Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Supreme Court won't hear case challenging physician's opinion under False Claims Act

    The Supreme Court declined to review a case alleging healthcare management company RollinsNelson violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for medically unnecessary hospital admissions, according to Bloomberg Law.
  2. FDA aims to quickly OK booster shots for variants; US passes 500,000 deaths — 6 COVID-19 updates

    More than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 
  3. Minnesota hospital president to retire after 34 years

    Ted Wegleitner is leaving his role as president of Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minn., after a 34-year career with Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners, the health system said Feb. 22. 

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  1. CHS' top execs get pay raises this year

    Tim Hingtgen began serving as CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems on Jan. 1, and he'll get a base salary of $1.2 million this year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. 
  2. 'We've made no progress': Healthcare boards 87% white, Leverage Network study finds

    Healthcare doesn't have the kind of diversity needed in its governing bodies and C-suites to address racial disparities, according to a study from the Leverage Network, an organization that promotes Black leadership.
  3. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  4. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg launches Scripts Pharmacy

    Bayfront Health St. Petersburg (Fla.), part of Orlando (Fla.) Health, opened an on-site pharmacy called Scripts Pharmacy Feb. 22, the health system said in a news release. 

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  1. Children's Minnesota appoints most diverse board to date

    Twin Cities-based Children's Minnesota said Feb. 22 that it appointed 13 new members to its foundation board of directors, forming the most diverse, representative board in the foundation's 26-year history.
  2. Oregon hospital workers file strike notice

    The union representing 156 technical employees at St. Charles Health System's St. Charles Bend (Ore.) hospital campus filed a strike notice Feb. 22, according to a hospital news release.
  3. Behavioral nudges may work on organizations, study finds

    Behavioral interventions are already used to nudge individuals to act on their motivations, like respond to an email or file their taxes. An organization can be nudged similarly, according to a study published in Management Science.
  4. 4 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves have been reported since Jan. 25.

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  1. Yale economists: These 1% steps can reform healthcare

    A series of 1 percent solutions could collectively lower healthcare costs by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to an article published in Health Affairs. 
  2. Acid reflux heightens risk for certain cancers, study finds

    Those with gastroesophageal reflux disease face a two times greater risk of developing larynx and esophagus cancers, according to research published Feb. 22 in Cancer. 
  3. Rutgers study finds little coronavirus on cancer care facility surfaces

    The overall positive test rate for the SARS-CoV-2 virus across surfaces in a number of oncology units was 0.5 percent, according to research published Feb. 18 in Cancer.
  4. Utah nurse who had severe COVID-19 receives double lung transplant

    A Utah intensive care unit nurse was released from Gainesville, Fla.-based UF Health Shands Hospital after a severe COVID-19 infection left her needing a double lung transplant, CBS4 Miami reported Feb. 22. 
  5. 8 recent big tech partnerships in healthcare: Apple, Amazon, Google & more

    Here are eight recent partnerships between healthcare organizations and big tech companies including Amazon, Apple and Google. 
  6. How Mayo Clinic retooled its idea exploration process: 4 insights from CIO Cris Ross 

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has been credited as an accelerant to virtual care and digital health adoption, the situation has also invoked new decision-making processes within the health IT realm.
  7. Viewpoint: 5 succession planning strategies to steal from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' recent announcement of his successor Andy Jassy can teach business leaders five lessons on succession planning, Peter Cohan, a start-up investor and strategy consultant, wrote in a Feb. 18 column published in Inc. 
  8. 3 questions leaders should ask before sending their next email

    More workplace exchanges happen in written form as cues like eye contact, body language and tone of voice are replaced by text on a screen. To avoid misunderstandings, leaders need to slow down and pay more attention to what they're writing in emails, according to an article published in the Harvard Business Review Feb. 19. 
  9. TikTok partners with National Eating Disorder Association to curb harmful content

    TikTok is rolling out new features to encourage body inclusivity and provide support to anyone struggling with an eating disorder through a new partnership with the National Eating Disorder Association, the organization said Feb. 22.

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