September 27th 2023
Healthcare workers can engage colleagues who are struggling and let them know they aren’t alone. Leaders also need to be checking on their teams.
The attacks involve business email compromise to phishing attempts. A cybersecurity expert says attackers will slowly engage victims and build trust.
September 26th 2023
Experts warn about the growing dangers of criminals using AI and deepfakes to target hospitals and healthcare organizations.
Ransomware attacks can endanger patients and costs health systems millions. Experts say the C-suite is more engaged on the issue.
September 25th 2023
The unions say they need an agreement by the end of the week, or they will walk out in October. It would be the largest healthcare worker strike in U.S. history.
Children’s hospitals continue to face financial pressures
While they are faring better than other providers, children’s hospitals are dealing with the lowest cash levels in a decade, Fitch Reports says.
Consumers fault insurers for delays in healthcare, polling finds
Doctors and nurses also fault payers for making their job harder, according to surveys by Morning Consult.
Connecting with a community after initial missteps | My Favorite Mistake
In this new feature, Katie Galbraith of Lankenau Medical Center talks about the value of listening to community feedback, even if it is disappointing, and how that’s helped her as a leader.
CMS offers $9B to hospitals in dispute over 340B drug discount program
Hospitals are urging the government to expedite the payments. But health systems are irked by CMS’ plans to cut spending in other areas, saying it ‘blunts’ the remedy.
HCA Healthcare discloses data breach affecting as many as 11 million patients
HCA says it appears to be a theft from a location used to send email messages to patients. The company says the breach did not include patient clinical or financial information.
After a lull, ransomware attacks on hospitals are rising again
More than 200 attacks have been reported in the first half of the year, says John Riggi of the American Hospital Association. He talks about the dangers and what hospitals should be doing.
The most popular stories from Chief Healthcare Executive in the first half of 2023
Check out the most well-read articles in the first six months of the year.
University of Tennessee Medical Center announces CEO succession plan | MED MOVES
CommonSpirit Health appoints a chief philanthropy officer, and other leaders take new roles.
Leader of nurse practitioners’ group aims to lift restrictions on authority
More states are giving nurse practitioners the ability to practice without the supervision of doctors. As the new president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Stephen Ferrara wants to continue that momentum.
Many telehealth appointments see fewer follow-ups than office visits, study finds
In most specialties, people were more likely to have a second appointment after seeing a provider in person, new research from Epic suggests.
Mourning the police officer shot and killed in a hospital
Sgt. Heather Glenn was fatally wounded when she tried to apprehend a suspect accused of domestic violence. The shooting took place near the emergency department, authorities said.
Here are the 10 biggest health data breaches in the first half of 2023
Tens of millions of Americans have been affected by data breaches in the first six months of the year.
‘Face the Fight’ campaign aims to prevent veteran suicides
Tiffany Benjamin, CEO of the Humana Foundation, talks about the campaign and why she’s optimistic it will make a difference.
Maternal mortality soars across U.S., and some racial groups are hit hardest
The maternal mortality rate more than doubled between 1999 and 2019, a new study shows. Researchers have also identified disparities at the state level.
The status quo with EHRs is ripe for disruption | Viewpoint
Addressing the top five pain points for healthcare organizations with today’s electronic health records.
Novant Health appoints chief medical officer, and more | MED MOVES
Providence names a division president, Tenet Healthcare announces a new chief financial officer, and other leaders take new roles.
For medical schools, Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action changes the game
Medical colleges are disheartened by the decision. They aim to continue pursuing diversity efforts, but they said the court’s ruling could undo years of progress.
Improving diversity without considering race in admissions: Lessons from a medical school
California has barred public universities from weighing race for nearly 30 years. Mark Henderson of UC-Davis School of Medicine explains how the school still made gains in diversity.
Health groups denounce Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in college admissions
Medical schools had hoped the court would allow the consideration of race in admission decisions, but the conservative justices found it unconstitutional.
Paying the ransom: Hospitals face hard choices in cyberattacks | Special Report
Federal authorities say organizations shouldn’t give into ransom demands. But even cybersecurity experts say the answers aren’t always easy.
After surge in MRSA infections, hospitals get new guidance
Several medical organizations offer updated recommendations to prevent infections. A key: health systems must utilize better stewardship of antibiotics.
FTC looks to revamp review process of mergers
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed getting more information earlier to determine if there are competition issues. Regulators have applied more scrutiny to healthcare deals.
Hospitals beginning to show signs of improved performance
Many health systems have faced serious financial challenges, but a new Kaufman Hall report finds a bit of a rebound.
Penn Medicine says it’s done with U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ rankings
The health system says the highly-publicized reports don’t reflect the rapidly changing industry. Some top medical schools have also pulled out of U.S. News rankings.
Hospitals say site-neutral policies could cost health systems billions
The American Hospital Association says proposals to reduce reimbursement for some outpatient services would result in painful cuts.
Nearly 300 members of Congress urge CMS to reform prior authorization in Medicare Advantage
The bipartisan group of lawmakers asked federal officials to finalize proposed measures to streamline the authorization process in the increasingly popular plans.
Preventable deaths are rising across America, Commonwealth Fund finds
In its annual scorecard on the performance of state health systems, the organization sees some disturbing trends. Among them: a ‘startling’ rise in deaths among women.
Men are more likely to die of overdoses, but it's not clear why that's the case
A study financed by the NIH shows men are dying at much higher rates than women, and the gap holds across different age groups and regions.
Hospital for Special Surgery chooses COO, and more | MED MOVES
Ochsner Health appoints a chief nursing officer, Baptist Health Louisville hires a new president, and more.
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ochsner Health collaborate on cancer care
The two organizations are establishing Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Louisiana. Ochsner MD Anderson facilities are based in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge and Covington.
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