Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Healthcare workers sue Louisiana hospitals to halt vaccination mandates

    Employees of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional and Ochsner Lafayette General medical centers are suing to halt COVID-19 vaccination requirements, according to The Acadiana Advocate.
  2. Top health areas for startup funding — Cardiology is No. 1

    Health IT startups have secured more than $1 billion in recent funding rounds, with cardiology as the top-funded medical area, according to a Deloitte report.
  3. Patients' medical records awaiting scanning left in basement for 10 months at Atlanta VA hospital

    Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is beginning to sort through thousands of pieces of mail after they were left in a basement for more than 10 months, according to a Sept. 20 report by CBS affiliate WBS 2.

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  1. ONC unveils 13 new elements for national interoperability framework

    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT unveiled 13 new elements for its Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which works toward achieving a single pathway to interoperability across health information networks. 
  2. Members, therapists criticize Kaiser Permanente's mental health coverage: 6 things to know

    Kaiser Permanente is facing backlash for how its insurance plans cover mental healthcare, receiving complaints from members, therapists and the American Psychological Association, according to NBC 7 San Diego. 
  3. Walmart, Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds launch innovation group to tackle health disparities in Black Americans 

    Telehealth providers Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds are teaming up with a group of large employers including Walmart, Target and Accenture, to create a digital health program that aims to reduce health disparities in Black Americans, the companies said Sept. 21. 
  4. The world's biggest brands advertise on COVID-19 misinformation sites, report finds

    Prominent brands have been advertising on websites dedicated to COVID-19 misinformation throughout the pandemic — often unknowingly because of the opaque design of the digital advertising market, according to a report released Sept. 18 by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
  1. Cigna, Hackensack Meridian Health re-up New Jersey network agreement

    Cigna renewed its contract with Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, maintaining that the system's 17 hospitals and 500 facilities remain in-network for members.
  2. Another CIA agent develops 'Havana syndrome' symptoms

    A CIA officer who recently traveled to India received medical attention after an unexplained incident triggered symptoms consistent with 'Havana syndrome,' The New York Times reported Sept. 20.
  3. Joint COVID-19, flu vaccine clinics opening across US

    While the COVID-19 delta variant continues to fuel outbreaks across the U.S., there is still uncertainty as to what this year's flu season will bring. To bolster prevention efforts, one-stop clinics offering shots for both illnesses have started to emerge, CNN reported Sept. 21. 
  4. 10 states with least expensive, most expensive prescription drugs

    Maine and Missouri offer the least expensive prescription drugs for Americans over 65, and Tennessee and Utah offer the most expensive, according to an analysis by MedicareGuide, an insurance technology company.
  1. Kontakt.io Launches Nano Tag, the World's Smallest Affordable, Disposable & Wearable BLE Tag

    Driven by innovation, Nano Tag sets a new standard for location-aware disposable BLE tags
  2. Walgreens makes majority investment in Shields Health Solutions

    Walgreens will make a $970 million majority investment in Shields Health Solutions, a specialty pharmacy services provider for hospitals and health systems, the company said Sept. 21. 
  3. 14 health systems invest in digital health startup Xealth

    Xealth, a digital health startup spun out of Renton, Wash.-based Providence in 2017, has garnered 14 health system investors to date.
  4. Novant Health suspends unvaccinated workers

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health has placed workers on an unpaid five-day suspension for not complying with the system's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program, according to a Sept. 21 news release.
  5. Catholic Health workers announce plans to strike Oct. 1

    Workers at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) plan to strike Oct. 1 if a contract is not reached by then, according to a union news release.  
  6. 'Our state literally shrunk': In 2020, deaths outpaced births in Alabama

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, more deaths were recorded than births in Alabama marking a first in the state's history, The New York Times reported Sept. 18. 
  7. J&J says its COVID-19 vaccine is more effective after 2 doses

    Johnson & Johnson said Sept. 21 that a two-dose regimen for its COVID-19 vaccine provides 94 percent protection against symptomatic infection, which puts all three drugmakers whose COVID-19 shots are being administered in the U.S. at similar efficacy rates for two-dose regimens.
  8. More than 14,000 Dignity nurses approve labor deal

    More than 14,000 registered nurses in California and Nevada approved a new contract with San Francisco-based Dignity Health, according to a Sept. 20 union news release. 
  9. How the pandemic changed the CIO role: 5 insights

    CIOs' responsibilities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have increased, with the pay to match as the average annual salary hitting $260,000, according to a Sept. 20 report by The Wall Street Journal.

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