Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Teams of 22 medics headed to Minnesota amid COVID-19 surge

    The federal government will send two emergency medical teams to Minnesota to support hospital staffing needs, Gov. Tim Walz announced Nov. 17.
  2. CDC: COVID-19-fueled hospital strain tied to thousands of excess deaths

    A CDC analysis published Nov. 18 predicts that when the nationwide intensive care unit bed capacity hits or exceeds 75 percent, thousands of additional excess deaths occur over the following two weeks. 
  3. Ballad Health to make $310M investment in rural Virginia healthcare

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health is making a more than $310 million investment to improve healthcare in southwest Virginia by partnering with two community foundations, which give it full ownership of two area hospitals.

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  1. Only 55% of medical residents consistently complete discharge summaries for nursing facility patients, study finds

    Only 55 percent of medical school residents reported consistently completing discharge summaries for hospitalized patients being transferred to skilled nursing facilities, a study published in the November issue of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association found.
  2. 5 fast facts on the home health workforce

    Patients who use home health programs are readmitted to hospitals slightly less than those patients transferred to skilled nursing facilities, according to the 2021 AHHQI Home Health Chartbook released Nov. 18. 
  3. Second MIS-C wave tied to more severe illness than earlier wave, study finds

    A new study from Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., found that patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children — a rare but serious immune response linked to COVID-19 — had more severe illness during the second wave of patients compared to the first wave. 
  4. 5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

    From litigation over federal vaccination mandates to air ambulance companies filing a lawsuit to halt a surprise-billing rule provision, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines. 
  1. Adventist Health, Kern Medical partner to expand care in California

    Two providers in California's Kern County — Adventist Health Kern County and Kern Medical — said Nov. 16 they have entered a partnership aimed at strengthening the physician network and expanding patient access to care.
  2. Only 1% of Americans are very familiar with the new mental health crisis number

    After July 2022, Americans will be able to dial 988 and reach a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. However, 80 percent of people do not know about it, according to a new poll done by Ipsos on behalf of the National Association of Mental Illness Nov. 15.
  3. 5 oncologists on the move

    These five oncologists joined new practices or received new appointments over the last few weeks.
  4. Eisenhower Health names COO

    Ken Wheat has been appointed executive vice president and COO of Eisenhower Health, the health system said Nov. 17.
  1. AHA rolls out national radio spot on healthcare workforce 'national emergency' 

    The American Hospital Association has launched a national radio spot calling recent healthcare workforce challenges and confusing insurance issues a "national emergency."
  2. UPMC workers stage one-day walkout

    A group of UPMC hospital workers in Pittsburgh walked off the job Nov. 18 over demands for fair pay, safer staffing, better working conditions, and unionization rights, according to a news release from organizers.
  3. Temple plans hospital for women's health

    Philadelphia-based Temple University Health System said Nov. 18 it will turn the campus it acquired earlier this year into a hospital for women's health. 
  4. US warns healthcare orgs of Iranian-backed hackers after attack on children's hospital

    The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency found an Iranian government-backed hacker group has been exploiting Fortinet and Microsoft vulnerabilities in ransomware attacks against hospitals and healthcare organizations, according to a Nov. 17 joint cybersecurity advisory.
  5. ICU bed availability at record low in Colorado

    COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado are at record high levels for 2021 and nearing totals seen during last winter's surge, Colorado Public Radio News reported Nov. 17. 
  6. How states perform in achieving racial, ethnic equity

    While some states perform better than others when it comes to addressing certain racial and ethnic health inequities, disparities exist in all 50 states, even those with stronger health systems, according to a report released Nov. 18 by the Commonwealth Fund.
  7. 4 recently launched digital health incubators

    Here are four incubators that have been launched in the past five months to accelerate the growth of digital health startups.
  8. 4 recent pharmaceutical purchases made by the US

    Here are four purchasing deals the U.S. has made with drugmakers in the past four weeks:
  9. 38 states where nurses can earn a multistate license

    Thirty-eight states have joined the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses to practice in person or via telehealth in all participating states under one multistate license.

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