Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Delta not tied to more severe COVID-19 outcomes, CDC report suggests

    While the delta COVID-19 variant is known to be more transmissible, it isn't closely linked to more severe outcomes among hospitalized patients, according to the CDC's Oct. 22 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 
  2. Who can get a COVID-19 booster shot & when

    With the Oct. 21 approval of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, booster shots of all three COVID-19 vaccines are now available for about 70 million Americans. 
  3. Amazon Care in-person services hits 4 cities, will soon add 5 more

    Kristen Helton, director of Amazon Care, unveiled at HLTH that Amazon Care's in-person services are now live in the Seattle, Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., and Baltimore areas.

3 physician strategies to improve performance in 2022

The current changes in reimbursement and care delivery models, along with increased physician burn out make it a critical time to reevaluate your physician strategy. 
  1. VA secretary to Congress: Make full EHR rollout funding available despite pause

    The Department of Veterans Affairs wants its full 2022 budget for its Cerner EHR rollout even though it has money left over from an eight-month deployment pause, Federal Computer Week reported Oct. 21.
  2. 25% of Kentucky nurses likely to leave current jobs in next 3 months, report says

    Twenty-five percent of nurses sampled in an Oct. 22 survey from the Kentucky Nurses' Association indicated it was likely they would leave their current positions in the next three months. 
  3. 6 states are reporting low flu activity & 4 other CDC FluView takeaways

    No states are reporting high flu activity, according to new data from the CDC's FluView report published Oct. 22.
  4. White House issues first national gender equity strategy 

    The Biden-Harris administration announced Oct. 22 the first national gender strategy aiming to advance full participation of all people, including women and girls. 
  1. Wolfson Children's to name new tower after family that gave landmark gift

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Wolfson Children's Hospital received a landmark gift from the Borowy Family Foundation, which will go toward its project for a $224 million critical care tower.
  2. CrossFit to launch telemedicine program aiming to replace primary care

    Fitness company CrossFit, known for its high-intensity group workouts, has launched CrossFit Precision Care to provide customers with online personalized medicine, according to Time Oct. 19. 
  3. CEOs share their views on the 'Great Resignation': 5 takeaways 

    In collaboration with Deloitte, Fortune surveyed 117 CEOs on their thoughts on the "Great Resignation." 
  4. US COVID-19 hospitalizations fall 10%: 9 CDC stats to know

    The nation's seven-day average for COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths fell this week alongside cases, which have been declining for five consecutive weeks, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Oct. 22.
  1. 16 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following executive moves have been shared with or reported by Becker's since Oct. 15:
  2. Biden calls vision, dental, hearing Medicare expansions a 'reach'

    President Joe Biden said during an Oct. 21 town hall that expanding Medicare would be an uphill battle.
  3. Ex-UNC Hospitals employee stole 700+ patients' info for fraudulent purchases 

    UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., is notifying more than 700 patients that a former employee used their personal information for financial gain, according to an Oct. 20 news release. 
  4. HHS invests more than $560M to boost COVID-19 test supply

    HHS said Oct. 22 it has invested more than half a billion dollars to boost manufacturing of supplies needed to increase domestic COVID-19 testing. 
  5. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients 3 times more likely to show decline in cognitive function, study shows

    A study published Oct. 22 in JAMA Open Network found patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were three times more likely to show a decline in cognitive function compared to COVID-19 patients who did not require that level of care.
  6. Aetna health plan pairs Connected NC network, CVS Pharmacy offerings

    Aetna and CVS Health are launching the Aetna Connected Plan with CVS Health in North Carolina.
  7. Aetna to shift to digital payments, remittances by September 2022

    Aetna has set a September 2022 goal to move to digital payments, remittances and explanation of benefits statements.
  8. Hackensack Meridian rebrands 2 hospitals after $39M investment

    Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health unveiled the new name of its N.J.-based Raritan Bay Old Bridge hospital, reported Oct. 21.
  9. UofL Health CISO: Digital innovation comes with increased cyber risks

    Digital transformations that have enabled telehealth and remote work are pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they increase the risks of cyberattacks, CBS affiliate WLKY reported Oct. 21.

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