Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 10 most popular specialties for telehealth, per Epic

    Telehealth visits are down from their peak in the second quarter of 2020 but remain above pre-pandemic levels, according to research conducted by Epic.
  2. New York health system CEO to step down

    Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y., will undergo a CEO change at year's end as Tommy Ibrahim, MD, exits the top role. 
  3. Global healthcare cost increases ease slightly in 2024

    Already a pain point for many, global healthcare costs are expected to remain high over the next year, a WTW report found. 

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  1. Kaiser buys $44M lot near existing facility for possible expansion

    Kaiser Permanente has purchased land in San Jose, Calif., allowing for a possible expansion by the Oakland, Calif.-based health system.
  2. Cleveland Clinic cuts operating loss to $14.9M in Q3

    Cleveland Clinic reported a $14.9 million operating loss in the third quarter of 2023, resulting in an operating margin of -0.4%, compared with a $28.3 million loss and a -0.9% operating margin year over year, according to financial documents published Nov. 29. 
  3. Shuttered North Carolina hospital provides digital record to former patients

    Former patients at Martin General Hospital, a 49-bed facility in Wilamston, N.C., that closed and filed for bankruptcy in August, will now have access to digital copies of their healthcare records, local news outlet WNCT reported Nov. 29.
  4. 60 Florida system execs take buyout

    Approximately 60 employees took advantage of the voluntary separation opportunity at Coral Gables, Fla.-based Baptist Health, a spokesperson told Becker's on Nov. 29.

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  1. Former staff, patient sue Iowa health system over March breach

    A former University of Iowa Community HomeCare staff member and a former patient filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against UI Community HomeCare and UI Community Medical Services, part of UI Health Care, alleging the organization was negligent during a March data breach, The Gazette reported Nov. 28. 
  2. Mercy turns to AI to streamline operations

    Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy is collaborating with Microsoft and with a panel of 45,000 patients involved in testing to explore how AI can assist both patients and staff, Fox 25 reported Nov. 29.
  3. Christus system names COO

    Beaumont-based Christus Southeast Texas Health System has named Kevin Parsley chief operating officer, Beaumont Enterprise reported Nov. 29. 
  4. Denver Health administers 1st shots of Ebola vaccines

    In a milestone moment in the Mile High City, on Nov. 27, Denver Health administered the first live Ebola vaccine for preventative measures to some patients, 9News reported.

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  1. BJC, Saint Luke's move forward with 28-hospital merger

    St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare and Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke's Health System — which signed a letter of intent to combine in May — have satisfied all regulatory reviews and reached a definitive agreement to merge. 
  2. US life expectancy up in 2022, but still not at pre-pandemic levels

    Life expectancy for adults in the U.S. increased to 77.5 years in 2022 — up 1.1 years from 2021 — but the average is still not back to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
  3. Cancer association releases new guidelines on patient financial support

    Patients who have a cancer diagnosis and also struggle to find the financial means to pay for needed oncology services tend to have worse outcomes, according to the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Connecting the dots for those patients is the impetus behind the group's newly updated guidelines which are designed to aid programs in determining which patients may need this kind of assistance.
  4. Struggling Mississippi Hospital still up for lease; 2 bids rejected

    Two bids on Greenwood (Miss.) Leflore Hospital have been rejected by City Council members, Delta News reported Nov. 29.
  5. FDA again warns drug facility where workers poured acid on quality data

    The FDA sent another warning to an Intas Pharmaceuticals plant in India, where investigators imposed import bans in late 2022 after finding shredded quality control documents doused in acid.
  6. Newly merged Pennsylvania system sees $22M loss

    Newly created Greensburg, Pa.-based Independence Health System is off to a shaky financial start, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Nov. 29.
  7. Mayo's $5B investment redefines the future of healthcare spaces

    Mayo Clinic's $5 billion campus redesign isn't just about architecture, it's about dedicating resources to enhance healthcare with the goal of improving patient outcomes and enhancing the overall experience for both patients and providers, Craig Daniels, MD, physician leader for Mayo's "Bold. Forward. Unbound." initiative, told Becker's.  
  8. FDA warns patients, providers about new issue with Philips CPAP machines

    In a Nov. 28 safety alert, the FDA warned patients and healthcare providers to carefully monitor Philips machines used for obstructive sleep apnea after receiving reports that the machines have shown signs of overheating. 
  9. Healthcare payment models are evolving: 5 key capabilities providers need to ace the shift to value-based care

    While traditional fee-for-service reimbursement models still reign supreme, more healthcare organizations are adopting value-based care (VBC) models.

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