Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Humana adds Albertsons pharmacies to Medicare Part D network

    A Nov. 18 agreement between Humana and Albertsons Cos. adds Safeway, Jewel-Osco and Albertsons pharmacies among others to the payer's preferred cost-sharing network.
  2. New York launches tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Nov. 18 a new tuition coverage program for 1,000 nursing students in an effort to address staffing shortages. 
  3. Benefits of LTACH partnership for hospital success

    Medically complex and critically ill patients now makes up 10% of the overall Medicare population, translating into four million individuals around the nation. This rapidly growing population continues to consume a disproportionate amount of acute healthcare resources and has a significantly higher-than-average likelihood of hospital admissions and readmissions.

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  1. Insurers won't pay for Aduhelm until they know it works

    Insurers need more evidence of the clinical benefit of Biogen's controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm before they start paying for it, Bloomberg reported Nov. 18.
  2. Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai & more system CIOs join venture to grow health tech companies 

    Several CIOs from health systems including Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai and SCL Health have signed on as advisors to a new innovation venture focused on growing healthcare and government tech companies, according to a Nov. 18 news release. 
  3. 2 signs a severe flu season might be ahead

    Health officials say two factors might signal a severe flu season is in store for the U.S.: outbreaks at college campuses and a dominant strain associated with particularly bad flu seasons, NBC News reported Nov. 19. 
  4. Athenahealth close to finalizing sale: 5 things to know 

    Watertown, Mass.-based EHR company Athenahealth is reportedly in the final stage of its sales process with a handful of private equity firms, Seeking Alpha reported Nov. 18. 
  1. Study finds 35% surge in calls to mental health crisis lines during pandemic

    Mental health crisis lines experienced a 35 percent surge in calls relating to fears and loneliness early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, a study analyzing over 8 million calls published Nov. 7 in Nature found.
  2. Attorney general concerned over Mass General Brigham's $400M expansion proposal

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey voiced concerns over Boston-based Mass General Brigham's $400 million expansion plans for three ambulatory care centers, which she said will raise healthcare costs and generate about $385 million in profits a year for the hospital, according to a report she released Nov. 17.
  3. House passes $1.7 trillion spending package: 6 healthcare takeaways

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.7 trillion spending package Nov. 19 aimed at expanding social services and programs ranging from healthcare to education. 
  4. 5 recent EHR contracts, go-lives

    Here are five organizations that announced plans to implement an EHR or deployed a new EHR in the past four weeks.
  1. California hospital CEO takes voluntary pay cut

    Matthew Matthiessen, CEO of John C. Fremont Healthcare District in Mariposa, Calif., took a salary reduction this year after requesting that the board of directors continue a pay cut that he had started to take shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the hospital announced in a news release.
  2. Tenet's vice president of investor relations to retire

    Regina Nethery will retire as vice president of investor relations at Tenet Healthcare at the end of the year.
  3. This state has higher daily COVID-19 cases per capita than every US region

    Michigan is currently seeing the highest average rate of daily COVID-19 cases per capita in the nation, with higher rates than all other states as well as every major U.S. region, according to state and local health agency data cited by The New York Times.
  4. FDA authorizes Pfizer, Moderna boosters for all adults

    The FDA expanded its emergency use authorization of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults Nov. 19, paving the way for people to receive a booster shot at least six months after completing their primary series. 
  5. COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 2021 high in Wisconsin

    The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wisconsin is at the highest level of 2021.
  6. 10 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Here are 10 hospitals or health systems that have announced, advanced or completed construction projects in the last two weeks:
  7. Hospital M&A update: 10 recent deals

    Ten transactions involving hospitals and health systems have been announced, finalized or advanced since Nov. 1.
  8. 'Truth is losing' fight to stop misinformation in science, outgoing NIH director says

    Francis Collins, MD, PhD, outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health delivered strong words on misinformation in science in an interview with The Washington Post Nov 19.
  9. Mayo Clinic operating income more than doubles

    Mayo Clinic's financial and operating performance was strong in the first nine months of this year, with revenue gains offsetting higher expenses, according to financial documents released Nov. 18. 

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