Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Blue Shield of California adds Headspace to Wellvolution program

    Blue Shield of California is bringing behavioral health app Headspace to members through its Wellvolution program, the insurer said Oct. 26. 
  2. CDC: Some immunocompromised people may get 4th shot

    Some people with compromised immune systems who received Moderna or Pfizer's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may get a fourth shot, according to CDC guidance updated Oct. 25.
  3. Diversity, equity strongly correlated to retention at health systems, analysis shows

    Healthcare organizations that instill the values of diversity and equity within their culture are less likely to lose workers, according to an Oct. 27 analysis from Press Ganey.

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  1. Cleveland Clinic launches breast cancer vaccine trial

    Cleveland Clinic has started a phase I trial involving an investigational vaccine aimed at preventing triple-negative breast cancer, the health system said Oct. 26.
  2. Americans with 'long COVID' will be covered under federal disability law

    Americans suffering from "long COVID" will be eligible for the benefits and protection provided under federal disability law, the HHS and the U.S. Department of Justice announced July 26. 
  3. Ex-Encompass Home Health and Hospice CEO accused of breaching employment contract

    A high-profile healthcare CEO is being sued over allegations that she violated her employment contract by stealing away employees from Encompass Health, The Dallas Morning News reported.
  4. Minnesota governor defends health commissioner as potential ousting looms 

    Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota is standing firmly behind his health commissioner, Jan Malcolm, while Minnesota Senate Republicans are considering ousting her, Kare 11 reported Oct. 26.
  1. New Penn Medicine hospital becomes largest LEED Healthcare-certified project globally

    Penn Medicine's new 1.5 million-square-foot pavilion on the Hospital of the University of Philadelphia campus — which opens Oct. 30 — received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Healthcare Gold Certification, becoming the largest certified project in the world to do so.
  2. Adventist Health names Kerry Heinrich CEO

    Kerry Heinrich has been appointed CEO of Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health, an Oct. 27 news release shared with Becker's said.
  3. Merck to share its COVID-19 pill formula with other drugmakers

    Merck on Oct. 27 signed a licensing deal that allows other drugmakers to manufacture its promising COVID-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir, a move that will create cheaper access to the drug in low-income nations.
  4. 5 payers adopting 'virtual-first' models combining digital, in-person care

    While the pandemic has led to an increase in telehealth utilization, that wave has also led to the development of models that marry digital and in-person care.
  1. Cyberattacks, the new medical malpractice? 3 Qs with UMass Memorial CFO

    The potential harm of ransomware attacks on hospitals goes beyond lost network connectivity. Health systems may face millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements or lost revenue after a cyberattack.
  2. BayCare to launch pediatric residency program

    BayCare, the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Florida's Tampa Bay area announced a new pediatrics residency program at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on Oct. 25. 
  3. New COVID-19 cases down nearly 60% since delta surge

    New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are down nearly 60 percent since a September surge in cases brought on by the delta variant, The Washington Post reported Oct. 27. 
  4. How vaccination rates are changing in each state: Up in 28, down in 22

    An average of 796,100 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 4 percent decrease from the week before, according to The Washington Post. 
  5. Centene to restructure PBM following 4 states' claims of inflated drug costs

    Centene said Oct. 26 it plans to restructure its pharmacy benefits management business after four states claimed the insurer inflated prescription drug costs, Bloomberg reported. 
  6. American Telehealth Association forms board of health execs to curb disparities in virtual care

    The American Telehealth Association has launched the first phase of its goal of eliminating health disparities in virtual care. 
  7. Judgment favors Mississippi health system in trial over stolen patient records 

    A U.S. district judge issued a default judgment siding with Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center over litigation against three former employees who stole patient records and lied about their possession, Mississippi Today reported Oct. 26.
  8. Catholic Health weighs cutting healthcare benefits of striking New York workers

    Amid a strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) that is in its fourth week, Catholic Health said Oct. 26 that it is considering whether to discontinue healthcare coverage for striking workers if the walkout continues into November.
  9. 10 hospital execs define 'digital transformation'

    "Digital transformation" is a term used often in healthcare, though its meaning differs from organization to organization. Here, 10 executives from health systems across the country define what the term means to them.

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