Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Under capacity pressures, Minnesota hospitals discourage seeking COVID-19 testing at EDs

    Minnesota Hospital Association leaders on Jan. 7 urged the public to not seek COVID-19 testing at emergency departments or urgent care centers.
  2. 10 hospitals with the highest contract labor expenses

    Hospitals across the U.S. are seeing labor costs rise and are increasingly bringing in contracted workers to keep their facilities staffed. 
  3. CDC: Hospitalization rate among 0-4-year-olds rising

    COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children younger than 4 are at their highest yet, according to the CDC. 
  1. Mortality rates dropped 33% at NYC hospital after NYU Langone merger, study finds

    In-hospital mortality rates decreased by 33 percent at New York City-based NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn — previously named Lutheran Medical Center — after it merged with NYU Langone Health, a Jan. 6 study published in JAMA Network Open found.
  2. FDA trims booster interval for Moderna recipients

    The FDA on Jan. 7 cut the interval between completion of Moderna's two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series and a booster dose to five months instead of six. 
  3. Court rules against UnitedHealth subsidiary, orders $20M payout

    A California court ruled against United Behavioral Health, a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary, ending a multiyear class-action lawsuit and requiring the provider pay out over $20 million, according to Bloomberg. 
  4. Viewpoint: Build Back Better the ticket to universal healthcare no one is talking about

    While conversations around partisanship, funding and education surround President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, spectators are largely ignoring how close the bill brings the U.S. to reaching universal healthcare, Washington Post columnist Katherine Rampell wrote Jan. 6. 

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  1. New York to require COVID-19 boosters for healthcare staff

    New York will require healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 booster shots as cases and hospitalizations continue to climb statewide, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Jan. 7. 
  2. COVID-19 hospitalizations jump 60% in 1 week: 9 CDC stats to know

    The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increased sharply last week, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 7.
  3. ONC releases data standard for patient addresses: 4 things to know

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Jan. 7 issued Version 1.0 of Project US@, its healthcare specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching.
  4. Pfizer shot protects against MIS-C, CDC study finds

    Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine was 91 percent effective at preventing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a rare but serious condition tied to COVID-19, according to the CDC's Jan. 7 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 
  1. Lee Health to waive telehealth fee during COVID-19 influx

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health's telehealth services, which normally cost $49 per visit, are now being offered for free as the health system sees an increase in COVID-19 cases, Wink News reported Jan. 7.
  2. Massachusetts hospitals to distinguish between primary, incidental COVID-19 admissions in reporting

    Later this month, hospitals in Massachusetts will begin adjusting their reporting on COVID-19 hospitalizations to distinguish between how many patients are admitted for the virus as their primary condition and how many are primarily admitted for other ailments and incidentally test positive, according to The Boston Globe.
  3. 23andMe takes first drug to clinical trial

    23andMe began a clinical trial for its first drug candidate, the direct-to-consumer DNA testing company said Jan. 6.
  4. More boosters aren't a viable solution to end the pandemic, scientists say

    Scientists say administering COVID-19 boosters to Americans every few months is neither realistic nor a feasible way to handle variants, The New York Times reported Jan. 6.
  5. 5 health leaders share recommendations on improving health equity 

    CMS on Dec. 8 held a roundtable in which leaders from health systems, medical schools and organizations across the country weighed in on how to improve health equity. 
  6. Dementia cases may triple by 2050, study finds

    Worldwide, nearly 153 million people may have dementia by 2050, up from 57.4 million in 2019, according to projections published Jan. 6 in The Lancet Public Health.
  7. 8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From lawsuits against health insurers to an opioid case settlement, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  8. White House, USPS solidify plans to distribute 500M COVID-19 tests

    The U.S. government is finalizing a plan with the U.S. Postal Service to distribute 500 million COVID-19 tests to households nationwide, four people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.
  9. Huntsman Cancer Institute, U of Utah Health name new head of radiation oncology 

    Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health named Amit Maity, MD, PhD, chair of the department of radiation oncology for the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at University of Utah.

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