Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Healthgrades' best hospitals for cardiac care 2021

    Healthgrades named the recipients of its 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards Oct. 20, which include the top hospitals for cardiac care.
  2. Methodist Le Bonheur names new chief human resources officer

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has named Naren Balasubramaniam senior vice president and chief human resources officer.  
  3. 10 best states for healthcare access during pandemic

    Massachusetts leads states in improving healthcare access for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by QuoteWizard, an insurance comparison website. 

Behavioral health cases are rising: leverage technology to improve outcomes

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  1. CMS releases premium updates for 2021 marketplace plans: 3 notes

    CMS said Oct. 19 that some individuals will see lower premiums on ACA marketplace plans for the 2021 coverage year.
  2. How COVID-19 affects the heart: 3 findings

    The Journal of the American College of Cardiology released three papers Oct. 19 detailing what researchers know about COVID-19's effect on the heart.
  3. Healthcare workers seek third-party validation for COVID-19 vaccine

    Healthcare workers represented by three unions are hesitant to administer or receive a COVID-19 vaccine without validation from independent third-party experts, the unions announced in an Oct. 20 news release. 
  4. How Providence's remote prescribing capabilities have increased security, streamlined clinical workflows

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence began its electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) implementation project in 2018 to make e-prescribing more secure and easier to use for clinicians.

The new rules of margin improvement

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  1. Deloitte launches virtual hospital-at-home monitoring tool

    Deloitte is rolling out a new tool for its digital health platform ConvergeHealth MyPath that allows providers to expand remote care services via virtual delivery. 
  2. Michigan health system goes offline after malware attack: 4 details

    Iron Mountain, Mich.-based Dickinson County Health System was hit by a malware attack, according to a report from TV6, an NBC affiliate.
  3. Einstein warns of cuts, 'death spiral' without Jefferson merger

    In a court filing, Einstein Healthcare Network warned that a move by the Federal Trade Commission to block its merger with Jefferson Health could lead to a "death spiral" at its Philadelphia flagship safety-net hospital, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
  4. Top 10 innovation priorities for health systems in response to COVID-19, says report

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed telehealth and remote work capabilities to the forefront of health systems' agendas, according to KLAS Research. 
  1. Erlanger sees $30M net income in FY 2020

    Erlanger Health System ended fiscal year 2020 with a $30.2 million net income thanks to $55.9 million in COVID-19 aid, according to recently released financial documents. This compares to a net loss of $4.4 million in fiscal year 2019.
  2. Washington University taps former Johns Hopkins CIO for interim job

    Washington University in St. Louis has selected Stephanie Reel, former Johns Hopkins healthcare information technology and services leader, as interim CIO.
  3. 9 hospitals with strong finances

    Here are nine hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.
  4. Only 20% of health systems would continue telehealth if reimbursements return to pre-COVID-19 levels

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, most health systems (91 percent) have been able to fully meet telehealth demand thanks to decreased regulations and increased reimbursement rates. 
  5. UT Austin, MD Anderson's cancer data partnership names first 5 projects

    Five projects have been granted funding from the oncology data science partnership between the University of Texas Austin and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, according to the university.
  6. Trinity Health Michigan raises minimum wage for 2,100 workers

    Trinity Health Michigan is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour for hospital and medical group employees, the organization announced in an Oct. 19 news release.
  7. Amazon strengthening healthcare bench to acquire, manage provider networks

    Amazon is on the hunt for business development leaders to further its healthcare strategy, which may include purchasing provider networks.
  8. CommonSpirit, BCBS of Texas split to affect thousands

    An in-network contract between Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is set to end if the organizations don't reach a new agreement by Dec. 16, according to the Houston Chronicle. 
  9. GAO to probe political interference at health agencies; FDA panel to review COVID-19 vaccines — 5 updates

    The U.S. recorded at least 58,387 new COVID-19 cases Oct. 19, marking the highest single-day increase reported on a Monday since July 20, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University cited by CNN. 

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