Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US stops shipping J&J vaccine to states as unused doses pile up

    The U.S. government has halted sending new shipments of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine to states in a move expected to help clear a backlog of unused doses that are set to expire soon, The Wall Street Journal reported June 10. 
  2. How Nebraska hospital cut patient falls in half

    Kearney (Neb.) Regional Medical Center has cut its patient fall rate in half since launching a safety program last October, Kearney Hub reported June 10.
  3. NewYork-Presbyterian, Community Health Network among latest to require vaccinations for employees

    New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian and Indianapolis-based Community Health Network will require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to health system statements.

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  1. Montana raises nurse pay by 17% at state hospital in effort to retain, recruit staff

    The state health department is increasing entry-level nurse wages by 17 percent at Warm Springs-based Montana State Hospital in an attempt to boost recruitment and retention, reports The Montana Standard.
  2. FDA orders J&J to toss 60M possibly tainted COVID-19 vaccine doses

    The FDA told Johnson & Johnson to throw away 60 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine because of possible contamination at Emergent BioSolutions' manufacturing plant in Baltimore, The New York Times reported June 11. 
  3. Harvard professor is the third FDA panel member to resign over Alzheimer's drug approval

    Aaron Kesselheim, MD, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, is the third FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Advisory Committee member to resign after the agency recently approved Biogen's Alzheimer's drug aducanumab over committee members' objections, according to CNBC.
  4. Rare cases of heart inflammation in young vaccine recipients prompt emergency CDC meeting

    The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hold an emergency meeting June 18 to discuss a potential link between heart inflammation and mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. 

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    The following health IT moves were reported in the last few weeks:
  2. New York's COVID-19 vaccine passport may cost taxpayers $17M

    In March, New York became the first state to launch a COVID-19 vaccine passport through a contract with IBM, but the state may have bigger plans to expand the digital platform that could end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a June 9 New York Times report. 
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rates: June 21

    Here are the rates of positive COVID-19 tests in each state, along with the number of new cases most recently reported and number of tests conducted per 100,000 people. 
  4. Fighting hospital ransomware hackers takes a public-private village, Scripps CEO says

    More than a month after a ransomware attack hit Scripps Health and disrupted its IT systems for weeks, CEO Chris Van Gorder has penned an op-ed in The San Diego Union-Tribune to detail the events and call on greater collaboration between the government and hospitals to thwart attacks. 
  1. Dartmouth dismisses online cheating allegations against med students

    Hanover, N.H.-based Dartmouth is dismissing an investigation into whether some students at its medical school cheated while taking online exams, The New York Times reported June 10.
  2. Amazon exec says it respects healthcare legacies but 'competition is a good thing'

    An Amazon executive who oversees some of its healthcare initiatives said the tech giant is respectful of large players, but a healthy industry has competition, according to a June 9 report by Insider.
  3. One Brooklyn hospital in New York stops admissions

    For the first time in 90 years, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is no longer admitting patients as the New York City-based hospital prepares to end inpatient services, according to The City.
  4. US COVID-19 cases, deaths at new lows; world passes 2020 death count 6 months into 2021 — 7 updates

    As COVID-19 cases fall in the U.S., the pandemic has intensified in other countries, with more virus deaths reported in 2021 so far than during all of 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Physician wealth & debt: 5 Medscape report takeaways

    The average primary care physician's salary amounts to $242,000, while specialty physicians make an average $102,000 more annually, according to a new report from Medscape.
  6. IT security company exec charged with cyberattack on Georgia hospital 

    The COO of an Atlanta-based healthcare network security company has been arraigned on charges related to a cyberattack on Gwinnett Medical Center in 2018, according to a June 10 Department of Justice news release. 
  7. Meet the ransomware gang behind 235 attacks on US hospitals: 7 things to know 

    Responsible for one-third of the 203 million U.S. ransomware attacks in 2020, the Ryuk ransomware gang is the most prolific in the world and has targeted at least 235 hospitals, according to a June 10 Wall Street Journal report. 
  8. Former Butler Health System COO gets 4-year prison sentence for fraud, tax charges

    The former COO of Butler (Pa.) Health System was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison after allegedly embezzling $1.3 million from the health system, the U.S. Justice Department said June 10. 
  9. Chicago hospital delays $240M replacement facility again

    Provident Hospital in Chicago, part of Cook County Health, delayed its plan to build a $240 million replacement facility for the second time, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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