Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC weighs use of TikTok to promote COVID-19 safety

    The CDC is considering using popular social media platform TikTok to urge younger people to take public health precautions seriously amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, according to CNBC.
  2. Telemedicine visits on steady decline, report finds: 5 details  

    While still higher than pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, telemedicine visits have begun to steadily decline across the U.S. since peaking in mid-April, according to a June 25 Commonwealth Fund report.
  3. HHS updates guideline to protect solid organ transplant patients

    The HHS updated the guideline for assessing solid organ donors or recipients with potential HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections.
  1. MedStar leader to walk 3,000 miles to promote patient, caregiver safety 

    A clinical quality leader at Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health has committed to walking 3,000 miles this year — roughly the distance from the West to East Coast — to raise awareness of patient and healthcare worker safety. 
  2. Leaving WHO could leave US without vital flu vaccine information

    The White House decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization may leave the U.S. without crucial information used to determine influenza vaccines for the coming season, according to STAT News.
  3. Building better self-efficacy, resilience may improve nurses' mental health, study suggests

    Nurses may have less mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic if they have better self-efficacy and resilience, suggests a new study. 
  4. Cleveland Clinic is advising United Airlines, whose CEO says 'airplanes don't have social distancing'

    Weeks after tapping Cleveland Clinic to inform its social distancing protocols, United Airlines is back to booking flights to full capacity, according to USA Today.

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  1. Northwell breaks ties with employee over racist online message

    A nursing student and hospital employee at Northwell Health who sent racially insensitive messages online is no longer employed by the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based system, reports NBC New York. 
  2. Tenet resumes plan to end inpatient care at Massachusetts hospital

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is moving forward with its plan to end inpatient services at its 160-bed Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, Mass. The plan was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic emerged, according to the Worcester Business Journal.
  3. Sutter Health workers rally after nurse accused of posting racist comments

    Black healthcare workers staged a demonstration June 26 at Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., after a white nurse was accused of posting racist comments against the Black Lives Matter movement on her Facebook page, KNTV reports.
  4. Massachusetts hospital temporarily closed after flooding

    Norwood (Mass.) Hospital temporarily closed June 29 after a violent storm flooded the facility the night before, according to CBS Boston.

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  1. 10 states where Americans' health is recovering most, least from COVID-19

    Hawaii is the state where residents are recovering the most from COVID-19, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  2. Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO: Predictive analytics, precision medicine and AI are the future of medicine

    Paul Rothman, MD, CEO of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University, discussed the health system's COVID-19 data platform and the potential for artificial intelligence to make a difference in how health systems approach treatment in the future in an interview with The Media Line.
  3. US COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths fall: 4 CDC updates

    Seven HHS surveillance regions reported an increase in positive COVID-19 tests the week ending June 20, according to the CDC's weekly COVIDView report. 
  4. Atlanta hospital instrument sterilization not affected by main break

    Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta had to use bottled water for drinking and cooking, but didn't have to move instrument sterilization after a water main broke June 27.
  5. UCSF pays $1M+ ransom to unlock medical school's computer systems

    University of California San Francisco confirmed that it paid $1.14 million to hackers  after a June 1 ransomware attack on its medical school's computer servers. 
  6. 9 hospitals bringing back furloughed employees

    Many U.S. hospitals and health systems have furloughed staff to help offset revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some are starting to bring furloughed workers back as they resume nonemergency procedures and medical appointments. 
  7. Trump administration won't release ACA replacement before Supreme Court ruling, Azar says

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump administration plans to wait until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of the ACA to release a replacement plan for the healthcare law, according to Bloomberg Law.
  8. Where new COVID-19 cases are rising, falling and staying the same — June 29

    There are 32 states where the total number of new cases of COVID-19 is rising, six states where the number is falling and 13 states where the number is stabilizing in the U.S., as of 7:19 a.m. CDT June 29, according to The New York Times.
  9. Texas Medical Center hit 100% ICU bed occupancy, then didn't report data for 3 days

    Houston-based Texas Medical Center stopped reporting intensive care unit bed capacity for three days over the weekend after saying its ICU was at 100 percent occupancy June 25 and was on pace to exceed an "unsustainable surge capacity" by July 6, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

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