Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. States ranked by primary care shortage areas

    California has the most areas facing shortages of primary care providers of all U.S. states, according to a ranking Kaiser Family Foundation released Nov. 11.
  2. More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in 1 year, federal data shows

    More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses in the 12-month period that ended in April, The New York Times reported Nov. 17.
  3. 7 drugs cost US $1.6B more in 2020 without proof of new benefits

    Seven drugs saw net price increases in 2020 without evidence of an additional clinical benefit, which cost the U.S. health system an additional $1.67 billion, according to an analysis published Nov. 16 by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. 

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  1. Baby boomers embrace behavioral healthcare but face Medicare coverage hurdles

    Despite their widespread acceptance and use of behavioral healthcare, baby boomers are beginning to face challenges with Medicare's limited coverage of therapy and similar services. 
  2. US to spend $5B on 10M courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

    The U.S. will buy 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for $5 billion, The Washington Post reported Nov. 16.
  3. 22 medical schools awarded $12.1M in grants to promote clinician retention, diversity

    The COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists competition awarded 22 medical schools across the U.S. $12.1 million in grants to advance the research productivity and retention of early-career faculty, according to a Nov. 17 press release.  
  4. Infectious Disease Society of America issues guidelines for PPE use

    The Infectious Disease Society of America issued eight guidelines for healthcare workers using PPE when working with COVID-19 patients. 
  1. Antidepressants may lower COVID-19 death risk, study suggests

    People taking certain antidepressants, particularly fluoxetine, may have a lower death risk from COVID-19, according to research published Nov. 15 in JAMA Network Open.
  2. 152 Congressional leaders push back on surprise-billing rule

    A group of Congressional leaders wrote a letter Nov. 5 to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Martin Walsh calling for amendments to the interim final rule of the No Surprises Act released Sept. 30.
  3. Snapshot of 3 states with the highest jumps in COVID-19 hospitalizations

    Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire are reporting the highest COVID-19 hospitalization increases over the last two weeks, according to Nov. 17 data tracked by The New York Times.
  4. Lawmakers urge White House to probe alleged price gouging by staffing agencies

    A group of bipartisan lawmakers are urging the White House to investigate the "extreme prices" staffing agencies are allegedly charging hospitals during the most recent COVID-19 surge. 
  1. How Penn Medicine uses texts to save COVID-19 patients' lives

    Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine's automated text messaging system for COVID-19 outpatients has proven to save two lives a week, according to a study published Nov. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  2. UCI breaks ground on $1.3B medical complex

    University of California, Irvine and UCI Health began construction on their $1.3 billion medical complex, which includes a 350,000-square-foot, 144-bed acute care hospital with an emergency room.
  3. California hospital expedites ED closure plan

    Community Hospital Long Beach (Calif.) is shutting down its emergency department earlier than planned because of staffing shortages, the hospital announced Nov. 16. 
  4. Some appointments returning 6 days after cyberattack at Ohio hospital

    Some appointments are still being canceled at Portsmouth-based Southern Ohio Medical Center six days after discovering it was the victim of a cyberattack, the hospital said in a Nov. 16 Facebook post.
  5. 7 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported since Nov. 10:
  6. Intermountain launches center for ethical AI standards

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare on Nov. 16 established a data science and artificial intelligence center of excellence.
  7. COVID-19 vaccination rates up in 40 states, down in 10

    An average of 1.46 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, an 11 percent increase from the week before, according to The Washington Post. The number of doses administered per day includes booster doses in addition to initial vaccinations.
  8. 2 Kaiser Northern California hospitals divert ambulances amid worker strike

    Emergency departments at Kaiser Permanente's Northern California hospitals in Modesto and Manteca are not receiving ambulance patients while a strike continues, according to ABC affiliate KXTV and NBC affiliate KCRA.   
  9. HCA to open nursing school in Virginia

    Galen College of Nursing, which is part of the HCA Healthcare network, plans to open a new nursing school in Richmond, Va., the organizations said Nov. 16.

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