Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 'You have to believe the patients': Q&A with physicians at post COVID-19 clinic

    The WHO 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Recruiting retired staff, volunteers: 3 things North Dakota is doing to boost healthcare workforce

    The North Dakota Department of Health and providers statewide are taking steps to encourage volunteers and individuals with healthcare experience to join the workforce during the ongoing pandemic and staffing shortage, according to an Oct. 18 news release.

Innovation is a core Cerner value – and one that is certainly not taken lightly

As seen through the healthcare IT leader’s new Cerner RevElate™ Patient Accounting product launch, announced on October 6, 2021.
  1. Kevin DeRonde renamed CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership

    Kevin DeRonde has been renamed CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa, The Oskaloosa Herald reported Oct. 15. 
  2. The status of COVID vaccine authorization for kids

    The CDC has released a guide saying states can begin ordering COVID-19 shots intended for children younger than 12 on Oct. 20, but the FDA and CDC have yet to authorize any vaccine for use in children under 12. Only Pfizer's vaccine is authorized for use in people under age 18. 
  3. Why praising competitors can make a health system seem more trustworthy

    Brands usually are apprehensive about complimenting competitors, as many marketers say doing so gives a rival free publicity. However, health systems might have an opportunity to improve patients' perceptions of them by giving competitors their due, according to a study in the Journal of Marketing.
  4. Physicians are spending more time in EHR inboxes, exacerbating burnout, study says

    During the first 15 months of the pandemic, physicians experienced "a small but sustained increase" in EHR messages from patients, despite a decrease in the number of patients seeking care during the same period, according to research published Oct. 12 in JAMA Network Open.
  1. Jefferson Health, General Catalyst team up to tackle disconnected tech systems

    Jefferson Health tapped General Catalyst to serve as its innovation partner, helping the Philadelphia-based health system tackle digital transformation initiatives, including modernizing tech platforms and diversifying its revenue streams, according to an Oct. 18 news release. 
  2. Catholic Health's credit downgraded amid nurses strike

    Moody's Investors Service reported Oct. 12 that it downgraded Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health's rating to "Ba2" from "Baa2" because of its financial problems from the pandemic, labor costs and its ongoing nurses strike, giving them a negative outlook.
  3. Flu cases up 23% compared to 2020, Walgreens' data shows

    As of Oct. 9, flu cases in the U.S. are up 23 percent compared to last year, when flu activity was historically low due to widespread COVID-19 mitigation measures, according to new data from Walgreens' Flu Index. 
  4. RWJBarnabas fires 118 workers over vaccination mandate

    RWJBarnabas Health has fired 118 staff members for not complying with the West Orange, N.J.-based health system's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to a statement shared with Becker's.
  1. Why Sanford Health's CEO is opting for a lean exec team

    Sanford Health President and CEO Bill Gassen is making leadership changes as he nears one year at the helm of the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based health system, according to, a digital news organization.
  2. 3 hospital CEOs on why the pediatric mental health crisis needs more attention

    The pandemic has created an influx of children and families seeking help from hospital emergency departments for mental and behavioral health disorders. Three children's hospital CEOs spoke with Becker's in September and October about the mental health crisis facing children and health systems.
  3. EmblemHealth lays off 89 New York employees

    New York City-based EmblemHealth laid off 89 employees starting Oct. 15, according to an Oct. 18 New York labor department filing.
  4. Missouri hospital sees 0 new COVID admissions for 1st day since July

    Springfield, Mo.-based Mercy Hospital reported no new COVID-19 admissions Oct. 17, the first day without a new coronavirus patient since July, according to an Oct. 18 tweet from Erik Frederick, the hospital's chief administrative officer. 
  5. Partnerships, mergers can save hospitals, AHA says, but some studies link consolidation to higher prices

    Mergers, partnerships and acquisitions may have saved some hospitals and allowed them to scale up, an October 2021 American Hospital Association report says. However, other research has found that consolidation actually raises prices and doesn't necessarily increase quality of care.
  6. National nurses union outlines goals for society, healthcare post-pandemic

    Registered nurses from across the U.S. took to the National Nurses United convention Oct.12-14 to pass resolutions for society in light of the pandemic: a society based on care focusing on workers’ rights, Medicare for All, global health and vaccine equity, and racial and gender justice, according to an Oct. 15 release from the union.
  7. Scammers spoofing Henry Ford Health's name to steal patients' data, hospital warns

    Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System is warning patients that scammers are spoofing phone calls to make it appear as if they are coming from Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.
  8. 7 recent lawsuits, settlements filed over data breaches

    From Optum's lawsuit against former employees to class-action lawsuits against UF Health that affected more than 700,000 patients, here are seven recent lawsuits and settlements over data breaches making headlines:
  9. Hackers breached UMass Memorial's emails for 5+ months, affecting 3,000+ patients

    Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health began notifying 3,099 patients that hackers breached employee email accounts, according to data the organization shared with the Maine attorney general's office Oct. 15.

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