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A union representing nurses and healthcare workers at Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health says a new payroll system, Workday, has caused payroll errors since the health system implemented it in July.
More than 7,000 monkeypox cases have now been confirmed in the U.S., and as the outbreak continues to grow, health experts are cautioning that, if not contained, the virus may begin spreading among the broader population.
Babylon, a digital health company that facilitates virtual visits, intends to let go of about 100 employees as it cuts costs by about $100 million, Bloomberg reported recently.
An encounter with a stranger played a key role in the beginning of the road that led Anita Jenkins to the CEO role at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Pankaj Jandwani, MD, has been named system vice president of medical affairs at Midland, Mich.-based MyMichigan Health, Becker’s learned Aug. 4.
Over 250 speakers from hospitals and health systems will join Becker’s Healthcare to discuss disruption and innovation in healthcare and how to best improve care, enhance operational efficiency and address financial challenges. Over 80 percent of the speakers are C-suite executives. Former President George W. Bush, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and professional golfer Michelle …
Many patients diagnosed with human monkeypox virus are facing a large amount of stigma associated with the disease, which must be eliminated, Jason Zucker, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, said during an Aug. 5 media briefing.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths fell nationwide this week, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Aug. 5.
From incomplete pictures of a patient’s health journey to trying to unify patient data, health system chief data officers, who oversee the collection of their systems patient data in order to transform it into a more meaningful resource, face challenges with making sense of the data they possess.
Hospitals and health systems nationwide are experiencing increased workforce challenges and staffing shortages, making it more crucial than ever that they engage with experienced employees and ensure they are content in their job.
Sutter Health reported a year-over-year decline in revenues in the second quarter of this year, and the Sacramento, Calif.-based health system ended the period with a loss, according to unaudited financial documents.
The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported by Becker’s Hospital Review since Aug. 1:
Amwell reported a second quarter revenue of $64.5 million, up 7 percent from $60.2 million in the second quarter of 2021.
After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of a global monkeypox outbreak, here’s where six major pharmaceutical companies stand after 2022’s second quarter:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s (CMS) Independence at Home demonstration aims to find out if delivering comprehensive, home-based primary care can lead to positive outcomes and lowered costs. One demonstration participant, Northwell Health, has been able to realize this goal. Broadly, the Independence at Home demonstration allows Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple chronic …
It’s time to look up — literally — when it comes to how medical supplies and medications are transported, according to hospital and healthcare leaders using drone delivery.
Below are nine hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that posted job listings seeking chief medical officers in the last two weeks.
The FDA approved Enhertu Aug. 6, the first targeted therapy for HER2-low breast cancer.
Here are two recent studies on long COVID-19 in children and adults:
Health data interoperability has long been a goal of health IT executives and policy experts. But it’s 2022 — and the healthcare system doesn’t appear all that close to getting there.
Following a compensation analysis, Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Bassett Healthcare Network will increase its workforce compensation by nearly $50 million.
Kim Hodgkinson, former CFO for Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System, will now serve as senior vice president and CFO for Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System.
Gainesville, Fla.-based University of Florida Health Shands has a new interim leader after CEO Ed Jimenez submitted his resignation, according to WCJB.
The following executive moves made by women have been reported by or shared with Becker’s since July 29.
James Davis, president and CEO of Piedmont Augusta (Ga.) and Thomson, Ga.-based Piedmont McDuffie, announced his retirement on Aug. 3, according to a press release sent to Becker’s.
The Environmental Protection Agency released the names of 23 U.S. locations and territories where medical sterilizer facilities are producing dangerous levels of ethylene oxide, an odorless emission that’s associated with high cancer risks, the agency said Aug. 3.
The Biden administration on Aug. 4 declared the nation’s monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move that will unlock additional federal dollars to address the outbreak. The declaration comes as U.S. cases near 7,000, more than any other country so far.
A year after raising $100 million, weight loss-focused digital health startup Calibrate has laid off 24 percent of its employees.
COVID-19 patients have reported a wide range of symptoms, with some symptoms appearing more often for different variants of the virus.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III is suing Walgreens and accusing the pharmacy chain of creating a public nuisance by illegally selling and distributing opioids, according to an Aug. 3 news release.
Five recent chief medical and nursing officer moves at hospitals and health systems Becker’s has covered since July 29.
King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services has named Peggy Thomas, MSN, RN, vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer of UHS Hospitals, the hospital operator said Aug. 3.
