Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Novartis sells $2.1B in bonds to increase access to its drugs in disadvantaged countries

    Swiss pharma giant Novartis recently garnered about $2.1 billion from investors by selling bonds linked to its promises to make its treatments more accessible in lower-income countries, according to STAT.
  2. 6 hospitals that had flooding, fire, wind damage this year

    Several hospitals were damaged by flooding, fire or wind this year. Below are six, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review. 
  3. Pennsylvania launches privacy-focused app alerting people when they've encountered someone with COVID-19

    Pennsylvania released an app Sept. 22 that uses Bluetooth technology to let users know if they've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  1. Monmouth Medical Center gets $50M donation

    Long Branch, N.J.-based Monmouth Medical Center, part of RWJBarnabas Health, received a $50 million donation to support construction of a new medical campus. 
  2. 4 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported in the last week. 
  3. UC Health names new hospital chief administrative officer

    UC Health has tapped Robert Wiehe as chief administrative officer of its 724-bed University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
  4. MedStar Health, Children's Hospital Corp. win ONC funding for data sharing projects

    HHS' ONC on Sept. 23 named four recipients of more than $2.7 million in grants under its Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health IT funding opportunity.
  1. EHR clinical decision support tools help health systems reduce costs, study finds 

    Health systems may experience financial gains by implementing clinical decision support tools in their EHR systems, according to a recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine.
  2. Minnesota hospital fired 5 employees for wrongly viewing medical records following George Floyd's death

    Hennepin Healthcare terminated five employees in July for inappropriately viewing the medical records of "a high profile patient" after George Floyd was taken to the Minneapolis-based hospital in May after dying in police custody, according to a Sept. 23 Star Tribune report.
  3. California hospitals, nursing homes accused of lax coronavirus protection, face more than $77K in fines

    California's Occupational Safety and Health division has proposed $77,040 in penalties for five hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that it says failed to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. 2.2 million women live in 'maternity care deserts,' report finds

    More than 2.2 million women of childbearing age live in "maternity care deserts," or areas where hospitals do not offer obstetric care, birthing services or specialized providers, according to a new report from March of Dimes.
  1. Nursing homes with more minority residents report more weekly COVID-19 cases

    Nursing homes with a higher proportion of minority residents reported higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases than facilities with fewer minority residents, a new study shows.
  2. New COVID-19 prediction model can help determine disease progression

    Researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine have developed a prediction model to help clinicians forecast if a coronavirus patient's conditions are likely to worsen.
  3. Deceased Florida physician who had coronavirus was lax about face mask use, former patients say

    John J. Magri IV, MD, a Florida-based physician who patients say was lax about wearing a mask, died Sept. 16 and tested positive for the new coronavirus post-mortem, Florida Today reports.
  4. COVID-19 viral load high in patient bathrooms, research shows

    An analysis of global research shows that patient bathrooms, staff and public areas of hospitals contain high amounts of SARS-CoV-2 in the air, although the infectivity of these samples is still unclear.
  5. Independence Health Group CEO to retire

    Daniel Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Health Group, which runs Independence Blue Cross and AmeriHealth Caritas, is retiring.
  6. US sets record of COVID-19 tests conducted in 1 day, but still falls short of what's needed to control pandemic

    The U.S. recently set a record of COVID-19 tests completed in a single day, but that number is still far lower than what experts say is needed to get the pandemic under control, The Hill reported. 
  7. KPC Health names new CMO

    KPC Health, a seven-hospital system based in Santa Ana, Calif., has selected Tirso del Junco Jr., MD, as CMO.  
  8. Feds launch probe into hiring practices at VA Connecticut health system

    A federal agency is investigating the VA Connecticut Healthcare System after a union complaint alleging illegal employment practices, the nonprofit Connecticut Health Investigative Team reported.
  9. Mount Sinai rolls out predictive tool for COVID-19 mortality, focuses on 3 key clinical features

    Researchers at New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System developed a COVID-19 mortality predictive model that can accurately and cost-effectively aid clinical staff in assessing COVID-19 patients' risk of death, according to a study published in the October 2020 issue of The Lancet.

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