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Ozempic quells kidney disease risk, study finds

In a yearslong trial of more than 3,500 participants, Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic and Wegovy slowed the growth of chronic kidney disease and slashed the risk of heart attack, kidney failure, stroke and death. 

Physician pay by practice setting

Physicians in solo practice make an average of $443,274, according to Doximity’s 2024 “Physician Compensation Report,” published May 23.

10 specialties with the largest pay increases

Hematology saw a 12.4% jump in compensation from 2022 to 2023, according to Doximity’s 2024 “Physician Compensation Report,” published May 23.

Ascension expects progress on IT outage soon

St. Louis-based Ascension said it expects patients and providers to notice progress on its cyberattack response after Memorial Day weekend.

CommonSpirit unlikely to pursue Steward's Arizona assets

Daniel Morrisette, CFO of Chicago-based CommonSpirit, said he doesn’t expect the health system to purchase Dallas-based Steward Health Care’s Arizona assets, but said they are evaluating potential opportunities. 

Texas physician convicted in $70M Medicare scheme

A Texas physician was convicted by a federal jury for his involvement in the submission of more than $70 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for unnecessary orthopedic braces and tests.

CommonSpirit, Ascension, Trinity: How the 3 largest nonprofit systems' finances stack up

Ascension, Trinity Health and CommonSpirit, which operate more than 380 acute care hospitals combined, reported substantial operating improvements in fiscal year 2024 to date, but executives at each system maintain there is still much work to do. 

Christus Health opens another heart institute

Sulphur Springs, Texas-based Christus Health will expand its services and open a new cardiology location.

WHO updates list of most dangerous drug-resistant pathogens

For the first time in seven years, the World Health Organization has updated its list of the most dangerous, antimicrobial resistant pathogens. The revised list includes 24 pathogens from 15 different families of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

How 5 health systems reined in patient portal messages

Health system chief medical information officers told Becker’s they’ve reduced patient portal messages for physicians with the help of both human colleagues and artificial intelligence.