Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Flu activity drops; more pediatric deaths reported — 7 CDC notes

    Seasonal flu activity in the U.S. declined slightly again this week but remains elevated and is expected to continue for several weeks, according to the CDC's FluView report published Jan. 21.
  2. Available but ineffective antibody treatment still in use in some states

    The monoclonal antibody therapies made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which the omicron coronavirus variant has essentially rendered useless, are still in high use in 12 states, Kaiser Health News reported Jan. 21. 
  3. Telehealth heavy hitters join new advocacy group

    The American Telemedicine Association has partnered with telehealth organizations to form an advocacy group. 
  1. Florida hospital's quick thinking thwarts ransomware attack

    Marianna, Fla.-based Jackson Hospital's IT department quickly stopped a ransomware attack on its charting software by shutting down the hospital's computer systems, CNN reported Jan. 16.
  2. GS Labs hits BCBS of Kansas City with counterclaims, alleges antitrust, defamation violations

    GS Labs is responding to a July 2021 lawsuit from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City with a counterclaim that alleges the payer violated federal antitrust laws and conspired with other affiliated companies to withhold payments. 
  3. Does virtual care save money? Cigna study says yes, up to $141 per visit

    Virtual care isn't just seeing an increase in patient volume amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but also an increase in patient savings, according to a Cigna analysis shared with Becker's. 
  4. 17 recent hospital and health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Jan. 14:

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  1. Saint Vincent Hospital to reopen outpatient services closed during nurses strike

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., will soon reopen cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation, which closed in August because of staffing challenges amid a nurses strike.
  2. CHI Health taps new leader for midwest hospitals

    E.J. Kuiper was appointed CEO of Omaha, Neb.-based CHI Health and president of CommonSpirit Health's Midwest division.
  3. Boosters kept older Americans out of the hospital in December: 3 CDC stats

    Unvaccinated Americans 50 years and up are significantly more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than Americans of the same age group who are fully vaccinated and boosted, according to CDC data published Jan. 20.
  4. COVID-19, not vaccine, may affect male fertility, NIH study finds

    A National Institutes of Health-funded study involving more than 2,000 couples found COVID-19 vaccination doesn't affect the chances of conception. 

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  1. 13 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From hospitals facing antitrust claims to health systems settling false claims lawsuits, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  2. UnitedHealth Group poised to develop in-home plans, care

    UnitedHealth Group may be slated to give more attention to home-based care, company executives said during a Jan. 19 earnings call. 
  3. How vaccination, natural immunity stacked up against delta: 3 CDC findings

    Both vaccination and a previous infection offered strong protection against COVID-19 during the delta wave last year, according to a CDC study published Jan. 19. 
  4. Burnout up 5 percentage points for physicians

    Forty-seven percent of physicians reported feeling burned out last year, up from 42 percent in 2020, according to Medscape's 2021 Physician Burnout & Depression Report published Jan. 21.
  5. How 13 payers are handling at-home COVID-19 test reimbursement

    Six of the nation's 13 largest payers currently offer direct coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests, according to a Jan. 20 Kaiser Family Foundation study. 
  6. Market power of physicians, hospitals seen in high insurance costs: CBO

    The prices commercial insurers pay to providers continues to grow higher than the price set by Medicare's fee for service program, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. 
  7. 7 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following executive moves made by women have been reported since Jan. 19:
  8. 6 recent donations to healthcare organizations

    Six donations have been made to healthcare organizations in the last month to improve care, establish chairs, create institutes and spur innovations, Becker's reported.
  9. Georgia physicians make public plea for help slowing COVID-19 surge

    Physicians from health systems in the Atlanta metropolitan area are urging the public to help reduce COVID-19 spread, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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