Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 4 healthcare organizations that paid $1M+ this year to settle HIPAA violations

    Throughout 2020, healthcare organizations have agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle HIPAA violations with HHS' Office for Civil Rights.
  2. Children's Mercy Kansas City, Microsoft team up on genomics data initiative for cloud

    Children's Mercy Kansas City is partnering with biotechnology company Pacific Biosciences of California and Microsoft on a genomic research and tech development project to combat rare diseases.
  3. Physicians grapple with treatment uncertainty for COVID-19 long haulers

    Care teams are facing the dual challenge of responding to COVID-19 patients' immediate medical needs while also discerning how to help survivors facing long-term symptoms, reports The Washington Post.

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  1. Direct primary care provider to acquire 230 clinics

    Paladina Health, a Denver-based direct primary care provider, has signed an agreement to acquire Healthstat, a Charlotte, N.C.-based provider of onsite and virtual primary care. 
  2. 5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

    From a federal appeals court hearing arguments in a case over CMS' hospital price disclosure rule to a telehealth provider suing a competitor for alleged patent infringement, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines. 
  3. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  4. Vaccine exemption policies, by state 

    More than half of states allow exemptions from mandatory school vaccines for religious beliefs and medical reasons, according to a new ranking from Kaiser Family Foundation.

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  1. NSAIDs must display warning about pregnancy complications, FDA says

    The FDA now requires the bottle labeling or prescribing information for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to disclose the risks associated with their use in people who are pregnant, the agency announced Oct. 15.
  2. Governors ask federal government for additional guidance on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

    Leaders of the National Governors Association requested a meeting with President Donald Trump Oct. 15 to discuss the "roles and expectations of states" when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, The Hill reported. 
  3. FDA to allow emergency use of masks from China not approved by CDC

    The FDA reissued its emergency use authorization Oct. 15 for KN95 respirators made in China that aren't approved by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 
  4. Wisconsin hospitals 'on the brink' as field hospital opens: 6 notes

    Wisconsin opened an alternative care facility for COVID-19 patients Oct. 14 as COVID-19 hospitalizations tripled statewide over the last month, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  1. Most air cargo companies feel unprepared to transport COVID-19 vaccines, survey finds

    Just 28 percent of air cargo companies say they feel prepared to transport COVID-19 vaccines, according to a survey conducted by the International Air Cargo Association and Pharma.Aero, an organization of air cargo carriers that specialize in transporting pharmaceuticals. 
  2. President of Johns Hopkins-owned community hospital retires

    Jacky Schultz, MSN, RN, has retired as president of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  3. How a former Target exec transformed innovation at Banner Health

    Phoenix-based Banner Health named former Target executive Christy Anderson executive director of its innovation group in 2017, and since then she has overhauled how the system approaches innovation, according to a Business Insider report.
  4. Trump, Biden hold town halls: 5 healthcare takeaways

    President Donald Trump and former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participated in competing town halls Oct. 15.
  5. HHS funnels $8M into maternal health data collection effort

    The Office on Women's Health, a division of HHS, has inked an $8 million deal with healthcare improvement company Premier to establish a maternal health data network of at least 200 hospitals.
  6. VA transfers 88,000 patient records to new Cerner EHR

    The Department of Veterans Affairs migrated patient data for approximately 88,000 veterans to its new Cerner EHR system ahead of its go-live at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center later this month, according to an Oct. 15 news release. 
  7. Medical tech charged in patient sex assault has history of searching hospital records of women, police say

    The X-ray technician charged in the sexual abuse of a patient at a Troy, Mo., hospital this week no longer works there but may have other victims, according to a report from WTRF, a local ABC affiliate.
  8. Why hybrid cloud on premises is outpacing public cloud adoption: 5 insights

    The cloud experience is evolving to take the form of a hybrid on premises solution as more organizations both inside and outside of healthcare look to curb costs and accelerate data innovation.
  9. Washington state hospital CEO asks staff to refrain from political displays

    The CEO of a hospital in Washington state is asking employees to refrain from political displays after one employee reacted to the actions of another, the Whitman County Gazette reported.

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