Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Why 2024 is Northwell's 'year of action'

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health's CIO, Sophy Lu, said 2024 will be the "year of action" for the health system. 
  2. Tower Health closes 2 Pennsylvania urgent care centers

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health has permanently closed two of its Pennsylvania urgent care centers and is making changes to other locations as part of consolidation efforts that started Feb. 25.
  3. 12 health systems with strong finances

    Here are 12 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from credit rating agencies Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service released in 2024.

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  1. CDC anticipates shortage of certain tetanus vaccines in 2024

     The CDC is anticipating a shortage of Td vaccines — which protect against tetanus and diphtheria — as the maker of one shot has discontinued production. 
  2. Oracle Health in the last 30 days

    Here are 14 times Becker's reported on Oracle Health, the EHR vendor formerly known as Cerner, in the past month.
  3. Surge of EHR messages a good thing, researchers say

    Researchers say the increase in secure messaging among healthcare providers could be a good thing, allowing them to trace EHR "breadcrumbs" to improve both care and communication, the American Medical Association reported.
  4. Patient collections fall to 48%

    The rate of patient collections fell from 54.8% in 2021 to 47.8% in 2022 and 2023, according to an analysis from Kodiak Solutions.

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  1. 1 in 3 independent pharmacies to close this year: Survey

    Thirty-two percent of independent pharmacy owners plan to shutter their businesses by the end of 2024, according to a February survey. 
  2. New York system files lawsuit against state AG over hospital birthing center closure

    Albany, N.Y.-based St. Peter's Health Partners and its Troy, N.Y.-based Samaritan Hospital filed a lawsuit on Feb. 28 against New York state Attorney General Letitia James's office seeking relief from the court regarding the office's investigation into the hospital's planned closure of its Burdett Birth Center. 
  3. Change Healthcare confirms ransomware attack, hackers claim massive data haul

    Optum's Change Healthcare confirmed Feb. 29 that it was hacked by a ransomware gang after the group claimed to have stolen massive amounts of data.
  4. Cone Health hires execs from vendor for new value-based care center

    Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health has established its own Center for Value-Based Care and hired three leaders to head up its work. 

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  1. Is the 8 a.m. meeting coming back?

    Early morning meetings were never a fan favorite, but they've become a greater source of contention post-pandemic, according to a recent report from Korn Ferry.
  2. Depression, anxiety pill prescriptions rise post-pandemic

    In 2022, overall prescriptions grew 1% from 2019 while mental health-related prescriptions increased 12%, USA Today reported Feb. 29. 
  3. Newly combined Pennsylvania system cuts losses in its first year

    Independence Health System cut its losses by 14% in its first year as a combined health system, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Feb. 27. 
  4. 4 fastest-growing health careers

    Within healthcare, several careers have the highest projected growth rates from 2022 to 2032.
  5. 8 nonclinical AI uses physicians are excited about

    Sixty-five percent of physicians said they see definite or some advantage of using AI tools, including nonclinical uses, an American Medical Association report found.
  6. UHS CEO eyes return to 'pre-COVID trends' in 2024

    King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services projects net revenues to hit up to $15.7 billion in 2024, which would represent year-year-year growth of up to 10%, executives said during the company's Feb. 28 earnings call.
  7. Lawsuit alleges Texas system hiring physicians as professors to dodge malpractice claims

    What began as a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Texas urologist has evolved into a broader accusation, The Texas Tribune reported Feb. 23. 
  8. Trinity Health affiliates sue anesthesia provider over noncompetes

    Two affiliate hospitals of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health filed lawsuits Feb. 26 against North American Partners in Anesthesia, alleging the group's noncompete clauses stifle competition and violate antitrust laws. 
  9. Walgreens to pull VillageMD clinics from Illinois

    Walgreens' Village MD is planning to exit the Illinois market in April, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's on Feb. 28.

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