Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. ONC releases data standard for patient addresses: 4 things to know

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Jan. 7 issued Version 1.0 of Project US@, its healthcare specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching.
  2. Pfizer shot protects against MIS-C, CDC study finds

    Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine was 91 percent effective at preventing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a rare but serious condition tied to COVID-19, according to the CDC's Jan. 7 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 
  3. Lee Health to waive telehealth fee during COVID-19 influx

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health's telehealth services, which normally cost $49 per visit, are now being offered for free as the health system sees an increase in COVID-19 cases, Wink News reported Jan. 7.
  1. Massachusetts hospitals to distinguish between primary, incidental COVID-19 admissions in reporting

    Later this month, hospitals in Massachusetts will begin adjusting their reporting on COVID-19 hospitalizations to distinguish between how many patients are admitted for the virus as their primary condition and how many are primarily admitted for other ailments and incidentally test positive, according to The Boston Globe.
  2. 23andMe takes first drug to clinical trial

    23andMe began a clinical trial for its first drug candidate, the direct-to-consumer DNA testing company said Jan. 6.
  3. More boosters aren't a viable solution to end the pandemic, scientists say

    Scientists say administering COVID-19 boosters to Americans every few months is neither realistic nor a feasible way to handle variants, The New York Times reported Jan. 6.
  4. 5 health leaders share recommendations on improving health equity 

    CMS on Dec. 8 held a roundtable in which leaders from health systems, medical schools and organizations across the country weighed in on how to improve health equity. 

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  1. Dementia cases may triple by 2050, study finds

    Worldwide, nearly 153 million people may have dementia by 2050, up from 57.4 million in 2019, according to projections published Jan. 6 in The Lancet Public Health.
  2. 8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From lawsuits against health insurers to an opioid case settlement, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  3. White House, USPS solidify plans to distribute 500M COVID-19 tests

    The U.S. government is finalizing a plan with the U.S. Postal Service to distribute 500 million COVID-19 tests to households nationwide, four people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.
  4. Huntsman Cancer Institute, U of Utah Health name new head of radiation oncology 

    Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health named Amit Maity, MD, PhD, chair of the department of radiation oncology for the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at University of Utah.
  1. Dana-Farber: $40M grant to further multiple myeloma research 

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received a $40 million gift from Paula and Rodger Riney of St. Louis to further multiple myeloma research, the institute said Jan. 6.
  2. Healthfirst received $5.2M in overpayments, OIG audit finds

    An HHS Office of Inspector General audit of seven Healthfirst Health Plan high-risk groups found several diagnosis codes submitted for use in CMS' risk adjustment program did not meet federal guidelines, resulting in more than $516,000 in overpayments within the sample. 
  3. US needs a new COVID-19 strategy, former Biden advisers say 

    Six former health advisers to President Joe Biden have called for the U.S. to adopt a new domestic strategy for COVID-19, publishing three opinion pieces in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Jan. 6. 
  4. 6 recent board appointments

    The following board appointments have been reported since Dec. 6:
  5. CMS releases Medicare Advantage, Part D proposed rule: 7 changes to know

    CMS is proposing a new rule that aims to cut prescription drug costs, increase contract vetting and improve health equity, according to a Jan. 6 news release. 
  6. 5 recent payer exec moves

    Centene, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente all named new executives since Jan. 1. 
  7. Kaiser workers plan MLK Day strike

    Psychologists, social workers and therapists employed at Kaiser Permanente's Oakland and Richmond, Calif., clinics plan to strike Jan. 17 after they say the health system backtracked on making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for all healthcare workers, including its mental health clinicians, according to the union that represents them.
  8. 800K expired COVID-19 tests found in state stockpile, Florida governor says 

    Anywhere from 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 tests expired in a state stockpile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed during a Jan. 6 news conference, NBC2 News reported. 
  9. HHS updates hospital COVID-19 data reporting requirements

    HHS has updated its requirements for data reporting from hospitals as COVID-19 responses continue to evolve. 

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