Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. A 'neglected parasitic infection' comes to light

    A little-known parasitic infection in the brain has come into the spotlight following presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr.'s admission that he once suffered from it, NBC News reported May 8.
  2. NYC Health + Hospitals switching from Change Healthcare

    New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals has been expediting its switch from Change Healthcare because of the cyberattack on the claims processing vendor.
  3. 10% of Mass General Brigham physicians use generative AI

    Almost 1 in 10 Mass General Brigham attending physicians are experimenting with generative AI that listens to patient visits and uploads notes to EHRs, The Wall Street Journal reported May 8.

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  1. House committee approves telehealth, hospital-at-home extension

    A U.S. House committee approved a bill May 8 that would extend health systems' ability to provide telehealth and hospital-at-home care.
  2. 48 injuries, deaths tied to Getinge heart devices: FDA

    The FDA is instructing healthcare facilities to avoid using two heart devices from Getinge amid concerns that the company has not adequately resolved issues that spurred a string of recalls over the last year.
  3. R1 RCM allowing major shareholders to discuss buyout bid

    R1 RCM is allowing its two biggest shareholders to discuss a potential joint buyout of the company, according to a regulatory filing. 
  4. Cerner lost clients after Oracle acquisition: Report

    After Oracle acquired Cerner for $28.4 billion in June 2022, the company lost at least a dozen of the EHR vendor's large clients, Bloomberg reported May 9.

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  1. Bill could slow dissolution of Minnesota system board

    A last-minute bill drawn up by the Minnesota House Finance and Policy Committee could create another roadblock for ongoing efforts to dissolve the Hennepin Healthcare System board of directors' oversight of Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center, the Star Tribune reported May 8. 
  2. Nurses advocate for DHS STEM designation

    Some nurses are pushing for federal agencies to recognize the vocation as a STEM profession, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April 30. 
  3. Fewer nurses intend to leave healthcare, surveys suggest

    Survey data trends suggest fewer nurses intend to leave the field compared to last year.
  4. The 28 rural emergency hospitals, by state

    Twenty-eight hospitals have converted to the rural emergency designation since the law that created the designation took effect in January 2023, according to data from CMS.

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  1. Complaint alleging California hospital chiefs overpaid own firms $23M rejected

    The Fair Political Practices Commission has rejected a union's complaint that alleges Bakersfield, Calif.-based Kern County Hospital Authority overpaid its executives through their own private consulting firms.
  2. Lawmakers introduce bill to eliminate Americans' $220B in medical debt

    A group of federal lawmakers, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, have introduced legislation they say would eliminate all $220 billion in medical debt held by Americans. 
  3. California system to build inpatient rehab hospital

    Loma Linda (Calif.) University Health is partnering with Lifepoint Rehabilitation to open an inpatient rehabilitation facility in Loma Linda.
  4. Some hospitals push upfront payments before electives

    Some hospitals and surgery centers are requesting patients pay in advance for nonemergency procedures and are rescheduling surgeries when payment is not received beforehand, The Wall Street Journal reported May 9.
  5. HCA kicks off construction on $231M Florida hospital

    Davie-based HCA Florida Healthcare, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, has kicked off construction on its $231 million HCA Florida Gainesville (Fla.) Hospital.
  6. Op-ed: Would leaders choose Steward hospitals for care?

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey and Steward Health Care CEO Ralph de la Torre, MD, continue to assure the public that the health system's hospitals will provide good care despite the company recently filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  7. GLP-1s: 8 things hospital leaders should know

    A blockbuster drug class that includes Ozempic, Wegovy and Trulicity is pioneering avenues in the healthcare industry and redefining obesity care as the weight loss therapy market stretches toward $100 billion. 
  8. Why HealthPartners is going hybrid to meet consumer expectations

    Imagine you’re on vacation, enjoying a good beach read while waves roll up the sandy shore. As you finish a chapter, your stomach rumbles. You open an app, order some groceries to pick-up on your way back to the rental. Thinking about the rental reminds you to pay-off the remaining balance on the credit card you used to book the trip, all before you leave the comforts of your umbrella-covered towel. What if healthcare were this easy?
  9. New Jersey hospital refutes state's depiction of financial situation

    East Orange, N.J.-based CareWell Health Medical Center is pushing back against the state's depiction of its financial situation as the state health department seeks a disaster plan, reported May 8. 

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