Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. More than one-third of older Americans have received COVID-19 boosters

    More than one-third of Americans ages 65 and older have received a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, the White House said Oct. 13.
  2. 27M households were unable to visit a physician virtually in 2021, report shows

    Twenty-seven million U.S. broadband households reported being unable to visit a doctor in 2021, according to research released Oct. 13 by market research and consulting company Parks Associates.
  3. States ranked by anxiety, depression rates: Sept. 15-27

    Louisiana had the highest percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression in the second half of September, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation published Oct. 12. 

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  1. Amazon, Pfizer & Merck launch AI-powered innovation lab

    Amazon Web Services, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and several other pharmacy and biotech leaders partnered to launch AION Labs, an innovative drug research project, AION Labs said Oct. 13.
  2. Amita Health approved for $107M expansion

    Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village (Ill.) received state approval for a $107 million expansion, which will improve and add to the operating and recovery areas and create new inpatient rooms.
  3. Medicare cuts could lead to healthcare layoffs, AMGA says

    AMGA is calling on Congress to delay 10 percent cuts to Medicare, citing its recent survey that found health systems would have to make tough decisions like layoffs and hiring freezes.
  4. Another lesson from the pandemic: Crisis standards of care are needed everywhere

    As COVID-19 cases fall nationally, a reprieve makes for a good time to revisit the shared need for crisis standards of care. 
  1. More than 50% of hospitals to expedite digital investments

    A Frost & Sullivan survey found that more than 50 percent of hospitals are increasingly investing in IT to meet the "quadruple aim" — enhance patient experience, reduce costs, improve health outcomes and improve clinician experience.
  2. Quotas aren't solution to Nobel Prize gender gap, leader says 

    The Nobel Prizes have an issue with gender, with only 58 women ever being awarded the honor compared to 876 men. The head of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has ruled out using quotas to address the inequality, The Washington Post reported Oct. 12. 
  3. Leaders plan to prioritize digital health in next 3 years: 5 survey insights

    The pandemic has prompted patients and healthcare providers to seek digital solutions to medical issues, with telemedicine, online medication and bill submission all becoming increasingly relevant. Healthcare industry leaders discussed how digital health solutions will be implemented in a McKinsey report published Oct. 12. 
  4. Dr. Armand Dorian to remain CEO of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

    Armand Dorian, MD, has been named the permanent CEO of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, part of Los Angeles-based Keck Medicine of USC. He had been serving as interim CEO of the Glendale, Calif.-based hospital since March, an Oct. 13 news release said.
  1. 10 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Oct. 6:
  2. 76% of patients leave physician's office unsatisfied, turn to the internet to supplement visits

    Most patients use the internet to research their health concerns after leaving their physician's appointment unsatisfied, according to an October report by the AHIMA Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the American Health Information Management Association.
  3. 60 Oregon hospitals deploy nation's 1st statewide bed management tool: 3 details

    Oregon hospitals and GE Healthcare partnered to launch the nation's first automated statewide hospital bed management tool.
  4. 5 updates on COVID-19 treatments

    As vaccination rates lag and people across the country continue to contract COVID-19, millions are being poured into development efforts for COVID-19 treatments. Here are five key updates:
  5. How 9 hospitals are approaching COVID-19 vaccines for transplant patients

    Many of the country's more than 250 organ transplant centers have recently moved to require COVID-19 vaccination for both organ recipients and donors, Kaiser Health News reports. 
  6. How an online pharmacy made millions selling unproven COVID-19 drugs

    Digital pharmacy Ravkoo took advantage of relaxed telehealth and prescribing regulations to fill thousands of prescriptions amid the pandemic, most of which were for unproven COVID-19 treatments promoted by anti-vaccination groups, Time reported Oct. 13.
  7. Former CMS administrator: Medicare Advantage is a 'money machine'

    An opinion piece co-authored by Donald Berwick, MD, former CMS administrator, chalks up the surge of Medicare Advantage offerings in recent years to the system being a "money machine" for payers. 
  8. 71% of beneficiaries did not compare Medicare plans during open enrollment, study says

    A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that seven in 10 (71 percent) of Medicare beneficiaries did not shop around among plans during the 2018 open enrollment period.
  9. SSM Health president, CEO: Optum partnership 'leans in together' on innovation

    On the heels of a wave-making partnership with Optum, Laura Kaiser, president and CEO of St. Louis-based SSM Health, is looking to leverage the newfound support to transform healthcare.

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