Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Intermountain's income hits $2.2B

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare reported higher year-over-year net income for the nine months ending Sept. 30 after completing the acquisition of Broomfield, Colo.-based SCL Health on March 31.
  2. Prime Healthcare hit with credit downgrade

    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings on Prime Healthcare's probability of default rating to "B2-PD" from "B1-PD" as well as its ratings of the system's senior secured notes to "B3" from "B2."
  3. Teva names CEO

    Teva Pharmaceuticals named Richard Francis as its next president and CEO, effective Jan. 1. 

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  1. 29 amoxicillin and clavulanate products on back order

    Among three drugmakers, 29 amoxicillin and clavulanate oral presentations are on allocation or back order, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 
  2. UK investigates possible Ebola case

    The UK Health Security Agency is investigating a possible case of Ebola in an individual with a travel history to Africa who was displaying "early symptoms" of the disease, according to a Nov. 17 report from The Telegraph. 
  3. The risks of boomerang CEOs

    Bob Iger's comeback as CEO of Disney is the latest example of chief executives boomeranging as rehires to take the helm at the same organizations they previously led. While hardly a common practice, there have been enough boomerang CEOs to draw findings and trend lines. 
  4. Private equity firms attracted to health systems with successful specialty businesses

    The private equity industry has an estimated $1.78 trillion lined up for potential investments — a 35 percent increase over September 2021 — and analysts will be closely monitoring the healthcare sector for more transactions in the coming months, according to a Nov. 14 report published by Clearwave.

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  1. H3N2: 3 notes on the dominant flu strain

    The majority of U.S. influenza cases detected this season have been H3N2, an influenza A variant associated with more severe illness. 
  2. 22 states ask CMS to withdraw healthcare worker vaccine mandate

    A coalition of 22 states has filed a petition seeking to repeal the Biden administration's rule that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work in healthcare facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.
  3. Pennsylvania merger would form 5-hospital system with $1B in annual revenue

    Greensburg, Pa.-based Excela Health and Butler (Pa.) Health System have signed a definitive agreement to merge into a five-hospital system that is projected to generate more than $1 billion a year in revenue, triblive.com reported Nov. 21. 
  4. 3 RCM companies making executive moves

    Three revenue cycle management companies — including R1 RCM — have announced executive leadership changes since Nov. 8. 

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  1. COVID-19 admissions to rise through early December, CDC forecasts

    The CDC is projecting an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since July, national disease modeling shows. 
  2. Roper St. Francis set to build new $1B South Carolina hospital

    Charleston, S.C.-based Roper St. Francis is set to build a new $1 billion, 27-acre hospital and office building in North Charleston.
  3. 10 providers seeking RCM talent

    Here are 10 hospitals or health systems that recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  4. Kansas health system CEO resigns

    Ken Johnson has resigned as president and CEO of Hutchinson (Kan.) Regional Healthcare System, according to a Nov. 18 health system statement shared with Becker's.
  5. Walmart loses top health exec to JPMorgan

    Walmart's executive vice president of health and wellness is departing the retailer after about two years for a managing director role with JPMorgan's healthcare arm, Bloomberg reported Nov. 20. 
  6. DOJ to appeal ruling that cleared UnitedHealth-Change merger

    The Justice Department plans to appeal a September court ruling that cleared the path for UnitedHealth Group to move forward with its $7.8 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare, Bloomberg reported Nov. 18.
  7. 'Robust liquidity' helps keep expanding CaroMont rating high: Fitch

    Gastonia, N.C.-based CaroMont Health had its credit rating maintained at "AA-" even as the expanding healthcare system builds new projects and experiences higher labor costs and losses on investments, Fitch Ratings said in a Nov. 18 report.
  8. California hospital confirms IT security incident

    Banning, Calif.-based San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital said a cybersecurity incident disrupted its IT operations.
  9. 'Enough is enough': AMA pushes prior authorization fix

    Physicians should be scrambling to contact their legislators about passing prior authorization reform and blocking an 8.5 percent cut to physician Medicare payment, the American Medical Association said in a Nov. 17 article.

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