Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Why healthcare leaders should stop overlooking nutrition in the quest for better outcomes: 4 insights 

    Malnutrition is a highly prevalent issue among hospital patients but is not always on healthcare leaders' radars. About 30 percent to 50 percent of patients are malnourished upon admission, according to a 2016 study published in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Additional studies also link malnutrition to various adverse patient outcomes, including prolonged hospitalizations, higher readmission rates and higher risk of complications or death. 
  2. Hundreds of Philadelphia-area nurses to return to work Nov. 22 after 2-day strike

    Hundreds of nurses who participated in a strike at Trinity Health-owned St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., are slated to return to work Nov. 22, according to the union that represents them.
  3. AMA, AHA, ANA urge public to scale back holiday gatherings amid 'record-shattering surge'

    The American people must do their part to protect healthcare workers by scaling back traditional holiday gatherings to help mitigate COVID-19 spread, according to a Nov. 19 open letter from the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association.  

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  1. AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine has strong immune response in older adults

    AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine candidate produces a strong immune response in older adults at high risk of severe illness if they contract the virus, according to phase 2 trial results published Nov. 18 in The Lancet. 
  2. Managing cash flow, employee fatigue top priorities of Hackensack Meridian CFO in 2021

    Robert "Bob" Glenning serves as the president of the financial services division and CFO at Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, an integrated system with 17 hospitals, 500 patient care locations and 36,000 employees. 
  3. Illinois residents raise $11K to help pay postal worker's COVID-related medical bills

    Residents in an Illinois city have raised more than $11,000 to help their longtime postal worker pay for medical care as he battles COVID-19, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  4. 100 top health systems urge public to #MaskUp

    As the U.S. faces daunting COVID-19 milestones, surpassing 250,000 deaths and 11 million cases, 100 of the nation's top healthcare systems issued a public service message Nov. 19 urging people to stay vigilant and "#MaskUp." 

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  1. Nuance sells transcription, EHR go-live services businesses to focus on conversational AI

    Nuance is selling its health information management transcription and EHR go-live services business to a new company formed by Assured Healthcare Partners and Aeries Technology Group.
  2. CNO resigns from Vermont psychiatric hospital

    Meghan Baston, MSN, RN, has resigned as chief nursing officer of Brattleboro (Vt.) Retreat, a psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital, according to the Reformer.
  3. Cleveland Clinic, Amwell joint venture names 2 exec leaders

    Cleveland Clinic and Amwell appointed new leadership to their year-old joint venture focused on scaling digital care and telehealth.
  4. 32 hospitals have filed for bankruptcy this year

    From reimbursement landscape challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals to file for bankruptcy. At least 32 hospitals across the U.S. have filed this year, and the financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may force more hospitals to enter bankruptcy in coming months.

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  1. Houston physician sentenced to prison for $17M billing fraud

    A Houston physician was ordered Nov. 18 to serve five years in prison and to pay $9.5 million in restitution for her part in a $17 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Houston Chronicle. 
  2. Some Americans face 5-day wait for test results; death toll passes 250K — 5 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. surpassed 250,000 COVID-19 deaths Nov. 18, according to Baltimore-based John Hopkins University's COVID-19 Dashboard.
  3. Medicare overpaid hospitals for defunct heart devices, inspector general says

    Medicare has been overpaying hospitals for recalled or faulty heart devices, according to a Nov. 16 report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
  4. Walgreens retools loyalty program to offer more pharmacy services, perks

    Walgreens reinvented its customer loyalty program and mobile app Nov. 19, offering customers more delivery options, faster pickups, increased rewards, and a new suite of health and wellness services. 
  5. Former Alaska hospital CEO dies of COVID-19

    Bob Letson, former CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, died Nov. 8 of COVID-19 in Columbia, S.C., according to Homer News.
  6. BCBS of North Carolina extends COVID-19 cost-sharing waivers, virtual visit payment into 2021

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will continue waiving member cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment through spring 2021, and will maintain other initiatives put in place to help patients access care during the pandemic, the insurer said Nov. 17.
  7. Strategies for COVID-19 staffing shortages from 8 hospital execs

    A COVID-19 resurgence is putting strain on hospitals to maintain appropriate staff levels when team members get sick. In fact, 22 percent of U.S. hospitals (1,109) reported the week of Nov. 16 that they anticipate a staffing shortage due to the pandemic. 
  8. Making health IT more resilient: 3 questions with Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani

    The strategic vision cycle has shortened significantly during the pandemic, said Minneapolis-based Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani, but he still sees great opportunity for digital transformation and more equitable healthcare delivery.
  9. Flu shot may lower death risk by 18 percent for people with heart disease, study finds

    Previous research has shown people with heart disease are more vulnerable to serious flu infections, and new findings indicate that a flu shot may significantly lower the risk of death and serious complications, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's virtual Scientific Sessions conference. 

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