Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Omicron-tweaked vaccines could be for everyone 12 and up, White House says

    The updated COVID-19 boosters aimed at targeting omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 could soon be authorized for people 12 and older, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha, MD, told NBC News Aug. 17.
  2. 7 health organizations seeking chief quality officers

    Below are seven hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  3. Optum Store adds $55 telehealth visits

    Optum's online marketplace, which aims to provide affordable healthcare products and services, now has virtual care visits.

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  1. Novant hospital just missed Medicare contract termination, report says

    A Novant hospital in North Carolina narrowly avoided termination of its Medicare contract Aug. 12 by hiring hundreds of nurses to address issues state inspectors identified in June, according to an Aug. 17  report from WECT News 6. Most of the newest hires were travel nurses, the station said.
  2. 8 health systems with strong finances

    Here are eight health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service.
  3. UW Medicine Heart Institute 1st to perform minimally invasive heart tumor removal

    Interventional cardiologists at the Seattle-based UW Medicine Heart Institute performed the first minimally invasive heart tumor removal using a catheter-delivered device July 27.
  4. Dartmouth Health requiring COVID-19 booster for employees

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth Health is requiring COVID-19 booster shots for employees.

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  1. Monkeypox cases jump 20% in 1 week, WHO finds: 5 updates

    Global monkeypox cases have increased by about 20 percent for the second week in a row, with nearly 7,500 new monkeypox cases reported last week, the World Health Organization said in a news conference Aug. 17. 
  2. What Epic pays its top IT professionals

    Epic pays software developers $77,000 to $140,000 per year based on experience and other factors, according to Payscale.com.
  3. ChristianaCare, Prospect Medical Holdings cancel 4-hospital deal

    ChristianaCare signed a letter of intent in February to acquire Crozer Health from Prospect Medical Holdings. The health systems announced Aug. 18 that the deal will not move forward. 
  4. Union pickets Las Vegas hospital after firing of 40-year union member

    Culinary Union workers picketed Valley Hospital in Las Vegas Aug. 17 after the firing of a committee leader and 40-year union member, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
  1. Missouri hospital CEO, CFO are out

    Memphis, Mo.-based Scotland County Hospital's board announced Aug. 17 that the hospital has new leadership, effective immediately. 
  2. Dustin Thomas named U of Missouri Health Care CFO

    Dustin Thomas has been named CFO of Columbia, Mo.-based University of Missouri Health Care. 
  3. New CMS website assists with No Surprises Act resolution

    CMS has launched a website with resources and guidance for resolving disputes related to the No Surprise Act.  
  4. Pharma giants slam Medicare drug price negotiation

    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 opens the door for Medicare to negotiate prices for certain drugs — a change that drug manufacturers strongly oppose. 
  5. With workplace violence on the rise, some health systems are hiring experts to address it

    Amid increased calls to address workplace violence, some health systems are hiring personnel specifically to focus on the issue. The directors often oversee areas of the organization related to safety and security.  
  6. 'A devastating blow': 2 OB-GYNs on practicing medicine post-Roe

    The Supreme Court's June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has had a domino effect on all aspects of reproductive health as clinicians work to navigate what it means for their practices and patients alike. 
  7. NYC Health + Hospitals to monitor polio, monkeypox via wastewater surveillance

    Next week, NYC Health + Hospitals will expand its wastewater surveillance program to test for polio and monkeypox, alongside COVID-19 and flu,, the New York City-based system said  Aug. 15. 
  8. Hackensack Meridian Health promotes 7 leaders

    Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health has promoted seven longtime executives, according to a news release shared with Becker's. All the promotions have taken effect, except where noted.
  9. Scripps Health welcomes 3 members to board

    Two attorneys and one retired U.S. district judge have been elected to Scripps Health's 17-member board of trustees.

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