Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. AMA, AHA recognize more than 1,000 healthcare organizations for blood pressure control

    The American Medical Association and American Heart Association awarded more than 1,000 healthcare organizations Dec. 2 for their commitments to prioritizing hypertension, with more than half reaching Gold level recognition for keeping blood pressure rates at 70 percent or less. 
  2. US heath services spending down 2.4% through Q3

    Through the third quarter of 2020, health services spending is down 2.4 percent compared to 2019, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's quarterly services survey analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation. 
  3. Missouri nursing home operator to pay $40K settlement in gender discrimination suit

    A former operator of a Missouri nursing home will pay a $40,000 settlement for allegedly paying female staff less than their male counterparts, according to a Dec. 2 news release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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  1. 11 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported on or after Nov. 24.
  2. 7 recent hospital, health system executive retirements

    The following hospital and health system executive retirements have been reported since Oct. 26.
  3. Michigan hospital curbing admissions, diverting ambulances as COVID-19 hospitazations rise

    McLaren Port Huron hospital in Michigan was diverting all ambulance traffic with the exception of life-threatening emergencies as of Dec. 1 due to high emergency room volume and inpatient occupancy, reports the Times Herald. 
  4. 'The new standard of care': FDA approves UCSF, UCLA imaging technique that detects prostate cancer

    The University of California San Francisco and UC Los Angeles received FDA approval Dec. 1 for a new prostate cancer imaging technique that uses a positron emission tomography-sensitive tracer drug to pinpoint prostate cancer tumors.
  1. 'Mind-blowing' vaccination obstacles in rural Alabama reflect larger public health issues

    Once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, Alabama health officials foresee many deployment barriers to rural and impoverished areas, reports The Washington Post.
  2. Nexion Health acquires 9 Texas facilities

    Sykesville, Md.-based Nexion Health, has acquired nine existing healthcare and rehabilitation centers across Texas.
  3. Iowa hospital rolls out Apple's health records app

    Pella (Iowa) Regional Health Center patients now have access to their health data directly on their iPhones through Apple's Health Records feature, according to a Dec. 2 KNIA-KRLS report.
  4. ONC to establish national data standard for patient addresses

    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will launch a new initiative early next year focused on developing a national data standard for patient addresses in healthcare.

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  1. 10 hospitals hiring VPs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking vice presidents during the past few weeks.
  2. CMS finalizes coverage expansions for artificial hearts

    CMS finalized Medicare coverage expansions Dec. 1 for artificial hearts and ventricular assist devices, which are used for patients with life-threatening heart failure.
  3. Association of Black Cardiologists to rank training programs by diversity

    The Association of Black Cardiologists is creating an annual ranking to assess academic cardiovascular training programs' diversity and inclusion efforts, the organization said Dec 1.
  4. Las Vegas hospital staff launch #WalkoutWednesday protest of working conditions

    Workers at Sunrise Hospital & Medical in Las Vegas held their first protest Dec. 2 as part of a #WalkoutWednesday campaign set to run through December, according to the union that represents them.
  5. Financial management amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from 3 RCM experts

      PatientKeeper, an EHR optimization software company, is used by healthcare revenue cycle professionals to manage billing and charge aggregation. During a Nov. 18 webinar, "Electronic charge aggregation: The key to streamlining central billing office workflow," panelists discussed their experiences utilizing a charge aggregation solution and how it's helped them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Corner Office: U of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Kevin Mahoney on how a tractor accident shaped his career

    A tractor accident in college got Kevin Mahoney interested in healthcare. That interest grew as he witnessed the ins and outs of hospital operations as a patient. Nearly four decades later, that experience sticks with him as he helms Philadelphia's six-hospital University of Pennsylvania Health System.
  7. Spike in negative candle reviews may be tied to COVID-19

    The average customer ratings for scented candles on Amazon fell in 2020, a trend that may correlate to Americans losing their loss of smell due to COVID-19, reports The Washington Post.
  8. 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.
  9. Babies born via C-section at higher risk for infections, study suggests

    Infants born via Cesarean section may be at higher risk of developing infections that require hospitalization, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

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