Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. U of California strengthens oversight on affiliations with religious hospitals

    The University of California Board of Regents voted to adopt a new policy June 24 that may phase out the partnerships and affiliations it has with hospitals that impose religious restrictions on care, according to The Sacramento Bee. 
  2. MUSC looks to buy 3 South Carolina hospitals

    The Medical University of South Carolina is expected to buy three hospitals and a freestanding emergency room owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health, according to The Post and Courier.
  3. 22 states altered telemedicine laws during COVID-19 pandemic

    Twenty-two states adjusted laws or policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase insurance coverage for telemedicine services, according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. 

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  1. Former Tennessee hospital employee accused of trying to steal more than $355K

    A woman who worked in risk management at a Tennessee hospital is facing a federal indictment alleging she attempted to steal more than $355,000 from her employer and its insurer, news station WBBJ reported June 23.
  2. COVID-19 vaccines + heart inflammation: A timeline of CDC updates

    Since April, the CDC has been following reports of people experiencing heart inflammation after receiving Pfizer or Moderna's mRNA vaccines, occurring mostly among adolescent and young adult vaccine recipients. 
  3. 'For Michigan, By Michigan': Why Spectrum-Beaumont merger 'just makes sense'

    Southfield-based Beaumont Health and Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health are preparing for a proposed merger, and the Michigan health systems view it as a chance to improve care accessibility and affordability for the communities they serve. 
  4. Verbal abuse, decrepit facilities and safety issues found at Rhode Island hospital that may lose accreditation

    After The Joint Commission issued a preliminary denial of accreditation for Cranston, R.I.-based Eleanor Slater Hospital, Gov. Dan McKee released a list of health and safety issues at the hospital, reports WPRI.

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  1. 5 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women were reported on or after June 17.  
  2. Praising incoming female CEOs may shorten their tenure, research finds

    Researchers from University Park, Pa.-based Penn State found that the way a new female CEO is introduced may have a direct effect on the length of her tenure.
  3. 4 free & confidential mental healthcare resources for US health workers

    The pandemic has exposed a long-standing mental health crisis among U.S. healthcare workers.
  4. Imperfection in a field of perfection: Why some physicians don't get mental health treatment

    Many physicians face high pressure and trauma while working, yet structural barriers — often enforced by medical boards and hospital systems — can discourage them from accessing potentially life-saving care, reports Vox.
  1. US sees biggest fall in life expectancy since WW II, study finds

    U.S. life expectancy fell by nearly two years between 2018 and 2020, researchers estimate in a study published June 24 in The BMJ.
  2. 51% of emergency ambulance rides end in surprise bills for privately insured patients, study shows

    More than half of all emergency ground ambulance rides for privately insured Americans result in an out-of-network charge, according to a report published June 24 by the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker.
  3. 'Computers put fear in me': How digital literacy programs help older Americans navigate telehealth

    The pandemic forced an unprecedented number of older Americans to buy new tech devices, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are using them, Kaiser Health News reported June 24.
  4. 'Healthcare should not be a luxury': Woman's Hospital CEO on building healthy communities in Louisiana

    Barbara Griffith, MD, is the president and CEO of Baton Rouge, La.-based Woman's Hospital. She took the helm just a few months before the pandemic struck worldwide. Here, she discusses the unique challenges of addressing health equity and social determinants of health in Louisiana and what changes she'd like to see in the healthcare industry.
  5. Cures 2.0: 5 takeaways from the proposed bipartisan legislation 

    Congressional leaders introduced a bipartisan follow-up to 2016's 21st Century Cures Act, dubbed Cures 2.0, June 22. The proposal would create a new federal research agency, expand Medicare coverage and diversify clinical trials.
  6. Reversed ruling reignites Aetna-Optum 'dummy code' lawsuit

    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision June 22 that puts Aetna and Optum back in hot water for allegedly using "dummy code" that disguised administrative charges as billable medical fees. 
  7. Why team building is key to meaningful department growth — HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital's clinical director weighs in

    To achieve department growth, there first must be a high performing team, says Travis Christman, MSN, clinical director of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospitals in Eau Claire, Wis. 
  8. Alabama hospital to join Huntsville Hospital Health System

    Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, Ala., signed a letter of intent to join the nine-hospital Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital Health System effective Oct. 1, according to a June 23 news release.
  9. Vidant, ECU to create academic health system in North Carolina

    Through a clinical integration, East Carolina University and Vidant Health — both in Greenville, N.C. — are creating a new health system brand in eastern North Carolina.

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