Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Massachusetts community hospital COO to retire after 38 years

    Tina Griffin, DPN, RN, is retiring as COO and vice president of patient care services of Athol (Mass.) Hospital, part of Gardner, Mass.-based Heywood Healthcare.
  2. 25 most popular drugs in healthcare

    More than $38 billion was spent in the U.S. on Ozempic and Wegovy (semaglutide) in 2023 — a 100% uptick from 2022 expenditure data, according to research published April 24 in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 
  3. MercyOne ends gynecologic oncology surgery services

    MercyOne's specialty clinic in Des Moines is ending gynecologic oncology surgical services June 1, ABC affiliate KCCI reported April 23.

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  1. Walmart heir's medical school builds senior team for 2025 debut

    The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in Bentonville, Ark., is continuing to appoint faculty and leaders as it prepares for the launch of its four-year medical degree program in 2025.
  2. Nursing group issues 7 standards on safe staffing

    Direct care nurses should be involved in all aspects of staffing, according to standards set forth in new guidance from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 
  3. Hospitals slam FTC's noncompete ban

    The Federal Trade Commission on April 23 voted 3-2 to ban noncompete agreements in a move it estimates will save up to $194 billion in healthcare costs over the next decade. 
  4. Alabama hospital laying off 95

    Union Springs, Ala.-based Bullock County Hospital is looking to become a rural emergency hospital and is ending psychiatric services as part of the transition, reported April 25.

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  1. Providence Oregon taps chief executive

    Jennifer Burrows, RN, was named chief executive of Providence Oregon, effective May 6, according to a message to staff from Joel Gilbertson, chief executive of the Providence Central Division.
  2. 800 California hospital nurses plan strike

    Members of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United plan to hold a 24-hour strike from May 1-2 at Washington Hospital Healthcare System in Fremont, Calif.
  3. Intermountain to exit Kansas with clinic changes

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health is making changes with three Kansas clinics, effectively ending its operations in the state.
  4. 4 RCM companies making executive moves

    Here are four revenue cycle management companies that have made executive leadership moves since March 25: 

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  1. Tenet's CEO-to-worker pay ratio over the past 5 years

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare CEOs were paid between 189 and 452 times more than the health system's median employee between 2019 and 2023, according to proxy statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. Joint Commission unveils new accreditation

    The Joint Commission has created a new telehealth accreditation program for eligible hospitals, ambulatory and behavioral healthcare organizations. The program will launch July 1. 
  3. Why healthcare should start outside the hospital

    There are two issues in healthcare that Bruce Swords, MD, is highly focused on: Physicians struggling to stay independent, and systems focusing on solely acute care instead of preventive medicine.
  4. 4 Ozempic updates

    Debates are swirling about surgery disruptions, a baby boom phenomenon and additional uses for Ozempic and other glucagon-like peptide-1 medicines. 
  5. How healthcare's view of AI has shifted

    Since the launch of ChatGPT in 2023, generative artificial intelligence has gathered buzz, with many healthcare workers, leaders and staff expressing concerns about using "unregulated" technology. But has this sentiment changed?
  6. Community Health Network to scale home-based care program

    Indianapolis-based Community Health Network is working with technology company Biofourmis to scale its care-at-home services.
  7. Hospital groups react to Medicaid access and payment rules

    CMS published two final rules on April 22 designed to expand access in the Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care programs. 
  8. OhioHealth hospital embarks on $400M expansion

    In 2028, OhioHealth plans to open a new, seven-story trauma and critical care center at Grant Medical Center in Columbus as part of a $400 million expansion project. 
  9. HHS: No breach notification from Change

    HHS said it has not received a breach notification from UnitedHealth's subsidiary Change Healthcare in the wake of the February cyberattack it suffered. 

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