Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. VA expands 5G hospital pilot sites to Florida and Seattle 

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is extending its 5G hospital innovation project from its Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital to additional facilities in Florida and Seattle, NextGov reports.
  2. U of Cincinnati Medical Center to pay $65K HIPAA fine for not sending patient's records to third party

    University of Cincinnati Medical Center agreed Nov. 19 to pay a $65,000 fine for failing to timely meet a patient's request to send copies of her electronic medical records to her lawyers.  
  3. How digital platforms are innovating to meet consumer expectations: 2 leaders weigh in 

    As technologies, including telehealth and remote monitoring tools, have become more essential to care delivery, healthcare providers are turning to various apps to meet changing consumer expectations and transform the patient experience.

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  1. Experts skeptical on how federal vaccine distribution plan will work for nursing home residents

    Long-term care facilities account for about 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths, despite making up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, and experts are worried the federal government's vaccine distribution program won't adequately protect the vulnerable population, CBS reports. 
  2. 'No more lockdowns in Texas,' governor says

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Nov. 23 he will not reenact or implement further lockdown orders.
  3. A 'magical formula': Intermountain + Sanford CEOs discuss 70-hospital merger plans

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health have proposed merging into a 70-hospital system.
  4. Avera loses legal bid to recoup indigent care fees

    The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that Yankton County is not responsible for paying the indigent care costs of 23 patients who were detained under mental health orders at Yankton-based Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
  1. Merck to acquire COVID-19 drug developer for $425M

    Merck announced Nov. 23 it will buy Rockville, Md.-based drugmaker OncoImmune for an upfront cash payment of $425 million to obtain rights to the drug it's developing for patients hospitalized with severe and critical COVID-19.
  2. Arkansas governor to fast-track licensure for 1,100+ nursing students so they can help with pandemic

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Nov. 20 that he will expedite licensure for 1,104 nursing students so they can help at overwhelmed hospitals in just a few weeks, reports NBC's KARK.
  3. 5 hospitals hiring chief quality officers

    Below are five hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  4. Should the US blame high healthcare spending on fee-for-service? Maybe not, researchers say

    In the U.S., fee-for-service medicine has long been cited as creating incentives for overuse of medical services, which ultimately leads to higher spending. But with structured fee negotiations and standardized prices, high-income countries like France, Germany and Japan have seen some success with fee-for-service models, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs.

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  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise for all ages: 4 CDC updates

    The percentage of U.S. deaths due to pneumonia, flu or COVID-19 has steadily increased through October, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. The agency said it expects this mortality rate and COVID-19 hospitalizations to rise through mid- to late November.
  2. 'Nothing tastes as good as safety feels': Traditional Thanksgiving out for many epidemiologists  

    Many epidemiologists are forgoing traditional Thanksgiving plans and not celebrating with people outside their households, according to an informal survey from The New York Times.
  3. CVS Pharmacy taps new president, Neela Montgomery

    CVS Health has named Neela Montgomery president of its CVS Pharmacy business, effective Nov. 30. 
  4. Regeneron wins EUA for COVID-19 antibody cocktail

    The FDA granted emergency use authorization to Regenron's COVID-19 antibody treatment Nov. 21, the only other COVID-19 antibody treatment granted emergency approval by the agency since its Nov. 9 approval of Eli Lilly's bamlanivimab.
  5. AstraZeneca says vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing COVID-19

    AstraZeneca released its interim trial analysis Nov. 23 for the COVID-19 vaccine it's developing with the University of Oxford, which showed the candidate to be up to 90 percent effective in preventing the disease.
  6. 5 tips to cut through the data deluge in healthcare

    Hospitals and health systems are facing a data deluge. As a result, they often struggle to translate the vast amount of data into actionable insights and real results. 
  7. US has more ventilators, but a shortage of critical care physicians to operate them

    During earlier months of the pandemic, hospitals were primarily concerned about whether they'd have enough ventilators to treat critical patients. Now, after devicemakers ramped up production to make more than 200,000 ventilators, there's plenty — but the new roadblock is a shortage of specialists who are trained to operate the complex machines, The New York Times reports. 
  8. How the White House's new drug-pricing rules affect health insurers

    A new Trump administration rule on drug pricing will require health insurers to publicly disclose their negotiated rates for prescription drugs, according to Kaiser Health News. 
  9. Navigating fluctuating supply and demand: How health systems can adjust demand planning amid the pandemic

    As we are all acutely aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly magnified supply challenges in the healthcare industry. Virus surges are causing an unprecedented amount of variation in both the demand for and the available supply of products.

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