Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. New COVID-19 cases down nearly 60% since delta surge

    New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are down nearly 60 percent since a September surge in cases brought on by the delta variant, The Washington Post reported Oct. 27. 
  2. How vaccination rates are changing in each state: Up in 28, down in 22

    An average of 796,100 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the last week, a 4 percent decrease from the week before, according to The Washington Post. 
  3. Centene to restructure PBM following 4 states' claims of inflated drug costs

    Centene said Oct. 26 it plans to restructure its pharmacy benefits management business after four states claimed the insurer inflated prescription drug costs, Bloomberg reported. 

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  1. American Telehealth Association forms board of health execs to curb disparities in virtual care

    The American Telehealth Association has launched the first phase of its goal of eliminating health disparities in virtual care. 
  2. Judgment favors Mississippi health system in trial over stolen patient records 

    A U.S. district judge issued a default judgment siding with Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center over litigation against three former employees who stole patient records and lied about their possession, Mississippi Today reported Oct. 26.
  3. Catholic Health weighs cutting healthcare benefits of striking New York workers

    Amid a strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) that is in its fourth week, Catholic Health said Oct. 26 that it is considering whether to discontinue healthcare coverage for striking workers if the walkout continues into November.
  4. 10 hospital execs define 'digital transformation'

    "Digital transformation" is a term used often in healthcare, though its meaning differs from organization to organization. Here, 10 executives from health systems across the country define what the term means to them.
  1. Facebook misinformation creates hurdles for UNICEF, WHO vaccine content

    Concerns that COVID-19 misinformation gets promoted on Facebook have made major health organizations hesitant to promote vaccine content on the site, Politico reported Oct. 27.
  2. Children's National launches $500M campaign for pediatric health

    Children's National Hospital announced a campaign Oct. 27 that aims to raise $500 million by 2023, which will be used for improved child care and research for kids.
  3. As the pandemic phases out, how do we talk about it?

    CDC models predict the nation's daily COVID-19 cases will drop about 20 percent by Nov. 13, perhaps an early signal of the beginning of the end of COVID-19's pandemic-level status.
  4. $26.8B of COVID-19 relief fund remains unused, nonprofit says

    There is about $26.8 billion of unused money in the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and more could be on the way as providers return grants, according to an analysis from The Urban Institute, a nonprofit economic and social policy research organization.
  1. UChicago Medicine plans expansion, microhospital in Indiana

    University of Chicago Medicine is planning to build a 116,000-square-foot medical facility with a microhospital in northwest Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported Oct. 26.
  2. Innovation before, during and after COVID-19: 4 Qs with Novant Health's digital transformation leader Angela Yochem

    During a recent interview, Angela Yochem, executive vice president and chief transformation and digital officer at Charlotte, N.C.-based Novant Health, discussed her health system's approach to digital health and how she thinks creatively about innovation opportunities.
  3. Kaiser defrauded Medicare of $1B, Justice Department alleges

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and various affiliates defrauded Medicare of about $1 billion by adding diagnoses to patients' medical records to increase reimbursement, the Justice Department alleged in a complaint filed Oct. 25. 
  4. Novant Health must pay $10M to former exec in discrimination case

    A former Novant Health executive who claimed in a lawsuit he was fired to help the organization reach diversity goals was awarded $10 million by a federal jury Oct. 22.
  5. New York hospital suspends nonemergency surgeries, cites staff shortage

    Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital has suspended nonemergency surgeries because of staff shortages, The Bradford Era reported Oct. 26.
  6. Tampa General CEO John Couris: Once a learner, always a learner

    A little over a week ago, I defended my dissertation. In December, I will graduate with a doctorate in business administration with a focus in management sciences from the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. While I am tremendously proud of what I have achieved, my purpose in sharing this is to inspire others to continue pursuing their passions. Learning is a lifelong journey and should be a process for everyone. 
  7. States ranked by COVID-19 death rates: Oct. 28

    As of October 28, more than 741,000 people in the U.S. had died after contracting COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
  8. Designing value-based musculoskeletal care models that benefit patients and providers — 4 insights

    Although costs in the musculoskeletal space are rapidly increasing, that spending doesn't always translate to value. By creating value-based programs that focus holistically on patients, population health data and the right provider incentives, healthcare systems can better control costs while improving care.
  9. States ranked by COVID-19 hospitalization rates: Oct. 28

    New daily COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have decreased 19 percent over the last two weeks, though nine states are still seeing hospitalization rates trend upward, according to data tracked by The New York Times.

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