Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Nursing homes slow to vaccinate staff as officials wait for federal  mandate

    The delay in a nationwide vaccination mandate for nursing home staff members has families and residents expressing frustration and concern about unvaccinated individuals providing direct care, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. 
  2. Amazon, FDA & others partner to integrate sensor data into patient care

    The Digital Medicine Society — a professional society for the digital health field that refers to itself as DiMe — on Oct. 20 launched a collaborative initiative focused on integrating sensor-generated data into patient care and clinical research.
  3. 34% of nurses report poor emotional health: 7 survey findings

    More than two-thirds of nurses have reported experiencing stress, exhaustion and frustration over the past two weeks, according to an Oct. 14 survey from the American Nurses Foundation, the American Nurses Association's philanthropic arm.

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  1. ACA extras would cost $553B, extend coverage to 4 million people, budget office says

    A letter from the Congressional Budget Office found that expanding the ACA — including tax credits, eligibility and Medicaid programs in holdout states — would cost $553 billion. 
  2. Q3 report shows Anthem profits up 580%: 5 things to know

    Anthem's third quarter earnings report demonstrated an uptick in revenue and raised its outlook for the third time this year. 
  3. State drops charges against Connecticut physician accused of false COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

    The Connecticut Medical Examining Board unanimously agreed Oct. 19 to withdraw the charges against a retired physician accused of distributing fake COVID-19 vaccine and mask exemptions after voluntarily relinquishing her medical license Oct. 1, according to the CT Post.
  4. Aerosol expert: We can't ignore the role of airborne flu spread

    Experts should use what has been learned about airborne transmission of COVID-19 to change the trajectory of the flu season, wrote Linsey Marr, PhD, Oct. 19 for The New York Times.
  1. 5 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Oct.13:
  2. Kaleida Health offering incentives for extra shifts to address staffing issues amid nurses strike

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health is offering a monetary incentive program to employees who pick up additional shifts as a result of recruitment and staffing gaps relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and a nurses strike at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, according to Communications Workers of America, which represents workers at Kaleida and Catholic Health facilities.
  3. Mercy Medical union nurses receive $10K bonus, wage increase

    A day before planning to picket, union nurses at Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center decided on a tentative agreement with parent company Trinity Health. The agreement includes salary increases and a $10,000 retention bonus, the Boston Business Journal reported Oct. 20.
  4. 1 region still struggling with high caseloads & 7 other COVID-19 trends

    While COVID-19 cases are dropping in many U.S. regions, the Mountain West has been struggling, with Montana, Idaho and Wyoming currently recording some of the nation's highest cases per capita, according to local and state data cited by The New York Times.
  1. How vaccination rates are changing in each state: Up in 19, down in 31

    An average of 837,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the past week, a 3 percent increase from the week before, according to The Washington Post. 
  2. HCA moves to toss antitrust lawsuit

    HCA Healthcare is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Western North Carolina residents alleging the Nashville, Tenn.-based hospital operator engaged in anticompetitive tactics that resulted in higher prices.
  3. Providence appoints Dr. Hoda Asmar as CMO

    Hoda Asmar, MD, has been appointed CMO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence health system.
  4. Hackensack Meridian, Google partner to deploy AI in health screenings, COVID-19 detection

    Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health is migrating hospital operations to Google Workspace and deploying artificial intelligence throughout clinical environments.
  5. Leaked recording of Epic exec leaves some employees doubtful of diversity efforts

    Epic, the Verona, Wis.-based EHR company, is facing backlash after a recording of a company executive appearing to say that diversity, equity and inclusion efforts should not misuse company time or resources was leaked online, The Capital Times reported Oct. 20.
  6. Labor Department taking over workplace safety oversight from 3 states

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Oct. 19 that it is moving to relieve Utah, Arizona and South Carolina of their workplace safety oversight because of failure to adopt stricter COVID-19 protection policies, according to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  7. US lays out COVID-19 vaccination plan for kids 5-11: 9 things to know

    The White House on Oct. 20 detailed its plan for vaccinating children ages 5-11 against COVID-19, so that the vaccines can be quickly distributed and made equitably available upon FDA authorization and a CDC recommendation.
  8. A 1st for medicine: New York City surgeons attach pig kidney to human

    Surgeons at New York City-based NYU Langone Health Kidney said a kidney from a genetically engineered pig was attached to a human in September and seemed to function normally, marking a medical breakthrough, The New York Times reported Oct. 19. 
  9. Interventions to save $265B in healthcare administration

    A new report lays out a roadmap for health systems and hospitals on how to save $265 billion on administrative spending for reinvestment across other areas.

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