Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. PeaceHealth hospital nurses seek more staffing amid 'unprecedented' volumes

    PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., said it is facing "unprecedented patient volumes" as its workforce alleges that a staffing crunch is leading to poor working conditions, according to The Daily News. 
  2. COVID-19 surge will peak in mid-October, new model predicts 

    The nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases will accelerate through the summer and autumn before peaking in mid-October, according to projections shared July 21 by the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, a consortium of researchers helping the CDC track the pandemic's trajectory.
  3. Tennessee nursing board pulls license of former Vanderbilt nurse over fatal drug error

    The Tennessee Board of Nursing stripped a former nurse at Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center of her license during a July 23 disciplinary hearing linked to her administering a fatal dose of medicine to a 75-year-old patient in 2017, the Tennesean reports. 

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  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Americans 65+ rising for 1st time since April

    For the first time since April, COVID-19 hospitalization rates in adults 65 and older are increasing, the CDC reported.
  2. Florida clinic loses staff, operating at 50% after refusing to pay hackers ransom 

    Fort Myers-based Florida Heart Associates is operating at about 50 percent of its capacity after a May ransomware attack on its computer and IT systems, according to a July 25 Fox 4 News report. 
  3. 2,330 UnitedHealthcare patients exposed after broker breached in phishing attack

    More than 2,000 UnitedHealthcare patients are being notified that their data has been potentially exposed after several phishing attacks launched on a broker's email addresses.
  4. Community Memorial Health System's patients exposed after billing vendor breached

    Ventura, Calif.-based Community Memorial Health System's patients may have been affected by a cyberattack launched against one of its vendors earlier this year.

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  1. Baby booms hit some US hospitals after historic drop in births

    Amid the pandemic, births in the U.S. fell by 4 percent in 2020. Now, however, that trend is reversing as some hospitals experience baby booms. 
  2. UF Health Jacksonville CEO dies in accident

    Leon Haley Jr., MD, CEO and dean of UF Health Jacksonville (Fla.), died unexpectedly July 24 in a jet ski accident. He was 56.
  3. Ballad Health rejects mandatory vaccination status badges after employee feedback

    After receiving resistance, Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health will not move forward with a policy change that would have required employees to wear color-coded badges indicating whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to News Channel 11.
  4. Businesses ditched masks, but hospitals didn't: 7 execs share how they communicate safety policies

    Now that the U.S. economy has "opened up" and Americans' day-to-day lives are getting much closer to normal, it can be tricky for hospitals to communicate their masking policies and safety protocols to visitors.
  1. Representatives introduce Medicare dental coverage bill

    Reps. Steven Horsford, D-Nev. and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., co-authored a bill that would allow Medicare Part B to cover most dental services.
  2. Physicians fear telehealth coverage dropoff for Medicare, Medicaid patients

    Physicians are holding their breath for when public health emergency orders are lifted, as it could mean a significant dropoff in telehealth coverage for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
  3. Pfizer shot 39% effective against infection in Israel; 91% effective against severe disease

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was 39 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and 88 percent effective against hospitalizations from the virus in Israel, where the delta variant is the dominant strain, CNBC reported July 23, citing a new study from the country's health ministry. 
  4. Number of US COVID-19 vaccinations up 14% from last week

    More than 2 million Americans received a COVID-19 vaccine this week, up 14% from last week, according to Cyrus Shahpar, MD, the White House's COVID-19 data director. 
  5. 7 numbers that show results of health system vaccination mandates

    Dozens of U.S. hospitals and health systems have announced vaccine mandates. Here are seven numbers that show how three organizations' requirements have gone.
  6. New Illinois law lets patients request or reject telehealth, sets payment parity 

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law July 22 that permanently expands telehealth provisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic to be covered through 2027. 
  7. Ballad Health warns 100 patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health has notified about 100 patients of a potential exposure to hepatitis A, hepatitis B or HIV due to improper medication practices, NBC affiliate WCYB reported July 23.
  8. After pause, Tennessee resumes most adolescent vaccine advocacy

    After a brief pause, Tennessee is resuming most adolescent vaccine advocacy efforts, a top health official said July 23, reports The Hill.
  9. COVID-19 hospitalizations up 32% in US: 11 stats to know

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing nationwide as the delta variant continues to spread, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published July 23.

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