Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. DOJ dismisses appeal challenging UnitedHealth-Change Healthcare's $7.8B merger

    The Justice Department has withdrawn its appeal to block UnitedHealth Group's $7.8 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare, Reuters reported March 21. 
  2. AHA: 12 ways Congress can support the healthcare workforce

    As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions begins to develop bipartisan legislation to curb the healthcare workforce crisis, the American Hospital Association is urging it to take precise measures to sustainably address the "national staffing emergency that could jeopardize access to high-quality, equitable care for patients," according to a March 20 letter.
  3. Spectrum Health to pay $6M to settle alleged ERISA violations

    Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health has agreed to pay $6 million to settle an alleged violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Pension and Investments reported March 20.
  1. 3 quantum computing, AI projects Cleveland Clinic, IBM have in the works

    From using quantum computing to screen and optimize drugs, to using quantum-enhanced prediction models for cardiovascular disease, Cleveland Clinic and IBM's 10-year Discovery Accelerator partnership is using artificial intelligence, quantum computing and cloud technologies to work on projects that aim to advance the pace of biomedical research.
  2. 6 hospital closures in 3 months

    From decreasing inpatient volumes to reimbursement challenges and rising demand for outpatient care, various factors lead hospitals to shut down or enter bankruptcy. 
  3. Women in healthcare need healthcare, too: How 1 CEO plans to improve access

    Forty-five percent of women forgo preventive healthcare, according to a recent poll conducted by the Alliance for Women's Health and Prevention and Ipsos. Millicent Gorham hopes to see those numbers fall. 
  4. Rush looks to build new $70M outpatient care facility

    Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center will build a new $70 million, 60,000-square-foot outpatient facility at a former Sears site on the West Side, NBC Chicago reported March 21.

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  1. Bill Gates: 'We need a fire department for pandemics'

    Governments around the world could stand to learn a thing or two from firefighters when it comes to preparing for infectious disease outbreaks, Bill Gates wrote in an op-ed published March 19 in The New York Times. 
  2. Trinity Health taps regional CEO

    Stonish Pierce was named president and CEO of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health's Georgia Region, which includes Athens, Ga.-based St. Mary's Health Care System and Mercy Care in Atlanta.
  3. 4 health systems launching, expanding home-based care programs

    Here are four health systems that launched, expanded or announced plans to launch a "hospital-at-home" program:
  4. No 'cookie-cutter' wellness apps: Why Providence, Prime Healthcare and Memorial Hermann built their own

    Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare developed its own proprietary mental health app at the outset of COVID-19 in early 2020, to fulfill a need hospital leadership saw during a "very dark time in healthcare."

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  1. 6 health systems facing lawsuits for data breaches

    Several health systems have faced lawsuits regarding data breach incidents. 
  2. Viewpoint: 3 ways to improve the nurse-physician relationship

    From staffing shortages to burnout, multiple factors have damaged the nurse-physician dynamic over the last few years — but that relationship can be fixed, Angel Mena, MD, and Ali Morin, MSN, RN, wrote in an article on MedPage Today's KevinMD.
  3. Pennsylvania hospital agrees not to 'medically deport' comatose woman

    A comatose woman will not be sent to the Dominican Republic by the Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest administration, The Morning Call reported March 10.
  4. Kansas health system taps CEO

    Meade, Kan.-based Artesian Valley Health System has named Dawn Unruh, MSN, RN, its next CEO. 
  5. Workers at California hospital hold strike

    Members of UE Local 1004 held a strike March 20 at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, Calif., according to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
  6. SolutionHealth agrees to operate new $60M behavioral health hospital in New Hampshire

    Bedford, N.H.-based SolutionHealth has reached an agreement with New Hampshire to operate a new $60 million behavioral health hospital in the southern part of the state, The New Hampshire Union Leader reported March 20.
  7. Florida proposal would stiffen charges for assault of hospital employees

    Members of the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee voted unanimously March 20 to advance a bill that would enhance criminal penalties for people who knowingly commit assault or battery upon workers at a hospital. 
  8. FDA to end some COVID-19 policies, revise others for long-term guidance

    In advance of the ending of the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, the FDA will end some of the 72 pandemic-related guidance policies and keep some in place for an additional 180 days after the PHE ends, according to a notice in the March 13 Federal Register. 
  9. Georgia lieutenant governor seeks to ease certificate of need laws to build hospital in home county

    Georgia's lieutenant governor is pressuring the state's House to pass a measure allowing hospitals to be built in smaller counties without applying for a certificate of need, which would greenlight a new hospital in his home county, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported March 20.

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