Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. BCBS of Minnesota sues Vyera Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, claiming illegal drug pricing

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota filed a class-action lawsuit against Vyera Pharmaceuticals — the rebranded company of Martin Shkreli's Turing Pharmaceuticals — and its parent Phoenixus for allegedly illegally pricing its antimalarial medication.
  2. 3 recent health plan deals

    Here are three deals involving health plans that have been announced since the last week in February:
  3. Ballad Health to invest $60M in pediatric network

    Ballad Health is investing $60 million in a new pediatric care network, the Johnson City, Tenn.-based health system said March 4. 

Giving physicians the personal touch back with conversational AI

Administrative burden is one of the primary drivers of clinician frustrations and ultimately burnout. However, solutions powered by conversational artificial intelligence (AI) may help greatly reduce this stress and improve both the patient and provider experience.
  1. Eating disorders exacerbated amid pandemic, experts say

    The stress and isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to worsening symptoms among those with eating disorders, CBS News reported March 5. 
  2. COVID-19 drug doesn't benefit patients with mild illness, study finds

    Ivermectin, a drug that is typically used to treat parasitic worms but has been used widely against COVID-19, doesn't speed recovery of patients with mild cases of the disease, a study published March 4 in JAMA found. 
  3. Froedtert, Advocate Aurora & others tackle social determinants of health with new data sharing initiative

    Frodtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network and Advocate Aurora Health are founding members of a new health equity collaboration in Wisconsin focused on alleviating social determinants of health challenges in patient care, according to a March 4 news release. 
  4. 5 health-related positions Google seeks the most when hiring

    In the past five years, Google has increased its health-related job postings, continuing its push into the healthcare industry.

In Consultants’ Words: Why We Left the Big Firms to Join Premier

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  1. Email hacking incident exposes patients' info at 2 Trinity Health hospitals 

    Saint Alphonsus Health System and Saint Agnes Medical Center, both part of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, confirmed March 4 that a recent email hacking incident has exposed some patients' personal information. 
  2. 8 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Feb. 26:
  3. In Mississippi, COVID-19 cases in children may be significantly higher than reported, CDC finds

    About 16.3 percent of young people in Mississippi may have been infected with COVID-19 by mid-September of last year, according to the CDC's latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published March 5. 
  4. 9 recent donations to healthcare organizations

    Several healthcare organizations recently received donations to fund new facilities, research, renovations and patient care.

Cepheid: Lab-quality tests for hospitals, ER's, clinics, nursing homes, and other settings

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  1. 26 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Feb. 26:
  2. 3 recent health IT exec moves

    Below are some of the recent leadership changes affecting health IT.
  3. Don't forget about Ebola guidelines, CDC warns healthcare organizations

    The CDC is reminding U.S. healthcare providers about its Ebola infection control guidelines in light of new outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea, according to AHA News.
  4. ICU physician shortage will push hundreds of US counties into crisis, analysts predict

    Between now and March 20, hundreds of U.S. counties will need crisis workforce strategies because of intensive care unit shortages of critical care physician specialists, a new analysis estimates.
  5. Global syringe supply may not meet vaccine demand

    The world needs as many as 10 billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccines, and officials in the U.S. say they don't have enough right now, The New York Times reported March 5. 
  6. University Hospitals creates chief whole health and well-being officer role, names leader

    Cleveland-based University Hospitals now has a chief whole health and well-being officer who will be in charge of health and lifestyle management strategies for patients and caregivers.
  7. Surgical supply-cleaning issues halt some surgeries at Centura Health hospital

    Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colo., has reduced the number of nonemergent and elective procedures at the hospital after staff found cleaning and sterilization issues with some surgical supplies, The Journal reported March 4. 
  8. Amgen acquires cancer drugmaker for $1.9B

    Amgen will acquire South San Francisco, Calif.-based drugmaker Five Prime Therapeutics for $38 per share in cash, or about $1.9 billion.
  9. Amazon's health tracker now features Alexa for voice-powered health updates 

    Amazon debuted a new feature March 4 for its Halo health-tracking device: an integration with Amazon Alexa that lets users call up information on their health data via voice command, according to the Verge. 

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