Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hidden global pandemic effect: 1.5M+ children lose caregivers

    For every two adult COVID-19 deaths, a child is left without a family caregiver, according to a CDC-led global assessment published July 20 in The Lancet. 
  2. Northwestern 1st in US to use 3D device that offers images from inside the heart

    Cardiologists at Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine have become the first in the U.S. to use a 3D intracardiac echo device to treat a patient with heart arrhythmia. 
  3. US states ranked by suicide rate

    Wyoming has the highest rate of suicides among U.S. states, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

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  1. 7 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since July 14:
  2. Dignity Health, Anthem end contract

    After Dignity Health issued a contract termination notice in January, the health system and Anthem have ended their relationship as of July 16.
  3. Penn State Hershey names new CNO

    Michele Szkolnicki, BSN, RN, was named senior vice president and CNO of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, effective in September, the organization said July 20.
  4. 15 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Here are 15 hospitals or health systems that have announced, advanced or completed construction projects since July 1:

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  1. Florida providers want proposal for orthopedic hospital rejected, citing financial hit

    Healthcare providers, including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., are calling on regulators to reject a proposal to build a 24-bed orthopedic hospital, according to The Palm Beach Post. 
  2. Cleveland Clinic hospital to close surgery center

    Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, will close its outpatient surgery center by Sept. 1, according to The Times-Reporter. 
  3. New York nursing home shutters after 40 years

    After more than 40 years, Rochester, N.Y.-based Hill Haven Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Center is set to close this fall, reports CBS affiliate WROC-TV. 
  4. Humana responds to possible data breach of 3rd-party app on Medicare Advantage

    Humana became aware of a possible data breach of an unaffiliated third-party app that targeted Medicare Advantage members and agents, a spokesperson confirmed with Becker's July 22. 
  1. What would get Centene CEO to stay in Missouri? 

    Centene CEO Michael Neidorff has cited crime and withdrawn plans for Medicaid expansion as forces pushing Centene's headquarters out of Missouri, but fixing those problems is what has kept him around for so long.
  2. $51M Tennessee COVID-19 overflow hospital closes without treating any patients

    A $51.3 million COVID-19 overflow hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has closed permanently without ever treating a single patient, reports NBC affiliate WMC-TV.
  3. Banner Health offers fully vaccinated employees chance to win $10K

    Phoenix-based Banner Health has rolled out an incentive program for employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes drawings for a chance to win $10,000.
  4. 2020 overdose deaths, by state

    Provisional data shows California had the most fatal overdoses among U.S. states in 2020, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released July 20.
  5. Anthem profit down 21% in Q2

    Anthem reported its second-quarter results July 21.
  6. J&J shot may be significantly less effective against delta variant, small study hints

    Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine may be much less effective against the delta and lambda variants of the virus compared to the original strain, according to a study posted July 20 on the preprint server bioRxiv. 
  7. Louisiana hospital CEO to step down for Duke role

    Barbara Griffith, MD, president and CEO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., has accepted a new position as president of Duke Health's Duke Raleigh (N.C.) Hospital.
  8. CDC: US life expectancy saw biggest decline in decades amid pandemic

    U.S. life expectancy fell to 77.3 years in 2020, marking a 1.5 year drop from 78.8 years in 2019, according to a July 21 CDC report. It's the largest one-year drop since World War II. 
  9. What the CDC can learn from Wikipedia about health information delivery

    As the U.S. grapples with the "infodemic" of misinformation and half-truths related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it should look to platforms like Wikipedia as a solution for better communicating with the public, according to one researcher. 

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