

    University Hospital Summerville, a 231-bed hospital in Augusta, Ga., is converting its emergency department to an urgent care center by the end of the year, according to the Savannah Morning News. 
  4. HCA plans $60M Houston hospital expansion

    HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, is planning a $60 million improvement and expansion project, according to the Houston Business Journal. 
  1. Epic partners with Lyft & 11 other key health IT notes

    From new partnerships to asset sales to novel cybersecurity initiatives, here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Epic, Allscripts and Amazon.
  2. 'Superspreader' party in New York tied to 37 COVID-19 cases; venue fined $12K

    A Sweet 16 party in New York violated emergency state health codes and turned into a "superspreader event," authorities said, according to NBC News. 
  3. West Virginia hospital outbreak tied to 59 COVID-19 cases

    Fifty-nine cases have been reported in a COVID-19 outbreak at Huntington, W.Va.-based Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital as of Oct. 14, reports WV MetroNews. 
  4. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center names new CFO

    St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, part of LifePoint Health, has selected Aaron Poole as CFO. 
  5. Cook County Health to add 466 positions for contact tracing, social distancing

    Cook County Health, Chicago's public healthcare system, expects to add 466 new positions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a spokesperson.
  6. YouTube expands medical misinformation policy

    YouTube is introducing new policy updates to combat the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation shared on its platform, according to CNBC.
  7. Banner Health partners with Innovaccer for data interoperability: 3 details  

    Banner Health will implement Innovaccer's interoperability platform as part of its patient data consolidation strategy, according to an Oct. 15 news release.
  8. 'It kills me that we're in this situation': Connecticut late to launch healthcare information exchange

    Connecticut is set to roll out its statewide health information exchange this fall after years of setbacks and faulty launches, Hartford Business Journal reported.
  9. Operation Warp Speed's latest move: $31M to Cytiva to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine components

    HHS said it will give $31 million to Massachusetts pharmaceutical manufacturer Cytiva to scale up its production of materials needed to produce COVID-19 vaccines, the department announced Oct. 13.

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