Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. COVID-19 misinformation prompts misuse of nebulizers, allergy foundation warns

    A new social media trend is spurring people to inhale hydrogen peroxide under the illusion that it can prevent or treat COVID-19, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America warned Sept. 21.
  2. Grand View Health System CEO to retire

    Jean Keeler announced plans to retire from her role as president and CEO of Sellersville, Pa.-based Grand View Health. Her last day will be Sept. 30, according to a news release shared with Becker's.
  3. 12 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Sept. 16:

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  1. 6 drugmakers referred to HHS inspector general for denying 340B discounts

    The HHS Health Resources & Services Administration sent letters to six drugmakers Sept. 22 warning that they may face monetary penalties of $5,000 each for refusing to give 340B discounts to covered entities. 
  2. Study explores rare COVID-19 related inflammatory disease in adults: 8 notes

    While experts now know more about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children — a rare but serious immune response linked to COVID-19 infection — researchers are starting to learn more about how the condition affects adults. 
  3. BCBS of Massachusetts to pay physicians more for closing racial health gaps

    In an effort to reduce racial health disparities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is providing financial incentives for physicians who work to close health gaps.
  4. Humana contests ex-CMO claims, alleges exec was fired for suggestive text messages 

    Humana is contesting allegations from former CMO Sandra Guerra, MD, who claims she was fired in 2020 over her race and gender. 
  1. Cigna announces wave of executive moves

    Cigna is restructuring leadership across its business portfolio with a swath of executive moves, according to a Sept. 23 news release. 
  2. Children's National innovation campus to create 1,000 new jobs

    Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Research & Innovation campus is projected to add nearly 1,000 news jobs with a focus on research and science, according to a Sept. 22 NBC 4 report.
  3. Texas physician labeled 'thief' for giving out expiring vaccines sues county for $1M over misinformation campaign

    Hasan Gokal, MD, who was fired after administering expiring COVID-19 vaccine doses, is suing Harris County Public Health for $1 million for allegedly launching a misinformation campaign and discriminating against him based on his ethnicity, according to a Sept. 22 Washington Post report.
  4. Hospital rebrands: 5 recent name changes

    Below are five hospitals that have announced name changes or other rebranding efforts since Sept. 7.
  1. Staffing challenges add layer to hospital recruitment, retainment

    As hospitals continue to face staffing challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they are simultaneously competing with other hospitals for workers while trying to retain their own.
  2. Iowa's Mercy Cedar Rapids breaks ground on new heart center

    Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) is breaking ground on a new heart center Sept. 23, according to CBS and Fox affiliate KGAN.
  3. 30 Alabama hospitals in jeopardy as pandemic pressures persist

    More than 800 hospitals — 40 percent of all rural hospitals in the country — were either at immediate or high risk of closure before the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing financial pressures have some Alabama hospitals on the brink of shutting down. 
  4. Google sister company Verily looking to break free, with potential for IPO, telehealth push

    Verily, Alphabet's life sciences arm, is looking to untangle itself from Google to prepare for a future outside its parent company and a potential IPO, according to a Sept. 21 Insider report.
  5. Feds expand use of HIPAA subpoenas: 5 things to know 

    Federal prosecutors are increasingly turning to the HIPAA subpoena to support investigations as the Justice Department continues to crack down on criminal healthcare cases, according to a Sept. 21 JD Supra report. 
  6. Biden names 30 members to science and technology advisory council

    The White House has selected 30 science and technology experts to serve on a council that will advise the president on policy regarding future pandemics, climate change and other national challenges. 
  7. FDA decision means Pfizer boosters for healthcare workers: 5 things to know

    Healthcare workers are now among those eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, as the FDA on Sept. 22 granted emergency use authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for Americans who are ages 65 and older, have a job that increases their risk of infection and are at high risk of severe COVID-19.
  8. How US News' top 20 hospitals fare in digital patient access

    Consumer expectations around digital patient access can influence how they choose a new provider. Here's what digital access looks like at the top 20 hospitals ranked by US News & World Report, according to a report by Kyruus.
  9. Spending bill clears House: 4 healthcare takeaways

    The House approved legislation Sept. 21 that aims to keep the government funded through early December and raise the debt ceiling.

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