Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 2021 hospital M&A transaction volumes 36% below historical average, analysis found

    Transaction volume for hospital mergers and acquisitions decreased by 33 percent in 2021, compared to 2020, according to an analysis by brokerage firm H2C Securities shared with Becker's.
  2. COVID-19 may cause noticeable hair loss: 6 notes

    COVID-19 can be linked to noticeable hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
  3. 8 recent drug recalls

    Here are eight recalls drug companies issued in December, as listed by the FDA.
  1. Amgen inks $50M AI drug discovery deal

    Amgen, a Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company, will partner with Generate Biomedicines for a research collaboration agreement to discover and create five protein therapeutics for clinical targets.
  2. Officials warn Chicago, Philadelphia residents of fake COVID-19 testing sites 

    Officials in Chicago and Philadelphia are warning residents to be aware of fake COVID-19 tests and testing sites given the scarcity of supplies during the recent surge of cases. 
  3. Connecticut pharmacy cancels 700 COVID-19 test appointments over lab backlog

    Park Pharmacy in Waterbury, Conn., on Jan. 5 canceled all polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 tests for the week because of a backlog at the laboratory the pharmacy uses to process the tests, local NBC affiliate WVIT reported. 
  4. 7 medical claims expected to increase in 2022

    Payers should brace for an increase in joint pain, cardiomyopathy and diabetes-related claims throughout 2022, according to a report from health insights company Prealize. 

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  1. Centene names Magellan exec as chief transformation officer

    Centene has appointed Jim Murray as its chief transformation officer to lead both the payer's new Value Creation Office and its advanced behavioral health division.
  2. Ciox Health data breach affects ​​AdventHealth, Northwestern and 30 more providers

    Health information management company Ciox Health has notified 32 providers of an email security incident affecting their patients' protected health information.
  3. Female physicians among most likely to be telehealth early adopters, study shows

    Female, primary care and behavior specialists were more likely to implement virtual care early on during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with male and surgical specialty physicians, a Dec. 30 study published in JAMA Network Open found.
  4. Pharmacists can give flu shots in states where they're not licensed, HHS says

    HHS is permitting pharmacists and qualified pharmacy interns to administer flu vaccines in states where they are not licensed or certified, effective Jan. 7. 
  1. Unions petition OSHA to issue permanent COVID-19 safety standards for healthcare workers

    A national coalition of unions is petitioning a federal court to compel the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to adopt permanent COVID-19 protections for healthcare workers and keep a temporary emergency temporary standard for healthcare workers in place until that happens.
  2. Marshall Medical Center, UC Davis announce affiliation for cancer services 

    Placerville, Calif.-based Marshall Medical Center and UC Davis Health in Sacramento, Calif., have announced an affiliation for cancer services allowing Marshall patients access to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the systems said Jan. 5.
  3. Indiana limits eligibility for rapid COVID-19 tests

    Rapid COVID-19 tests at Indiana state and local health department testing sites will only be available to individuals aged 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals aged 50 and older, according to new guidelines issued by the Department of Health Jan. 4.
  4. 5.6M+ Medicare claims denied over 6 years & other findings from study of Medicare coverage policies

    Medicare and Medicare Advantage coverage policies resulted in more than 5.6 million claim denials between 2014 and 2019, according to a new study published in the January issue of Health Affairs.
  5. Oro Valley Hospital begins admitting heart attack patients again

    Tucson, Ariz.-based Oro Valley Hospital has begun accepting cardiac arrest patients once again, CBS affiliate KOLD News 13 reported Jan. 10. 
  6. Nearly 2 in 3 low-income parents skipped medical care, study finds: 5 things to know

    Low-income parents (those at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level) are three times as likely to forgo some sort of medical care over parents at 400 percent of the federal poverty level, according to a Jan. 5 Urban Institute study. 
  7. RWJBarnabas Health adds 12th hospital

    Elizabeth-based Trinitas Regional Medical Center has joined West Orange-based RWJBarnabas Health, both in New Jersey, as the system's 12th hospital.
  8. Rapid, but reliable? Early data suggests home tests lag with omicron

    Amid surging demand for rapid COVID-19 antigen tests, a small real-world study suggests they may not be a reliable tool to curb transmission. 
  9. Telehealth restrictions across the US: How each state measures up

    Laws determining telehealth access vary widely across the 50 states, according to a report released Jan. 5 by Reason Foundation, Cicero Institute and Pioneer Institute.

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