Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 7 recently launched healthcare innovation centers

    In the past four weeks, three centers focused on healthcare innovation have been established and plans to build another three centers have been announced.
  2. Medicare open enrollment begins: 5 things to know

    Oct. 15 marks the start of the open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries, which spans through Dec. 7.
  3. Walgreens acquires majority stake in CareCentrix; 3rd major deal in past month

    Walgreens announced Oct. 14 that it made a $330 million investment to acquire a majority stake in home health management company CareCentrix, the third majority investment in a healthcare company Walgreens has made in the past month. 

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. SARS-CoV-2-like viruses found in bats from Laos, research shows

    Fecal samples from three bats in the northern region of Laos, a country in Southeast Asia, contained coronaviruses that were very similar to that of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infections, according to findings published in the preprint server Research Square. 
  2. Treatment for COVID long-haulers: 7 things providers should know

    As the pandemic continues, there's still a lot unknown about COVID-19, particularly in patients whose symptoms persist, recur or reappear four or more weeks after first being infected.
  3. US COVID-19 cases fall for 4th consecutive week: 9 CDC stats to know

    COVID-19 cases have declined nationwide for the fourth consecutive week, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Oct. 15.
  4. US News names best Medicare Advantage plans for 2022

    U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of the top Medicare Advantage plans in each state for the 2022 coverage period. 
  1. Walgreens looking to healthcare to drive growth

    Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer has shared that the company plans to further expand into healthcare in an effort to turn it into a "new growth engine," CNBC reported Oct. 14.
  2. How healthcare employment could look in 2030: 5 stats to know

    Healthcare employment is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  3. White House to shift hospital COVID-19 data tracking oversight back to CDC

    The Biden administration plans to move the federal public health data tracking system back to the CDC following the Trump administration's shift in July 2020, Bloomberg reported Oct. 14. 
  4. Cape Cod Hospital gets record $10M donation

    Cape Cod Hospital received its biggest donation in history of $10 million from the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, which will go toward a new four-story tower for cancer and cardiology services, the Cape Cod Times reported Oct. 15.
  1. Ex-VA hospital worker to serve 37 months in prison for embezzlement, faking medical records

    William Precht, a former administrator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for faking medical records to embezzle from the hospital, reported Oct. 14.
  2. Saint Vincent implements 'last, best and final offer' as strike stretches past 7 months

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., is implementing what its calling its last, best and final offer in negotiations with the Massachusetts Nurses Association, according to union and hospital statements shared with Becker's.
  3. Hospital groups urge Supreme Court to reverse 'dangerous' false claims ruling

    Six hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and rectify a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision they say will increase hospitals' exposure to False Claims Act lawsuits.
  4. 8 recent hospital lawsuits

    From an Illinois system seeking dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit to a Pennsylvania health system defending against false claims allegations, here are the latest hospital lawsuits making headlines. 
  5. Telehealth expansion pushed aside by other congressional priorities: 5 things to know

    Congress has set aside legislation to make telehealth permanent to focus on President Joe Biden's higher priorities, Bloomberg Law reported Oct. 15.
  6. Payers expand virtual-first plans to deliver lower premiums, accessible care

    Insurers around the country are pivoting from pandemic-era strategies as they develop virtual-first plans — a strategy that promotes telehealth visits prior to nonemergency care.
  7. Abbott recalls COVID test kits over risk of false positives

    Abbott has recalled two of its Alinity COVID-19 test kits after finding they can yield false positive results. 
  8. Fired Wisconsin health system exec pleads guilty to wire fraud, tax evasion

    A former vice president of Janesville, Wis.-based Mercyhealth pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to wire fraud and tax evasion as part of a $3 million kickback scheme, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.
  9. 12 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last three weeks:

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