Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Facebook co-founder's VC firm raises $2.1B, plans to target healthcare 

    B Capital Group, the venture capital fund of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, raised $2.1 billion for its latest fund, with plans to target healthcare startups, Bloomberg reported Jan. 19. 
  2. Virginia VA hospital rebrands, drops name of Confederate surgeon

    The Department of Veteran Affairs is changing the name of Richmond, Va.-based Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, named for a surgeon who served under Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, to Richmond VA Medical Center, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Jan. 19.
  3. Oregon hospitals, union at odds over proposed nurse staffing legislation

    Oregon lawmakers will consider nurse staffing legislation this session that is opposed by hospitals but backed by the state's largest nurses union, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reported Jan. 18. 

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  1. University Hospitals Ventures: 8 things to know

    Cleveland-based University Hospitals has a venture capital arm that works to bring new ideas and products to market through venture investment, technology transfer, adoption and pilots.
  2. How much does an ambulance cost? It depends who owns it, study finds

    Patients are more likely to receive costly surprise bills from privately-owned ambulances than publicly operated services, a study published Jan. 18 in Health Affairs found. 
  3. Oklahoma universities team up to commercialize virtual health innovations

    Three Oklahoma universities are teaming up to commercialize their virtual health innovations.
  4. South Carolina hospital denied Medicare payment

    A district court on Jan. 18 affirmed HHS' decision to deny Lancaster (S.C.) Hospital Corp. Medicare reimbursement for 1997 because it failed to submit information supporting the payment request, according to Bloomberg. 

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  1. 1,300 nursing homes had a 75% COVID-19 infection rate: 9 notes

    An HHS report released in January found that more than 1,000 nursing homes had a 75 percent or higher rate of infection during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  2. 3 biggest healthcare cybersecurity vulnerabilities

    Third-party vendors made the healthcare sector most vulnerable to cyberattacks in 2022, as at least 55 percent of healthcare organizations suffered a data breach in the last 12 months due to vendors, Security Magazine reported Jan. 18. 
  3. Patients save up to $180 using telemedicine, Moffitt Cancer Center says

    Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center found that patients can save between $147.40 to $186.10 by using telemedicine.
  4. Indiana system makes 3 executive changes

    Indianapolis-based Riley Children's Health appointed several executives to its leadership team, according to a Jan. 19 news release shared with Becker's.

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  1. 5 recent opioid settlements ranging from $83M to $10.7B

    Here are five recent opioid cases, all of which settled for or have proposed settlements of at least $83 million:
  2. Kaiser Permanente donates $350K to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation for youth mental health awareness

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has donated $350,000 to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to boost youth mental health awareness and resources.
  3. St. Louis Children's hospital saw 50% rise in patients with gun injuries amid pandemic

    In the first two years of the pandemic, St. Louis Children's Hospital saw the average number of children and teens needing treatment for gunshot wounds increase by 50 percent, St. Louis Public Radio reported Jan. 18. 
  4. U.S. Treasury taking 'extraordinary measures' to keep paying Medicare providers

    The U.S. hit its $31.4 billion debt limit, prompting the Treasury Department to employ accounting maneuvers designed to buy a few months' time for lawmakers to raise or suspend the cap, The New York Times reported Jan. 19.
  5. CommonSpirit faces another lawsuit for data breach

    A class action lawsuit, filed Jan. 13, accuses Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health of failing to protect patients' personal information from a recent ransomware attack on the health system. 
  6. Texas health system unveils new branding

    Paris (Texas) Regional Medical Center will now be called Paris Regional Health. 
  7. Seattle Children's offering virtual urgent care

    Seattle Children's will now offer virtual urgent care. 
  8. Weathering a recession requires optimizing talent, investing in workers: report

    While many leaders see a global recession as likely or already here, it is more the conundrum of what to do with the workforce in such a macro environment that presents the biggest challenge in 2023 and beyond, according to Mercer's "2023 Executive Outlook Study."
  9. Ascension Florida hospital to close maternity unit, lay off 68

    Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside in Jacksonville, Fla., will be ending maternity care at the hospital later this year, affecting 68 jobs, according to a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state Jan. 17.  

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