Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 5 stats on cardiologist burnout in 2020

    Nearly half of cardiologists reported being burned out, depressed or both last year, according to Medscape's 2021 Cardiologist Burnout & Happiness Report. 
  2. OU Health Physicians, BCBS of Oklahoma disagree ahead of contract deadline 

    OU Health Physicians, the physician group of Oklahoma City-based OU Health, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma haven't been able to finalize a new contract renewal ahead of an upcoming deadline.
  3. Rhode Island health systems to merge, create academic health system with Brown University

    Two Providence, R.I.-based systems — Lifespan and Care New England Health System — have inked a definitive agreement to merge into a single organization and create an integrated academic health system in partnership with Brown University.

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  1. J&J says it can produce 20M vaccine doses by end of March

    Johnson & Johnson said Feb. 22 it will manufacture 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March if the vaccine is granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, according to The Hill.
  2. 7 public health official resignations this year

    Several of this year's U.S. public health official resignations have involved the transition from former President Donald Trump's administration to President Joe Biden's administration.
  3. Fire forces temporary closure of Missouri hospital

    Mercy Hospital Cassville (Mo.) has temporarily closed after its roof caught fire Feb. 22, prompting the evacuation of all patients, according to local news station KTTS.
  4. Cerner, Epic, Microsoft & more tech companies collaborating on COVID-19 vaccine passport 

    The Vaccination Credential Initiative, a collective of organizations including Cerner, Epic and Microsoft, hopes to begin testing its co-developed COVID-19 vaccine digital passport technology this spring, according to a Feb. 23 Kansas City Star report. 

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  1. Florida nursing home residents' health records found dumped on roadside 

    Protected health information and pharmacy records belonging to nursing home residents at HarborChase of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Fla., were recently discovered strewn along the roadside in northeast Florida, according to a Feb. 23 First Coast News report. 
  2. Texas vaccine site apologizes after denying shot to eligible recipient

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg posted an apology on Twitter Feb. 21 after a San Juan resident said a staff member at the university's vaccination site denied his father a shot because he could not prove citizenship, NPR reported Feb. 22. 
  3. Illinois hospital reverts to paper records, diverts imaging services after cyberattack 

    St. Margaret’s Health–Spring Valley (Ill.) has shut down its computer network in response to a cyberattack Feb. 21, Shaw Local News Tribune reports. 
  4. 10 best cities for women in tech

    Arlington, Va., is the most accommodating U.S. city for women working in tech, according to research released Feb. 18 from finance tech company SmartAsset.

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  1. California nurses agree to delay strike, will receive $1.2M one-time payment

    Nurses who work in San Joaquin County's health system in California have agreed to delay a strike that was set to start on Feb. 27.
  2. St. Jude employee to join billionaire on SpaceX flight

    Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a pediatric cancer survivor, will join billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman on the first all-civilian trip to space. 
  3. Supreme Court won't hear case challenging physician's opinion under False Claims Act

    The Supreme Court declined to review a case alleging healthcare management company RollinsNelson violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for medically unnecessary hospital admissions, according to Bloomberg Law.
  4. FDA aims to quickly OK booster shots for variants; US passes 500,000 deaths — 6 COVID-19 updates

    More than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 
  5. Minnesota hospital president to retire after 34 years

    Ted Wegleitner is leaving his role as president of Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn., after a 34-year career with Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners, the health system said Feb. 22. 
  6. CHS' top execs get pay raises this year

    Tim Hingtgen began serving as CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems on Jan. 1, and he'll get a base salary of $1.2 million this year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. 
  7. 'We've made no progress': Healthcare boards 87% white, Leverage Network study finds

    Healthcare doesn't have the kind of diversity needed in its governing bodies and C-suites to address racial disparities, according to a study from the Leverage Network, an organization that promotes Black leadership.
  8. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  9. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg launches Scripts Pharmacy

    Bayfront Health St. Petersburg (Fla.), part of Orlando (Fla.) Health, opened an on-site pharmacy called Scripts Pharmacy Feb. 22, the health system said in a news release. 

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