Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. West Virginia grapples with delta surge as vaccinations stall

    Once a national leader early in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, West Virginia now has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and is seeing a rapid jump in cases, The New York Times reported Sept. 12.
  2. Blue Shield of California teams up with Walgreens: 5 things to know

    Blue Shield of California announced Sept. 10 a collaboration with Walgreens to deliver additional services to members.
  3. Vanderbilt wins lawsuit by former physician accused of snooping in ex-wife's EHR

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center has won a lawsuit filed by a former medical resident who said the system was obligated to defend him against claims that he snooped in his ex-wife's EHR during their divorce, according to a Sept. 13 Nashville Tennessean report.

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  1. Longest-tenured hospital administrator in US to retire after 56 years

    James Elrod, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, La., will retire Sept. 30. Jerry Fielder II has been named Mr. Elrod's successor. 
  2. Alaska hospital workers would conduct telehealth services to bypass vaccine mandate under new bill

    The Alaska Senate voted Sept. 10 to advance a telehealth bill that allows hospital workers to opt out of vaccine mandates, according to a Sept. 10 Anchorage Daily News report.
  3. 5 hospitals, health systems piloting digital transformation programs 

    Hospitals and health systems across the U.S. are pushing forward digital transformation efforts by creating new tools and launching innovative programs. 
  4. Surgeon general says US will monitor vaccine exemptions, Fauci predicts more mandates needed — 7 details

    Anthony Fauci, MD, the White House chief medical adviser, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, fielded questions from reporters Sept. 12 in the wake of vaccine mandates unveiled in President Joe Biden's strategy to combat the pandemic. 
  1. Boosters not needed in general population, FDA, WHO scientists say

    COVID-19 booster vaccines are unnecessary for people who are not immunocompromised, 18 scientists — including some at the FDA and World Health Organization — wrote in a paper published Sept. 13 in The Lancet.
  2. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be more effective than Pfizer, J&J shots at preventing hospitalization, study finds

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine was more effective at preventing hospitalizations caused by the virus than Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines in a study released Sept. 10 by the CDC. 
  3. Hackers leak California hospital patients' data online after ransomware attack

    Ransomware group Vice Society has leaked Los Angeles-based Barlow Respiratory Hospital patients' data onto the dark web after an August attack, according to a Sept. 11 ZDNet report. 
  4. Scripps hospital opens $59M cancer center

    Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, part of Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, opened the $59 million Prebys Cancer Center Sept. 13. 
  1. Heart patient dies after being turned down from 43 ICUs amid COVID-19 surge

    A 73-year-old patient from Alabama died Sept. 1 after dozens of hospitals in three nearby states did not have intensive care unit bed availability for the patient, The Washington Post reported Sept. 12. 
  2. Workers drop vaccine mandate lawsuit against Henry Ford

    About 50 employees have dropped a lawsuit against Henry Ford Health System that alleged the Detroit-based organization's COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  3. 10 recent cancer study findings

    Recent oncology studies have focused on the severity of COVID-19 illness among pediatric cancer patients, outcomes among cancer patients diagnosed after the pandemic lockdown and more. 
  4. Vaccine mandates have hospitals concerned about staffing

    Amid President Joe Biden's plan to vaccinate healthcare workers against COVID-19, hospitals are expressing concerns about potential unintended consequences of the mandates, such as exacerbating workforce shortages.
  5. Class action targets Georgia health system over ransomware attack that exposed 1.4 million patients' info

    Savannah, Ga.-based St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital Health System is being accused of failing to properly protect patients' personal and health information, which was exposed by a ransomware attack in June, Savannah Morning News reported Sept. 11. 
  6. Novant responds to leaked internal discussion of COVID-19 numbers

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant has responded after a video of an internal discussion about how one of its hospitals reports COVID-19 patient numbers was leaked on social media, WECT reported Sept. 10. 
  7. CMS pitches billing, financial disclosure rules: 7 things to know

    The Biden administration issued proposed rules Sept. 10 that include a detailed process for enforcing surprise billing protections and new disclosure requirements for health plans and providers of air ambulance services. 
  8. COVID-19 relief aid fell short for hospitals with low margins, those treating underserved: 8 things to know

    HHS' approach to distributing COVID-19 provider relief funding through February 2021 was a hit and miss when it came to health equity, according to a September study published in Health Affairs. 
  9. Cerner awarded $158M to continue VA EHR rollout

    Cerner has been awarded $158 million by the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue deploying its EHR at VA medical facilities. 

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