Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 70% of US reports high or very high flu activity: 8 FluView notes

    Thirty-five states and regions are now reporting "high" or "very high" flu activity levels, according to the CDC's latest FluView report.
  2. FDA probes severe hypocalcemia risk with Amgen's osteoporosis drug

    The FDA will investigate the risk of severe hypocalcemia that results in hospitalization and death with Amgen's osteoporosis drug, Prolia (denosumab). 
  3. Second study participant dies during Eisai's Alzheimer's drug trial

    A second study participant has died possibly as a result of the experimental antibody drug, lecanemab, meant to treat Alzheimer's, Science reported Nov. 27.

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  1. 5 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Here are five hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CEOs.
  2. AAP recommends antibiotic alternatives during amoxicillin shortage

    As the national amoxicillin shortage worsens, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a guidance Nov. 21 detailing its recommendations for alternative therapies. 
  3. South Carolina hospital fills empty wing with prisoners to help avoid closure

    Chester (S.C.) Medical Center is filling an empty wing of its hospital with 36 inmates as a measure to help stave off closure, The Herald reported Nov. 28.
  4. Highmark looks to create 'data-driven care plan for every member' with Google Cloud

    As part of its ongoing collaboration with Google Cloud, Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health hopes to one day have a "data-driven care plan for every member," chief analytics officer Richard Clarke, PhD, told Becker's.

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  1. BayCare's 4th CEO takes helm

    Stephanie Conners, BSN, RN is the new president and CEO of Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System.
  2. Brooklyn health system deals with EHR outages

    One Brooklyn (N.Y.) Health experienced an EHR outage for several days last week, The City reported Nov. 25.
  3. More health systems charging for MyChart messages

    A growing number of health systems are starting to charge patients for asking for their physicians' advice through online patient portals, such as MyChart, which is sparking mixed reactions from patient advocates and providers, The Chicago Tribune reported Nov. 25. 
  4. Quorum Health to sell 5 Illinois hospitals

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health is selling four Illinois hospitals to Evansville, Ind.-based Deaconess Health System and another hospital — the largest of the five — to Glendale, Calif.-based American Healthcare Systems, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Nov. 23.

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  1. CDC now tracking subvariant XBB: 3 notes

    The CDC has begun tracking omicron subvariant XBB, which is now estimated to account for 3.1 percent of U.S. cases. 
  2. Measles is 'imminent' global threat, CDC and WHO say

    The pandemic spurred major setbacks in global efforts to eliminate measles, making the disease an "imminent threat" for every part of the world, the CDC and World Health Organization said Nov. 23.  
  3. RSV could be at peak, Fauci says: 3 updates

    The nationwide surge of respiratory syncytial virus — now at a critical point as pediatric hospitals request additional beds — may be at or near its peak, Anthony Fauci, MD, told CBS News' Face the Nation on Nov. 27. 
  4. The 'great remote work mismatch'

    Many Americans got used to the flexibility that remote work granted them during the pandemic, but fewer employers are willing to grant it to them, The Washington Post reported Nov. 27
  5. Cooper University Health Care credit rating up to A-, its highest ever

    S&P Global Ratings raised Cooper University Health Care's credit rating from "BBB+" to "A-", the highest rating in the Camden, N.J.-based system's 135-year history, roj-nj.com reported Nov. 28.
  6. Joint Commission updates clinician evaluation timeframes

    The Joint Commission has updated its timeline for how often it will evaluate licensed practitioners' ability to provide care from two years to three.
  7. The pandemic continues: 9 in 10 COVID-19 deaths are in people 65+

    Nearly 9 in 10 COVID-19 deaths in 2022 occur in people 65 and older, The Washington Post reported Nov. 28.
  8. Florida hospital CEO shot by husband in murder-suicide, police say

    The Coral Gables (Fla.) Hospital community is grieving the loss of CEO Maria Cristina Jimenez, who was found dead Nov. 23 at her home in what authorities have called a murder-suicide.
  9. MedStar reports $200M loss amid 'volatile' investment market

    Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health reported a net loss of approximately $200M in fiscal year 2022, as the healthcare group faced a "volatile" investment market, and warned that things are unlikely to change in the near future.

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