Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US recommends immediate vaccination for those 65+; herd immunity unlikely in 2021 — 6 COVID-19 updates

    COVID-19 cases per capita in the West are rapidly nearing the Midwest's peak from the fall, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
  2. Optum in talks to acquire 715-physician group in Massachusetts

    UnitedHealth subsidiary Optum is in talks to acquire Atrius Health, a 715-physician group based in Newton, Mass., according to the Boston Business Journal.
  3. UnitedHealthcare suspends some prior authorization rules for hospitals

    UnitedHealthcare suspended some prior authorization requirements for in-network hospitals and in-network skilled nursing facilities, according to the insurer's webpage on its prior authorization updates during the pandemic.

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  1. Trump administration releases plan to speed up vaccinations

    The Trump administration delivered new guidelines Jan. 12 that expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 65 years old and above.
  2. CEO says supply shortage forced Baystate Health to stop vaccinating employees

    A health system CEO in Massachusetts called for a quicker COVID-19 vaccine rollout and revealed that his organization had to stop vaccinating employees because it depleted its supply of shots, according to MassLive.
  3. 20 healthcare moves from Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Apple in 2020

    Big tech companies launched several partnerships last year with providers of healthcare-specific products.
  4. Connecticut hospital faces class action for allegedly reusing insulin pens

    A Superior Court judge in Waterbury, Conn., has certified class action status for a lawsuit against Griffin Hospital regarding the use of multidose insulin pens.

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  1. CMS extends deadline for filing cost reports by 2 months

    CMS extended its deadline for filing cost reports by two months for all cost-reporting periods that ended  March 1-Dec. 31, 2020.
  2. Jefferson Healthcare email hack put info of 2,500 patients at risk: 4 details

    A phishing attack on the employee email account of a worker for Port Townsend, Wash.-based Jefferson Healthcare may have exposed the personal information of thousands of patients late last year, according to a statement from the health system.
  3. 6 lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riot

    Six members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 after rioters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, reports The New York Times.
  4. Nonclinical workers vaccinated at academic hospitals

    As some hospitals work to get their front-line staff vaccinated, several academic medical centers have started vaccinating nonclinical employees, contrary to federal guidelines, according to The New York Times.

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  1. Ohio Medicaid names a single, state-controlled PBM

    Ohio's Medicaid program has named Gainwell Technologies as its sole pharmacy benefit manager in a $158 million contract, The Columbus Dispatch reported Jan. 11.  
  2. Eli Lilly says its Alzheimer's drug slows decline in early study

    Eli Lilly said Jan. 11 that its experimental Alzheimer's drug, donanemab, showed a significant slowing of decline in cognition and daily function in patients with early symptomatic Alzheimer's in a phase 2 trial. 
  3. When will smell, taste come back? 5 COVID-19 questions answered

    Temporary loss of smell, known as anosmia, is a commonly reported indicator of COVID-19. 
  4. R1 RCM forecasts $4B in new patient revenue this year

    R1 RCM plans to add $4 billion in new patient revenue by the end of the year, the revenue cycle management provider said during a presentation at the 39th Annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference. 
  5. CHI St. Luke's, BCBS of Texas strike new agreement

    CHI St. Luke's Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas inked a new contract that will keep the Houston-based health system an in-network provider for 65,000 BCBS of Texas patients.
  6. New York hospital under investigation over COVID-19 vaccine rollout

    The New York State Department of Health is investigating Montefiore New Rochelle (N.Y.) Hospital for allegedly violating state guidelines by vaccinating some city workers and board of education staff for COVID-19 before they were eligible, according to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. 
  7. Pennsylvania hospital to cut 97 beds

    Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center is shifting acute care and surgical services to Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital and reducing its inpatient capacity from 107 beds to 10, according to the Olean Times Herald.
  8. Fresenius Kabi recalls NSAID due to presence of particulate matter

    Fresenius Kabi is recalling one lot of its drug ketorolac after finding particulate matter in some of the vials.
  9. Ex-Broward Health exec facing bribery, money-laundering charges

    A former executive at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health is facing charges of bribery and money-laundering, according to an indictment made public last week.

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