Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Maine hospitals see ICU demands for COVID-19 patients surge

    Hospitals in Maine are seeing near-record levels of intensive care demands for COVID-19 patients despite an overall lower patient count, according to a May 6 report in the Portland Press Herald.
  2. COVID-19 deaths significantly undercounted, report suggests

    The actual number of global COVID-19 deaths may be about 6.9 million, more than double the recorded amount, according to a study from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Valuation published May 6. 
  3. Walmart to bring telehealth nationwide with acquisition of MeMD: 8 details

    Walmart Health has entered an agreement to acquire on-demand, multispecialty telehealth provider MeMD, the retailer said May 6.

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  1. Let providers use COVID-19 grants after June, CMS urged

    The American Hospital Association is asking CMS to allow providers to use their COVID-19 provider relief fund grants past the current June 30 deadline. 
  2. CMS boosts Medicare payments for COVID-19 antibody infusions

    CMS is increasing the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat patients with COVID-19. 
  3. Spectrum Health names Southwest region leader

    Bill Hoefer has been tapped as the new market leader for Spectrum Health's Southwest region covering Allegan and Ottawa counties, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system said May 6. 
  4. Johns Hopkins hikes minimum wage for more than 6,300 workers in Florida, Maryland

    Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, both based in Baltimore, are boosting their minimum wage to $15 per hour, they said May 6.

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  1. Nemours Children's Hospital deploys driverless shuttles to transport patients, staff  

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours Children's Health System is offering a new means of transportation for patients, visitors, employees and community members: self-driving shuttles.
  2. COVID-19-related lung problems can linger a year, small study finds

    Some patients with severe COVID-19 cases may exhibit decreased lung function or lung changes for up to a year after recovering, according to a study published May 5 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
  3. Former Pittsburgh hospital employee pleads guilty to filming patients, co-workers

    A former employee of Pittsburgh-based West Penn Hospital has pleaded guilty to using a hidden camera to film patients and employees, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. 
  4. COVID-19 hospitalization stats: 4 trends

    COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. are plateauing, with an average of 40,000 hospitalizations recorded per day, a similar level to the early fall, reports The New York Times.

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  1. Uterus transplantation safe for women facing infertility, study suggests

    Out of 12 infants born to mothers who had a uterus transplant, all were born at a healthy weight and developed normally at 2 months, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Perinatology.
  2. Children's of Philadelphia CEO launches podcast series sharing insight on medical breakthroughs

    Children's of Philadelphia CEO Madeline Bell is launching a podcast series to talk with physicians and scientists to share behind-the-scenes insights on some of their work, according to a May 5 news release.
  3. 2 West Virginia hospitals strike clinical affiliation

    Mon Health System in Morgantown, W.Va., and Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville, W.Va., entered into a clinical affiliation that aims to increase access to specialty care.
  4. BCBS of Tennessee issuing $25M in refunds for 2018 ACA customers

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee is sending refunds worth an average of $250 to 100,000 state residents who purchased individual plans from the ACA's health insurance marketplace in 2018. This is the second time in eight months the Chattanooga-based payer has issued refunds to members, according to the Times Free Press. 
  5. Washington, DC, nursing school gets $20M donation

    On April 30, Bill and Joanne Conway committed $20 million in scholarship support for 160 Catholic University nursing students over the next five years. 
  6. UnitedHealthcare offers additional benefits to retirees returning home from hospital, nursing facility

    UnitedHealthcare announced it will offer a support program for retirees returning home from a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
  7. Health insurer margins were stable in 2020, while 2021 remains uncertain, Fitch says

    Last year's health insurer operating margins were surprisingly stable despite quarterly volatility caused by COVID-19 testing and treatment, according to Fitch Ratings.
  8. Northwell pours $1.3M into employees' innovation projects

    Northwell Health has awarded $1.3 million to four innovation projects spearheaded by the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based health system's employees.
  9. New Jersey Trinity Health hospital in talks to join Capital Health

    Trenton, N.J.-based St. Francis Medical Center, owned by Trinity Health, has signed a letter of intent to explore joining Pennington, N.J.-based Capital Health.

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