Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Tennessee's new Medicaid model allows state to deny coverage of some drugs

    Tennessee's newly approved Medicaid block grant model includes a closed formulary that allows the state to decline coverage of certain prescription drugs if regulators say they are too expensive, The New York Times reported. 
  2. 1st cases of vaginal cancer transmission to infants reported in Japan

    Japanese researchers have identified what is believed to be the first reported cases of women vaginally transmitting cervical cancer to their infants via birth, according to a case study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. 
  3. COVID-19 test positivity jumps in every region: 4 CDC updates

    COVID-19 test positivity increased in every U.S. region in the week ending Jan. 2, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report published Jan. 8. 

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  1. Missouri county health department missing 2 months of flu data 

    Missouri's Jefferson County Health Department has not received the flu data it needs for its state reporting system since November, according to a Jan. 10 Leader report.
  2. Apple, Biogen to research cognitive health monitoring on Apple Watch and iPhone

    Apple and Cambridge, Mass.-based neurological therapies company Biogen will research how the Apple Watch and iPhone could help monitor cognitive health, Biogen said.
  3. Corner Office: Henry Ford Health System exec says she's driven by golden rule

    For two years, Denise Brooks-Williams has served as senior vice president and CEO of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System's north market, the first person in this role. 
  4. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.

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  1. License revoked for Florida physician accused of inappropriately prescribing opioids, asking patient for $35K

    The Florida Board of Medicine revoked a physician's license in December after three administrative complaints were filed against him claiming he inappropriately prescribed opioids and anxiety medications, according to a Jan. 10 Miami Herald report.
  2. 6 states reporting low flu activity: CDC FluView report

    Three states are reporting low to moderate flu activity for the week ending Jan. 2, according to the CDC's FluView report.
  3. Indiana taps Zotec for statewide COVID-19 vaccine management system

    The Indiana Department of Health partnered with Zotec Partners to deploy a statewide COVID-19 vaccine information management system, the healthcare revenue cycle management company announced Jan. 11.
  4. VA and Fitbit roll out digital health services to 10,000 patients, staff

    The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with Fitbit Jan. 11 to provide 10,000 veterans, caregivers and VA staff with free memberships to Fitbit's digital health services.

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  1. Hackers get patients' PHI after inflicting malware on Florida hospital's computer network

    Leon Medical Centers was hit by a malware attack in November that exposed patients' protected health information, the Doral, Fla.-based hospital announced Jan. 8.
  2. 6 recent hospital, health system executive retirements

    The following hospital and health system CEO retirements have been reported since Dec. 2. 
  3. CVS Health names new chief people officer

    CVS Health has named Laurie Havanec as its new chief people officer, effective Feb. 8, succeeding Lisa Baccia, who is retiring after 16 years with the company. 
  4. Warp Speed giving some hospitals faulty syringes for COVID-19 vaccine doses

    Some hospitals have had to throw out doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine because the syringes given to them by Operation Warp Speed are only able to extract five doses from vials, even if they contain more, Politico reported. 
  5. Teladoc rolls out digital diabetes management offering

    Teladoc Health has tapped Dexcom to provide its members a new diabetes management service that creates reports and digital visualizations of health information, the companies announced Jan. 11.
  6. CMS head calls for US elder care system reform, outcome-focused payers

    The U.S. needs to reform its elder care system so seniors have more options and nursing homes achieve higher levels of quality and safety, writes CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
  7. How new Japan coronavirus variant compares to UK, South Africa strains: 6 notes

    Japan officials have identified a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, reports CNBC.
  8. Bloomberg to hold $15M global contest for best urban pandemic responses

    Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a global competition designed to identify some of the most innovative ideas developed by cities in response to COVID-19.  
  9. What healthcare leaders should know about minimum wage increases in 2021

    Early 2021 has seen or will see minimum wage hikes in 20 states and 32 cities and counties, with 27 cities and counties setting the minimum wage at or above $15 per hour, according to a National Employment Law Project report.

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