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    Cybersecurity leads ECRI's list of top medtech hazards for 2022

    Cyber incidents can compromise patient care and attacks against hospitals have become more prevalent in recent years. However, ECRI said the worst consequences are preventable.

    By Elise Reuter • Jan. 19, 2022
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    CMS extends COVID-19 vaccine deadline for health workers in 24 states

    New guidance from CMS sets different vaccine deadlines for healthcare workers in half the country, which could create confusion. Further complicating compliance is Texas' current shield from any deadline.

    By Jan. 18, 2022
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    Vertical integration and consolidation

    Healthcare companies merging with subsectors of the industry is a growing trend, although certainly not a new one.

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    Why your growth depends on an EHR integration strategy and 8 steps to get you there

    Eight project steps that every data integration requires, from planning to go-live to scaling.

    Jan. 18, 2022
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    Pandemic stresses physicians as they reevaluate careers, work-life balance

    About 60% of female physicians and 53% of male physicians said they would take a pay cut to have better work-life balance, Medscape's survey found.

    By Jan. 14, 2022
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    Providers concerned about staffing shortages post-SCOTUS vaccination mandate ruling

    Nursing facilities are particularly worried about the strain a vaccination mandate could have on their shrinking workforce, and are urging CMS to consider a regular testing option for unvaccinated workers.

    By Jan. 14, 2022
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    SCOTUS narrowly upholds health worker vaccine mandate

    The court's liberal justices agree with the government that CMS has the authority to impose the requirement, just one of many healthcare organizations must comply with to be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid funding.

    By Jan. 13, 2022
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    UHS details omicron's hit, shares dip

    The health system has enough beds and ventilators but sometimes not enough staff, echoing concerns from other providers across the nation crushed by the latest wave of coronavirus patients with the fast-spreading omicron variant.

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    Healthcare roles dominate U.S. News 2022 list of best jobs

    Information security analyst took the top spot in the annual list, followed by nurse practitioner, physician assistant, medical and health services manager and software developer.

    By Jan. 11, 2022
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    Hospitals turned to M&A to shore up core operations last year

    The financial pressures, supply chain disruptions and labor challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic drove hospitals to seek out merger partners that could help expand their presence in key markets.

    By Susan Kelly • Jan. 11, 2022
  • SCOTUS justices leave opening for healthcare worker vaccine mandate

    The key question is whether the agencies enacting federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates — OSHA and CMS — had the authority to do so, or whether that power falls to the states.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
  • Stryker to buy Vocera Communications for nearly $3B

    The multibillion-dollar buy is medtech's first major deal of 2022, following a spending spree in the sector last year. Stryker's stock price was slightly down Thursday, but Vocera's rose by nearly 27%.

    By Ricky Zipp • Jan. 6, 2022
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    Unions petition to keep OSHA pandemic protections for health workers in place

    "The grave danger that led to issuance of the emergency temporary standard not only remains, but has dramatically increased with the omicron variant and current surge in infections and hospitalizations," National Nurses United said.

    By Jan. 6, 2022
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    Chicago-area systems NorthShore, Edward-Elmhurst Health finalize merger

    The union gives NorthShore a footprint in the region's western suburbs with the addition of two general acute hospitals and one focused on behavioral health.

    By Jan. 6, 2022
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    Hospitals' labor expenses rose again just before omicron arrival, report finds

    Expenses outpaced revenue growth as hospitals continued grappling with nationwide staffing shortages in November, according to Kaufman Hall.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    Medtechs brace for hit as hospitals warn of omicron impact on surgeries

    Healthcare staff shortages and rising COVID-19 admissions are forcing hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and postpone diagnostic and imaging procedures.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Jan. 5, 2022
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    Nurses at Massachusetts Tenet hospital ratify contract, ending 9-month strike

    The deal includes some staffing improvements that were top priorities for nurses, including limits on how many patients can be assigned in certain hospital units, along with wage increases, the union said.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    HCA buys urgent care chain in Florida

    The hospital operator continues to double down on the Florida market where it has invested $3 billion in new hospitals and facility renovations over the past three years.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
  • UnitedHealthcare permanently shelves controversial ER coverage changes following confusion

    Following concerns from hospitals regarding an apparent change to its ER coverage policy, the payer clarified no changes were made — or will be made — to how it approves or denies its members' emergency claims.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    Tenet completes $1B surgery center acquisition

    This is the second billion-dollar deal with SurgCenter Development as Tenet continues building out its surgery center footprint, a key component of its long-term strategy.

    By Dec. 23, 2021
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    Supreme Court sets Jan. 7 hearing on vaccine mandate rules

    The justices will hear arguments on the requirement that healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated amid a flurry of legal challenges.

    By Dec. 23, 2021
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    SCOTUS upholds another state vaccine mandate

    The high court blocked a challenge to New Mexico's statewide vaccine mandate for healthcare workers Tuesday. The CMS vaccine mandate remains in place, though injunctions in some states still stand.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    UPMC launches in-house travel staffing agency

    The system said it can hire two of its own nurses or surgical technologists for the price of one contracted through an outside agency.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    Biden administration to send military medical personnel to overwhelmed hospitals

    As the omicron variant spreads rapidly, the White House is mobilizing federal agencies to assist hospitals and states in the latest wave of infection.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    After intense pushback, Biogen to cut price of Alzheimer's drug

    Effective Jan. 1, the average list price for Aduhelm will drop about 50% to just over $28,000 a year. It's a move the company hopes will appease insurers and lower out-of-pocket costs for patients.

    By Jacob Bell • Dec. 20, 2021
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    Nurses, Tenet hospital reach deal 9 months into strike

    Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital are set to vote Jan. 3 to ratify a new contract after labor leaders and management reached a tentative agreement Friday. The nurses also agreed to suspend picketing outside the hospital until the vote.

    By Updated Dec. 21, 2021