Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Can tech bridge gaps in healthcare?

    Ash Goel, MD, senior vice president and CIO of Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Bronson Healthcare, joined the Becker's Healthcare podcast to discuss the differences in healthcare systems across the world and his perspective on using technology to bridge gaps in care.
  2. California hospital eyes affiliation with CommonSpirit's Dignity Health

    San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, Calif., signed a letter of intent to begin negotiations on a long-term affiliation agreement with CommonSpirit Health's Dignity Health, the California hospital announced Aug. 2. 
  3. UHS-owned Valley Health System acquires Las Vegas hospital

    The Valley Health System, a six-hospital system in Las Vegas owned by King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services, acquired a seventh hospital, according to an Aug. 2 news release. 

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  1. 4 incentives an Oklahoma health system is using to attract, retain nurses

    Oklahoma City-based OU Health is launching several new incentives to address an ongoing nurse shortage, reports NBC affiliate KFOR-TV.
  2. Former CEO who led Louisiana hospital for 29 years dies

    Federico "Fred" Martinez, the former CEO of St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, La., died July 26 at the age of 70, according to an Aug. 2 obituary published in St. Charles Herald Guide.
  3. Corner Office: How Sanford Health aims to boost rural healthcare access

    Bill Gassen was promoted to president and CEO of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health in November, replacing Kelby Krabbenhoft at the helm of the 46-hospital system.
  4. New mask mandates in California & 3 other places where masking is back

    After the CDC released new guidance July 27 recommending fully vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors in certain regions of the U.S., several states and areas have implemented mask mandates once again. 

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  1. COVID-19 independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, study suggests

    In the first two weeks after the onset of COVID-19, the risk of heart attack or stroke increases significantly, according to findings published July 29 in The Lancet.
  2. COVID-19 surge is hindering care of other patients, Louisiana hospital CMOs say

    The chief medical officers for Natchitoches (La.) Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, La., on Aug. 2 said the state's COVID-19 surge is placing a large strain on their hospitals and hindering their ability to provide high-quality care for other intensive care patients.
  3. Cigna call center workers demand better working conditions

    Cigna's call center employees have demanded the company improve its working conditions, The Guardian reported Aug. 3.
  4. Northside Hospital, UnitedHealthcare ink new contract

    Atlanta-based Northside Hospital has solidified a new contract agreement with UnitedHealthcare, effective Aug. 1. 
  1. Walmart names pharma veteran as new chief medical officer

    Walmart has named John Wigneswaran, MD, a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, as its new chief medical officer, Bloomberg reported. 
  2. Candida auris: 8 updates on the drug-resistant fungus

    U.S. health officials continue to keep a close eye on the spread of Candida auris, a deadly, drug-resistant fungus the CDC has identified in 18 states and Washington D.C., between May 2020 and April 2021. 
  3. Man accused of using cellphone in Kentucky hospital bathroom to spy on women

    A Kentucky man has been charged with video voyeurism after a cellphone was found under a bathroom sink at Middlesboro (Ky.) ARH Hospital, according to an Aug. 2 ABC 36 report.
  4. Mayo researchers study 2B claims to find telehealth's payoff

    Researchers from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic found that telehealth was highly effective at delivering quality care for several healthcare conditions, but can be improved with remote monitoring tools and a flexible payment system, according to a July 30 report published in Telehealth and Medicine Today.
  5. 44 hospitals, health systems that have launched post-COVID-19 clinics

    Many hospitals and health systems have created COVID-19 recovery programs, or post-COVID clinics, to support patients who experience lingering symptoms weeks or months after being cleared of the illness — a population now widely known as COVID-19 long-haulers. 
  6. Data for CDC's new mask guidance is flawed, some scientists say 

    Some scientists and officials in the CDC disagree with the data that influenced the agency's recent recommendations that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks again indoors in areas with high levels of COVID-19 transmission, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 3. 
  7. 5 key updates on the telehealth market

    Telehealth investment reached $5 billion — a record high — in the second quarter of 2021, according to a report released July 29 by tech market analytics firm CB Insights.
  8. US hospitals face staffing shortages amid latest COVID-19 wave: Snapshots from 5 states

    As U.S. hospitals deal with more patients, both COVID-19 and non-COVID, some are facing staffing shortages.
  9. St. Jude appoints exec to oversee operations, $11.5B expansion

    Jose Fernandez was named senior vice president of campus operations at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Memphis, Tenn.-based hospital said Aug. 2.

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