Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CVS CEO on disrupting traditional healthcare: 4 things to know

    Karen Lynch, chief executive officer of CVS Health, described what CVS has been doing to disrupt the traditional landscape of the healthcare industry to The New York Times on Jan. 21.
  2. 5 recent health system deals by the numbers

    Five deals between two health systems have been recently announced or completed in the last couple months.
  3. 'Joyful and human': LCMC Health's path to becoming the 8th most trusted system in the country

    Christine Albert, the chief marketing and experience officer at LCMC Health in New Orleans, believes empathy and authenticity are key for health systems to connect with their patients, according to an interview branding agency Monigle shared with Becker's.
  1. Florida health systems partner for joint home care program

    Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Health purchased a minority interest in BayCare HomeCare, the home health company created by Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System, according to a Jan. 18 news release.
  2. US hospitals have 3 different deadlines to fully vaccinate staff: All states' dates in 1 place

    CMS has issued a patchwork of COVID-19 vaccination deadlines in states to comply with the agency's mandate for healthcare facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
  3. Atlantic Health System names CMO of 2 hospitals

    Atlantic Health System has appointed Geralda Xavier, MD, CMO of Hackettstown (N.J.) Medical Center and Newton (N.J.) Medical Center.
  4. Cedars-Sinai's COO: Leading staff from 'traumatized' to a post-pandemic comeback

    Jeffrey Smith, MD, executive vice president of hospital operations and COO for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is placing the wellness of his staff and physicians at the top of his 2022 agenda. "We're all kind of traumatized," he told Becker's in January. But the Southern California health system is far from slowing down. Dr. Smith discussed plans for the new Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children's Center and the organization's continued focus on the maternal-fetal mortality crisis affecting minorities. 

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  1. Penn Nursing leaders on how nursing schools can embed innovation into curriculum

    Three leaders from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia have published an article outlining the actionable steps the school took to promote and integrate innovation into their nursing curriculum. 
  2. Union employees speak out against Lifespan, Care New England merger

    Rhode Island held its first public access meeting Jan. 20 about the Lifespan and Care New England merger, where several union employees from the Providence-based health systems spoke out against the proposed deal, The Boston Globe reported Jan. 20.
  3. US COVID-19 cases down 5% last week: 11 CDC findings

    The U.S. saw a marginal decrease in new COVID-19 cases and deaths last week, while hospitalizations figures ticked up slightly, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 21. 
  4. 9 recent payer exec moves

    From a pair of Blue Cross Blue Shield presidents slated to retire to GuideWell naming its first chief health equity officer, here are nine recent moves from payer executives:

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  1. People of color less likely to receive monoclonal antibodies, CDC finds

    Monoclonal antibody treatments were used less among Black, Asian, Hispanic and other race COVID-19 patients when compared to white and non-Hispanic COVID-19 patients, according to a data analysis published Jan. 21 by the CDC.
  2. Man charged with attempted murder of Novant Health hospital employees

    A man has been charged with the attempted murder of two employees who were injured Jan. 18 by an individual inside of New Hanover Regional Medical Center's emergency department in Wilmington, N.C., according to StarNews.
  3. 11 states report breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations: What the data shows

    Eleven states publicly report data on current or cumulative COVID-19 hospitalized based on vaccination status.  
  4. Flu activity drops; more pediatric deaths reported — 7 CDC notes

    Seasonal flu activity in the U.S. declined slightly again this week but remains elevated and is expected to continue for several weeks, according to the CDC's FluView report published Jan. 21.
  5. Available but ineffective antibody treatment still in use in some states

    The monoclonal antibody therapies made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which the omicron coronavirus variant has essentially rendered useless, are still in high use in 12 states, Kaiser Health News reported Jan. 21. 
  6. Telehealth heavy hitters join new advocacy group

    The American Telemedicine Association has partnered with telehealth organizations to form an advocacy group. 
  7. Florida hospital's quick thinking thwarts ransomware attack

    Marianna, Fla.-based Jackson Hospital's IT department quickly stopped a ransomware attack on its charting software by shutting down the hospital's computer systems, CNN reported Jan. 16.
  8. GS Labs hits BCBS of Kansas City with counterclaims, alleges antitrust, defamation violations

    GS Labs is responding to a July 2021 lawsuit from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City with a counterclaim that alleges the payer violated federal antitrust laws and conspired with other affiliated companies to withhold payments. 
  9. Does virtual care save money? Cigna study says yes, up to $141 per visit

    Virtual care isn't just seeing an increase in patient volume amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but also an increase in patient savings, according to a Cigna analysis shared with Becker's. 

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