Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Ballad Health rejects mandatory vaccination status badges after employee feedback

    After receiving resistance, Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health will not move forward with a policy change that would have required employees to wear color-coded badges indicating whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to News Channel 11.
  2. Businesses ditched masks, but hospitals didn't: 7 execs share how they communicate safety policies

    Now that the U.S. economy has "opened up" and Americans' day-to-day lives are getting much closer to normal, it can be tricky for hospitals to communicate their masking policies and safety protocols to visitors.
  3. Representatives introduce Medicare dental coverage bill

    Reps. Steven Horsford, D-Nev. and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., co-authored a bill that would allow Medicare Part B to cover most dental services.

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  1. Physicians fear telehealth coverage dropoff for Medicare, Medicaid patients

    Physicians are holding their breath for when public health emergency orders are lifted, as it could mean a significant dropoff in telehealth coverage for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
  2. Pfizer shot 39% effective against infection in Israel; 91% effective against severe disease

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was 39 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and 88 percent effective against hospitalizations from the virus in Israel, where the delta variant is the dominant strain, CNBC reported July 23, citing a new study from the country's health ministry. 
  3. Number of US COVID-19 vaccinations up 14% from last week

    More than 2 million Americans received a COVID-19 vaccine this week, up 14% from last week, according to Cyrus Shahpar, MD, the White House's COVID-19 data director. 
  4. 7 numbers that show results of health system vaccination mandates

    Dozens of U.S. hospitals and health systems have announced vaccine mandates. Here are seven numbers that show how three organizations' requirements have gone.

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  1. New Illinois law lets patients request or reject telehealth, sets payment parity 

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law July 22 that permanently expands telehealth provisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic to be covered through 2027. 
  2. Ballad Health warns 100 patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

    Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health has notified about 100 patients of a potential exposure to hepatitis A, hepatitis B or HIV due to improper medication practices, NBC affiliate WCYB reported July 23.
  3. After pause, Tennessee resumes most adolescent vaccine advocacy

    After a brief pause, Tennessee is resuming most adolescent vaccine advocacy efforts, a top health official said July 23, reports The Hill.
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations up 32% in US: 11 stats to know

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing nationwide as the delta variant continues to spread, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published July 23.
  1. Dr. Sophia Thomas: Let NPs be allies as healthcare faces physician shortage

    For Sophia Thomas, DNP, an unlikely spark lit her passion for nursing: a severe case of appendicitis at age 13.
  2. Why HIPAA is widely misunderstood

    Even before the advent of social media and the ease of the rapid spread of health misinformation, the HIPAA privacy law has often been the subject of misinterpretation, The New York Times reported July 23. 
  3. Cone Health CEO says she's willing to risk losing employees over vaccination mandate

    Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health announced its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employees July 22. Now, CEO Mary Jo Cagle, MD, is reiterating her support of the decision.
  4. 5 McLaren hospitals hit in Elekta data breach: 64,000 patients affected

    Five McLaren Health Care hospitals and three medical clinics are among 169 other health systems affected by the Elekta data breach.
  5. Canon to rebrand its health IT division: 3 things to know

    Canon Medical Systems unveiled its strategy to transform its health IT division.
  6. 'We are in trouble': Missouri, Kansas hospital execs to call for new mask mandates

    Hospital leaders in the Kansas City area are anticipated to call for new mask mandates, a hospital executive said, according to a July 22 report by The Kansas City Star.
  7. 'Hospitals can't get back to normal until the community does': Missouri leaders implore public to get vaccinated

    Two leaders at Missouri hospitals are urging their communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a virus surge.
  8. Ardent Health Services names new CFO

    Alfred Lumsdaine was named CFO of Ardent Health Services, the Nashville, Tenn.-based organization said July 23. 
  9. Mississippi urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

    Mississippi's attorney general asked the Supreme Court July 22 to overturn the constitutional right to abortion and sustain a state law that prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, reports The New York Times.

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