Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Low reimbursement rates led to layoffs, Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO says

    Bruce Murphy, MD, CEO of Little Rock-based Arkansas Heart Hospital, said low reimbursement rates have led to fewer than 50 employees being laid off since the beginning of the year, Arkansas Business reported Feb. 19. 
  2. 5 states with most, fewest physician groups

    California has the highest number of physician groups while North Dakota has the fewest, a Definitive Healthcare report found.
  3. 'We cannot afford the status quo': What systems aren't talking about enough

    Leaders across healthcare are working to improve their system in a variety of ways, but some parts of care and delivery are being overlooked, leaders told Becker's.

Preparing your health system for success and safety in the age of artificial intelligence

More clinically-facing AI uses are coming. See how early adopters can avoid common pitfalls here.
  1. Why CFOs are cutting costs even as profits rise

    Cost cutting is a top priority for many companies in 2024, even those who are seeing rising profits, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 15. 
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. New Jersey system gets historic 'A+' credit rating

    Camden, N.J.-based Cooper University Health Care has earned an "A+" credit rating from Fitch Ratings after receiving two credit upgrades from S&P Global and Moody's since 2022. 
  4. 10 hardest-working cities in America

    The hardest-working Americans live in Washington, D.C., according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 

Overcoming the collections crisis: How ASCs can leverage data to boost patient collections + loyalty

ASCs are seeing an explosion of uncompensated care. Learn how rethinking collections can boost revenue + patient retention here.
  1. Bridging the Gap with Telehealth: Healthcare Equity in Rural America

    Telehealth promises revolutionary care, but can it reach the communities who need it most? Join Dr. David McSwain and Dr. Saif Khairat for a deep dive into rural healthcare disparities and how technology can bridge the gap. Uncover the unique challenges rural communities face, from digital divides to workforce training, and discover innovative solutions like community telehealth centers and mobile health apps.
  2. Vanderbilt latest system to adopt patient code of conduct

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the latest system to adopt a patient code of conduct amid a national increase of violence against healthcare workers, the system announced Feb. 16.
  3. Mercy Health to lay off some call center workers

    Mercy Health has partnered with a third party to manage its contact center for primary care scheduling — a move that will affect a "number of call center positions," a spokesperson for the Cincinnati-based system confirmed to Becker's on Feb. 16. 
  4. Revolutionizing Orthopedics: From Patients to Precision Medicine

    Proliance Orthopedic Associates isn't just replacing joints, they're revolutionizing orthopedic care. Join Timothy Alton, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Proliance Orthopedic Associates, to discover how they keep costs down, excitement levels up, and bone health thriving in this exploration of innovation and healthy mobility. 

Clinician onboarding 2.0: How tech can streamline the process + drive savings and retention

Clinician retention starts on day 1. Learn how proactive hospitals are streamlining onboarding to save costs + delight new employees here.
  1. Lexie Schwartz, Vice President of Operations at OSF HealthCare, St. Joseph Medical Center

    Lexie Schwartz, Vice President of Operations at OSF HealthCare, St. Joseph Medical Center joins the podcast to share insights into her background & journey into healthcare administration, the importance of maintaining a great workplace culture, recent projects or initiatives at her organization that she is proud of, and more.
  2. UCI Health, Lifepoint Health break ground on California rehabilitation hospital

    Orange, Calif.-based UCI Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation — a Brentwood, Tenn.-based Lifepoint Health business unit — have broken ground on a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Irvine, Calif., as part of a joint venture partnership.
  3. Former Hackensack Meridian co-CEO John Lloyd dies

    John Lloyd, former co-CEO of Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, has died, according to a Feb. 16 news release shared with Becker's.
  4. Nurse workforce shows signs of bouncing back

    The nursing workforce is 6% larger in 2023 than in 2019, hinting at a bounce back to pre-pandemic numbers, a study found.
  5. IT outage diverts stroke, trauma patients at Minnesota hospitals

    Some Minnesota hospitals have had to divert stroke and trauma patients after an apparent cyberattack on a radiology group, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported.
  6. Readmissions down at Delaware health system after virtual nursing rollout

    Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare has rolled out virtual nursing at more than hospital 500 beds and experienced declines in patient lengths of stay and readmission rates.
  7. FDA approves food allergy drug

    The FDA has approved omalizumab, which goes by the brand name Xolair, as a treatment to reduce the risk of severe allergic reactions for those with food allergies. 
  8. 1st tumor-derived T cell therapy approved

    A week ahead of schedule, the FDA approved the nation's first cell therapy for advanced melanoma on Feb. 16. 
  9. CommonSpirit strategy pays dividends, but CFO insists 'still more to do'

    Chicago-based CommonSpirit is making significant strides to improve its financial performance — transforming a $440 million operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2022 into a $356 million gain in the fourth quarter of 2023 — but CFO Dan Morissette insists "there is still more to do."

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