Donald Jonas, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to nursing education, died July 23 at age 92, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a computational platform that will coordinate pediatric cancer data, allowing researchers, pharmaceutical companies and advocacy groups to accelerate drug development for pediatric cancer.
Digital-first home healthcare firm Cera has secured $320 million in funding to expand the number of patients it can care for.
From a for-profit hospital operator facing an antitrust lawsuit to an Illinois health system entering into a settlement in a vaccine mandate case, here are the latest hospital lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
Karmen Fittes was selected as the inaugural chief of UVA Health Human Resources.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses found 67 percent of nurses plan to leave their current nursing position within three years, according to their survey of 9,355 nurses in October. Their findings were published Aug. 2 in Critical Care Nurse.
Jake Halstenson has been named St. Peter, Minn.-based River’s Edge Hospital’s new CFO.
Technology is an increasingly important part of healthcare. Market researcher Healthcare Technology Report on Aug. 3 released its list of the top 100 healthcare tech companies of 2022.
The former St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., is reopening Aug. 4 as a community hub for health and wellness.
Retail and technology giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) last month announced plans to acquire primary care innovator One Medical for an astounding $3.9 billion. The transaction doesn’t immediately affect senior-focused in-home care providers, but it’s another major stepping stone on the path toward disrupting the current U.S. health care system. What’s more, the deal reflects the …
Technicians at Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp have been refusing to draw blood from people who might have monkeypox, CNN reported Aug. 4.
Some hospitals may classify admissions in a way that exempts them from elective-based patient safety indicator scores, or PSIs, leading to less reliable patient safety data, according to a study published in the August issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly will sell its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment to healthcare systems, hospitals and states this month, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 3.
Eli Lilly must shell out $61.2 million to Illinois after a jury found the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company made false Medicaid claims through omitting average manufacturer prices in its calculations, court documents show.
Primary care providers don’t have nearly enough time to provide guideline-recommended preventive, chronic disease and acute care, according to a new study.
San Francisco city attorneys filed lawsuits to keep Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center open, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Aug. 4.
Hospitals and health systems across the country are working to rebuild the foundations for safe care that deteriorated during the pandemic. But what’s sometimes overlooked in that rebuilding is a plan to sustain the safe care achieved, one hospital safety expert says.
The prevalence of four cardiovascular risk factors are projected to spike in Americans by 2060, a study published Aug. 1 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found.
Vikram Kashyap, MD, was selected as vice president and department chief of the Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute, and Jon Ashford was selected as COO of Spectrum Health Grand Rapids.
Davis Health System began a clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine in 2019. The health systems are ending the partnership Aug. 8, according to The Inter-Mountain.
Black Book Research released its list of the top revenue cycle management software vendors for hospitals for 2022.
Lewiston-based Central Maine Medical Center filed a data breach notice about a cyberattack that compromised the protected health information of 11,938 patients, JD Supra reported Aug. 1.
Shriners Hospital for Children made its final round of layoffs in preparation to close a Tampa, Fla., facility, according to an Aug. 3 report from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Watsonville (Calif.) Community Hospital is preparing to lay off 673 workers in August, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed in July.
Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing a severe flu season, which may be a harbinger of what’s to come for the U.S. this fall, NBC News reported Aug. 4.
The U.S. saw the largest weekly spike in monkeypox cases of any other country in the last week of July, the World Health Organization said in an Aug. 3 report on the outbreak.
A Senate committee found 70 people died and 249 developed diseases between 2008 and 2015 from organs they received in transplants after an investigation revealed deficiencies in the nation’s transplant system, The Washington Post reported Aug. 3.
Physicians and advocacy groups said two long COVID-19 federal reports released Aug. 3 failed to address immediate needs of patients and recommendations for addressing the crisis, NBC News reported Aug. 3.
New York state will begin providing bonuses of up to $3,000 to eligible healthcare and mental hygiene workers using the $1.3 billion allocated for the payments in the state’s fiscal year 2023 budget, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Aug. 3.
While hospitals have made efforts to reduce violence against their staff, such as raising risk awareness and security investments, healthcare workers deserve stronger protections at the federal level, similar to flight screws, American Hospital Association leaders said in an op-ed published Aug. 2 in The Hill.
Several hospitals are scaling back services for a variety of reasons, including financial challenges and staffing issues.
Shlomit Schaal, MD, Ph.D., is the president of UMass Memorial Medical Group, the senior associate dean for health strategies at UMass CHan Medical School, and the professor and chair in the ophthalmology and visual sciences department at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Board seats for one of Florida’s largest public health systems make for one more example of how once-obscure offices can become political battlegrounds, The Washington Post reports.
