Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US buys 200M more Moderna vaccine doses to address pediatric vaccinations, variants

    The U.S. bought 200 million more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, the drugmaker said June 16.
  2. COVID-19 vaccination rates among pregnant women: 5 CDC findings

    COVID-19 vaccine coverage was low among pregnant women in early May and varied greatly based on a woman's age and race/ethnicity, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published June 15. 
  3. Alabama university gets state's 1st accreditation for DNAP program

    The University of Mobile's (Ala.) doctor of nurse anesthesia practice program has become the first such program in the four-state region also covering Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia to receive accreditation, the university said June 15. 

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  1. Medicare's spending on 'ultra-expensive' drugs increased by 1,170% in 6 years

    As more drugs enter the market with five-figure annual list prices, a large share of Medicare's drug spending is going toward these "ultra-expensive" treatments, according to research published June 7 in Health Affairs.
  2. Maine Medical Center gets record $25M donation

    Maine Medical Center in Portland received the largest single donation in its 150-year history on June 15.
  3. UnitedHealthcare has 1,500 accountable care agreements: 3 things to know

    UnitedHealthcare operates more than 1,500 accountable care agreements with providers, according to data in UnitedHealth Group's 2021 sustainability report. 
  4. FDA authorizes more J&J vaccines made at Emergent plant

    The FDA has authorized another batch of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines made at Emergent BioSolutions' Baltimore plant to be distributed for use, the agency said June 15. 

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  1. San Francisco to require COVID-19 vaccine for hospital workers

    San Francisco will require personnel in high-risk settings such as skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, homeless shelters and jails to be vaccinated against COVID-19, city officials said June 14.
  2. Regeneron says antibody cocktail boosts survival of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

    Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody cocktail, casirivimab and imdevimab, reduced the risk of death among hospitalized patients in a phase 3 trial, the drugmaker said June 16.
  3. Walmart rolls out digital COVID-19 vaccine record: 4 details

    Walmart is launching a free digital wallet that people can use to store and share their health information, starting with the COVID-19 vaccine record, the retail giant announced June 16. 
  4. Renown, U of Nevada 50-year clinical affiliation OK'd

    Nevada will get its first fully integrated health system after the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Renown Health in Reno got approval to affiliate.
  1. UnitedHealth: $320B could be saved in next decade by reducing ED visits

    Treating common conditions, including bronchitis and the flu, in primary care settings instead of emergency rooms could save health systems up to $320 billion over the next 10 years, according to UnitedHealth Group's 2020 Sustainability Report.
  2. Ascension opens new pharmacy center in Texas

    St. Louis-based Ascension opened its new pharmacy services center June 15 in Austin, Texas.
  3. Tennessee hospital to open urgent care center for cancer patients

    An urgent care center dedicated to cancer patients is slated to open in late fall at Saint Francis Hospital —  Memphis (Tenn.), The Commercial Appeal reported June 15.
  4. BJC HealthCare to implement vaccine mandate

    BJC HealthCare will require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning in the fall, the St. Louis-based health system said June 15.  
  5. 13 hospitals hiring CNOs

    Below are 13 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking chief nursing officers. 
  6. Meet the 48 members of the White House scientific integrity task force

    Members of the White House's scientific integrity task force include dozens of people from federal government departments, including HHS, as well as leaders from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  7. Hospital mergers make healthcare more expensive, Bloomberg editorial board says

    Financial pressures exacerbated by the pandemic will likely lead to more consolidation in the healthcare industry, a trend policymakers must pay closer attention to, as it threatens to make healthcare even more expensive, Bloomberg's editorial board wrote in an opinion article June 16. 
  8. Remote care platform joins hospital-at-home initiative backed by Amazon, Intermountain, Ascension 

    Remote care monitoring platform Current Health is the latest organization to join Moving Health Home, a healthcare coalition founded by Amazon Care, Intermountain and Ascension, Current Health said June 15. 
  9. 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.

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