Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Workers in most states spend over 10% of wages on health coverage

    In 37 states, 10 percent or more of workers' median income goes toward health insurance premiums and deductibles, a Jan. 12 analysis by the Commonwealth Fund found.
  2. States ranked by percentage of nursing home staff vaccinated

    Rhode Island has the highest percentage of nursing home staff who have received the COVID-19 vaccine while Missouri ranks the lowest in the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last updated Jan. 6.
  3. Nursing homes nationwide nearing COVID-19 infection records 

    COVID-19 infections are rising among both nursing home residents and staff nationwide, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 11. 
  1. 5 states facing the worst nursing home COVID-19 outbreaks

    California has the highest number of nursing home residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated Jan. 12.
  2. States with the highest, lowest smoking costs

    Smoking costs the U.S. more than $300 billion a year when taking into account elements like medical care and lost productivity, according to a Jan. 12 analysis by WalletHub.
  3. Unvaccinated federal employees must begin weekly COVID-19 testing by Feb. 15, Biden administration says

    Federal agencies should establish a COVID-19 screening testing program by Feb. 15 for unvaccinated workers, including those who have an approved or pending request for an exception or extension from the Biden administration's vaccination requirement for federal employees, according to new guidance issued Jan. 11.
  4. Hospitals urge US to renew COVID-19 emergency declarations

    The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to renew two emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continued support for hospitals responding to the crisis.

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  1. 11 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following executive moves made by women have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Jan. 7:
  2. Minnesota hospital reduces postpartum hemorrhages 40% after retooling EHR

    Robbinsdale, Minn.-based North Memorial Hospital used an EHR to create a screening tool that would predict, identify and guide postpartum hemorrhages, resulting in a 40 percent reduction, according to a Jan. 10 report in EpicShare.
  3. CIOs must collaborate with other leaders as data initiatives take off

    Because data flows throughout an entire organization, data governance often requires CIOs to work in tandem with other leaders, according to a Jan. 12 Forbes report.
  4. Viewpoint: Consumers not persuaded by hospital price transparency excuses

    In a recent article, hospital leaders said that CMS' price transparency rules puts them at a competitive disadvantage — a justification several readers argued is not persuasive in a Jan. 11 Wall Street Journal opinion piece. 
  1. 6 payers recognized for stakeholder commitment, 3 rank in top 100

    Six payers were recognized by nonprofit JUST Capital for their commitment to stakeholder responsibility, with three ranking among the top 100 U.S. companies.
  2. Virginia governor-elect taps hospital CEOs for medical advisory team

    Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has chosen experts from the medical and public health community, including hospital CEOs, to be part of his medical advisory team.
  3. Front-line workers fear not adapting to new tech quickly enough 

    Many front-line workers are being asked to adapt to new technologies on the fly and are worried that if they can't, they may lose their jobs, according to a Microsoft report published Jan. 12. 
  4. Former Magellan board member moves to Centene

    Leslie Norwalk, a former Magellan Health board member, is joining Centene's board of directors, the payer announced Jan. 11.
  5. UnitedHealthcare settles class-action underpayment suit for $10M

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York approved a $10 million final settlement for a class-action lawsuit targeting UnitedHealthcare and its tiered reimbursement policy.
  6. New Jersey governor declares public health emergency

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 11 reinstated a public health emergency to help health systems experiencing a COVID-19 surge.
  7. Michigan Medicine patients locked out of virtual visits, phone lines

    Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine issued a notice the morning of Jan. 12 saying it is experiencing technical difficulties, leaving patients unable to access virtual visits, the patient portal and the system's phone lines.
  8. Travel nurses to face tighter rules in California

    Out-of-state nurses will no longer be allowed to work in California without a temporary or permanent California nursing license as of March 31, according to nurse.org.
  9. Hartford HealthCare hit with antitrust claims by rival

    Two healthcare organizations in Hartford, Conn., are battling in federal court. 

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