Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Pfizer antiviral effective against omicron, research shows

    Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid appears effective against the omicron variant, the drugmaker said Jan. 18. 
  2. 13 pharmacies with largest supply of COVID-19 therapeutics

    Thirteen pharmacies nationwide had at least a thousand courses of COVID-19 therapeutics available for clinical care at the start of this week, according to HHS data. 
  3. Patient groups, lobbyists pressure CMS to expand Aduhelm coverage

    Following CMS's preliminary decision to limit the coverage of Biogen's Alzehimer's disease treatment Aduhelm, advocates are calling on the agency to broaden its coverage or risk the future of similar drugs, according to a Jan. 17 Politico report. 
  1. Corner Office: New Allina Health CEO's leadership style emphasizes 'serving those who serve'

    As Lisa Shannon begins her tenure as CEO of Minneapolis-based Allina Health, she said she is inspired by the organization's culture and is focused on the needs of patients and employees. 
  2. Mark Cuban's drug company launches online pharmacy

    Mark Cuban's generic drug company launched an online pharmacy Jan. 19.
  3. Gilead says $250M in counterfeit HIV drugs ended up with patients

    A network of distributors and drug suppliers allegedly sold more than $250 million in illicit and fake versions of Gilead's HIV medicines over the last two years, according to the drugmaker. 
  4. CVS, Uber partner on health equity initiative

    A new partnership between CVS Health and Uber Health, the ridesharing service's healthcare arm, will provide free rides to people seeking medical care in communities of need.

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  1. Interoperability not guaranteed between hospitals using same EHR, study finds

    Hospitals using the same EHR vendor were found to be more interoperable than hospitals that did not use the same vendor, but interoperability is never guaranteed, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association on Jan. 7.
  2. AHIP, BCBS Association file amicus briefs backing No Surprises Act

    Two groups representing payers — America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association — filed amicus briefs supporting HHS against a lawsuit challenging parts of the No Surprises Act. 
  3. 10 hospital-union contract agreements

    The following hospital-union agreements have been reported since Nov. 1:
  4. 5 recent cancer study findings 

    Recent cancer research has focused on nationwide death rates from the disease since 2019, lung-cancer assessment risks using blood samples and more.

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  1. $25M gift launches cancer research institute at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health 

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health received a $25 million gift from Dorothy Byrne of the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation to establish an interdisciplinary cancer research institute at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the system said Jan. 19. 
  2. BCBS of Minnesota, pain clinic at odds on patient safety review, contract termination

    Sartell, Minn.-based Center for Pain Management is challenging Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's decision to terminate its network contract, according to the St. Cloud Times. 
  3. 32 lawmakers urge CMS not to increase Medicare Part B premiums

    More than 30 lawmakers penned a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Jan. 18 asking her to reevaluate the proposed 14.5 percent increase to Medicare Part B premiums in 2022. 
  4. 5 states facing highest, lowest weekly nursing home COVID-19 positivity rates 

    Maryland ranks the highest among U.S. states and the District of Columbia for nursing home residents testing positive for COVID-19 weekly in the nation, and Montana ranks the lowest, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated Jan. 2. 
  5. CISA urges organizations to review Microsoft malware warning: 4 details

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned U.S. critical infrastructure organizations about a malware warning in Ukraine that could potentially threaten cybersecurity globally, the American Hospital Association reported Jan. 18.
  6. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  7. Louisiana reports first C. auris cases

    University Medical Center New Orleans, part of LCMC Health, reported Louisiana's first two known cases of Candida auris, a deadly, drug-resistant fungus, on Jan. 18,  according to nola.com.
  8. Nevada turns to nurse apprentices to bolster staffing

    State officials in Nevada are encouraging nurse apprenticeships as part of efforts to alleviate staffing shortages in hospitals and health systems.
  9. 4 hospitals, health systems enacting crisis standards of care

    At least four hospitals or health systems have enacted crisis standards of care in the last week as staff shortages and rising COVID-19 patient volumes continue to strain capacity.

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