Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Allegheny Health Network, Highmark lay off nearly 400 

    Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark Health will reduce its workforce by 123 employees and its provider arm, Allegheny Health Network, will lay off nearly 250 in changes announced May 21 and covered by local news outlet WPXI.
  2. Optum buys naviHealth: 5 details

    Optum acquired post-acute care management platform naviHealth, according to a statement Optum provided to Becker's.
  3. US won't shut down amid possible 2nd wave, Trump says; 35% of COVID-19 patients asymptomatic — 5 updates

    The U.S. has reported 1,577,758 COVID-19 cases and 94,729 related deaths as of 9:30 a.m. CDT May 22. Globally, there have been 5,128,492 reported cases and 333,489 deaths, while 1,966,135 people have recovered.

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  1. Former clinic administrator gets 4 years for stealing, selling patient information

    A Florida woman was sentenced to four years in federal prison this week for using medical records at clinics where she worked to steal and sell patient identities.
  2. Highmark extends breaks for telehealth through Sept. 30: 4 details

    Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark extended telehealth coverage benefits to waive deductibles, coinsurance and copayment for all covered telehealth services through Sept. 30.
  3. Behind Microsoft's healthcare cloud strategy: 4 details

    Microsoft rolled out its cloud for healthcare offering this week and said it would be the first of many at an RBC Capital Markets event May 20, according to financial news website The Street.
  4. Montefiore hospital threatens legal action against Wall Street Journal

    Montefiore Medical Center has said it will take legal action against The Wall Street Journal unless the newspaper retracts a claim made in its April 29 report that a patient "died on a ventilator with a setting turned too high by residents who didn't know how to operate the device." After two investigations, Montefiore said the assertion is baseless, according to The Washington Post.

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  1. How COVID-19 is changing hospitals' population health strategies

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged hospitals to develop new approaches to managing patient populations. To effectively manage population health, organizations must balance keeping people in their communities healthy and caring for patients infected with the illness, all amid worsening care disparities and social determinants of health. 
  2. Kaiser Permanente's COVID-19 workplace playbook: 5 things to know

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente released a playbook May 21 providing guidance to business leaders on how to bring employees back to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. HCA asks union to abandon wage increases this year

    A union representing more than 150,000 registered nurses in hundreds of U.S. hospitals is disputing with Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare regarding pay and benefits.
  4. Purdue engineers build software to detect hemoglobin faster

    Purdue University engineers have created software that gives an accurate count of a patient's hemoglobin, enabling physicians to diagnose blood disorders more quickly.
  1. Michigan nursing homes ordered to create dedicated COVID-19 units

    Nursing homes in Michigan must make "all reasonable efforts" to create units dedicated to residents with COVID-19, a new order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mandates.
  2. VA reports more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths

    There have been 12,797 COVID-19 cases and 1,092 deaths attributed to the disease within the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, according to federal data.
  3. Antibiotic use high in US hospitals in 2016, 2017

    Patients received antibiotics in about two-thirds of hospitalizations in a two-year period beginning January 2016, a new study shows, leading researchers to conclude that U.S. inpatient antibiotic use "remains high."
  4. MedPAC names new chair

    The Government Accountability Office appointed a new chair to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which analyzes key cost and quality issues affecting Medicare.
  5. Physician viewpoint: Home care needs a new payment model

    The shift to home services has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic as home-based care has become one of the ways to mitigate spread to patients while clearing up capacity at hospitals.
  6. Essentia Health lays off 900 employees

    Essentia Health is laying off 900 employees, about 6 percent of its workforce, to help offset severe financial damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. Physician compensation increased in 2019: 5 things to know

    Compensation for most physician specialties continued to increase in 2019, according to the Medical Group Management Associations' annual Provider Compensation and Production Report. 
  8. Planned Maryland pharmacy school loses state funding

    The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 3-0 to cut funds the state had allocated for a new pharmacy school building at Princess Anne-based University of Maryland Eastern Shore, according to Delmarva Daily Times.
  9. Advocate Aurora reports Q1 operating loss, gets $328M bailout

    Advocate Aurora Health saw revenue increase year over year in the first quarter of this year, but it ended the period with an operating loss, according to recently released unaudited financial documents. 

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