Rural hospitals are the backbone of their small towns, Richard Watson, MD, said.
Commonwealth Health filed a request with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health to consolidate the operations of Scranton-based Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton under one license, according to an Aug. 3 press release from Commonwealth Health.
Experian is one of three credit bureaus to remove cleared medical debt from consumer credit scores, as of July 1, 2022. Previously, debts that were sent to collections would remain on patients’ credit scores for up to seven years after they’d been paid, making it harder to secure credit cards, loans and housing. Patients will …
Current messaging surrounding how monkeypox spreads is focused on sustained physical contact. But as the outbreak grows, with more than 6,000 cases now confirmed in the U.S., questions are also rising about whether and to what extent respiratory transmission plays a role.
The three big cloud providers curbed their capital spending in the second quarter of 2022, showing that the booming cloud business may not be immune to a slowing economy, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 2.
How American hospitals are paid for care is structurally designed to reimburse less for care provided to Black patients, according to a new study from physician researchers at UCLA, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Harvard.
Maulik Purohit, MD, has been named chief health information officer of Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network, he told Becker’s Aug. 3.
Clarify Health, a tech company that provides data analytics and value-based payment services, has reduced its workforce by 5 percent.
Alanna “Lani” Fast was selected as the new CEO of St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, La.
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is one of many large corporations that have expressed a desire to revolutionize the “consumer experience” in health care. To do so, the company will continue to try to enhance its health service offerings in three categories: primary care, provider enablement and home health care. CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch reiterated …
Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Burlington has closed its skilled care unit and has limited patient bed capacity in three additional units following a $40 million operating cost loss, The Hawk Eye reported Aug. 3.
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate of any state, according to the most recent data available from the CDC.
Four major for-profit hospital operators saw profits decline in the second quarter of 2022.
Salisbury, Md.-based TidalHealth is collaborating with artificial intelligence company Regard to reduce clinician burnout within its ranks.
Former Cardinal Health CIO Brian Rice has been appointed to the same role with McDonald’s, effective Aug. 31.
St. Louis Veterans Administration Health is planning a $1 billion renovation for its St. Louis-based John Cochran Veterans Hospital, St. Louis Public Radio, an NPR affiliate, reported Aug. 2.
Amid the potential for an economic downturn, CEOs across the U.S. are becoming more hard-line with their discussions and actions compared to the warmer tone they may have used earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 3.
Revecore has acquired specialized revenue cycle management firms Kemberton and Cura Revenue Cycle Management, the company said Aug. 3.
In our technology and our data-driven society, CIOs play an increasingly important role in managing hospitals and health systems, with many of them taking on more responsibilities and becoming entrenched in the business side of healthcare operations.
Drugs exclusively focused on treating plaque buildup in the brain aren’t the answer for Alzheimer’s patients, forcing drugmakers to reroute their research, NBC News reported Aug. 2.
Kaiser Permanente has long been known as one of the leading health systems for IT and digital innovation. So Diane Comer was excited to take over as the Oakland, Calif.-based provider and health plan’s executive vice president and chief information and technology officer in April 2021, having been with the organization since 2007.
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health selected Kim Henderson, senior vice president and chief of staff to the CEO, to also serve as the system’s enterprise patient experience officer, it said in an email to Becker’s Aug. 2.
The pace of COVID-19 deaths has remained steady since May at about 400 deaths a day, with a slight uptick in July, USA Today reported Aug. 3.
Cardinal Health has opened a 110,000-square foot facility in East Hartford, Conn., to support the manufacturing and distribution of specimen collection kits, the company said Aug. 3.
Enhabit Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHAB) is the newest face on the home health public market. External factors have made it far from a red-carpet welcome. Its cost per visit shot up in the second quarter, the proposed home health rule is hanging over its head and – all the while – it’s dealing …
With millions of healthcare claims to process and millions of dollars at stake each month, getting claims right the first time is a top performance indicator for healthcare providers. The administrative burden is immense – there are more than a thousand different health payers, each with their own requirements, edits and software. Each claim must …
There are a number of potential avenues to take to address the staffing needs in home-based care over the next decade. But one that will absolutely have to be taken is the one that leads to more millennial and Generation Z workers entering the space. To do that, home-based care providers are doing a few …
With its high patient volume and mission to deliver comprehensive cancer care “from bed to bench” for each patient, University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center prioritizes its capacity to accommodate patients safely and effectively at every step.
