Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Nurse-led initiative cuts unnecessary urine cultures at Johns Hopkins Hospital: 4 things to know

    An antibiotic stewardship intervention program led by nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore led to a reduction of inappropriate urinary cultures for adult patients, according to a pilot study published in the November issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
  2. 6 recent payer-provider contract agreements, conflicts

    Here are six recent contract agreements and conflicts between payers and providers: 
  3. Aetna settles HIPAA breaches affecting nearly 18,500 members

    Aetna agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights $1 million to settle three separate HIPAA violations, HHS said Oct. 28. 

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  1. 6 million medical gloves stolen from Florida supplier

    A shipping container holding more than 6 million medical gloves intended for three hospital systems was stolen from a supplier in Florida this week, The New York Times reported. 
  2. CDC launches $180M infection control training program

    The CDC unveiled a national infection control training initiative Oct. 28 known as Project Firstline to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings.
  3. Medical City Children's welcomes 3 cardiologists

    Three pediatric cardiologists recently joined Medical City Children's Hospital's heart center, the Dallas-based organization said Oct. 27. 
  4. How 7 states are responding to the latest COVID-19 surge

    The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases exceeded 70,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, prompting many states across the U.S. to address the new surge in virus cases and hospitalizations. 

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  1. LabCorp to return $132M in CARES Act funding

    LabCorp will return $132 million in funding it received from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act this spring, the diagnostic testing company revealed Oct. 27 in its third-quarter financial results. 
  2. Vermont providers can apply for up to $2,000 in hazard pay for each employee

    Vermont healthcare organizations, including hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies, can apply to receive a grant from the state to offer eligible employees a hazard-pay bonus. 
  3. Revenue, visit levels still down for most physician practices, survey finds

    Physician practices have seen a 32 percent average decrease in revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey from the American Medical Association. 
  4. UNC Health names 2 leaders

    Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health has promoted Steve Burriss to COO of the academic medical system and named Jessie Tucker III, PhD, president and CEO of Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, N.C.
  1. Oregon hospital shuts down computer system after ransomware attack: 4 notes

    Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Sky Lakes Medical Center's computer systems were compromised by a ransomware attack Oct. 27, according to a post on the hospital's Facebook page.
  2. Telehealth will play larger role even after pandemic recedes, Moody's says 

    With the convenience it offers to patients and the potential to decrease overhead costs for providers, telehealth is set to maintain a larger position in the U.S. healthcare system even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to an October report from Moody's Investors Service. 
  3. Prime Healthcare completes sale of $700M in secured notes

    Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare has closed its public offering of $700 million in senior secured notes with a 7.25 percent interest rate due in 2025. 
  4. Hospitals may target more outpatient sites for acquisition after the pandemic, Moody's says

    Even before the pandemic, an increasing number of patients were seeking care outside of the four walls of a hospital. Now, the pandemic is accelerating the shift and will likely cause hospitals to rethink their acquisition targets and development plans, according to Moody's Investors Service's Healthcare Quarterly report released Oct. 28. 
  5. Epic in the headlines — 13 recent stories 

    Here are 13 updates on Epic's operations, software products and partnerships reported by Becker's Hospital Review in October. 
  6. UPMC Western Maryland names new president

    Michele Martz was selected as president of UPMC Western Maryland, the organization formed in February when Cumberland-based Western Maryland Health System merged with Pittsburgh-based UPMC.
  7. Intuitive launches $100M VC fund: 4 details

    Intuitive, a company focused on robotic-assisted surgical technology, launched a venture capital fund Oct. 27 to invest in digital health companies.
  8. Florida stops posting cumulative COVID-19 results, focuses on daily numbers

    The Florida health department stopped reporting the overall COVID-19 positivity rate and total number of tests administered, numbers it has posted since March, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  9. Pennsylvania hospital pauses some elective surgeries after employees test positive for COVID-19

    Erie, Pa.-based Saint Vincent Hospital plans to postpone a small number of elective procedures after "a number of patients and direct caregivers" recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a hospital statement shared with WJET. 

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