Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Children accounted for 25% of COVID-19 cases last week: 5 updates

    The U.S. reported 243,373 new COVID-19 cases among children in the week ending Sept. 16, the third highest weekly tally seen since the pandemic started, according to the latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
  2. Ascension's tech business to eliminate 330 more jobs

    Ascension Technologies, the IT subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension, plans to outsource about 330 tech jobs by Nov. 19 following a round of IT layoffs earlier this year, according to a recent notice filed with the state. 
  3. Medicare benefit expansion: 13 stats on the state of current beneficiaries

    A new Sept. 21 Kaiser Family Foundation report provides a backdrop for congressional conversations on expanding Medicare benefits to include dental, vision and hearing. 

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  1. Remdesivir cut high-risk COVID-19 hospitalizations 87% in trial, Gilead says

    Giving COVID-19 patients at high risk of developing severe disease a three-day course of remdesivir within a week of experiencing symptoms reduced hospitalizations 87 percent in a clinical trial, Gilead said Sept. 22. 
  2. US to donate 500M more Pfizer vaccines abroad

    The U.S. will buy 500 million more doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to donate to lower income countries, the drugmaker said Sept. 22.
  3. Delta now dominant globally; CDC updates variant labels— 5 updates

    While the delta COVID-19 variant is the dominant strain in the U.S., it's now officially the dominant strain worldwide "by far," officials from the World Health Organization said during a Sept. 21 pandemic update. 
  4. CDC vaccine advisory panel meeting on COVID boosters: 4 notes

    The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is set to meet Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 in Atlanta to discuss COVID-19 booster shots.
  1. How vaccination rates are changing in each state: Up in 26, down in 24

    An average of 761,100 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day were administered in the past week, a less than 1 percent decrease from the week before, according to The Washington Post.
  2. Federal judge extends temporary halt on New York vaccine mandate for religious exemptions

    Judge David Hurd, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, has extended a temporary restraining order on New York state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers claiming religious exemption to Oct. 12, according to news station WHEC.
  3. Nearly 1 in 4 providers report higher mortality rates after ransomware attacks

    Ransomware attacks can be fatal for patients, according to a September report by the Ponemon Institute.
  4. Penn Medicine to open $1.6B hospital in October

    Penn Medicine will open a $1.6 billion hospital in Philadelphia at the end of October, marking the completion of one of the largest hospital projects in the U.S. 
  1. US sanctions Russian crypto exchange accused of laundering ransomware payments

    To deter future cyber extortion attacks, the Treasury Department on Sept. 21 sanctioned a Russian-owned cryptocurrency exchange accused of  helping launder ransomware payments, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  2. Mayo Clinic CEO: Telehealth & AI are the keys to healthcare's future

    Telemedicine, hospital-at-home programs and artificial intelligence will be key to improving healthcare access and affordability in the future, according to Gianrico Farrugia, MD, president and CEO of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic.
  3. 700 Yale New Haven employees face termination if not vaccinated by Sept. 30 deadline

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health said about 700 of its employees remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 and could eventually face termination if they fail to meet the system's vaccination requirement, according to The Register Citizen.
  4. Hospitals, health systems mandating vaccines for workers

    The number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees is growing.
  5. 20 insurers received half of $9.2B in suspicious Medicare payments, feds report

    A new HHS Office of Inspector General report details that 20 insurers received about half of a $9.2 billion pool of suspicious Medicare payments made over the course of a year. 
  6. 2 North Carolina hospital board members resign over HCA ownership

    Two members of Transylvania Regional Hospital's board resigned Sept. 20, saying they are "powerless, voiceless and definitely unessential" now that the hospital is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare. 
  7. US likely to miss big winter COVID-19 surge, analyst models predict

    The U.S. may be spared from a significant surge in COVID-19 cases this winter, according to the latest analysis from the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub — a group of researchers that advises the CDC. 
  8. Tennessee urges providers to save antibody treatments for the unvaccinated 

    Tennessee is recommending that healthcare providers preserve the state's monoclonal antibody supplies for unvaccinated residents only, The Tennessean reported Sept. 21.
  9. Hospitals slam Lown Institute's social responsibility ranking

    The American Hospital Association is taking aim at the Lown Institute's social responsibility ranking, which ranks 3,010 hospitals across the U.S. on 54 metrics. 

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