Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UAB cancer center gets funding to support patients' lodging needs

    The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham received an emergency lodging grant from the American Cancer Society to support the lodging needs of vulnerable patient populations, the university said March 1. 
  2. Florida hospital opens aortic emergency center

    Miami-based Mercy Hospital, part of HCA East Florida health system, has opened a 24-hour aortic emergency center, the hospital announced March 2.
  3. FDA authorizes Quidel's at-home COVID-19 antigen test

    The FDA granted emergency use authorization March 1 to Quidel's at-home COVID-19 antigen test. 

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  1. California hospital CEO resigns after COVID-19 vaccine protocol broken

    Joe DeSchryver, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., submitted his resignation March 2, more than a month after county officials sanctioned the hospital because it broke COVID-19 vaccine protocol, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  2. Mayo Clinic, Bon Secours, 8 more health systems seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  3. Amazon's 10 latest health-related job openings

    Amazon recently posted job openings related to its health business.
  4. How the White House COVID-19 health equity director plans to tackle health disparities

    The Biden administration's COVID-19 health equity director, Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, is determined to better understand underlying factors that cause health disparities for people in minority communities, she told NBC." We have a complicated intersectional web that we are now coming to understand better," Dr. Nunez-Smith said. "Structural racism is real."

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  1. 379 rare diseases cost healthcare $966B per year: study

    The treatments for 379 rare diseases cost the U.S. economy nearly $966 billion in 2019, according to The National Economic Burden of Rare Disease Study.
  2. Biden says US will have enough vaccines for all adults by end of May

    President Joe Biden said March 2 that the U.S. is now expected to have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for all adults by the end of May, accelerating the timeline by two months, CNN reported. 
  3. Drugmakers push the FDA to resume inspections after drug approvals delayed, denied

    Drugmakers are pushing the FDA to resume inspections halted by the pandemic after the agency has deferred or denied drug approvals because it couldn't inspect manufacturing plants in person, Politico reported March 2. 
  4. How Black business leaders turn trauma to triumph: 3 tips

    Business leaders need to have certain skills: empathy, perseverance and resourcefulness. Chad Sanders, author of Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph, said in a March 2 podcast published in Harvard Business Review that Black business leaders can learn from adverse experiences and take advantage of it.

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  1. Memorial Healthcare System creates health system innovation council

    Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System's investment company Florida Community Health Network and investment capital firm Caduceus Capital Partners have partnered on a new initiative for health system innovation.
  2. Optum to acquire 715-physician group in Massachusetts

    UnitedHealth subsidiary Optum signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atrius Health, a 715-physician group based in Newton, Mass., according to The Boston Globe. 
  3. Philips appoints new chief innovation and strategy officer

    Philips on March 2 named Shez Partovi, MD, its new chief innovation and strategy officer, effective March 22.
  4. 3 major healthcare groups push for better race, ethnicity data reporting during COVID-19 vaccination

    The American Medical Association, American Nurses Association and American Pharmacists Association on March 2 urged all healthcare professionals to improve their efforts to collect and report race and ethnicity data when administering COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. 400 attacks on healthcare workers, services linked to COVID-19 worldwide: 5 things to know

    More than 1,100 attacks and threats of violence against medical workers, patients, healthcare facilities and transport took place worldwide in 2020, and about 400 appear to be specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.  
  6. Sanford plans new hospital in North Dakota

    Sanford Health plans to build a hospital and clinic in Williston, N.D., the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based system said March 2. 
  7. Beaumont Health CFO leaving for CFO post at Beth Israel Lahey Health System

    John Kerndl, executive vice president and CFO of Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health, has accepted the CFO position at Beth Israel Lahey Health System in Boston. 
  8. Pew: 4 ways updating health data exchange methods would improve public health

    Real-time and complete data through EHRs could give public health agencies what they need to improve public health analytics. There are four ways eliminating data gaps and improving data-sharing can strengthen the public response to the pandemic, according to a March 1 Pew article.
  9. 10 types of cyberattacks to know and avoid

    Hospitals are increasingly becoming victims of cyberattacks as the workforce sees major changes amid the pandemic. 

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