Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Mayo CIO on top IT investment priorities for hospitals

    As technology budgets are rising, CIOs at hospitals, such as Mayo Clinic, are spending more on enhancing flexibility and developing data tools, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 18.
  2. Colin Powell's death spurs confusion over vaccine efficacy

    News that Colin Powell, the country's first Black secretary of state, died from COVID-19 complications after being fully vaccinated led to some reports questioning the effectiveness of vaccines. 
  3. Tower Health denied tax exemptions for 3 hospitals

    A Chester County judge denied West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health's bid to get property tax exemptions for three of its Pennsylvania hospitals, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Oct. 19.

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  1. Ransomware hackers steal data from California hospital, publish it to dark web

    Los Angeles-based Barlow Respiratory Hospital is investigating a ransomware attack after hackers posted stolen data online.
  2. Outdated hospital billing practices present challenge to meeting new debt collection rules

    Outdated billing practices, particularly in hospitals and physician offices, are causing some issues for debt collection firms as they revamp their consumer communication practices as required by law, Bloomberg Law reported Oct. 19. 
  3. Trinity Health joins $25M funding round for Providence's digital health spinout

    Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health on Oct. 19 joined 14 other health systems in investing in Xealth, a digital health startup spun out of Renton, Wash.-based Providence in 2017.
  4. UNC Health hospital opens Nov. 1 after COVID delays

    UNC Health Rex Holly Springs (N.C.) Hospital has rescheduled its opening for Nov. 1 now that the number of COVID-19 cases has declined in the area, The News & Observer reported Oct. 19.
  1. FDA will allow mixing and matching doses for COVID-19 boosters

    The FDA is planning to allow Americans to receive a COVID-19 booster made by a different drugmaker than the one that made the vaccine with which they were initially inoculated, The New York Times reported Oct. 18.
  2. Man gets 7-year prison sentence for 2014 UPMC database hack

    A Michigan man was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the hacking and theft of data belonging to more than 65,000 UPMC employees, the Justice Department said Oct. 18. 
  3. 15 best places to retire 2021-2022, per US News & World Report 

    Florida towns dominated the U.S. News & World Report's best places to retire 2021-2022 list, the site of nine of 15 top places listed.  
  4. What's next for unvaccinated, unemployed healthcare workers?

    A growing number of hospitals and health systems have mandated COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, leaving questions about what's next for a trove of unvaccinated healthcare workers who've been terminated or resigned.  
  1. 'Striketober': Why healthcare workers nationwide are walking off the job

    In a movement that has been deemed "striketober" online and on social media, workers in healthcare and other industries, who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly two years, are walking off the job or preparing to walk off over working conditions, according to NBC News.
  2. From CIO to chief digital officer: Why Memorial Healthcare's Jeffrey Sturman is making the shift 

    As it continues to accelerate digital transformation and consumerism efforts, Memorial Healthcare System is restructuring several leadership positions, including CIO, to better support its patient engagement and IT agendas. 
  3. New Mexico hospital physicians demand new CEO

    Physicians at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup, N.M., are demanding a new local CEO, more transparency from the board and better working conditions. 
  4. New corporate directors class most diverse yet, but their spread is uneven

    New data suggests that the newest class of board directors at public companies is the most diverse yet. However, the pattern was uneven, with smaller companies lagging behind their larger counterparts and half of companies adding no new board members, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 19. 
  5. UnitedHealthcare launches virtual-first health plan

    UnitedHealthcare has launched a virtual-first health plan for employers in nine markets.
  6. Insurance waivers end; hospitalized COVID patients could owe thousands

    Americans who are hospitalized with COVID-19 in 2021 may have to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills as insurers lift waivers, according to a University of Michigan analysis published in JAMA Network Open on Oct. 18.
  7. 4 systems hiring chief quality officers 

    Below are 4 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  8. How Atlantic Health heals symptoms, stigma of long COVID-19: 2 physicians weigh in

    The World Health Organization released an official definition on post COVID-19 condition on Oct. 6, but clinicians have been treating patients with symptoms since the onset of the pandemic — including stigma surrounding the legitimacy of the condition. 
  9. Viewpoint: Black women in medicine considered 'superhuman, but never enough'

    Black women historically have been excluded and dismissed from entry into many sectors, healthcare being one. Authors from Harvard University penned an article titled "Superhuman, but never enough" in the Oct. 16 issue of The Lancet  discussing what being a Black woman in healthcare is like. 

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