Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Dignity Health to pay $19M to California hospital over ownership transfer dispute

    Dignity Health, now part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, will pay $19 million to Sequoia Healthcare District to settle a dispute over the ownership transfer of Redwood City, Calif.-based Sequoia Hospital, The Daily Journal reported Nov. 19. 
  2. Patients who use EHR portals have shorter hospital stays, analysis finds

    Having an active patient portal account is linked to a shorter average length of stay in the hospital for both COVID-19 patients and heart failure patients, according to a recent analysis of data from Epic's Health Research Network. 
  3. How does COVID-19 compare to this time last year? 8 stats

    A lot has happened in one year, yet as the holiday season approaches, Americans are still facing similar challenges amid the ongoing pandemic. 

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  1. 34 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following executive moves have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Nov. 12:
  2. Court denies reinstatement bid of Mass General Brigham employees who refused vaccination

    Fired employees who were denied exemptions from Boston-based Mass General Brigham's COVID-19 vaccination mandate have lost a legal battle to preserve their jobs, Bloomberg Law reported.
  3. 8 hospitals hiring CEOs

    Below are eight hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs in the last week.
  4. Highmark Health CEO elected board chair of America's Health Insurance Plans 

    America's Health Insurance Plans elected David Holmberg, Highmark Health president and CEO, on Nov. 18 to chair its board.
  1. Humana adds Albertsons pharmacies to Medicare Part D network

    A Nov. 18 agreement between Humana and Albertsons Cos. adds Safeway, Jewel-Osco and Albertsons pharmacies among others to the payer's preferred cost-sharing network.
  2. New York launches tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Nov. 18 a new tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students in an effort to address staffing shortages. 
  3. Benefits of LTACH partnership for hospital success

    Medically complex and critically ill patients now makes up 10% of the overall Medicare population, translating into four million individuals around the nation. This rapidly growing population continues to consume a disproportionate amount of acute healthcare resources and has a significantly higher-than-average likelihood of hospital admissions and readmissions.
  4. Insurers won't pay for Aduhelm until they know it works

    Insurers need more evidence of the clinical benefit of Biogen's controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm before they start paying for it, Bloomberg reported Nov. 18.
  1. Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai & more system CIOs join venture to grow health tech companies 

    Several CIOs from health systems including Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai and SCL Health have signed on as advisors to a new innovation venture focused on growing healthcare and government tech companies, according to a Nov. 18 news release. 
  2. 2 signs a severe flu season might be ahead

    Health officials say two factors might signal a severe flu season is in store for the U.S.: outbreaks at college campuses and a dominant strain associated with particularly bad flu seasons, NBC News reported Nov. 19. 
  3. Athenahealth close to finalizing sale: 5 things to know 

    Watertown, Mass.-based EHR company Athenahealth is reportedly in the final stage of its sales process with a handful of private equity firms, Seeking Alpha reported Nov. 18. 
  4. Study finds 35% surge in calls to mental health crisis lines during pandemic

    Mental health crisis lines experienced a 35 percent surge in calls relating to fears and loneliness early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, a study analyzing over 8 million calls published Nov. 7 in Nature found.
  5. Attorney general concerned over Mass General Brigham's $400M expansion proposal

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced concerns over Boston-based Mass General Brigham's $400 million expansion plans for three ambulatory care centers, which she said will raise healthcare costs and generate about $385 million in profits a year for the hospital, according to a report she released Nov. 17.
  6. House passes $1.7 trillion spending package: 6 healthcare takeaways

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.7 trillion spending package Nov. 19 aimed at expanding social services and programs ranging from healthcare to education. 
  7. 5 recent EHR contracts, go-lives

    Here are five organizations that announced plans to implement an EHR or deployed a new EHR in the past four weeks.
  8. California hospital CEO takes voluntary pay cut

    Matthew Matthiessen, CEO of John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa, Calif., took a salary reduction this year after requesting that the board of directors continue a pay cut that he had started to take shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the hospital announced in a news release.
  9. Tenet's vice president of investor relations to retire

    Regina Nethery will retire as vice president of investor relations at Tenet Healthcare at the end of the year.

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