Consumer-centric digital technology struggled to disrupt healthcare as it had in other sectors – until the pandemic made it non-negotiable. Now, healthcare providers must double down on their commitment to digital patient access or risk losing patients to competitors. In a recent interview with PYMNTS CEO Karen Webster, Experian Health’s President Tom Cox reflected on …
Home care providers have always taken measures to ensure that they’re able to hold on to staff – especially amid labor shortages – through clauses in client services contracts prohibiting the direct hire of a caregiver. Now, various government agencies are cracking down on these measures. “Government authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), …
Two children are among more than 2,500 people in the U.S. who have contracted monkeypox, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD.
The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported by Becker’s Hospital Review since July 18:
Tracie Stratton has been named Los Alamos (N.M.) Medical Center’s permanent CEO after serving as interim CEO since December 2021.
Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., part of Northwell Health, has named Amy Matthews, MSN, RN, its new chief nursing officer, according to a July 22 news release sent to Becker’s.
A certified nursing assistant who worked at PeaceHealth Cottage Grove (Ore.) Community Medical Center has filed a lawsuit, claiming he was fired in retaliation for his complaints about what he described as unsafe staffing, according to The Lund Report.
Registered nurses at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte plan to protest later this month over what they say is hospital management’s refusal to meet with them and address concerns about staffing and patient care at the facility, according to a July 21 union news release.
Nurses at Portland-based Maine Medical Center are scheduled to vote next month on whether to remove the Maine State Nurses Association as their bargaining representative.
U.S. News & World Report moved some medical schools to the “unranked” category after discrepancies in data were identified.
The U.S. reported modest increases in COVID-19 cases and admissions this week as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant BA.5 accounts for nearly 78 percent of infections nationwide, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published July 22.
Texas Health Denton will open a new women’s center July 26 as part of its $128 million expansion project, according to a July 22 press release shared with Becker’s.
From facial recognition to the next generation of digital health tools, CIOs see the healthcare sector investing in more innovative new technology as a growing number of health systems further their advancement in software, sensors and other technologies that can enhance the delivery of care.
Junction City, Kan.-based Geary Community Hospital was denied a $6.5 million funding request by the Junction City Commission on July 19, The Mercury reported July 21.
Comparing physicians’ performance against each other can detrimentally affect their wellbeing and job satisfaction, according to a July 14 study in PNAS.
In order to remove politics from healthcare, healthcare workers themselves have to be ready to get political, Kathryn Brandt, DO, chair of primary care at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, writes in a July 20 Fortune article.
A nurse has been sentenced to one year in prison for tampering with injectable fentanyl while working at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. Justice Department said July 20.
Washington State Hospital Association reported a $929 million net loss due to an increase in operating expenses and nonoperating investment losses, The News Tribune reported July 21.
Crosby, Minn.-based Cuyuna Regional Medical Center will build a $12 million to $15 million nursing home on the Heartwood Senior Living Community campus in Crosby.
University of Florida Health in Gainesville recently became the first site in the Southeastern U.S., and one of 42 worldwide, to house an imaging device combining extremely detailed MRI with precision radiotherapy, it said in an email to Becker’s July 21.
For months, legislators have chipped away at President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, with the resulting leftovers centering around lowering drug costs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, according to The Washington Post.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health has named Therese Alt, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer of its United and Kelsey Hospitals in Greenville and Lakeview, Mich.
The Biden administration is expected to appoint Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as the new director of the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology said in a July 21 news release.
The U.S. has reported 355 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin among children in 42 states and jurisdictions as of July 20, according to the CDC.
Plymouth, Mass.-based Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and human resources management company Ultimate Kronos Group are being sued for a December 2021 ransomware attack that compromised patients’ protected health information and a number of health systems’ payroll systems.
Billings (Mont.) Clinic is requiring employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to undergo weekly testing or wear an N95 mask at work, KTVQ reported July 21.
HHS’ Office of Inspector General has released a new report urging practitioners to remain cautious about entering into business arrangements with telehealth companies due to the rise in fraud and kickback schemes in the telehealth market.
Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth Medical Center received millions of dollars from the state to help install its Epic EHR system, according to a news release from the office of the California state treasurer.
A patient atWashington, D.C.-based Deanwood Rehabilitation and Wellness Center was charged July 21 with second-degree murder in the bludgeoning of his 80-year-old roommate with a metal bed rail, The Washington Post reported July 21.
