Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Washington hospital may leave Kaiser Permanente's insurance network

    Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg, Wash., is planning on leaving Kaiser Permanente's insurance network, according to the Daily Record.
  2. How Yale New Haven increased ICU capacity by 75% amid pandemic

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital increased its intensive care capacity 75 percent through the implementation of an alternative care model that converted general patient care units and perioperative spaces to ICUs and therefore required more critical care nurses.
  3. Ex-cancer center president indicted in antitrust conspiracy

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment against William Harwin, MD, founder and former president of Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, for his alleged participation in a long-running antitrust conspiracy, the Department of Justice announced Sept. 24. 

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  1. California hospital rebukes physician who pulled out gun during anti-mask video

    Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag Health is distancing itself from Jeffrey Barke, MD, after the physician said a gun offers more protection against COVID-19 than a facemask, according to The Orange County Register. 
  2. OSF HealthCare agrees to pay $25M to settle 'church plan' suit

    Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging it skirted Employee Retirement Income Security Act requirements by claiming an exemption for "church plans," according to Law360. 
  3. FDA, HHS allow states to import drugs from Canada

    The FDA and HHS will now allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada, a move the White House says will bring Americans savings for their medications.
  4. 17 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves were reported in the last week:  
  1. St. Luke's Hospital names new CEO

    St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., named Shane Cerone president and CEO, effective Oct. 1.  
  2. 7 hospital strikes in 2020

    Here are seven labor strikes reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far this year:
  3. 12 health system malware, ransomware and phishing incidents this month

    Here are the healthcare provider malware, ransomware and phishing incidents Becker's Hospital Review reported on during September.
  4. UnitedHealth in talks to buy Illinois pharmacy startup for $300M

    UnitedHealth Group is in advanced talks to buy an online Illinois pharmacy startup called DivvyDose for about $300 million, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. 
  1. Hospital operating margins down nearly 8 percent year over year, Kaufman Hall finds

    Excluding funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, operating margins for hospitals are down 7.9 percent since the start of 2020 through August, in comparison to the same period in 2019, according to the Kaufman Hall's September National Hospital Flash Report. 
  2. 11 recent big tech partnerships in healthcare 

    Here are 11 recent partnerships between healthcare organizations and big tech companies including Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. 
  3. Young adults make up 1 in 5 US cases; male healthcare workers more likely to die from COVID-19 — 5 updates

    California became the first state to hit 800,000 COVID-19 cases, and the U.S. will soon surpass 7 million infections, reports CNN. 
  4. Allegheny Health to convert former hospital campus into tech innovation hub: 5 details 

    Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network plans to transform its former Bellevue, Pa., hospital campus into a new biotechnology, biomedical and pharmaceutical innovation hub, according to a Sept. 25 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. 
  5. Pennsylvania health system should have turned over parts of sale agreement to union, court rules

    The National Labor Relations Board was wrong in ordering Crozer-Keystone Health System to disclose to a union its entire sale agreement with Prospect Medical Holdings, a U.S. appeals court ruled Sept. 24.
  6. Amazon Care is refining tech and hiring a leader to build commercial, public sector ties: 3 details

    Amazon Care recently expanded its virtual medical clinic for employees from the Seattle area to the entire state of Washington, and a Business Insider report examined where the company may be headed next.
  7. Texas spent millions on COVID-19 data system that isn't widely used: 5 details

    Texas' public health agency spent big to update and roll out a new COVID-19 data reporting system, the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, in May, but it's still not widely adopted, according to a Sept. 24 report in the Texas Tribune.
  8. 100 of the largest hospitals and health systems in America | 2020

    Becker's Hospital Review compiled 40 large health systems by number of hospitals and 60 large hospitals by bed count.
  9. Philadelphia safety-net hospital gets lifeline from 4-organization partnership

    Four healthcare organizations in Philadelphia have united to transform the Mercy Philadelphia Hospital campus. 

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