Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. How Cone Health uses digital 'nudging,' AI to change patient behaviors

    Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health plans to use digital "nudging" to try to change the behaviors of chronic disease patients.
  2. Union files complaint against Trinity Health after firing of 11 lab workers

    Trinity Health Michigan, part of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, is standing by its decision to fire 11 workers, who were in the process of organizing with SEIU Healthcare Michigan, from outpatient labs in Ann Arbor and Canton.
  3. Rise in C. auris infections 'really concerning': CDC

    There is an emerging threat of Candida auris, a fungus that is becoming more resistant to treatment, the CDC said March 20. 
  1. Allegheny Health Network posts $181M loss: 6 notes

    Allegheny Health Network operated at a loss last year despite an increase in revenue and COVID-19 funding, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. Fact-check: Elon Musk isn't buying The Joint Commission

    Despite rumors circulating online, Elon Musk isn't buying The Joint Commission, PolitiFact reported March 20.
  3. Maternity care deserts a growing concern: 9 hospitals ending services

    Rising costs and ongoing staff shortages have led many rural hospitals to close labor and delivery units, leading to maternity care deserts — counties without a hospital or birth center offering obstetric care and without any obstetric providers.
  4. Massachusetts hospitals seek financial flexibility on travel nurse costs

    The Massachusetts Hospital Association is urging the state to grant hospitals more financial flexibility when it comes to costs for travel nurses after the state's hospitals spent $1.5 billion on temporary labor last year, according to a March 20 report from The Boston Globe. 

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  1. Physician, pharmacist sentenced for a $515M pain cream scheme

    A physician and pharmacist were sentenced in a pain cream scheme that cost healthcare benefit providers more than $515 million in Mississippi, Clarion Ledger March 10.
  2. Could a new model of education ease the nursing shortage?

    As the workforce of more than 4 million registered nurses in the U.S. endures a shortage that is expected to persist through 2030, hospitals and universities are seeking ways to lessen the burden of an already stressed system. One proposal: Reconfigure the inner workings of nursing education.
  3. 3 health systems switching to Epic EHRs

    Below are three health systems that launched a new Epic EHR system or announced plans to do so since March 6:
  4. Federal Reserve weighs difficult decision on rate increases

    The Federal Reserve must confront a deeply consequential choice: Raise interest rates to fight inflation or take a timeout amid "the most intense banking crisis since 2008," The Wall Street Journal reported March 20.

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  1. California hospital CEO to resign

    Steven Salyer will resign as CEO of Watsonville (Calif.) Community Hospital.
  2. Colorado bill would require nonprofit hospitals spend 3% of revenue on community benefit

    New legislation proposed in the Colorado House of Representatives would require nonprofit hospitals to spend 3 percent of their revenue on community benefit, with the target eventually rising to 5 percent, The Denver Post reported March 20.
  3. Banner Health reports $16.6M operating income as labor costs decline

    Phoenix-based Banner Health reported operating income of $16.6 million for the year ending Dec. 31 — its third straight year of positive income — amid a reduction in contract labor costs.
  4. US to declassify COVID-19 origins information

    President Joe Biden on March 20 signed a bill into law to declassify information about the pandemic's origins. 
  5. TV producer donates $30M to Cedars-Sinai's new school

    Chuck Lorre — a TV producer and writer known for creating The Big Bang Theory — has donated $30 million to fund Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's new allied health school in Los Angeles.
  6. 150 top places to work in healthcare | 2023

    Becker's Healthcare is thrilled to announce its 2023 list of 150 top places to work in healthcare. This list is meant to call attention to hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that invest in their employees' wellbeing, satisfaction and fulfillment. 
  7. COVID-19 political troubles persist at Florida hospital

    Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital continues to face political pressure regarding its COVID-19 policies and treatment protocols, despite a recently published internal review that concluded the hospital saw stronger outcomes among COVID-19 patients than other hospitals. 
  8. DC resident physicians move to unionize

    Resident physicians at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., are moving to unionize, citing pandemic burnout.
  9. Reinvesting in caregivers and charting a more sustained path, but uncertainties remain, says St. Charles Health CFO

    Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health has had to deal with many of the challenges facing health and hospital systems across the country. For St. Charles, that included resulting cost-cutting measures such as laying off 105 employees and eliminating 76 vacant positions in May 2022. New initiatives are underway to help further mitigate such challenges.

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