Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC will likely advise kids under 12 to wear masks in school, Biden says

    The CDC will "probably" recommend children under age 12 who aren't yet eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to wear masks in school this fall, President Joe Biden said during a July 21 CNN town hall. 
  2. UnitedHealthcare funds social determinants of health programs in 18 states, DC

    UnitedHealthcare is awarding $11.4 million in grants to 84 community-based organizations across 18 states and Washington, D.C., as part of its Empowering Health initiative, an email shared with Becker's said.
  3. Pharma companies reach $26B civil opioid settlement

    The country's three major drug distributors — McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen — along with Johnson & Johnson have reached a $26 billion deal with states and local governments that would release the drug companies from all civil liability related to the opioid epidemic, The New York Times reported. 

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  1. Pfizer vaccine 88% effective against delta variant, UK study finds

    Two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine were 88 percent effective against symptomatic disease from the delta variant of the coronavirus, a study published July 21 in The New England Journal of Medicine found. 
  2. New Jersey health system launches innovation center: 3 things to know 

    Bayonne, N.J.-based CarePoint Health on July 21 unveiled its new innovation center, which aims to partner with health IT vendors, investors and startups to improve patient experience and clinical applications. 
  3. Filling the Medicaid coverage gap could be a boon for payers

    Congress is eyeing two options for cutting down the 2.2 million-person Medicaid coverage gap, and insurers could see profits either way. 
  4. 7 things to know about the state of healthcare coverage, affordability

    The Commonwealth Fund released a report July 16 that analyzes the state of healthcare coverage and affordability from March to June. 

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  1. Cigna, Oscar Health launch virtual primary care plan

    Cigna and New York City-based Oscar Health have partnered to launch Oscar virtual primary care on some of the insurers' joint plans. 
  2. Failure to seal documents in antitrust review could have grave consequences, Aetna's legal team says

    A federal judge's decision to decline Aetna's motion to seal certain business information that it produced as a third party in an antitrust lawsuit could have grave consequences, lawyers for the health insurer said in an opening brief July 20. 
  3. GAO to HHS: Share plan for $43.7B of unused provider relief funds

    About 25 percent of the provider relief funds remain unused, and HHS should reveal plans on how and when it will allocate the unspent funds, the Government Accountability Office said in a July 19 report. 
  4. 5 recently launched healthcare marketing campaigns

    Below are five marketing campaigns launched in the past 30 days to combat health misinformation, encourage proactive health screenings, facilitate organ donations and more.
  1. 6 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women were reported on or after July 15:
  2. Missouri hospital creates leadership role for quality, safety and population health

    Sam Flanders, MD, was chosen as the inaugural executive vice president for quality, safety and population health at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. 
  3. BCBS of South Carolina strikes agreement with feds over alleged hiring discrimination

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina has made a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve allegations that the payer discriminated against 117 Black, Hispanic, Asian and multiracial applicants for a student training program, according to a July 21 news release.  
  4. America's Essential Hospitals CEO: Members can 'turn back the pandemic's latest assault' by requiring vaccination

    America's Essential Hospitals, which represents more than 300 safety-net hospitals in the U.S., is urging members to require employee COVID-19 vaccination.
  5. Patients who ride ambulance more likely to get superbug infection, study suggests

    Patients who arrive at the hospital via an ambulance are more likely to develop superbug colonization or infection, according to findings published July 21 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
  6. Biden says COVID-19 vaccines' full FDA approval will likely come in fall

    COVID-19 vaccines will probably earn full FDA approval in the fall, President Joe Biden said during a July 22 CNN town hall in Cincinnati.
  7. Mount Sinai genomics spinout goes public under $500M merger deal

    Stamford, Conn-based Sema4, a genomics company spun out of Mount Sinai Health System, completed its merger with special purpose acquisition company CM Life Sciences, the organizations announced July 22. 
  8. VA pausing Cerner's EHR deployment through 2021

    The Department of Veterans Affairs's Cerner EHR pause will last until the end of 2021, Federal News Network reported July 21.
  9. 33% of popular cancer treatment articles contain misinformation, study finds

    More than one-third of commonly read cancer treatment articles on social media contain misinformation that could potentially harm patients' treatment quality and chances of survival, according to research published July 22 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

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