Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CVS, Walgreens and Walmart contributed to Ohio's opioid crisis, jury rules

    CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens substantially contributed to the opioid crisis in two Ohio counties, a federal jury ruled Nov. 23, according to The New York Times.
  2. HCA veteran named CEO of TriStar hospital

    Daphne David was appointed CEO of TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn.
  3. Class-action status lifted in suit against West Virginia system after employee stole 7,000+ patients' data

    A class certification order in a lawsuit against Morgantown-based West Virginia University Health Systems has been lifted because the plaintiff lacked standing, according to Nov. 19 documents filed in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

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  1. 3 strategies on countering vaccine hesitancy 

    Despite the tragic death toll the coronavirus caused in the U.S, vaccinations have been polarized politically, and many people are still hesitant about whether to get inoculated. Here are three strategies to promote COVID-19 vaccination, according to a report in The Lancet published Nov. 15. 
  2. Cheap at-home COVID-19 tests are hard to find — here's why

    Many public health experts say cheap, widely available at-home COVID-19 tests would help Americans safely return to normal activities and help control the spread of COVID-19. These tests are still hard to come by nearly two years into the pandemic, however, due to the pace of FDA authorizations and manufacturing bottlenecks, Kaiser Health News reported Nov. 22. 
  3. 10 hospital construction projects worth $500M+

    In the last two months, 10 hospitals and health systems announced, advanced or completed expansion and renovation projects with price tags of $500 million or more.
  4. 5 hospitals temporarily, permanently closing services because of staffing shortages

    Five hospitals recently announced they are temporarily or permanently closing services as staffing problems persist during the COVID-19 pandemic:
  1. 5 recent CNO moves

    The following chief nursing officer appointments have been reported since Oct. 28: 
  2. Eskenazi Health patient seeks class-action status in suit over May ransomware attack

    A patient is seeking class-action status in a lawsuit against Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health after a May ransomware attack that potentially affected 1.5 million people, Nov. 19 documents filed in the Indiana Commerical Court reveal.
  3. Oscar Health, Emory Healthcare partner on health plan 

    Oscar Health is collaborating with Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare on a new health plan it intends to roll out to 250 of the system's provider locations. 
  4. 20% of large businesses considering premium hikes for unvaccinated workers

    While less than 1 percent of companies have increased health insurance premiums for employees not vaccinated against COVID-19, 13 percent of all companies have considered an increase — with 20 percent of large companies considering a hike, according to NPR. 
  1. How will health systems achieve net-zero emissions?

    At the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, 13 countries pledged to aim for net-zero emissions in their health systems by 2050. Doing so will be a challenge, but there are clear strategies systems can incorporate to reach the goal, The Lancet reported Nov. 17. 
  2. Former Sinai exec named CNO of Chicago's Weiss Memorial Hospital

    Yolanda Coleman, PhD, RN, was named chief nursing officer of Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 
  3. UCB to restrict 340B discounts to hospitals using community pharmacies

    Beginning Dec. 13, global drug company UCB will stop providing 340B discounts to hospitals for drugs dispensed at community-based pharmacies. 
  4. How Cleveland Clinic has saved $133M in physician retention

    In 2008, Cleveland Clinic instituted a peer-based coaching and mentoring program for physicians and scientists to promote a proactive approach to clinician well-being for allcomers, which officials estimate has saved the health system at least $133 million in physician retention alone in 2020. 
  5. Medical debt collection disproportionately affects Black Americans

    There is a burden of $140 billion in past-due medical bills shown on U.S. credit files, and 28 percent of Black households have medical debt compared to only 17 percent of white households, Bloomberg reported Nov. 22.
  6. COVID-19 cases among children have risen 32% in 2 weeks

    Between Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 141,905 COVID-19 cases were reported among children in the U.S., marking a 32 percent increase since the week ending Nov. 4., according to a Nov. 22 update from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
  7. Who is gathering with friends, family on Thanksgiving? 5 stats to know

    A large majority of Americans intend to gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, though who is gathering differs by race/ethnicity and vaccination status, according to Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index poll findings published Nov. 23. 
  8. Idaho ends crisis standards of care for most of the state

    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated crisis standards of care Nov. 22 for hospitals and health systems across the state, with the exception of north Idaho.
  9. Fitch: Labor, supply chain challenges increase for hospitals

    Although U.S. healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have maintained solid credit metrics throughout the pandemic, with 2021 third quarter results in line to be slightly better than expected for most sub-sectors, labor inflation and supply chain disruptions have led to higher costs and potentially lost revenue, Fitch Ratings reported Nov. 19. 

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