Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Legionella detected in water samples at Connecticut nursing home

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued an emergency order to Apple Rehab Rocky Hill (Conn.) nursing home April 14 after Legionella bacteria was detected in water samples from the facility. 
  2. Wake Forest Baptist Health to invest $450M in care tower

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is planning to invest $450 million in a new patient care care tower slated to open in 2025.
  3. CEO to retire from Alabama's only freestanding pediatric hospital

    Mike Warren is retiring as president and CEO of Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, the hospital said April 15. 
  1. HHS proposes reversal of ban on abortion referrals: 5 things to know

    HHS seeks to reverse a rule prohibiting family planning clinics that are federally funded through the Title X program from providing abortion referrals, according to NPR and CNN.
  2. Rare COVID-19 infections after vaccinations merit a closer look, report says

    Examining who experiences rare breakthrough COVID-19 infections after vaccination can help improve our understanding of who is vulnerable and whether variants are at play, but these thorough investigations are often not occuring, according to an investigative report ProPublica published April 14.
  3. As EHRs complicate 'long COVID-19' studies, researchers look elsewhere

    To better understand symptoms associated with "long COVID-19," hospitals may need to make large changes to their EHRs, according to an April 14 Politico report.
  4. Female nurses at high risk for suicide, study finds

    Female nurses are about two times more likely to die by suicide compared to the general female population, according to a study published April 14 in JAMA Psychiatry. 

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  1. AHA: What is a long-term care hospital's role in treating 'long COVID-19'

    The policy director of the American Hospital Association, the CEO of a Chicago-area long-term hospital and a pulmonologist discussed the role of treating patients experiencing "long COVID-19" in an AHA podcast published April 14.
  2. How 3 insurers rank among Forbes' top 25 businesses for COVID-19 response 

    Centene, Anthem and Cigna ranked among the top 25 for employer responses to the pandemic, according to Forbes.
  3. How AI can make 'I missed the meeting' an obsolete excuse

    Artificial intelligence companies are developing audio transcription tools that can create searchable archives of calls and meetings, WIRED reported April 15.
  4. Oscar names president of medical group

    Oscar Health announced Okiki Louis, MD, will be the president of Oscar Medical Group, effective April 26.
  1. How's Houston Methodist's vaccine mandate so far? 'Very successful,' says CEO Dr. Marc Boom

    Houston Methodist managers had a deadline of April 15 to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the system's mandate. The numbers are in: 99.4 percent of the management team has complied.
  2. Researchers asked 3,000 managers, employees how the managerial role is changing: 3 takeaways

    Managers used to be chosen largely based on their ability to manage and evaluate the performance of employees to meet company goals. Research suggests that is changing because of the pandemic, according to an April 15 report published by Harvard Business Review.
  3. Breast cancer treatment may not make a difference among older patients, study finds

    Treatment may not make a difference for some breast cancer patients over age 70, supporting the de-escalation of treatment among older women, according to research published April 15 in JAMA Network Open. 
  4. University Health PHI exposed after vendor employee downloads data, posts on public website

    San Antonio-based University Health began notifying 2,704 patients that its billing services vendor, Med-Data, fell victim to a data breach.
  5. Merck halts development of one of its COVID-19 drugs

    Merck has discontinued the development of its treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the drugmaker said April 15.
  6. 7 key consumer-centric moves CVS made in the last year

    CVS and other pharmacy retail chains have been revamping their businesses in recent years to meet consumer demands for better healthcare access and convenience.
  7. 9 recent drug, device recalls

    Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are nine reported to the FDA since the end of March:
  8. Overdose deaths jumped 29% in 2020, CDC says

    More than 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending last September — the highest annual death toll recorded since the opioid crisis started in the late 1990s, according to preliminary CDC data released April 14.
  9. 9 payer exec moves

    The following payer executive changes were announced in April so far.

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