As the strong fundamentals underlying the medical office real estate sector have attracted more investors, physicians are increasingly receiving inquiries about selling the buildings they own and where they practice. As they consider their options, physician groups would do well to avoid several common misconceptions.
The following executive moves made by women have been reported by or shared with Becker’s since July 15.
Amazon’s plan to buy One Medical for $3.9 billion will give the retailer a larger foothold in selling healthcare services to employers, an arena the company entered in 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported July 22.
Healthcare investment firm Patient Square Capital plans to acquire Hanger, an Austin, Texas-based orthotic and prosthetic devicemaker, for $1.25 billion.
CMS released its first home- and community-based services quality measure set July 21 to promote consistent quality measurement within and across such programs.
Caryl Ryan, RN, currently serves as the COO of UConn John Dempsey Hospital and chief nursing officer and vice president for quality and patient care services for the system, but it has been a long journey to get there. Using her experience as a nurse as well as technical skills taught along the way, Ms. …
The CEO of UnityPoint Health-Sioux City (Iowa) is no longer with the hospital, effective immediately, The Sioux City Journal reported July 21.
The Association of American Medical Colleges released its official diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum standards July 21.
Leaders responsible for hiring and retention may attribute tumult in the labor market to a simple claim: Nobody wants to work anymore. What can seem like a timely observation is a gripe that dates back to at least 1894.
HCA Healthcare and Tenet Healthcare, two of the largest for-profit hospital operators in the U.S., reported lower net income in the second quarter of this year than in the same period of 2021.
While there will likely be new COVID-19 variants to worry about in the future, omicron relative BA.2.75 is not the next big one to fret over, experts predict.
Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md., said it aims to tackle the workforce shortage and retain employees through a rebrand of the organization’s human resources department.
About four weeks after the Supreme Court reversed the national right to an abortion, the House passed legislation July 21 to secure the right to contraceptives, according to CNBC.
Officials in Illinois’ Cook County hope to use $12 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to relieve more than $1 billion in medical debt, the Chicago Tribune reported July 21.
Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 521 are postponing a strike at Bakersfield, Calif.-based Kern Medical.
On the path to becoming the CEO of a hospital or health system, there are many unique career trajectories and lessons learned along the way. Here, leaders share what they would tell their younger selves, knowing what they know now.
Whether it’s mentoring younger colleagues or dishing out life and career advice, having strong allies in the workplace has helped these healthcare leaders feel safe and supported at work, pushed them to improve their skills and reach the next level in their careers.
A study conducted by YouGov, on behalf of healthcare artificial intelligence company Akasa, released July 21 found that 60 percent of Americans who have researched prices for healthcare services get pricing information from their insurance companies, as opposed to providers.
Inclusive language is essential to achieving equitable healthcare, and clinicians can use six principles to achieve it, Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, wrote for Harvard Business Review July 19.
Below are five hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
More than half of healthcare organizations have been targeted by hackers in the past year, with most organizations feeling ill-prepared for such attacks, according to a survey from digital security company SecureLink.
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has been declared a level 1 trauma center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation following a review of resources and ability to treat trauma patients.
Daryl Tol, the former president and CEO of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Advent Health, has joined venture capital firm General Catalyst as its inaugural head of health assurance, Forbes reported July 20.
New York state has confirmed reports of the first U.S. polio case in nearly a decade, ABC-7 reported July 21.
Google Cloud announced plans to partner with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center as an ambassador.
National Nurses United is calling on the CDC to ramp up public health restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise nationwide, fueled by the highly transmissible omicron subvariant BA.5.
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare has committed a $750,000 donation to the University of Texas at El Paso for students interested in healthcare careers as part of its goal to support historically Black colleges and universities as well as Hispanic-serving institutions.
Birmingham, Ala.-based Brookwood Baptist Health has named Jackie Martinek, BSN, group chief nursing officer, a role she previously held for 13 years, the health system said July 21.
Gary, Ind.-based Methodist Hospitals has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for $425,000 following a June 2019 phishing attack that compromised the protected health information of patients.
New York patients working in low-income occupations were more likely to have their wages garnished to satisfy medical debt judgments, according to a July 20 report.
Giving birth in states with high nurse workforce diversity is tied to significantly reduced risks of adverse maternal outcomes, according to a recent study from researchers at Columbia University in New York City.
Daniel Morash has been named Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s new CFO and senior vice president of finance.
When the FDA declared pharmacists could prescribe Pfizer’s antiviral treatment directly to patients in early July, it caused a flurry of mixed reactions among the healthcare industry. The widespread staffing shortage could be halting the process, though.
Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based Saint Francis Medical Center is in the midst of its first healthcare career camp for students, KFVS, a CBS affiliate, reported July 20.
Hiram Jacob was named COO of HCA Florida Citrus Hospital in Inverness.
The public health emergency (PHE) was once considered an oasis of sorts, both for home health agencies and health systems looking to deliver hospital-level care in the home. But after being active for two and a half years, the length of it – and the continued, but uncertain, prolonging of it – is causing problems …
Citing eight product malfunctions, Smiths Medical has recalled more than 118,000 syringe infusion pumps after reports of one death and seven serious injuries.
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger health system is partnering with Excelerate to reduce its supply chain costs up to 20 percent, according to a July 20 press release.
Elmhurst Hospital in the Queens borough of New York City, part of NYC Health + Hospitals, on July 20 opened a new mother-baby training simulation center meant to reduce adverse maternal outcomes during childbirth, particularly among women of color, Queens Courier reported.
Vladimir Radivojevic was selected as president and CEO of AdventHealth GlenOaks in Glendale Heights, Ill.
Madison, Wis., topped Livability.com’s ninth annual list of Top 100 Best Places to Live.
Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve False Claim Act allegations involving kickbacks.
Health Catalyst, a healthcare data analytics company, is partnering with MemorialCare Miller Children and Women’s Hospital Long Beach (Calif.), a health system across Orange and Los Angeles counties, to offer new technology for pediatric cardiology patients.
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic partnered with digital health company Lisa Health to create an app that uses AI, sensor technology and digital therapeutics to support menopause management and healthy aging.
Allan Lansing, MD, PhD, a pioneer in heart surgery and founder of Louisville, Ky.-based Bellarmine University’s school of nursing, died on July 17 at 92, the Courier Journal reported July 20.
President Joe Biden’s administration is creating a new HHS division to bolster responses to pandemics and other health emergencies, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported July 20.
General Catalyst has launched a $670 million fund for healthcare just over a year after closing its first $600 million healthcare fund, Forbes reported July 20.
Here are five recent moves from the American Heart Association that Becker’s has covered since May 23:
President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 July 21. He is experiencing “very mild symptoms” and is being treated with Pfizer’s antiviral Paxlovid, according to the White House.
As the World Health Organization continues its rollout of the first authorized malaria vaccine, one of the key investors has pulled out because of the vaccine’s low efficacy, according to The Washington Post.
Physicians working in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., are calling on Santa Clara County leaders to address their well-being amid concerns over staffing issues and physician mental health.
Nearly 14,000 people across the globe have contracted monkeypox this year, and five have died, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said July 20.
A combination of severe staffing shortages, financial challenges and rising hospital admissions are straining capacity at Oregon hospitals. Health officials are now asking residents to mask up to prevent further strain on the state’s healthcare system.
Two people were reported missing from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., this week, and one did not survive, NBC Chicago reported July 20.
The top symptoms of COVID-19 from the omicron variant, a sore throat and hoarse voice, differ from common symptoms from other variants, CBSNews reported July 19.
Looking to help boost a variety of medical startup businesses, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is targeting collaborations and investments in Israel as the country’s health tech market is considered to be a leader in innovation in medical devices, biopharma and software.
Amazon plans to acquire virtual and in-person primary care company One Medical, the online retailer said July 21.
Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J., part of Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, evacuated patients July 20 after two air-conditioning units went offline, which affected the emergency department and intensive care unit.
Thirty-six people across the U.S. were charged for their alleged roles in schemes involving $1.2 billion in fraudulent telemedicine, durable medical equipment, cardiovascular and cancer genetic testing, the Justice Department announced July 20.
The management consulting company McKinsey & Co. is predicting that provider profits could rise to $326 billion in 2025, up from $250 billion in 2021.
Gun violence in the U.S. costs more than $1 billion per year in medical bills, according to a July 20 report from CBS News.
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health named Mike Thomas president and CEO, according to a July 20 press release.
Patients hit with a double whammy of rising costs and soaring inflation need to know where they stand when it comes to medical bills. Financially stretched patients often prioritize other household bills over healthcare payments, but delays can quickly spiral toward debt. When patients know their bills in advance, they’re better positioned to avoid medical …
At least 18 cases of the newest omicron subvariant BA.2.75 have been confirmed in seven U.S. states as of July 20, early disease surveillance data shows.
