Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 6 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women were reported on or after July 15:
  2. Missouri hospital creates leadership role for quality, safety and population health

    Sam Flanders, MD, was chosen as the inaugural executive vice president for quality, safety and population health at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. 
  3. BCBS of South Carolina strikes agreement with feds over alleged hiring discrimination

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina has made a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve allegations that the payer discriminated against 117 Black, Hispanic, Asian and multiracial applicants for a student training program, according to a July 21 news release.  

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  1. America's Essential Hospitals CEO: Members can 'turn back the pandemic's latest assault' by requiring vaccination

    America's Essential Hospitals, which represents more than 300 safety-net hospitals in the U.S., is urging members to require employee COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Patients who ride ambulance more likely to get superbug infection, study suggests

    Patients who arrive at the hospital via an ambulance are more likely to develop superbug colonization or infection, according to findings published July 21 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
  3. Biden says COVID-19 vaccines' full FDA approval will likely come in fall

    COVID-19 vaccines will probably earn full FDA approval in the fall, President Joe Biden said during a July 22 CNN town hall in Cincinnati.
  4. Mount Sinai genomics spinout goes public under $500M merger deal

    Stamford, Conn-based Sema4, a genomics company spun out of Mount Sinai Health System, completed its merger with special purpose acquisition company CM Life Sciences, the organizations announced July 22. 

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  1. VA pausing Cerner's EHR deployment through 2021

    The Department of Veterans Affairs's Cerner EHR pause will last until the end of 2021, Federal News Network reported July 21.
  2. 33% of popular cancer treatment articles contain misinformation, study finds

    More than one-third of commonly read cancer treatment articles on social media contain misinformation that could potentially harm patients' treatment quality and chances of survival, according to research published July 22 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 
  3. Google Cloud launches healthcare data engine to promote interoperability

    Google Cloud unveiled its healthcare data engine to offer end-to-end solutions from multiple platforms, such as EHRs, claims and research data.
  4. COVID-19 'exposed the boulders underneath the water': ONC chief creates task force to tackle public health data issues 

    The federal government is exploring ways to overhaul its health data reporting systems under a new task force convened by HHS' National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi, PhD, Politico reported July 21. 
  1. 7 updates on breakthrough COVID-19 cases

    The amount of people experiencing rare breakthrough COVID-19 infections will increase as more transmissible variants spread across the country, but health experts aren't alarmed, NPR reported July 21.
  2. US hospitals in scramble to make room amid rising COVID-19 case count, dwindling bed capacity

    As U.S hospitals deal with fewer beds and more COVID-19 patients, some are taking steps such as rescheduling surgeries and turning down transfers to address dwindling capacity. 
  3. ONC asked to investigate Meditech over alleged information blocking 

    A Georgia law firm penned a letter to ONC July 20 urging the agency to investigate alleged information blocking occurring within Doctors Hospital of Augusta's Meditech EHR system, reported. 
  4. CoxHealth creates new nurse position: 4 notes on support RNs

    Springfield, Mo.-based CoxHealth has created a new nursing position as nursing demand rises.
  5. CDC monitoring 200 people in the US after monkeypox exposure

    The CDC is monitoring 200 people across 27 states who may have been exposed to monkeypox after a person who traveled from Nigeria to the U.S was recently diagnosed with the rare illness. 
  6. 18 health systems back Biden's $5B gun violence prevention plan

    Eighteen health system presidents and CEOs have signed a request to Congress supporting President Joe Biden's $5 billion hospital and community-based gun violence prevention plan.
  7. Parents hit with $270K medical bill over 'birthday rule' inspire changes

    In January, a Kansas couple shared the story of how they received a $270,951 medical bill after the birth of their first child — even though they're both insured. Now, a state representative is proposing legislation to ensure stories like theirs don't happen again.
  8. 8% vaccinated, half under 60: 6 notes on the COVID-19 patients at 1 Missouri hospital

    Amid a COVID-19 surge, Erik Frederick, chief administrative officer at Springfield, Mo.-based Mercy Hospital, has provided demographic details on the current patient census. 
  9. US vaccination rate at early January level as new cases spike — 7 things to know

    Daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have risen 171 percent over the last two weeks, according to The New York Times.

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