Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Prior authorization, denials contribute to clinician burnout, AHA says

    Commercial health plans are abusing practices like prior authorization and claim denials, leading to more burnout among clinicians and barriers to care for patients, the American Hospital Association said in a Dec. 2 report. 
  2. Amazon's 3 latest health-related job openings

    Amazon recently posted job openings related to its health business.
  3. 8 hospitals, health systems seeking IT execs

    Here are eight hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking information technology executives.

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  1. 78% of pharmacists plan to take COVID-19 vaccine, survey says

    More than three-quarters of pharmacists plan to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, and 60 percent said they will be ready to vaccinate their patients as soon as one is available, according to a nationwide survey conducted Nov. 21-28 by the American Pharmacists Association. 
  2. Tennessee hospital blames involuntary diversion for closure

    Cumberland River Hospital in Celina, Tenn., will remain closed, owner and CEO Johnny Presley told the Livingston Enterprise. 
  3. CMS' outpatient payment rule for 2021: 5 things to know

    CMS released its Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for 2021, which raises Medicare outpatient rates next year and phases out the inpatient only list. 
  4. AHA, AMA, ANA pledge COVID-19 vaccine transparency

    The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association sent an open letter to the American public Dec. 1 pledging to ensure all COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated and authorized through rigorous scientific processes and to be transparent about their risks and benefits. 
  1. Mass General Brigham, Houston Methodist execs: How to launch a successful innovation program

    The pandemic has made hospital administrators more aware than ever about the need to improve their operations and care delivery via digital transformation, and many hospitals that can afford to roll out innovation programs are making that move.
  2. 2021 to be fiercely competitive for MBA applicants

    Acceptance into an MBA program may be especially challenging in 2021 due to the alignment of several factors, Wall Street Journal reports. 
  3. St. Luke's health system's CEO resigns

    Kevin Nokels resigned Dec. 2 as president and CEO of Duluth, Minn.-based St. Luke's health system, according to the Star Tribune.
  4. Mobile health technologies can predict COVID-19 symptom escalation, study finds

    Mobile health technologies including wearable sensors are viable options to monitor COVID-19 patients and predict if symptoms will escalate, according to a recent study published in IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology. 

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  1. Telehealth claim lines down 16.5% from August to September

    Across the U.S., telehealth claim lines fell 16.5 percent from 6.07 percent in August to 5.07 percent in September, according to data released Dec. 1 from healthcare cost data organization Fair Health.
  2. Viewpoint: Congress must prevent 'devastating' Medicare reimbursement cuts

    Chris Acker, MD, urged Iowa's congressional delegation to support legislation preventing CMS' implementation of a new rule that would lower reimbursement rates in a Nov. 30 op-ed he wrote for the Des Moines Register.
  3. 577 VCU Health employees join Ensemble Health in RCM outsource

    As a result of VCU Health System's decision to outsource its revenue cycle functions, more than 570 VCU Health employees will move to Ensemble Health Partners on Dec. 20, a spokesperson for VCU Health confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review. 
  4. North Korean hackers target drugmakers developing COVID-19 vaccines, treatments

    Hackers based in North Korea are launching cyberattacks on drugmakers developing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments in hopes of securing information that can be sold or otherwise weaponized, the Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 2.
  5. Rapid COVID-19 tests may not be effective in children, study finds

    Studies show that some rapid COVID-19 tests don't perform as well in children as they do in adults, meaning low-level infections in youth may go undetected, The New York Times reported. 
  6. 1,200 Midwest Mayo Clinic workers sidelined by COVID-19

    As of Dec. 1, more than 1,200 Mayo Clinic staff in the Midwest have work restrictions related to COVID-19 exposure or are unable to work because they have contracted the virus, the health system told Becker's.
  7. Transportation Department OKs new aircraft rules for vaccine transportation

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved new rules allowing for the fast shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in preparation for authorization from the FDA. 
  8. CDC cuts COVID-19 quarantine recommendation

    The CDC released new COVID-19 guidelines Dec. 2, reducing the previous 14-day quarantine recommendation for people who were exposed to 10 days without symptoms, reports CBS. 
  9. Steward closes maternity ward at Ohio hospital

    Dallas-based Steward Health Care plans to close the maternity ward at its hospital in Warren, Ohio, according to news station WYTV.

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