Today's Top 20 Articles
  1. Watch out for fake Office of Civil Rights investigators, hospitals warned

    HHS alerted hospitals and health systems of someone posing as an Office for Civil Rights investigator to get patient health information, the American Hospital Association warned.
  2. CHS withdraws 2020 financial guidance

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, which operates 99 hospitals across the U.S., is withdrawing its financial guidance for 2020 due to COVID-19. 
  3. White House taps 3M for 166M face masks; Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' US can avoid worst projections — 6 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. COVID-19 case count is the highest in the world, with 368,449 cases as of 8:45 a.m. CDT April 7. Nationwide, 10,993 Americans have died from the virus, while 19,919 have recovered. 

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  1. 1 in 8 Americans know someone with COVID-19

    About one in eight Americans, 14 percent, report knowing someone who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, up from 10 percent last week, a new Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index poll shows.
  2. Kaiser outpatient pharmacy shut after 7 staffers test positive for COVID-19

    Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore., closed the outpatient portion of its pharmacy after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19, The Oregonian reported. 
  3. Kaiser, Dignity partner with California to open Los Angeles Surge Hospital

    St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles closed in January. On April 13, it will reopen as a COVID-19 treatment center. 
  4. Eli Lilly caps insulin cost at $35 per month amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Eli Lilly is capping the out-of-pocket cost for insulin at $35 per month in an effort to help patients afford the drug amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Health systems and their associated employed provider networks are beset with immediate financial losses, and future financial uncertainty as elective care was essentially eliminated by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in the United States.
  1. Medical staffing company reverses decision to cut pay, benefits for workers

    Alteon Health, one of the largest medical staffing companies in the U.S., reversed its decision April 5 to cut pay and retirement benefits for its physicians and other medical workers, according to ProPublica. 
  2. Beaumont Health CEO criticizes lack of data sharing among hospitals

    The CEO of Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health called out communication gaps between Michigan hospitals and state officials as many facilities struggle with surging numbers of COVID-19 cases, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  3. UMass Memorial CEO donates pay; Jackson Health execs take pay cut amid COVID-19

    The leaders of two health systems on the East Coast are donating their pay or taking a pay cut to address financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. 4 former CEOs who have rejoined hospitals amid pandemic

    Here are four former hospital CEOs who have rejoined facilities after previously serving in the top leadership role.

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  1. Quorum Health files for bankruptcy

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health, which operates 23 hospitals in 13 states, announced April 7 that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
  2. Ventilators in critical shortage in New York City: 3 updates

    Ventilators, the medical devices used to help patients with severe COVID-19 infections breathe, are in severe shortages around the country as hospitals struggle to meet increased demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  3. Partners HealthCare execs: Front-line workers not getting hazard pay

    The CEO of Partners HealthCare and presidents from the Boston-based system's hospitals told front-line workers they will not be getting hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Mass Live.
  4. Resilience, dedication, conviction: Hospital CEOs write thank-you notes to staff

    Healthcare workers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing care to ill patients and battling the public health crisis from various angles. In honor of these workers, Becker's asked hospital and health system CEOs to share notes to their staff and team members.
  5. 20 states try to stop hoarding of potential COVID-19 treatments

    At least 20 states across the U.S. are trying to prevent hoarding of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, the antimalarial drugs touted by the president as "game changers" in the U.S. response to COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  6. How AmerisourceBergen adjusted operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the healthcare supply chain across the U.S. and resulted in shortages of critical drugs and medical supplies. 
  7. 20 states to face ICU bed shortages when COVID-19 peaks, analysis finds

    The demand for hospital beds in the U.S. is projected to far exceed capacity by mid-April, according to an analysis from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. 
  8. 11 health systems with strong finances

    Here are 11 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings.
  9. Bankrupt hospitals get new life amid COVID-19 pandemic

    As states and cities across the U.S. prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients, they're looking at troubled hospitals working through the bankruptcy process as one way to expand capacity, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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