Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Accurate, fast testing key to COVID-19 pills' success, medical experts say

    The success of the two COVID-19 antiviral pills under FDA review is contingent upon high risk patients' ability to be tested quickly and accurately, medical experts told Kaiser Health News Nov. 22.
  2. Spectrum Health to make $117M investment in higher pay, bonuses

    To retain and recruit employees, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health plans to spend $117 million for pay increases and bonuses, MiBiz reported Nov. 21.
  3. Biden administration to invest $1.5B in healthcare workforce

    The Biden administration is investing $1.5 billion from the COVID-19 aid package to address healthcare workforce shortages in underserved communities, the White House announced Nov. 22. 

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  1. Merck acquires Acceleron for $11.5B

    Merck completed its acquisition of Acceleron Pharma for about $11.5 billion, the drugmaker said Nov. 22.
  2. Better healthcare through math — 4 operational learnings from UCSF

    Appointment scheduling represents a complex mathematical problem for infusion centers, which is often handled using linear logic. There is a better way.
  3. Tower Health reaches deal to save 2 Pennsylvania hospitals

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health has secured a new owner for two of its Pennsylvania hospitals, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in teens ages 12-15

    Pfizer released data Nov. 22 showing its COVID-19 vaccine was 100 percent effective at preventing disease among recipients ages 12-15, measured from seven days to four months after they received their second shot.
  1. Mississippi health system to offer 'pay on demand' option to nurses

    At the beginning of 2022, Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Singing River Health System plans to offer a "pay on demand" option for nurses to receive their paychecks, Jessica Lewis, the health system's executive director of human resources, told the Sun Herald.
  2. UCI Health launches hospital-at-home program with DispatchHealth

    Orange, Calif.-based UCI Health is partnering with at-home care provider DispatchHealth to launch a hospital-at-home program.
  3. Former Hacienda HealthCare CEO sentenced for fraud

    The former CEO of Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare William Timmons has been sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme that bilked millions of dollars from Arizona taxpayers, the Arizona attorney general announced Nov. 19. 
  4. Ascension Florida rescinds suspensions of unvaccinated workers

    Ascension Florida is revoking the suspensions of unvaccinated employees and allowing them to return to work as part of a COVID-19 policy shift, according to CBS affiliate WJAX.
  1. States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered: Nov. 24

    Wisconsin has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.
  2. Global supply chain problems show signs of easing

    Global supply chain issues are beginning to ease, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives said normal operations may not resume until next year, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 21. 
  3. Advocate Aurora's operating income narrows in Q3

    Despite posting higher revenue in the third quarter of 2021, Advocate Aurora Health saw its operating income shrink when compared to the same quarter last year, according to recently released financial documents.
  4. Athenahealth to be acquired for $17B: 6 details 

    Athenahealth has entered an agreement to be jointly acquired by private equity firms Hellman & Friedman and Bain Capital for $17 billion, the Watertown, Mass.-based EHR company said Nov. 22. 
  5. COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high in Maine

    COVID-19 hospitalizations are steadily increasing in Maine and now are at the highest level seen during the pandemic, The Portland Press Herald reported Nov. 21.
  6. Fauci shares holiday guidance as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

    Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in the United States just before a Thanksgiving that most expected to be a return to pre-pandemic normal. 
  7. COVID-19 cases hit 7-month high in New York

    The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in New York is on the rise, with the state recording a seven-day average of 6,901 cases as of Nov. 21, a rate not reported since mid-April. 
  8. More than 700K people in the US may have lost their sense of smell to COVID, study estimates

    Loss of taste or smell are defining symptoms of COVID-19, and a new study published Nov. 18 in JAMA Otolaryngology estimates up to 1.6 million people in the U.S. may experience chronic olfactory problems after their infection.  
  9. How healthcare leaders can keep their teams during the 'Great Resignation' 

    The "Great Resignation" continues on, with the latest figures showing that a record number of 4.4 million workers quit their jobs in September. This has hit the healthcare industry hard, with about 1 in 5 workers leaving the sector since the beginning of the pandemic. Holding onto and recruiting talent is increasingly important to healthcare leaders. Becker's spoke to a human capital expert to reveal how healthcare leaders can retain staff. 

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