Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 'Worst is yet to come,' WHO chief says; Hospitalizations up in 7 states — 6 COVID-19 updates

    The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating globally, the World Health Organization warned during a June 29 media briefing.
  2. Humana to expand COVID-19 testing to Walmart pharmacies

    Humana has entered into a collaboration with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics to help expand COVID-19 testing for its members. 
  3. FDA to release guidance on vaccine approval

    The FDA will discuss its guidance on vaccine approval during a June 30 appearance before a Senate committee, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  1. 15 top health systems, ranked by IBM Watson Health

    IBM Watson Health has released its annual 15 top health systems ranking, recognizing the top-performing health systems in the U.S. 
  2. 25 states where COVID-19 is spreading fastest, slowest: June 30

    Nevada and Florida have the highest COVID-19 reproduction rate, while Washington, D.C., and Connecticut have the lowest, according to 
  3. California hits single-day high for new cases; 60% of Houston Methodist COVID-19 patients under 50: 10 headlines from states experiencing COVID-19 surges

    As the coronavirus spread accelerates in Nevada, California records a new single-day record for new cases and more governors are curbing reopening plans. Here are 10 headlines from states where COVID-19 is spreading quickly and/or cases are growing. 
  4. 25 counties with highest number of recent COVID-19 cases per resident

    Counties in Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas lead the 25 U.S. counties that have reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases from the last two weeks per resident, with cases per 100,000 people. 

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  1. IBM Watson Health names 100 top hospitals for 2020

    IBM Watson Health has released its annual 100 Top Hospitals ranking recognizing the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. 
  2. House passes bill expanding ACA

    House Democrats pushed through a bill June 29 that would expand the ACA's subsidies for private insurance and encourage more states to expand Medicaid, according to The Washington Post. 
  3. UnityPoint Health to pay $2.8M+ settlement over phishing attacks: 6 details

    West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit related to two cybersecurity issues that compromised patient information, according to Law360.
  4. Number of COVID-19 tests performed by state - June 29

    In the U.S., nearly 31 million tests have been performed to detect the novel coronavirus as of 1:16 p.m. CDT June 29, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

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  1. 15 societies release guidance on bringing back invasive cardiovascular services

    Fifteen North American cardiovascular societies have released recommendations for reintroducing invasive cardiovascular care into healthcare settings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Trinity Health cuts jobs, projects $2B revenue drop

    Trinity Health's operations and finances were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the last half of March, and the negative effects are continuing in the current quarter, the Livonia, Mich.-based health system said in bondholder documents filed June 29. 
  3. How Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center predicted COVID-19 surges 5 days before national models

    Many health systems have built tools and dashboards to track the spread of COVID-19 and project where new outbreaks will occur.
  4. 3 states with the most rural hospital closures

    Of the 33 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are in the South, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.
  5. Ex-Georgia hospital CEO, board member sentenced on federal charges

    John Michael Gowder, former CEO of Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga., has been sentenced to prison more than a year after he was convicted on 102 counts related to illegally obtaining more than 15,000 doses of prescription pain medication for no medical purpose, according to the Department of Justice. 
  6. Arizona health department fails to report new COVID-19 case data amid surge due to lab delay

    The Arizona Department of Health was unable to report new COVID-19 cases on June 29 after a lab was delayed in producing results, according to the Arizona Republic.
  7. Pennsylvania hospital to delay pay increases

    Lewisburg, Pa.-based Evangelical Community Hospital plans to delay pay increases and not fill 15 open positions to help offset losses attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Daily Item.
  8. 10 health system malware, ransomware and phishing incidents this month

    Here are the health system malware, ransomware and phishing incidents Becker's Hospital Review reported during June.
  9. 5 hospitals hiring VPs for revenue cycle

    Below are five hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking revenue cycle leaders during the past few weeks.

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