Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. FTC probes whether GPOs, wholesalers cause drug shortages

    The Federal Trade Commission and HHS launched an investigation Feb. 14 into how group purchasing organizations and drug wholesalers might cause drug shortages. 
  2. Mercy to acquire Ascension hospital

    St. Louis-based Mercy plans to acquire ownership of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan.
  3. Providence allocating 5% of budget to AI

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence is allocating 5% of its fixed budget to generative AI in 2024, B.J. Moore, CIO of the organization, told Becker's. 

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  1. Hackers are using AI to be more 'productive'

    Microsoft research found that government-sponsored hackers affiliated with Russia, China and Iran have been utilizing tools associated with OpenAI to create cyberattacks, The New York Times reported Feb. 14. 
  2. How a health system removed 'pebbles in the shoe' from its EHR

    One health system eased physician burnout by removing "pebbles in the shoe" from its EHR, the American Medical Association reported.
  3. States ranked by projected growth in new cancer cases

    The U.S. is projected to see more than 2 million new cancer diagnoses this year, marking a record high, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society. Arizona is estimated to see the largest jump in new cases relative to how many were reported in the state in 2020. 
  4. 'Long concerned': Massachusetts lawmakers probe Cerberus for Steward answers

    Lawmakers in Massachusetts have sent a letter to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm that founded Dallas-based Steward Health Care, demanding answers related to the health system's financial troubles, The Boston Globe reported Feb. 15.

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  1. HCA hospital in California to end trauma care

    Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., plans to end its trauma services in August, citing low utilization rates. 
  2. Virtual visits down at Kaiser Permanente

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente furnished tens of millions of virtual visits and online prescription orders in 2023, though patients' use of those digital tools was down from previous years.
  3. 'Pressure is on' for prior authorization reform, AMA president says

    A series of recent prior authorization policy wins has American Medical Association President Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, optimistic that "momentum is building toward meaningful prior authorization reform." 
  4. Boston Medical Center names digital chief

    Boston Medical Center Health System has a new digital chief.

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  1. Health system C-suites' buzzword for 2024

    The last year, 2023, was the year of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Top executives from hospitals and health systems large and small dove deep into ways AI could make their organizations more efficient and elevate patient care.
  2. Missouri hospital trustee resigns amid CEO ouster

    Steve Pierce resigned from Houston, Mo.-based Texas County Memorial Hospital's board of trustees on the same day its CEO was ousted.
  3. Health systems lack AI governance: 'Generative AI is not a one-time fix'

    Health systems executives are cautiously optimistic about artificial intelligence in healthcare. The technology has great promise to improve clinical and administrative functions, but most organizations are lacking strong governance for AI and generative AI.
  4. HCA-UCF add residency, fellowship programs

    HCA Healthcare and the University of Central Florida are establishing an internal medicine residency program at HCA Florida Ft. Walton-Destin Hospital and adding a gastroenterology fellowship with Orlando VA Medical Center and HCA Florida Osceola Hospital in Kissimmee. 
  5. Racism, discrimination widespread in healthcare: 5 new survey findings

    Discrimination and racism against patients are widespread problems in healthcare, workers in the industry indicated in a report released Feb. 15. 
  6. Introvert CEOs poised to thrive

    Historically, extroverts have been promoted to leadership roles at higher rates than their peers. But in the post-pandemic C-suite, a new leadership style is taking hold — one better suited to introverts. 
  7. The 'unique implications' of Medicare Advantage for rural hospitals

    The rising enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has "unique implications" for rural hospitals, according to a Feb. 13 report from the the Chartis Center for Rural Health. 
  8. McLaren operating profit slips 20% in FY Q1

    McLaren Health Care posted $20.9 million operating income for the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31, a 20% drop from the $26.1 million recorded during the same period in 2022, according to financial documents published Feb. 14.
  9. Pennsylvania hospital CEO resigns

    Don Mueller is resigning as president and CEO of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to take a new role in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

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