Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC expands polio wastewater testing to more states

    The CDC is expanding wastewater testing for polio in certain areas of the country to determine whether the virus is circulating outside of New York, where an unvaccinated person in Rockland County contracted a case of paralytic polio this summer. 
  2. 11 hospital and health system merger and acquisition updates from November

    The following are hospital and health system deals that were announced, completed or canceled in the month of November:
  3. 'Gaslighting' is 2022's word of the year. Healthcare is not immune to its flame.

    "Gaslighting" was Merriam-Webster's word of the year in 2022, the dictionary announced Nov. 28. As "gaslighting" has become more pervasive in the English language, it has gained associations with the medical field — albeit less obvious ones than last year's word, "vaccine." 

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  1. Texas Medical Association files 3rd lawsuit challenging No Surprises Act

    The Texas Medical Association has filed another federal lawsuit challenging the No Surprises Act, arguing in its latest suit that portions of the rule "artificially deflate the qualifying payment amount."
  2. Florida hospital board begins new session by agreeing to review COVID-19 protocols

    The board for one of Florida's largest public health systems plans to investigate Sarasota Memorial Hospital's protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Nov. 30. 
  3. Largest US medical school to open campus in Florida

    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the nation's largest medical school, has partnered with Jacksonville (Fla.) University to open northeast Florida's first four-year medical school. 
  4. CMS looks to create national healthcare provider directory

    CMS is looking to create a national healthcare provider directory that would make it easier for Americans to find physicians and other providers.

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  1. U of North Carolina, Amazon Web Services team up to launch digital health startups

    Amazon Web Services and Chapel Hill, N.C.-based University of North Carolina's Eshelman Institute for Innovation are teaming up to help launch digital health startups.
  2. Corner Office: How UPMC is innovating staff retention

    Leslie Davis has spent more than a year as president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based UPMC. Ms. Davis took the helm of the 40-hospital global health system in August 2021, succeeding Jeffrey Romoff, who had a 48-year tenure with the organization. 
  3. LifeBridge Health names Dr. David Graham chief medical information officer

    Baltimore, Md.-based LifeBridge Health has named David Graham, MD, as chief medical information officer.
  4. Lee Health taps Lifepoint executive as new VP

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health has named Dana Begley its new vice president of wellness and recovery, a role she took over in late October. 

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  1. University of Pennsylvania Health System names chief nurse executive

    The University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia has tapped James Ballinghoff, DNP, RN, to serve as chief nurse executive, effective Dec. 1. 
  2. MD Anderson VC arm joins $25M funding round for cancer drug company

    Cancer Focus Fund, a venture capital arm of Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has joined a $25 million series A funding round for Nectin Therapeutics, which develops novel immunotherapies.
  3. Employee inappropriately accessed Nevada hospital's EHR system

    An employee of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada inappropriately accessed its EHR system, allowing the individual to gain access to 1,861 patients medical records. 
  4. Arkansas health system suffers data breach; 85K patients impacted

    Mena (Ark.) Regional Health System is notifying patients that an unauthorized party has accessed its systems and removed a limited number of files that may have contained their personal information. 
  5. With 95% efficacy, drug could eradicate rare sleeping sickness, researchers say

    Although African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, has fallen in prominence to become extremely rare, the drug acoziborole may help the World Health Organization's goal of eradicating the parasitic disease by 2030, according to researchers. 
  6. Proactive discharge planning for more efficient patient flow: reduce “avoidable” days through actionable data

    As the physicians, nurses, staff, and patient caregivers involved know all too well, inpatient discharge planning is critical to minimizing length of stay (LOS) and supporting the patient care journey.
  7. Instacart co-founder ventures into healthcare sphere

    Apoorva Mehta, co-founder of Instacart, is entering the healthcare space with a venture called Cloud Health Systems, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 29. 
  8. COO replaces CEO at South Carolina hospital

    Conway (S.C.) Medical Center is shuffling its leadership team, transitioning both its CEO and its COO to new roles Dec. 31. 
  9. Nemours Children's makes 5 leadership changes

    Nemours Children's Health, a system operating in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, has made several changes to its executive team.

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