Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Shasta Regional nurses to strike

    Hundreds of nurses at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, Calif., plan to strike June 23, according to a June 22 news release from the union that represents them. 
  2. $25 minimum wage for some LA healthcare workers gains traction

    On June 21, the Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved a measure that would increase the minimum hourly wage for workers at privately owned hospitals to $25, according to the Los Angeles Times. 
  3. 11 hospitals temporarily or permanently ending maternity services

    Eleven hospitals and health systems have announced the permanent or temporary closure of obstetric services since March 16. Several of those moves have been attributed to staffing challenges:

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  1. Fastest-growing tech hubs by salary

    Up-and-coming tech hot spots like Atlanta and Miami saw significant salary growth during the pandemic, a recent report from career website found.
  2. 9 health system executives among top 150 transformative IT leaders

    Nine health system IT executives were named to Constellation Research's 2023 Business Transformation 150 for their tech leadership and innovation skills over the last year.
  3. How Colorado's new hospital price transparency law will work

    When Colorado's price transparency law goes into effect Aug. 10, it won't be enforced by the state, the Denver Post reported June 20. 
  4. FDA, White House push to reduce nicotine level in cigarettes

    The federal government is slated to consider lowering maximum nicotine levels to a minimal or nonaddictive standard in May 2023. If successful, the new measure could lower the risk of addiction and prevent some of the nation's 480,000 annual smoking-related deaths.

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  1. CDC finds dispensing gap in Paxlovid, Lagevrio prescriptions among 'vulnerable' ZIP codes

    Despite the large presence of dispensing sites in "high vulnerability" ZIP codes, pharmacies doled out fewer antiviral treatments between Dec. 23, 2021, and May 21, 2022, compared to other ZIP codes, according to a CDC study published June 21. 
  2. Insufficient drug exposure likely behind COVID-19 rebound symptoms after Paxlovid: Study

    Drug resistance or impaired immunity against the coronavirus are likely not the cause of rebound symptoms some patients experience after taking Pfizer's antiviral Paxlovid, according to a new study from University of California San Diego researchers. 
  3. CMS pitches end-stage renal disease payment rule: 4 things to know 

    On June 21, CMS issued a proposed rule to update payment rates and policies under the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for renal dialysis services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries on or after Jan. 1, 2023.
  4. Where Atrium's $2.46B in community benefit went

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health said it provided $2.46 billion in measurable community benefit in 2021, $160 million more than the year prior and the most it's ever given.
  1. Health systems want the government to help 'shoulder the burden' of cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks on healthcare entities boomed during the pandemic, and health systems are now turning to the federal government to provide more security for what they consider critical national infrastructure, Politico reported June 22. 
  2. Health systems opening 50 hospitals in 21 states and DC

    Multiple health systems have opened hospitals, announced plans to do so or have made advancements in projects this year. Below is a breakdown of these projects by state, as reported by Becker's:
  3. Cleveland Clinic hospital to develop $10.3M cancer center 

    Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital is in the early stages of developing a $10.3 million cancer center, The Repository reported June 20.
  4. In class 1 recall, Draeger pulls 35K breathing system filters

    German medical manufacturer Draeger recalled one lot of its SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filter due to defective, "partially obstructed" filters that could obstruct oxygen flow and lead to death, according to the FDA. 
  5. Supreme Court to clarify Justice Department's power to end whistleblower suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court said on June 21 it will review whether a False Claims Act whistleblower's suit alleging that Executive Health Resources defrauded Medicare by falsely designating patient admissions should have proceeded despite the Justice Department's opposition, Bloomberg Law reported June 21.
  6. Purdue Pharma launches no-profit treatment to reverse opioid overdose effects

    Five months after the FDA approved Purdue Pharma's opioid antagonist injection, nalmefene hydrochloride, the no-profit treatment is now available for use, according to a June 21 press release. 
  7. Pediatricians worry about 'wait and see' approach as vaccine rollout for children under 5 begins

    As hospitals and clinics distribute the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine for 6-month- to 5-year-olds this week, health experts acknowledged parents' hesitancy but said the "wait and see" tactic leaves children vulnerable to the surge expected this fall.
  8. 36% of physician assistants are less satisfied with profession since COVID-19 

    Thirty-six percent of physician assistants experienced decreased satisfaction with the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Medscape's "Physician Assistant Career Satisfaction Report 2022."
  9. Advocate Aurora Health hospital to cut OB services, add behavioral health

    Hazel Crest, Ill.-based Advocate South Suburban Hospital is cutting labor and delivery services and investing $20 million in an inpatient behavioral health unit.

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