The San Diego City Attorney is preparing possible legal action against San Diego-based Scripps Mercy Hospital for allegedly discharging patients without a plan nearly a year after filing action against Scripps Health, CBS8 reported July 19.
Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, has been named Rome, Ga.-based Atrium Health Floyd’s new vice president, associate chief medical officer and executive medical director for primary care.
Cleveland-based University Hospitals appointed Lavonne Pulliam as its new chief compliance officer, effective June 30.
PathWell started as a technology company with the goal to help other operators with back-end issues. When COVID-19 hit, everything changed. The Connecticut-based company, at the direction of co-founder and CEO Raman Brar, decided to change the direction of the company to become a provider itself. Over the past two years, PathWell has grown into …
The first negotiated contract since the pandemic between Wenatchee, Wash.-based Confluence Health and its Central Washington Hospital nurses has been reached, offering market-leading compensation, iFiber One News reported July 19.
A North Carolina judge is seeking answers from HCA Healthcare by July 25 in a class-action lawsuit alleging the Nashville, Tenn.-based hospital operator engaged in anti-competitive tactics.
Sixty-two hospital CEOs have exited their roles this year, up from 42 during the same period of 2021, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas report released July 20.
Here are 10 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions, according to reports from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service.
IBM and Massachusetts Institute of Technology data scientists teamed up to create an artificial intelligence tool that generates questions to help healthcare professionals use EHRs more effectively and efficiently, according to their paper published June 6.
UPMC partnered with Microsoft to modernize and expand its analytics platform.
Now that Novavax has entered the COVID-19 vaccine scene, here’s a rundown of the similarities and differences among each vaccine option, according to Yale Medicine:
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health and UNC Greensboro School of Nursing a four-year, $3.7 million grant to support nursing students and increase access to healthcare in the region.
Here are five study findings and legislative actions regarding medical debt Becker’s has reported on since June 5:
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Keiser University and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses have joined ranks to create an advisory council that aims to solve Southern Florida’s nursing shortage, which is predicted to worsen by 2035, Miami Today News reported July 19.
Three Rivers (Mich.) Hospital is requesting to renew its property tax levy on Aug. 2 ballots to maintain funding for its emergency department in 2023, Quad City Herald reported July 19.
Resident physicians and fellows with the Committee of Interns and Residents have approved their first contract with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester, according to a July 20 news release.
Thirty-six people are being charged for alleged medical fraud totaling more than $1.2 billion, the Justice Department said July 20.
Rite Aid and Quest Diagnostics are partnering to bolster PCR test offerings for COVID-19.
The revenue cycle management company formerly known as nThrive launched its rebrand as FinThrive in June.
Citing workforce challenges, Crozer Health said it will cut overnight and weekend hours at its behavioral health crisis center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., if there isn’t enough staff on a shift, according to a July 20 statement.
When physician well being is a priority, patient care is poised to increase. Making sure physicians know their strengths, feel supported and identifying potential systemic changes can all help improve physician wellbeing and thus care, the Harvard Business Review reported July 18.
Premier Health’s CEO Michael Riordan is facing pressure from local groups in Dayton, Ohio, over plans to open an urgent care facility, WYSO reported July 19.
Due to ongoing inflation and higher labor, supply and capital costs, nonprofit hospital margins will see further erosion, Fitch reported July 19.
Muriel Engelman, a veteran Army nurse who served on the front lines of World War II, died June 30, The Washington Post reported July 20. She was 101.
In the most serious type of recall, American Contract Systems has recalled 99,900 distributed COVID-19 test kits after the FDA deemed the facility “uncontrolled” because of untrained workers.
The shortage of resin, an ingredient medical manufacturers use in plastic products, isn’t affecting hospitals equally.
Below are 11 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that posted job listings seeking chief medical officers in the last two weeks.
A new study involving more than 428,000 COVID-19 patients found the infection is tied to a sixfold increase in heart disease diagnoses in the weeks after infection, compared to those without COVID-19.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology appointed Howard Sandler, MD, its president-elect July 20.
Twelve oncologists joined new practices or received new appointments in the last few weeks.
Primary care practice Benson (N.C.) Health has provided notice of a cyberattack involving an unauthorized party trying to access Benson Health’s network.
Nearly 120 residents remain at Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover (N.J.) as the facility prepares to close in August after a troublesome history, Sparta Independent reported July 19.
Anthony Fauci, MD, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, clarified July 18 that he does not plan to be in his director position at the end of President Joe Biden’s current term, but is not retiring when he steps down from that role, according to NPR.
