Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 24 COVID-19 cases linked to outbreak at Carilion Roanoke

    Twenty-four environmental services employees at Carilion Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital recently tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  2. Investigation into patient care stalls sale of 190-bed St. Louis hospital

    The sale of St. Louis-based St. Alexius Hospital has stalled amid an ongoing investigation into the quality of patient care at the facility, according to The St. Louis Dispatch. 
  3. Illinois health system lays off 143 workers

    Memorial Health System, a five-hospital network in Springfield, Ill., laid off 143 workers, according to The State Journal-Register. 
  1. HHS changed testing guidelines despite CDC experts' objections; health workers account for 14% of global cases — 5 COVID-19 updates

    More than 30 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded worldwide, doubling in about two months after hitting 15 million at the end of July.
  2. US coronavirus death rates by state: Sept. 21

    As of Sept. 21, more than 197,000 people in the U.S. have died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  3. Americans face $45B of medical debt in collections

    An analysis of nearly 20 million Americans showed they have a combined $45 billion of medical debt in collections, according to USA Today, which cited an analysis from Credit Karma, a consumer finance company. 
  4. 6 CFO retirements announced in 2020

    The following hospital and health system CFO retirements were reported from January through Sept. 17.
  1. The shrinking CHS hospital portfolio: 7 latest divestitures, closures

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems became the largest for-profit hospital operator in the nation in 2014 when it acquired Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates. Now, the company is selling off hospitals to pay down its debt.
  2. Hospitals face loss of Medicare payments for defying price disclosure rule

    Beginning Jan. 1, hospitals across the nation must disclose the rates they negotiate with Medicare Advantage plans. Some hospitals considered defying the rule, but a new penalty has them rethinking their decision, according to Bloomberg Law. 
  3. 8 benefits health systems offer to retain top talent

    Retaining talent is a top concern for health systems, and they're offering benefits to help keep employees engaged, according to a recent survey from Aon. 
  4. Strategic National Stockpile not built for this pandemic, experts say

    A shortage of critical medical supplies continues and may be worse because the Strategic National Stockpile isn't designed to handle a pandemic of the scale of COVID-19, three supply chain experts wrote Sept. 17 in Harvard Business Review. 

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  1. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  2. States need $6B to distribute COVID-19 vaccine, CDC director says

    CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said that states need about $6 billion to be able to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, The Washington Post reported. 
  3. Michigan reports suspected human case of equine encephalitis illness

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reported a suspected human case of Eastern equine encephalitis, a rare but dangerous mosquito-borne virus.
  4. Global flu activity less than expected for this time of year, WHO says

    Influenza activity is at lower levels than expected for this time of the year in both hemispheres, the World Health Organization reports.
  5. 6 cardiologists on the move

    Six cardiologists joined new practices or received new appointments in the last four weeks.
  6. Facebook to limit spread of groups offering health advice

    Facebook announced Sept. 17 it will start scaling back the spread of health information on its social media platform by removing health groups from recommendations.
  7. HHS unveils updated security risk assessment tool: 4 things to know

    ONC has released an update to HHS' Security Risk Assessment tool, which helps providers ensure HIPAA compliance.
  8. How 3 female hospital leaders stay inspired when the going gets tough

    Becker's Hospital Review's series for women in healthcare leadership asks healthcare executives to answer seven questions about their life in and outside of work.
  9. Nashville healthcare company failed to accommodate nurse's religious beliefs, EEOC says

    Wellpath, the nation's largest for-profit healthcare provider for correctional facilities, violated federal law by refusing to accommodate a nurse's religious beliefs, according to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit filed Sept. 14.

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