Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Connecticut company gets gets $590M US loan for disposable vaccine injector

    The federal government has awarded a $590 million loan to ApiJect Systems America for a novel injection device the company said could be used instead of traditional glass vials and syringes for vaccinations. 
  2. CMS finalizes Stark Law overhaul: 6 things to know

    CMS issued a final rule Nov. 20 that modifies the Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referrals.  
  3. White House releases 2 new drug-pricing rules

    President Donald Trump announced two new drug-pricing rules Nov. 20, one that would link Medicare Part B drug prices to those paid in other countries and one to eliminate rebates drugmakers pay to pharmacy benefit managers, The Hill reported. 

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  1. Cost the biggest barrier to widespread coronavirus testing, survey finds

    Companies most often cited the cost of COVID-19 testing as the primary reason they weren't testing their workers, rather than test availability or turnaround times, The New York Times reported. 
  2. 10 recent health IT exec moves

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  3. Georgia cancer center gets $576K to advance skin cancer care

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University $576,035 Nov. 19 to expand access to skin cancer care, particularly for melanoma, in the state. 
  4. Sturgis motorcycle rally triggered COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota, CDC says

    About 34 percent of Minnesota's 87 counties had at least one COVID-19 case epidemiologically linked to the 10-day August motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., the CDC said in a Nov. 20 report.

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  1. Healthcare communicators must promote vaccine for inoculation effort to work: study

    Healthcare communication professionals should deploy messaging that encourages vaccine acceptance because the success of the country's vaccination effort hinges on Americans' willingness to be inoculated, according to a study published Nov. 19 in Health Affairs.
  2. LSU Health email hack exposes patient information: 4 details

    LSU Health Care Services Division reported that an unauthorized party accessed an employee's email account and compromised patient information, according to a report in The Daily Advertiser.
  3. Walgreens CFO: I'm not worried about Amazon's online pharmacy

    James Kehoe, Walgreens Boots Alliance's global CFO, expressed little concern about Amazon's recent entry into pharmacy Nov. 19 when he spoke at the Wolfe Healthcare Conference, according to Bloomberg.
  4. 5 recent drug, device recalls

    Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are five reported to the FDA since the end of October:

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  1. Fresenius Kabi recalls sedative due to lidocaine contamination

    Fresenius Kabi is recalling one lot of its sedative drug, dexmedetomidine, after finding it contains trace amounts of lidocaine, an anesthetic. 
  2. Walmart Health opens in Chicago

    Two Walmart Health centers opened in Chicago Nov. 20 adjacent to newly remodeled Walmart supercenters. 
  3. 8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From Kaiser Permanente settling false claims allegations to a Montana health system sued over an oncologist's sudden absence, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  4. Delirium primary COVID-19 symptom in many elderly ED patients, study suggests

    Out of 817 elderly patients with COVID-19 who went to the emergency department, 28 percent (226) had delirium upon arrival, according to a study published Nov. 19 in JAMA Network Open. 
  5. COVID-19 may influence vaping, other substance use in young adults, study finds

    About 34 percent of young adults who completed a research survey said they've changed their vaping or substance use patterns in response to the pandemic, according to a Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic report published in Sage Open Medicine. 
  6. Eli Lilly's arthritis drug gets emergency approval as COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA has granted emergency authorization for Eli Lilly's drug, Olumiant, in combination with Gilead's remdesivir as a treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Eli Lilly said Nov. 19. 
  7. Pfizer applies for COVID-19 vaccine emergency approval

    Pfizer submitted an application for an emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the FDA Nov. 20.
  8. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients more likely to acquire, die from sepsis than flu patients, data suggests

    Hospitalized COVID-19 patients face a 22 percent higher risk of developing sepsis and are 113 percent more likely to experience septic shock compared to hospitalized influenza patients, according to an Epic Health Research Network report published Nov. 19. 
  9. WHO: Stop giving COVID-19 patients remdesivir

    The World Health Organization on Nov. 20 recommended patients not be given remdesivir to treat COVID-19, saying there is no evidence that the antiviral drug improves patients' disease severity or mortality rates.

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