Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Biden calls vision, dental, hearing Medicare expansions a 'reach'

    President Joe Biden said during an Oct. 21 town hall that expanding Medicare would be an uphill battle.
  2. Ex-UNC Hospitals employee stole 700+ patients' info for fraudulent purchases 

    UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., is notifying more than 700 patients that a former employee used their personal information for financial gain, according to an Oct. 20 news release. 
  3. HHS invests more than $560M to boost COVID-19 test supply

    HHS said Oct. 22 it has invested more than half a billion dollars to boost manufacturing of supplies needed to increase domestic COVID-19 testing. 

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  1. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients 3 times more likely to show decline in cognitive function, study shows

    A study published Oct. 22 in JAMA Open Network found patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were three times more likely to show a decline in cognitive function compared to COVID-19 patients who did not require that level of care.
  2. Aetna health plan pairs Connected NC network, CVS Pharmacy offerings

    Aetna and CVS Health are launching the Aetna Connected Plan with CVS Health in North Carolina.
  3. Aetna to shift to digital payments, remittances by September 2022

    Aetna has set a September 2022 goal to move to digital payments, remittances and explanation of benefits statements.
  4. Hackensack Meridian rebrands 2 hospitals after $39M investment

    Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian Health unveiled the new name of its N.J.-based Raritan Bay Old Bridge hospital, reported Oct. 21.
  1. UofL Health CISO: Digital innovation comes with increased cyber risks

    Digital transformations that have enabled telehealth and remote work are pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they increase the risks of cyberattacks, CBS affiliate WLKY reported Oct. 21.
  2. Virginia health panel recommends denial of 50-bed hospital

    A committee of the Virginia health department recommends denying Riverside Health System's plan to build a 50-bed hospital in Isle of Wight County, according to local news station WAVY.
  3. More COVID-19 relief funds went to wealthier hospitals, study finds

    Hospitals that were in a strong financial position before the pandemic received more money from the Provider Relief Fund than those with weaker balance sheets, according to a new study published Oct. 22 in JAMA Health Forum. 
  4. UPMC won't sign medical exemptions for kids in mask-mandated schools, parents claim in lawsuit

    In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Oct. 20, parents in nine Western Pennsylvania communities allege that they are met with blanket refusal from UPMC physicians to sign medical exemptions allowing their children to attend school without masks. 
  1. UC Berkeley, UCSF launch innovative program to address health equities

    University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco announced Oct. 21 a joint program in computational precision health, which will be funded by a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor and $100 million from the universities.
  2. Pfizer vaccine 91% effective in kids 5-11, study says

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 91 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in children between ages 5 and 11, according to a study released by the FDA Oct. 22. 
  3. FCC awards $40M more in telehealth funding to 71 providers

    The Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 21 awarded a total of $40.46 million to 71 healthcare organizations as part of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program.
  4. 10 cardiologists on the move

    Below are 10 cardiologists who recently joined new practices, stepped into new roles or retired.
  5. Lyft names new healthcare chief: 4 things to know 

    Lyft has promoted Buck Poropatich to serve as the company's new head of healthcare, the ride-hailing service confirmed to Becker's Oct. 22. 
  6. Court halts New York City retiree Medicare contract

    After receiving pushback from retirees, New York City's new Medicare contract for city retirees will be paused indefinitely, a state Supreme Court judge ruled Oct. 21. 
  7. UnitedHealthcare to retroactively reimburse providers for COVID-19 vaccines

    UnitedHealthcare will retroactively reimburse in-network providers for vaccinating its members.
  8. Cerner laying off 150 employees

    Cerner CEO David Feinberg, MD, confirmed that the EHR company is cutting 150 positions in November, reported Oct. 22. 
  9. Washington hospital gives staff $625 bonuses after vaccine deadline

    Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Wash., is investing about $2.62 million in its employees by giving $625 bonuses to those who stayed on the job after the vaccination deadline, KPQ reported Oct. 21.

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