Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. The 'Great Resignation' fuels final wave of record-setting ACA signups

    ACA open enrollment numbers are continuing to set records, but as the Jan. 15 signup deadline nears, the influx of workers leaving their jobs are pushing enrollment to new highs, according to a report from CBS affiliate KLAS. 
  2. DeSantis casts aside CMS vaccine rule for hospitals

    The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will not enforce a federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccination in healthcare settings, which the Supreme Court upheld Jan. 13. 
  3. MedPAC recommends payment rate boost for hospitals in 2023

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to approve a recommendation to boost the hospital payment rate for fiscal year 2023, according to the American Hospital Association.
  1. Physicians among those charged in $100M healthcare fraud scheme

    Two indictments recently unsealed charged 13 defendants, including physicians and other medical professionals, with a $100 million healthcare fraud, money laundering and bribery scheme, according to a Jan. 12 Justice Department news release.
  2. Physician happiness plunged during pandemic, survey finds

    Physician happiness dropped significantly during the pandemic, with 26 percent of surveyed physicians saying they were unhappy compared with 9 percent before the public health crisis, according to the results of the "Medscape 2022 Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report."  
  3. Daily COVID-19 case counts might be on their way out

    Daily COVID-19 case counts have smashed all prior records during the omicron surge, but these numbers don't carry the same weight anymore, according to a Jan. 14 article from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
  4. Cleveland Clinic, Microsoft among organizations in new healthcare AI coalition

    Leading organizations from across the healthcare and life sciences industries have come together to form a coalition focused on providing recommendations, tooling and best practices for using artificial intelligence in healthcare.

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  1. Omicron took 5 weeks to dominate in New York City; 6 more surge trends

    The omicron COVID-19 variant accounted for nearly all genomic samples sequenced in New York City for the week ending Dec. 25, according to a Jan. 13 report from the city's health department. 
  2. 7 hospitals closing departments, ending services

    Several healthcare organizations have closed medical departments or ended services at facilities to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or address staffing shortages. 
  3. Russia arrests REvil ransomware gang

    The Russian Federal Security Service said Jan. 14 it shut down operations of REvil, one of the top ransomware gangs worldwide.
  4. Wyoming hospital to deploy Cerner EHR in February

    Rock Springs, Wyo.-based Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is integrating Cerner's CommunityWorks solution, a cloud-based deployment of Cerner's IT platform, to offer better patient care, according to a Jan. 13 Rocket Miner report.
  1. 28 recent hospital, health system exec moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Jan. 10:
  2. 4 states set COVID-19 hospitalization records this week

    COVID-19 hospitalizations are at an all-time high nationwide, with at least four states reporting new records this week. 
  3. Denver Health CEO to retire

    Robin Wittenstein will retire as CEO of Denver Health in August.
  4. Washington requires hospitals to temporarily halt nonurgent procedures

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency order Jan. 13 to temporarily restrict hospitals from performing nonurgent healthcare services, procedures and surgeries.
  5. Holy Cross Health to close maternity ward in March

    Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will permanently close its labor and delivery unit March 14, CBS Miami reported Jan. 14. 
  6. 17% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 23% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Almost 17 percent — or 1,019 of 6,035 — of all hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 13.
  7. 83% of ICU beds in use nationwide: How each state stacks up

    Rhode Island has the most intensive care unit beds in use as of Jan. 14, while Wyoming has the fewest in use, according to HHS data.
  8. Payers: At-home COVID-19 test coverage will drag reimbursement into 'the olden days' upon rollout

    Under a time crunch, payers are bracing for a messy rollout of a new federal rule requiring insurers to cover at-home COVID-19 tests, The New York Times reported Jan. 14. 
  9. Supreme Court blocks OSHA mandate, upholds CMS' healthcare worker rule

    The Supreme Court on Jan. 13 blocked enforcement of the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test rule for workers at larger businesses. However, justices kept in place CMS' vaccination mandate for eligible staff at healthcare facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  

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