Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 6 opportunities health systems face due to price transparency

    The CMS price transparency rule that took effect Jan. 1 is presenting new competitive opportunities for health systems, according to research released April 9 by actuarial firm Milliman.
  2. How Scripps Health and Monarch Healthcare used analytics to optimize physician resources and avoid burnout

    Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the rate of burnout among physicians, who were already feeling bogged down by growing administrative workloads and additional challenges.
  3. The US physician assistant workforce: 6 stats to know

    The number of certified physician assistants grew 6.52 percent between 2018 and 2019, with Rhode Island, Mississippi and New Jersey seeing the largest increases among states, according to a report released April 7 by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
  1. BCBS of Minnesota parent to sell health savings account unit for $500M

    HealthEquity announced it will acquire Further, a health savings account business run by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota parent Stella Health, for $500 million.
  2. 9 recent Apple partnerships in the last 6 months: A timeline

    Apple has been emerging into the healthcare sector from tech developments to collaborating on medical research studies.
  3. What hospital leaders can learn from 1,300 healthcare employees on vaccine hesitancy

    As hospital leaders debate the best strategies to get their staff vaccinated, learning the top reasons for employee hesitancy could be the key, based on a March Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
  4. Employee incentives to get COVID-19 vaccine work better than mandates, expert says

    Encouraging employees to get vaccinated through incentives instead of mandates may work better, according to an April 8 CNBC report.

Four keys to sustainable margin improvement

As the healthcare industry manages through the COVID-19 pandemic and continues the transition to value-based care, health systems are looking for additional opportunities to improve margin.
  1. 5 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves have been reported since March 15. 
  2. 3M sues Florida company accused of selling fake N95s to health system

    3M has filed a lawsuit against Tarpon Springs, Fla.-based MM Medical Supply, claiming trademark infringement and fraud for allegedly selling fake N95 masks to a health system in Massachusetts, The Hill reported April 9. 
  3. 5 organizations erasing millions in medical debt

    Two-thirds of all U.S. bankruptcies stem from medical debt, and one-quarter of all U.S. credit card debt is medical, according to nonprofit RIP Medical Debt.
  4. Hartford HealthCare opens new pharmacy that uses robots to fill prescriptions

    Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare opened a new 3,000-square-foot pharmacy April 9, WTNH-TV reported.
  1. Kaiser Permanente Ventures joins $65M funding round for digital home care platform

    Vesta Healthcare, a digital health and clinical provider group platform, on April 6 closed a $65 million fundraising round.
  2. The 4 different types of vaccine-hesitant people marketers should know how to reach

    Healthcare organizations and local governments across the country are launching ad campaigns to reach vaccine-hesitant Americans, as the U.S. could reach a point when it has more COVID-19 vaccine doses than willing recipients as early as the end of April.
  3. UPMC, Advocate Aurora join hospital-at-home initiative backed by Amazon, Intermountain and Ascension

    UPMC and Advocate Aurora Health are the two latest health systems to join Moving Health Home, a new healthcare coalition founded by Amazon Care, Intermountain and Ascension.
  4. Half a million Amerians sign up for ACA marketplace coverage

    More than 500,000 Americans signed up for ACA marketplace health insurance during the 2021 special enrollment period, according to a press release from CMS.
  5. 4 cases of blood-clotting after J&J COVID-19 shots probed by EU drug agency

    Europe's equivalent of the FDA is investigating whether four blood-clotting events are linked to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the agency said April 9. 
  6. 6 recent cancer care partnerships

    Here are six recent cancer care-related partnerships and affiliations formed since March 15. 
  7. Columbia U uses AI to analyze language around vaccine reluctancy, craft targeted message campaigns

    New York City-based Columbia University researchers are using artificial intelligence technologies to analyze the language used by different groups of people in the U.S. who are vaccine reluctant, according to an April 8 Columbia News report.
  8. 3 things to consider when building an inclusive environment

    We hear leaders talk about the events of the past year as being a technology and innovation accelerant – I'd say the same can be said for the push for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in support of an organization's people, and the people they serve.
  9. LifePoint, Prisma call off 3-hospital deal

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health and Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health have terminated an agreement for Prisma to acquire three hospitals and a freestanding emergency room from LifePoint. 

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