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health partnered with telehealth and remote patient monitoring Health Recovery Solution to create a virtual health program for patients with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and post cardio-thoracic surgery patients.
Proposed federal staffing minimums for nursing homes could cost the industry $10 billion annually to hire more than 187,000 more caregivers, a July 19 report from the American Health Care Association and consulting firm Clifton Larson Allen found.
Intermountain Healthcare has automated its organ donor referral process.
President Joe Biden’s administration is weighing whether to consider a narrow public health directive designed to protect access to abortion pills, Politico reported July 19, citing three people familiar with the discussions.
The omicron variant’s evolutionary pattern differs from earlier variants and offers hints that the next new strain that emerges may also be in the omicron family, The New York Times reported July 20.
Nearly a dozen hospital and health system CEOs have left their positions or announced plans to do so since June 1.
Twelve health systems were named to the Disability Equality Index’s list of the best places to work for disability inclusion in 2022.
Alena Analeigh Wicker, a 13-year-old girl from Texas, made history after being the youngest Black student accepted into a U.S. medical school, WSB-TV reported July 19.
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica reported that an email that was misrouted in May exposed the protected health information of 1,178 patients, according to WTVG 13, an ABC affiliate.
The federal government recovered $500,000 that two hospitals paid as ransom to North Korean hackers and plans to return the funds, according to a July 19 U.S. Justice Department statement.
An employee was arrested July 19 at Reeves County Hospital in Pecos, Texas, after police found him in his office in possession of a gun, according to NewsWest 9.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a condition that spiked when COVID-19’s alpha variant surged in early 2021, is now leveling off, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, N.C., plans to eliminate most patient services by the end of the year as it transitions to a specialty hospital focused on inpatient behavioral healthcare, the Iredell Free News reported.
After more than a year of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots going into people’s arms, there’s now a fourth vaccine option.
Bassett Healthcare Network and CEO Tommy Ibrahim, MD, have agreed to an early contract extension, according to a July 19 press release. Originally scheduled to expire in December 2024, Dr. Ibrahim’s contract has been extended through the end of 2029.
Providence, a 52-hospital organization with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif., is changing to a new operating model that includes a leaner executive team and a new divisional structure.
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast hospital in Miramar Beach, Fla., has named Bryan Walrath president, The Destin Log reported July 19.
Saratoga Springs N.Y.-based Saratoga Hospital named Jill Johnson VanKuren as the new president and CEO. According to a July 19 report from Times Union, Ms. VanKuren will start on Sept. 19.
A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has recovered $97,209 in back wages for 41 emergency services workers at Sanford, N.C.-based LifePoint-Central Carolina Hospital, according to a July 19 press release.
The repercussions of errors on the healthcare claims processing workflow can be major and wide-ranging. It slows the revenue cycle, interrupts cash flow, consumes staff hours, creates frustration for staff and patients, and, in the worst cases, sacrifices revenue. Errors are a perennial—maybe even inevitable—problem but understanding some common reasons behind these mistakes can help. …
During the COVID-19 pandemic, child care stress was prevalent among healthcare workers and associated with burnout, anxiety and depression, and intent to reduce hours or intent to leave the job, according to research published July 18.
St. Louis-based Mercy health system has entered its second phase of planning to expand services in the Northwest Arkansas area, investing $500 million.
While capacity issues are not new in recent years, many hospitals in Washington state are currently “dramatically over capacity” and grappling with more strain from delayed discharges and staff shortages than previously during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s healthcare leaders said during a media briefing July 18, according to The Seattle Times.
Several digital health darlings that have raised tens of millions of dollars over the past few years are now scrambling to survive. Those focused on home-based care — for the most part — tend to be the exception. Economic uncertainty, regulatory pressure and other factors have contributed to a dip in digital health investment in …
Edward Clayton, former president and CEO of Rolla, Mo.-based Phelps Health, has been announced as Columbia, Mo.-based Boone Health’s new CFO.
Following a series of layoffs across the four hospitals and ongoing financial troubles, Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System is trying to get itself back on track, KTVZ reported July 18.
The Joint Commission has issued a sentinel event alert to prevent diagnostic overshadowing, released guidance on using packaged sterile supplies and opened applications for an annual safety award over the last few weeks.
Columbus, Ohio-based tech startup Olive is laying off 450 employees, the Columbus Dispatch reported July 19.
The following are eight recent donations made to hospitals that Becker’s has reported on since June 10: