Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 4 specialities with most malpractice suits in 2021

    Plastic surgeons, general surgeons, orthopedists and urologists were the top four physician specialities facing medical malpractice suits in 2021, according to the 2021 Medscape Malpractice Report published Nov. 19. 
  2. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent 

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  3. CISA, FBI warn of holiday ransomware threats: 5 actions hospitals should take

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning Nov. 22 saying there may be an increase in cyberattacks, including potential ransomware attacks, during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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  1. 5 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported on or after Nov. 17:
  2. Unvaccinated people 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19, CDC says 

    Unvaccinated adults are nearly six times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 14 times more likely to die from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals, new CDC data shows.
  3. UPMC sees net income hit $1.2B through Q3

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC saw its net income reach $1.2 billion through the first nine months of 2021, driven by strong operating and investment gains, according to its financial report. In the same period last year, UPMC had a net income of $263 million. 
  4. 7 ways the $4.5 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds supported healthcare investment

    In total, the federal government spent $4.52 trillion for COVID-19 relief, which allowed for several sectors to make needed investments, The New York Times Magazine reported Nov. 24. 
  1. HHS doles out $35M for telehealth in federal family planning program

    HHS is making $35 million in American Rescue Plan funding available to Title X family planning providers for telehealth infrastructure upgrades and expansions, it announced Nov. 23. 
  2. Fauci: Definition of 'fully vaccinated' will depend on booster data

    While U.S. health officials recommend all adults get their COVID-19 booster shots, they're not currently required to be considered fully vaccinated. 
  3. COVID-19 vaccination rates up in 23 states, down in 27

    An average of 1.55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 5 percent increase from the previous week, according to The Washington Post. The number of doses administered per day includes booster doses in addition to initial vaccinations.
  4. Highly vaccinated New Hampshire reports record COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

    The number of hospitalizations and new daily COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire is at the highest level since the pandemic began. 
  1. Houston hospital slated to lose Medicare contract

    United Memorial Medical Center in Houston will lose its Medicare contract Dec. 11 for failing to meet program requirements, according to a notice of termination letter CMS published Nov. 23. 
  2. Higher penalties for undisclosed prices won't sway all hospitals to comply, consultant says

    While CMS' move to increase the penalty for hospitals that don't publish their prices will make some facilities more likely to comply with that requirement, it may not sway the country's largest health systems, Caroline Znaniec, a managing director at advisory firm CohnReznick, told Becker's Hospital Review.
  3. Supreme Court to hear case on DSH payment calculations next week

    The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear a case Nov. 29 that challenges a change made to the way Medicare calculates disproportionate share hospital payments, according to the CommonWealth Fund. DSH payments are given to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients. 
  4. Feds ask court to reinstate vaccine-or-test rule for businesses

    The Justice Department on Nov. 23 filed an emergency court motion seeking to lift an order halting the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for private employers, according to Politico. 
  5. States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Nov. 24

    As of November 24, more than 774,000 people in the U.S. had died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  6. 6 recent hospitals, health systems investing in employee compensation

    While hospitals and health systems struggle with staff shortages, they're making major investments in employee compensation.
  7. Vaccination-related employee departures at 43 hospitals, health systems

    Amid health system and state COVID-19 vaccination requirements, workers have been fired for noncompliance, and some have resigned or quit. 
  8. Surprise billing in the US: 4 things to know

    Surprise billing rules will take effect Jan. 1 and are intended to protect patients from unexpected costs and create a process for payers and providers to settle disputes.
  9. New York health system raises wages 14% for unionized RNs

    Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Health reached an agreement with the New York State Nurses Association to raise wages for its unionized registered nurses by 14 percent, the health system announced Nov. 23.

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