Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Biden's new vaccine goal: 70% of adults getting at least one dose by July 4

    President Joe Biden on May 4 unveiled the country's newest vaccination goal: 70 percent of adults receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 160 million fully vaccinated adults by July 4.
  2. Ascension launches heart fellowship at Tennessee hospital

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Ascension Saint Thomas Heart will train the next generation of cardiologists with the launch of a cardiology fellowship program, according to a May 3 announcement shared with Becker's.
  3. Improve turnaround time for CT Scans - a short study in balanced processes

    While volume of use has fluctuated over the years, CT scans have remained an essential part of a physician’s arsenal.

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  1. Strategies for improving community well-being from 5 healthcare leaders

    Offering telehealth and mental health services, and addressing poor housing conditions, are among the ways hospitals and health systems are improving the well-being of their surrounding communities.  
  2. The 53 participants in CMS' direct contracting model

    CMS recently named the 53 organizations that are participating in the 2021 performance year for the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model.
  3. Healthcare organizations to CMS: Delay ACO quality reporting changes

    Eleven healthcare organizations are asking CMS to delay a change in how ACOs report quality metrics.
  4. Physician viewpoint: COVID-19 let virtual medicine out of the bottle & now it's time to tame it

    Virtual care was a vital part of medical care during the pandemic, but as the pandemic curbs, so should telehealth, Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, former emergency room physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, wrote in an April 29 op-ed published in The New York Times.

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  1. Private equity-acquired hospitals saw higher margins, study finds

    Hospitals acquired by private equity firms had higher charge-to-cost ratios and higher operating margins than those not owned by a private equity firm, according to a study published May 3 in Health Affairs. 
  2. 10 health system CEOs pledge to improve healthcare worker protections

    Ten health system CEOs nationwide have signed the CEO Declaration of Principles, outlining a three-pillar renewed commitment to improve safety, well-being and equity for healthcare workers. 
  3. As COVID-19 dies down, undiagnosed cancers emerge

    As the COVID-19 pandemic eases in the U.S., so has the fear of visiting a clinical setting. With that has come a wave of progressing cancer diagnoses that slipped through the cracks amid earlier stages of the pandemic, ProPublica reported May 4.
  4. BCBS of Minnesota extends cost-share waiver for COVID-19 treatment through end of 2021

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced it will continue to waive costs for in-network COVID-19 treatments through the end of the year.

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  1. Hospital-employed physicians more likely to order unneeded MRIs, study finds

    Patients of physicians employed by hospitals are more likely to receive inappropriate referrals for diagnostic imaging, according to a study published May 3 in Health Affairs.
  2. Some states ordering fewer COVID-19 shots as vaccination pace slows

    Twenty-two states told CBS News they are not ordering all available doses of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to them for the week of May 3. 
  3. 5 health system CEOs share their best advice

    The Corner Office series asks healthcare executives to answer seven questions about their life in and outside the C-suite.
  4. 1 in 3 neighborhoods in large US cities are pharmacy deserts, study finds

    One in 3 neighborhoods in the country's 30 largest cities lack convenient access to a pharmacy, an issue much more prevalent among Black and Latinx communities, according to a study published May 3 in Health Affairs. 
  5. 2-week new COVID-19 case count higher than in pandemic's first 6 months

    The world has recorded more new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks than during the first six months of the pandemic, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, director-general of the World Health Organization, said May 3.
  6. Nashville medical school to be named after HCA co-founder

    Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., will name its new college of medicine in honor of Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., MD, co-founder of HCA Healthcare and former U.S. senator, the university said May 3. 
  7. April data breaches double March numbers: 4 details

    More than 2 million people were affected by data breaches in April, nearly double the number affected in March.
  8. VA seeking vendor support on Cerner EHR integration after rollout paused 3 times

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a vendor to gather information on EHR design, data capabilities, delivery and acquisition planning, according to an April 29 contractor listing.
  9. Mental health professionals may replace some police security at San Francisco hospital

    Some of the sheriff's deputies providing security services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center may soon be replaced by trained mental health workers, the San Francisco Examiner reported May 3. 

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