Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Oracle rolls out ambient clinical documentation tool

    Oracle introduced a new AI-powered clinical documentation tool designed for its ambulatory care customers. 
  2. Hospital price increases push up unemployment levels, national study finds

    When hospitals raise prices, local companies lay off workers to manage the cost of higher premiums, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found. 
  3. Red tape hurts hospitals affected by ransomware

    Healthcare professionals, lawyers and cybersecurity experts are raising concerns about an often-overlooked bureaucratic process that can impede hospitals and medical providers in their efforts to recover from ransomware attacks, Wired reported June 24. 

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  1. Northwestern surgeons perform awake kidney transplant

    A 28-year-old patient stayed awake during an entire kidney transplant surgery at Northwestern Medicine, and he was discharged the next day. 
  2. Summer COVID wave emerges: 5 notes

    As "FLiRT" coronavirus variants account for about 77% of infections, COVID-19 cases are ticking upward this summer, according to CDC data. 
  3. Healthcare billing fraud: 10 recent cases

    From a Texas physician convicted in a $70 million scheme to an Illinois physician getting an eight-year prison sentence for a $1.2 million scheme, here are 10 healthcare billing fraud cases Becker's has reported since June 7:
  4. California budget deal defers minimum wage hike for healthcare workers

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators have reached an agreement on the 2024 state budget, which includes delaying the start of minimum wage increases for healthcare workers to at least the fall.

Overcoming the collections crisis: How ASCs can leverage data to boost patient collections + loyalty

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  1. Should standalone EDs use 'urgent care' in names?

    KFF Health News' latest investigation into surprise medical bills poses an intriguing question for the industry: Should freestanding emergency departments be able to use "urgent care" in their names? 
  2. Orlando Health expands hospital-at-home program

    Orlando (Fla.) Health's Hospital Care at Home has served 1,000 patients in Central Florida since launching 16 months ago and now is accepting participating commercial insurances.
  3. Pittsburgh halts construction on UPMC's $1.5B hospital

    Officials with the city of Pittsburgh halted construction work on UPMC's $1.5 billion hospital tower June 20, saying the health system did not have permits required for certain aspects of the project, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. 
  4. Reopened hospital awaits critical designation

    North Adams (Mass.) Regional Hospital reopened in March after abruptly closing a decade ago, but the hospital is still awaiting the critical access hospital designation that allowed its new owner to reopen the facility, The Berkshire Eagle reported June 23.

Clinician onboarding 2.0: How tech can streamline the process + drive savings and retention

Clinician retention starts on day 1. Learn how proactive hospitals are streamlining onboarding to save costs + delight new employees here.
  1. US national debt to skyrocket over the next decade: 5 things to know

    The U.S. national debt may exceed $50.7 trillion by 2034 as rising spending and interest expenses outpace tax revenues and deficits are amplified by increased costs for Medicare and Social Security, according to a report published June 18 by the Congressional Budget Office. 
  2. UCSF shifts to doctorate midwifery program amid criticism

    The University of California San Francisco is ending its master's program for nurse midwives and moving to a doctorate program — and critics say it could make it harder for new midwives to enter the field, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 23.
  3. HHS adds info blocking penalties for hospitals

    HHS finalized its final rule outlining disincentives for hospitals, health systems and clinicians blocking patient information exchange on June 24.
  4. Minnesota hospital closes specialty nursery

    Robbinsdale, Minn.-based North Memorial Health has closed the specialty nursery unit at its hospital in the city, the Star Tribune reported June 23.
  5. Connecticut hospital seeks to move oncology services

    The Hospital of Central Connecticut, part of Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare, has filed an application with the state seeking permission to relocate its medical oncology service in a move it said will better accommodate expansions, the Hartford Business Journal reported June 21.
  6. Why Echo Dots are stationed across Houston Methodist

    "Alexa, what are the side effects of amoxicillin?"
  7. CVS Health to roll out new app

    CVS Health is preparing to debut a new app and incorporate AI-driven tools to streamline customer interactions, decrease wait time and enhance overall service quality, The Wall Street Journal reported June 20.
  8. What your patient's family is telling you can make a difference. Are you listening?

    We who are fortunate to work in healthcare study and train for years to develop the knowledge, expertise and resulting confidence to make decisions that are in the best interests for our patients. It's a tried and true process; families rely on us to know what to do.
  9. Illinois hospital CNO to retire

    Patty Blazier, RN, chief nursing officer at Hamilton Memorial Hospital District in McLeansboro, Ill., has announced her retirement.  

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