Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 88% of Medicare Advantage plan buyers going for $0 premiums

    About halfway through 2021's open enrollment period, 88 percent of Medicare Advantage plans purchased on marketplaces have $0 premiums, according to a Nov. 18 survey from eHealth.
  2. For Geisinger CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu, there is a silver lining to the pandemic

    Jaewon Ryu, MD, has helmed Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger since 2018, overseeing a nine-hospital system with nearly 24,000 employees, about 4,000 of whom are working remotely.
  3. Most immunosuppressed patients don't have higher risk of severe COVID outcomes, US study finds

    Cancer patients and other people taking immune-suppressing medications do not have an overall higher risk of dying from COVID-19, according to a study involving more than 200,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. 

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  1. 8 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported or shared with Becker's since Nov. 11:
  2. Viewpoint: Next phase of pandemic depends on 3 unknowns  

    The trajectory of COVID-19 over the next few months depends on three unknowns: immunity, new variants and our behavior, Sarah Zhang wrote Nov. 18 for The Atlantic. 
  3. Mask wearing cuts new COVID-19 cases by 53%, study finds

    Mask wearing cuts the risk of new COVID-19 infections by 53 percent, new research published Nov. 18 in BMJ found.
  4. 8 systems hiring chief quality officers

    Below are eight hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 drug 83% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in trials

    AstraZeneca said Nov. 18 that a phase 3 trial showed its COVID-19 antibody drug reduced the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 by 83 percent, and a separate phase 3 trial showed the drug reduced the risk of severe COVID-19 or death by 88 percent when given within three days of symptom onset. 
  2. 60+ healthcare groups back federal vaccine mandate for businesses 

    More than 60 healthcare organizations have signed a joint statement supporting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's vaccine mandate and testing requirements, reported The Washington Post Nov. 18.
  3. 5 recently launched healthcare marketing campaigns

    Here are five ad campaigns launched in the last four weeks by health systems, governments and a retail pharmacy chain.
  4. Mayo Clinic research shows monoclonal antibodies reduce breakthrough hospitalization by 77%

    Monoclonal antibodies decreased the risk of hospitalization by 77 percent among patients with breakthrough COVID-19, according to research published Nov. 16 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
  1. UAMS chancellor gets 33% pay increase

    Cam Patterson, MD, chancellor of the Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was approved for a 33 percent pay increase by trustees, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported Nov. 18.
  2. CVS names 1st pharmacy chief, plans to close 900 stores

    CVS Health said Nov. 18 it has named Prem Shah, PharmD, as its first chief pharmacy officer, effective immediately. 
  3. New York hospital closes 124 beds amid nursing shortage

    Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., has temporarily closed 124 beds because of a nursing shortage, according to CNYCentral.
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations increasing among fully vaccinated, Fauci says

    An increasing number of fully vaccinated adults are seeking emergency care or being hospitalized for COVID-19 as cases rise nationwide, two top health officials said this week, according to NBC News.
  5. Air ambulance companies sue over surprise-billing provision, say it lets insurers dictate 'deflated rates'

    A trade association representing air ambulance companies sued several government entities, including HHS, in an effort to halt a provision in the surprise-billing rule. 
  6. Cyberattack continues to affect services 7 days later at Ohio hospital

    Some patient services are still being canceled more than a week after Portsmouth-based Southern Ohio Medical Center discovered it was the victim of a cyberattack, according to a Nov. 17 Facebook post.
  7. West Virginia hospital CFO to shift roles after COO resigns

    Huntington, W.Va.-based St. Mary's Medical Center COO Todd Campbell announced his resignation Nov. 17, according to WV News. 
  8. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to ONC data.
  9. Ascension leads $77M funding round for medical tech company

    The venture capital arm of St. Louis-based Ascension led a $77 million funding round for Cala Health, a Burlingame, Calif.-based company that makes bioelectronic medical devices.

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