Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Private equity-owned air ambulances receive bigger payments, issue more surprise bills

    When transported by a private equity-owned or publicly traded air ambulance, patients had a 55 percent chance of receiving a surprise out-of-network balance bill of $26,507 on average in 2017, a Nov. 16 white paper by USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy found.
  2. Caravan Health partners with entrepreneur to support physician well-being 

    Caravan Health announced Nov. 17 a partnership with Quint Studer, an entrepreneur and author, to bring critical resources to support and replenish physicians and hospital staff through a series of live and virtual events to be held during the first quarter of 2022.
  3. 8 recent moves to address staff shortages across the country 

    As healthcare staff shortages persist around the country, states, health systems and medical schools have attempted to alleviate the resulting strain. 

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  1. New Rockefeller Foundation-funded research project aimed at combating misinformation 

    Social Science Research Council, an international nonprofit, announced the creation of a three-year, $10 million research project aimed at quantifying the costs and harms of disinformation and misinformation and how to reduce their impact, according to a Nov. 17 press release from the Rockefeller Foundation. 
  2. How the AMA is providing resources to health systems to proactively respond to physician, care team member and employee burnout

    Burnout of physicians, nurses and other caregivers has become a significant issue for healthcare systems, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Penn State's Hershey Medical Center names COO

    Jody Reyes, BSN, has been appointed senior vice president and COO of Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. Her role will become effective Dec. 27.
  4. UPMC using AI to decrease hospital disease outbreaks

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC combined machine learning and whole genome sequencing to develop an artificial intelligence-powered system to prevent hospital-based disease outbreaks, according to a study published Nov. 17 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  1. Tenet names new CEO of California hospital

    Murali Naidu, MD, was appointed CEO of Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif., part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare.
  2. Nursing salary grew 4% in 2021

    The average annual salary for registered nurses, excluding bonus pay such as overtime, climbed about 4 percent since Jan. 1 to $81,376, according to healthcare consultants Premier, which examined salaries of about 60,000 nurses for The Wall Street Journal.
  3. Indiana hospital notifying 1.5 million of ransomware attack after hackers leak PHI

    Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health began notifying more than 1.5 million patients and employees that their data may have been exposed after hackers leaked protected health information to the dark web Fox affiliate WXIN reported Nov. 17.
  4. States ranked by primary care shortage areas

    California has the most areas facing shortages of primary care providers of all U.S. states, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released Nov. 11.
  1. More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in 1 year, federal data shows

    More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in the 12-month period that ended in April, The New York Times reported Nov. 17.
  2. 7 drugs cost US $1.6B more in 2020 without proof of new benefits

    Seven drugs saw net price increases in 2020 without evidence of an additional clinical benefit, which cost the U.S. health system an additional $1.67 billion, according to an analysis published Nov. 16 by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. 
  3. Baby boomers embrace behavioral healthcare but face Medicare coverage hurdles

    Despite their widespread acceptance and use of behavioral healthcare, baby boomers are beginning to face challenges with Medicare's limited coverage of therapy and similar services. 
  4. US to spend $5B on 10M courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

    The U.S. will buy 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for $5 billion, The Washington Post reported Nov. 16.
  5. 22 medical schools awarded $12.1M in grants to promote clinician retention, diversity

    The COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists competition awarded 22 medical schools across the U.S. $12.1 million in grants to advance the research productivity and retention of early-career faculty, according to a Nov. 17 press release.  
  6. Infectious Disease Society of America issues guidelines for PPE use

    The Infectious Disease Society of America issued eight guidelines for healthcare workers using PPE when working with COVID-19 patients. 
  7. Antidepressants may lower COVID-19 death risk, study suggests

    People taking certain antidepressants, particularly fluoxetine, may have a lower death risk from COVID-19, according to research published Nov. 15 in JAMA Network Open.
  8. 152 Congressional leaders push back on surprise-billing rule

    A group of Congressional leaders wrote a letter Nov. 5 to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Martin Walsh calling for amendments to the interim final rule of the No Surprises Act released Sept. 30.
  9. Snapshot of 3 states with the highest jumps in COVID-19 hospitalizations

    Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire are reporting the highest COVID-19 hospitalization increases over the last two weeks, according to Nov. 17 data tracked by The New York Times.

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