Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Ivermectin prescriptions 24x higher than pre-pandemic levels, report says

    The number of prescriptions for ivermectin in the U.S. is now 24 times as high as it was pre-pandemic, according to a report published Oct. 20 in The New England Journal of Medicine that cited data from the CDC. 
  2. Walgreens to train 27,000 pharmacists in mental health first aid

    Walgreens is expanding mental health first aid training to 27,000 of its pharmacists, the company said Oct. 21.
  3. Missourians say new hospital's name is 'no way to honor' slain civil rights leader

    Some Missourians are accusing a new hospital's name of cultural appropriation, which has been named after a late civil rights leader and shuttered hospital for Black St. Louis residents, St. Louis Public Radio reported Oct. 21.

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  1. Mount Sinai selects 11 medical schools for anti-racism initiative

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced Oct. 21 it will enroll 11 partner medical schools in a new anti-racism initiative. 
  2. Vaccination mandates contributing to workforce supply problems, federal report says

    U.S. employers are experiencing high demand for workers, but labor growth is being hindered by a low supply of workers, in part because of COVID-19 vaccination mandates, the Federal Reserve said Oct. 20.
  3. Healthcare safety scores fell amid pandemic, analysis shows

    Safety performance declined across the entire healthcare industry in 2020, according to an analysis published Oct. 21 by Press Ganey. 
  4. Health issues linked to climate change are increasing, report finds

    An Oct. 20 report from The Lancet Countdown found human-induced climate change is negatively impacting human health in nearly every measurable way.
  1. YouTube teams with CHOP, medical groups to launch children's vaccine video series

    In October, YouTube launched three new video series to equip parents with scientific information about children's vaccines.
  2. Anthem BCBS, Kroger partner on health plans

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is partnering with Kroger Health on Medicare Advantage plans that provide members with in-store benefits at Kroger locations.
  3. PHI stolen from vendor in ransomware attack, exposing Humana and Anthem members

    Anthem and Humana began notifying members their protected health information has been exposed in a ransomware attack on a billing vendor.
  4. 7 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Oct. 14:
  1. Walmart must pay pharmacist $27.5M for denying her breaks, overtime pay

    The District Court of Central California on Oct. 20 awarded $27.5 million to Afrouz Nikmanesh, PharmD, after she filed a class-action lawsuit against Walmart, her former employer.
  2. Financial wellness benefits aid recruitment amid the 'Great Resignation'

    As employers experience high staff turnover rates in what is being deemed the "Great Resignation," companies are offering employees financial wellness benefits to help retain workers, according to CNBC.
  3. Patients who are most likely to use telehealth: 5 insights

    Telehealth usage has boomed during the pandemic, but its utilization is not spread evenly across all patient populations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
  4. Epic defends diversity, equity and inclusion efforts after leaked recording

    Epic is defending its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts after a leaked recording was released of an executive who said Epic wasn't a platform to fight for social causes, The Wisconsin State Journal reported Oct. 21.
  5. Oak Street Health buys virtual care provider for $130M: 4 details

    Oak Street Health, a Chicago-based network of primary care centers for Medicare patients, acquired virtual consult platform RubiconMD for $130 million, the company said Oct. 21. 
  6. 10 hospitals closing departments, ending services

    Several healthcare organizations have closed medical departments or ended services at facilities to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or prevent patient care lapses. 
  7. OIG audit finds TennCare may owe $400M after alleged inflated reimbursement

    A recent audit of Tennessee Medicare found that of the $2 billion in certified public expenditures it claimed during the audit period of 2009 to 2014, $909.4 million was allowable while $1.1 billion was not.
  8. CEO of Nashville General gets pay cut as city reviews his contract

    The compensation and benefits package of Nashville General CEO Joseph Webb has been reduced in advance of contract negotiations after his increasing salary raised questions, the Tennessean reported Oct. 20.
  9. WVU Health System to add 17th hospital

    Princeton (W.Va.) Community Hospital is slated to become West Virginia University Health System's 17th hospital. 

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