Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CMS announces open enrollment period extension, relaunches outreach program

    CMS is expanding the duration of its annual open enrollment period by 30 days. 
  2. 7 takeaways from the FDA vaccine panel meeting

    The FDA's vaccine advisory committee met Sept. 17 to discuss Pfizer's request for a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 16 and older. The committee voted against a booster for the general population, but voted to recommend the FDA authorize boosters for people ages 65 and older and those at risk of severe COVID-19. 
  3. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine most effective against hospitalization, CDC study says

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine was the most effective vaccine against hospitalization in a CDC study released Sept. 17. 

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  1. Digital messages from patients up 150% amid pandemic, overwhelming physicians

    Physicians are overwhelmed by the number of digital messages they are receiving from patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Sept. 17 report by The Verge.
  2. Kentucky health systems fire staff who refuse vaccination

    Some Kentucky health systems have fired employees who did not comply with their workplace's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. 
  3. CommonSpirit rebounds, posts $998M operating income

    CommonSpirit Health, a 140-hospital system based in Chicago, saw its operating income rebound in the fiscal year ended June 30. 
  4. Illinois hospital cuts 30 jobs

    Citing labor market dynamics and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital has cut 30 jobs, according to The Register-Mail.
  1. The biggest issues facing lab directors today

    The past two years have caused staffing issues in many areas of healthcare, but medical labs had already been struggling to hire enough people before the COVID-19 pandemic's onset.
  2. 42 medical professionals among those charged in alleged $1.4B healthcare fraud

    The Justice Department criminally charged 138 people, including 42 medical professionals, for their alleged participation in healthcare schemes involving about $1.4 billion in fraudulent billings.
  3. Medical labs will soon see part of $385M CDC funding

    The CDC is making a push to bolster medical labs around the country, the agency said Sept. 17. 
  4. CDC: Childhood obesity accelerated amid COVID-19

    Children and teens gained weight faster during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the rate of body mass index increase nearly doubling amid the pandemic compared to a pre-pandemic period, according to the CDC's Sept. 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 
  1. Half of Gen Zers say in-office visits more effective than telehealth

    Even the most tech-savvy generation is divided on the effectiveness of virtual visits, according to an Aug. 19 study published in Telemedicine and e-Health. 
  2. Hospitals, health systems mandating vaccines for workers

    The number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees is growing.
  3. ProMedica launches social determinants of health innovation initiative 

    Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is rolling out an initiative focused on improving patients' overall health and well-being by innovating social determinants of health priorities and resources, the health system said Sept. 15. 
  4. Rodney Hanners named permanent CEO of USC Health System

    Rodney Hanners has been named the permanent CEO of Keck Medicine of USC and president and CEO of USC Health System, both in Los Angeles. He has served as interim CEO since June 2020.
  5. CDC to spend $2.1B to bolster US infection control and prevention efforts

    The CDC plans to spend $2.1 billion from the American Rescue Plan to boost the nation's infection control and prevention efforts, marking a record federal investment in this sector. 
  6. Nurse practitioner salary by state: California is No. 1 at $145,970

    The mean annual wage for nurse practitioners in the U.S. is $114,510, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest occupational employment and wage statistics survey.
  7. FDA vaccine panel votes against Pfizer booster shot for general population

    The FDA's vaccine panel on Sept. 17 voted against approving a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in the general population. 
  8. Biden prepares sanctions to disrupt crypto ransomware payments: 7 details 

    President Joe Biden is preparing a slew of actions, including sanctions, to stop hackers from being paid ransoms using digital currency platforms, The Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 17. 
  9. Digital health investment red flags to look out for, per 9 hospital innovation execs

    Last month, hospital innovation leaders shared with Becker's the No. 1 thing they seek in a potential innovation investment. Now, they're detailing what red flags to look out for.

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