Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UF Health's computers still down 2 weeks after cyberattack: 5 updates 

    Leesburg-based UF Health Central Florida continues to operate offline and with backup procedures such as paper documentation methods following a May 31 cyberattack, according to local NBC affiliate WESH. 
  2. UnitedHealthcare, Georgia system hit contract impasse

    UnitedHealthcare and Atlanta-based health system Northside have yet to reach a contract renewal agreement after two of the health system's hospitals dropped out of network with the payer three months ago. The current contract between UnitedHealthcare and the remaining Northside hospitals will expire Aug. 1, according to Georgia Health News. 
  3. 3rd COVID-19 shot boosts antibody response for transplant recipients, study finds

    A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine strengthened antibody levels among solid organ transplant recipients who had suboptimal antibody levels after the first or second dose, according to research published June 14 in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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  1. 'Comes down to funding priorities': Kids stuck in Michigan EDs awaiting mental health care

    Like those across the nation, hospital emergency departments in Michigan are seeing a significant increase in pediatric patients who require mental health treatment but can't access an open psychiatric bed, according to WXYZ Detroit. 
  2. Northwell creates new role: medical debt ombudsman

    Northwell Health is creating an independent medical debt ombudsman, the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based health system said June 15.
  3. Why telehealth companies are betting on subscription services 

    Telemedicine companies are pushing subscriptions as a main driver to build on the growth they have maintained among consumers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a June 15 Guardian report. 
  4. How close are these 10 states to 70% vaccinated? 1 year+ for some, per NYT

    Even if the U.S. reaches President Joe Biden's July 4 goal of 70 percent of American adults at least partially vaccinated, 30 states are unlikely to hit that goal, according to a New York Times analysis.

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  1. 23% of people who had COVID-19 still have at least 1 condition, study finds

    Among a study of nearly 2 million people who had COVID-19, more than 20 percent were left with at least one post-COVID-19 condition at least 30 days after their initial diagnosis, according to findings published June 15 by Fair Health, a national nonprofit organization. 
  2. Hospitals held for ransom by flood of robocalls: 5 details

    Robocalls are the No. 1 consumer complaint filed with the Federal Communications Commission, and robocalls to hospitals are a significant portion of the problem, creating a new type of ransomware attack on hospitals and a threat to public safety.
  3. Ticker tape parade for NYC's healthcare workers set for July 7

    New York City will hold a ticker tape parade July 7 to thank healthcare staff and other essential workers who supported the city during the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said June 14. 
  4. Security incident knocks Oklahoma hospital's IT systems offline

    Stillwater (Okla.) Medical Center notified patients June 15 that it recently discovered an incident that affected access to some of its computer systems, prompting the hospital to shut down access. 
  1. University of California Health to mandate COVID-19 vaccines

    University of California Health will require COVID-19 vaccines this fall, according to a statement from the university system.
  2. 3 hospitals added to CaptureRx data breach victim toll: 17 hospitals, healthcare organizations affected

    Massena Hospital, Jones Memorial Hospital and MetroHealth System have been added to the tally of CaptureRx data breach victims. The three hospitals are among 17 hospitals and healthcare organizations targeted by the ransomware attack that exposed patient data. 
  3. US officials: Do these 7 things after a ransomware attack

    As ransomware attacks persist, the federal government is developing recommendations for companies on how to respond to an attack. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recommended hospitals to follow these seven steps:
  4. Most hospitals opting for noncompliance fee over disclosing prices

    Most hospitals are still not fully compliant with CMS' price transparency rule, opting to pay the maximum $300 per day noncompliance fee rather than face the potential costs of price disclosure, according to research published June 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  5. Vermont first state to vaccinate 80% of eligible population

    Vermont has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 80 percent of residents age 12 and up, making it the first state to hit this threshold, Gov. Phil Scott said June 14. 
  6. Top 100 US hospitals charge patients 7 times their actual care cost, study shows

    More than a quarter of the 100 hospitals with the highest revenues in the U.S. sued patients over unpaid bills between 2018 and mid-2020, according to research from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, first reported by Axios June 14.
  7. Ballad, RIP Medical reach deal to erase $278M of patient medical debt

    Ballad Health, a 21-hospital network based in Johnson City, Tenn., reached a deal with RIP Medical Debt to wipe out $278 million worth of medical debt owed by its patients, according to a June 15 news release. 
  8. California lawmakers blast HCA-owned hospital, allege dangerous staffing levels, hostile management

    Three California lawmakers slammed San Jose, Calif.-based Good Samaritan Hospital and its parent company Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare in a letter last week decrying staffing concerns and hostile management practices, according to NBC Bay Area. 
  9. 15 words that changed, defined healthcare this past year

    The COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it forever — and how we talk about it. 

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