Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Outbreak tied to 57 COVID-19 cases contained, Brigham and Women's says

    An outbreak potentially tied to 57 COVID-19 cases at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital has been contained, according to a hospital news release Oct. 16.
  2. Why obesity may limit COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

    Researchers said they're worried that a COVID-19 vaccine may be less effective in those with obesity, reports Nature. The concern stems from links researchers have seen between obesity and a dulled immune response to the virus.
  3. 10 recent health IT exec moves

    Here are some of the recent leadership changes affecting health IT:

Behavioral health cases are rising: leverage technology to improve outcomes

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  1. How hospitals are saving money amid the pandemic: 5 things to know

    Supply reprocessing was the most common cost containment strategy used by U.S. hospitals and health systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Kaufman Hall report. 
  2. KFF: Trends & predictions in 2020 hospital admissions

    Total hospital admissions dropped to 68.6 percent of predicted admissions during a week in April, according to an analysis published Oct. 19 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. 
  3. Merck, Vidant Health pilot drone delivery program for temp-controlled medicines

    Merck is teaming up with drone startup Volansi to deliver cold chain medicines from Merck's Wilson, N.C., manufacturing site to Vidant Health's Wilson medical center, the companies announced Oct. 20.
  4. Every resident at Kansas nursing home infected with COVID-19

    All 62 residents at a Kansas nursing home contracted COVID-19, according to CBS' KOLN.

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  1. Viewpoint: Why hospital cybersecurity strategies fail

    Cybersecurity must be strengthened among hospitals and health systems now more than ever as health services increasingly move to remote and online formats, according to Josephine Wolff, PhD.
  2. Illinois opens $50M funding round for broadband expansion plan

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Oct. 19 that the state is releasing $50 million in funding for its second round of the Connect Illinois broadband internet expansion plan.
  3. GAO to investigate whether White House influenced COVID-19 vaccine approval process, pandemic response

    The Government Accountability Office will probe whether the White House interfered with FDA and CDC operations during the nation's pandemic response, a group of Senate Democrats announced Oct. 20.
  4. CHS in the headlines — 6 latest stories

    Here are six updates on Community Health Systems, a for-profit hospital system based in Franklin, Tenn., reported by Becker's Hospital Review since Sept. 1. 
  1. Reject Cardinal Health CEO's bonus, state treasurers urge, citing opioid settlement

    Two state treasurers are urging Cardinal Health shareholders to vote against a $2.5 million bonus for CEO Michael Kaufmann, arguing that such a payout ignores the company's history in allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis. 
  2. Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trial results expected in November, company says

    Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said Oct. 19 that the company expects interim results from its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in November, and the FDA could grant emergency use authorization in December if those results are positive, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  3. 10 hospitals closing departments, ending services

    Several healthcare organizations recently closed medical units or terminated services to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or prevent patient care lapses. Here are 10 that have announced or completed closures in the last month:
  4. UnityPoint Health seeks to sell Iowa hospital to Illinois system

    West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health plans to sell its hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, to the Blessing Health System.
  5. 5 revenue cycle trends from survey of 117 execs

    Revenue cycle management teams should expect more innovation in 2021, as 57 percent of health system executives say they're optimistic change will come to the space in the next year, according to a survey from the Center for Connected Medicine and KLAS Research.
  6. American College of Cardiology recognizes 140 hospitals for 2020 heart attack care

    The American College of Cardiology recognized 140 hospitals for outstanding heart attack care this month. 
  7. Scripps opens outpatient center with 93 exam rooms

    San Diego, Calif.-based Scripps Health this week opened a one-stop outpatient health center in Oceanside, Calif. 
  8. Alabama hospital to end inpatient pediatric services

    Dothan, Ala.-based Flowers Hospital will end inpatient pediatric services in December, according to local news station WDHN.
  9. Infirmary Health urges Alabama officials to block rival's proposed expansion

    Mobile, Ala.-based Infirmary Health is urging state regulators to block a competitor from building a medical complex in Fairhope, Ala., according to NBC 15.

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