Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. WHO, Wikipedia partner to fight COVID-19 misinformation 

    The World Health Organization is teaming up with Wikipedia to combat the spread of false information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times. 
  2. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  3. Cleveland Clinic names executive chief nursing officer

    Cleveland Clinic has tapped Meredith Foxx, APRN, MSN, as executive chief nursing officer of its Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence, the health system said Oct. 22. 

Behavioral health cases are rising: leverage technology to improve outcomes

Before COVID-19, the US spent a respective $200 billion and $35 billion per year on mental and substance use disorders. The pandemic has caused an increased demand for behavioral health services. Learn how care coordination can help improve outcomes.
  1. California county board fires Alameda Health trustees weeks after strike

    The Alameda County board of supervisors has fired members of the board of trustees who oversee Oakland, Calif.-based Alameda Health System, according to the East Bay Times.
  2. Hospitals fail to tell uninsured COVID-19 patients their bills are covered, NPR finds

    Most major health systems participate in a program that covers hospital bills for uninsured COVID-19 patients; however, many of them are not telling their patients upfront, according to NPR.
  3. 73-year-old Georgia hospital closes

    Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert closed Oct. 22, making it the eighth rural hospital in the state to shut down since 2008, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
  4. CHI St. Luke's threatens split with Molina, 2nd insurer this week

    For the second time this week, Houston-based CHI St. Luke's set a deadline to cut ties with an insurance provider if negotiations fail. This time it's with Molina Healthcare.

The new rules of margin improvement

Challenges often accelerate innovation—and in the era of COVID-19, the need for system-wide agility, integration and transformation are vital.
  1. Hospital CEOs urge Michigan leaders to enact COVID-19 mandates

    A group of hospital CEOs, as well as executives from Michigan's universities and businesses, penned an open letter to elected officials asking them to address surging COVID-19 cases with government-led mandates.
  2. 16 states see record COVID-19 hospitalizations; CDC expands definition of 'close contact' — 6 updates

    As of Oct. 22, about 39,000 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in the U.S., the most since early August, according to data from the COVID-19 Tracking Project cited by Axios.
  3. All Americans should have COVID-19 vaccinations by June, Operation Warp Speed chief says

    The chief of the White House task force to develop a COVID-19 vaccine told ABC News Oct. 21 that he thinks all Americans could be inoculated by June.
  4. Pandemic has severely disrupted cancer research, scientists say

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to oncology research worldwide, preventing some patients from accessing potentially lifesaving therapies, researchers told NBC News. 
  1. CMS to delay start of radiation oncology payment model

    CMS announced Oct. 21 that it will delay the start date for its new radiation oncology alternative payment model until July 2021. 
  2. Healthgrades' 214 top hospitals for critical care 2021

    Healthgrades named the recipients of its 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards Oct. 20, which include the top hospitals for critical care.
  3. ChristianaCare launches Alexa skill for home health: 4 details

    Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare has developed an Alexa skill for home health.
  4. How Pfizer is preparing to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine: 6 things to know

    As Pfizer anticipates receiving authorization to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine as early as November, it's also finalizing plans to distribute it, The Wall Street Journal reported.  
  5. 7 measures hospitals, drugmakers are taking to prevent COVID-19 vaccine thefts

    Health authorities, hospitals and drugmakers are taking numerous measures to ensure COVID-19 vaccines won't be vulnerable to theft when they are released for distribution, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  6. Hospital groups urge Congress to further delay 2% Medicare payment cut

    Four major hospital groups are urging Congress to further delay a 2 percent federally mandated Medicare payment cut.
  7. 12 drugs being tested as COVID-19 treatments

    More than 550 drugs are being developed or repurposed to treat COVID-19, according to the FDA. So far, five have been granted emergency use authorizations, though none has received full approval as a COVID-19 treatment. 
  8. FBI, state agents raid Borrego Health

    State and federal agents raided the offices of Borrego Health, a federally qualified health center with more than 40 California locations, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
  9. Trump's $200 Medicare drug card plan may violate election law, HHS lawyer says

    Democratic lawmakers are urging HHS to release internal documents related to President Donald Trump's plan to give seniors $200 Medicare discount drug cards after an HHS official said the plan may be illegal, Politico reported. 

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