Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Supreme Court considers federal vaccination rules: 8 things to know

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a special session Jan. 7 to review challenges to the Biden administration's authority to impose a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers and a vaccinate-or-test requirement for workers at large businesses.
  2. California Democrats pitch plan for taxpayer-funded universal healthcare: 7 things to know

    California's state Assembly is considering two bills to establish and fund universal healthcare in the state, according to a Jan. 6 Newsweek report. 
  3. Connecticut to mandate COVID-19 boosters for hospital, nursing home workers

    The Connecticut Hospital Association is requiring a COVID-19 booster dose as part of its statewide mandatory vaccination policy for hospital and health system workers and clinical staff, the association said Jan. 6. 
  1. More than 19% of US hospitals are critically understaffed: Numbers by state

    Just over 19 percent — or 1,167 of 6,051 — of all hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 6.
  2. West Virginia seeks permission to offer 4th vaccine dose

    West Virginia is seeking permission from the federal government to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to at-risk people, making it the first state to do so. 
  3. 6 stats on the US nurse practitioner workforce

    Nurse practitioners play an integral role in providing healthcare and work in various settings, including hospitals, physician offices and clinics.
  4. Trinity Health won't buy Tower Health hospital

    Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic has abandoned its plan to buy Tower Health's Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

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  1. Montana hospital accused of underpaying nurses

    Union leaders are seeking to remedy what they describe as a wage crisis for nurses at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont.
  2. Walgreens eyes 160+ locations for VillageMD, 100+ for Walgreens Health rollout

    Walgreens Boots Alliance released early first-quarter results Jan. 6 showing better-than-expected earnings and a strong push into primary healthcare. 
  3. Viewpoint: Hospitals are in need of hope 

    Despite advances in knowledge and treatment of COVID-19, hospitals are running dangerously low on hope, writes Sarah N. Cross, MD, assistant professor at the Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota Medical School in The Washington Post Jan. 5. 
  4. US set to miss WHO's 2022 vaccination goal, estimates show

    The U.S. is among 109 countries set to miss the World Health Organization's target of having every country fully vaccinate at least 70 percent of their populations against COVID-19 by mid-2022, projections from Our World in Data show. 
  1. The role of EHRs in pragmatic clinical trials

    Pragmatic clinical trials can use EHR data to help cut costs and human effort associated with randomized clinical trials, according to commentary published in JAMA Network Open on Dec. 28.
  2. 4 recent cancer partnerships

    Here are four cancer-related partnerships formed since Dec. 13. 
  3. BJC HealthCare postpones nonurgent surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

    St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare postponed nonurgent procedures Jan. 6 because of a high increase of COVID-19 cases, reporting more than 500 people hospitalized for the virus as of Jan. 4, KSDK reported.
  4. Davis Health System acquires West Virginia hospital

    Elkins, W.Va.-based Davis Health System has taken over operations of Webster County Memorial Hospital in Webster Springs, W.Va., WDTV reported Jan. 6.
  5. Basement to boardroom: Why supply chain leaders need a higher profile

    For years, healthcare organizations have underinvested in digital technology and the supply chain and are now paying for it as they struggle to meet customer demand, according to two executives at KPMG, based in the Netherlands.
  6. Florida medical supply company to pay $600K in Medicare fraud settlement

    Owners of an Orlando-based medical supply company have agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve allegations they participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare. 
  7. 10 systems seeking supply chain talent 

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  8. Humana slashes 2022 Medicare enrollment outlook

    Humana is nearly halving its 2022 estimates for Medicare Advantage enrollment to reflect "higher than anticipated" terminations during the last enrollment period, according to a Jan. 6 SEC filing.
  9. 11 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following executive moves made by women have been reported by or shared with Becker's since Dec. 23:

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