Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Physicians jump into 'Wild West' of cosmetic surgery — and some patients suffer

    Every week, the emergency department at Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center sees a patient who experienced a serious complication from cosmetic surgery that was performed by a physician with no background in the specialty, according to a March 31 Los Angeles Times report. It is one example of the consequences of physicians with no surgical training flocking to the cosmetics world and patients' potential lack of awareness on the matter.
  2. Connecticut hospitals oppose bill for charity care standardization

    Connecticut lawmakers are proposing legislation that would standardize paperwork for charity care and require hospitals to make it easier for patients to understand their financial assistance options at the beginning of treatment. 
  3. The cost of a hospital stay vs. minimum wage in all 50 states

    In the majority of U.S. states, a person making minimum wage would have to work upwards of 1,000 hours to afford an average hospital stay, according to a recent study. 

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  1. Wellstar taps dual hospital president

    Marietta, Ga.-based Wellstar Health System has named Lorrie Liang its senior vice president, and president of two Georgia hospitals. 
  2. CHS' CEO-to-worker pay ratio in 2023

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems CEO Tim Hingtgen was paid 96 times more than the health system's median employee in 2023, according to a proxy statement filed March 28 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  3. Most CFOs say collecting from Medicare Advantage is getting harder

    Ninety-two percent of health system CFOs surveyed said that collecting from Medicare Advantage plans is more difficult than it was two years ago, according to a report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Eliciting Insights. 
  4. Wellstar MCG Health breaks ground on $272M Georgia hospital

    Augusta, Ga.-based Wellstar MCG Health broke ground on its $272 million Wellstar Columbia County Medical Center on April 1.

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  1. Nebraska hospital names CFO

    Scottsbluff, Neb.-based Regional West Health Services has appointed Jeanne McKerrigan as its new CFO.
  2. Dartmouth negotiates hospital acquisition terms to avoid 'creating a monopoly'

    New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella has negotiated terms for Dartmouth Health's proposed acquisition of Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. 
  3. 11 hospital closures in 2024

    Many hospitals and emergency departments have been forced to close in 2024 due to circumstances like high costs and shifts in care needs. 
  4. US reports human bird flu case

    A person in Texas has tested positive for bird flu, state and federal health officials confirmed April 1. The individual is believed to have been exposed to dairy cattle in Texas presumed to be infected with the H5N1. 

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  1. 10 richest states in America

    New Jersey topped a U.S. News & World Report ranking of the richest states in the U.S. 
  2. AdventHealth Florida hospital opens $12M patient tower floor

    AdventHealth Kissimmee (Fla.), part of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth, opened a new $12.3 million floor in its patient tower April 1.
  3. 9 health systems outsourcing RCM functions

    Becker's has reported on nine health systems that have opted to outsource finance jobs or other revenue cycle functions in 2024: 
  4. Duke Lifepoint hospital names CEO, chief nursing officer

    Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C., has appointed Dave Santoemma as CEO and Connette Gill, MSN, RN, as chief nursing officer, effective April 1. Both leaders previously held the positions in an interim capacity. 
  5. 4 exec exits in 2 days

    The end of March brought a flurry of hospital and health system executive exits. 
  6. Measles cases jump 51% in 1 week, CDC data shows

    Measles cases have increased sharply in the U.S. over the past week, new CDC data shows. 
  7. Ballad taps chief growth officer

    Bo Wilkes was named chief growth officer for Ballad Health, a 21-hospital health system based in Johnson City, Tenn.
  8. 1,400+ MultiCare workers cancel strike

    Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW have called off a seven-day strike that was set to begin April 7 at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash., and MultiCare Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley, Wash., according to hospital and union statements shared with Becker's.
  9. NYU Langone plans $22M transplant center upgrades

    New York City-based NYU Langone Hospital filed a certificate of need application with the New York State Department of Health March 28 to consolidate its transplant services with nearly $22 million in renovation upgrades.

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