Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. New VA COVID-19 stats show toll at state-operated facilities 

    The Department of Veteran Affairs' COVID-19 data reflecting May 2020 to Nov. 7, 2021, shows 1,498 residents and 54 staff at its facilities have died from the virus, figures likely to rise with missing data from harder-hit states, Politico reported Nov. 19.
  2. Novartis plans unconventional sales strategy for new heart drug

    Novartis is sidestepping the traditional drug launch process in favor of a more unconventional marketing tactic for its new cholesterol drug Leqvio, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 21.
  3. Nursing home under investigation following deadly COVID-19 outbreak operating under new name

    Andover Subacute Facility I and II, two New Jersey facilities that came under fire following the discovery of 17 bodies in a makeshift morgue in April 2020, have been renamed Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover, NBC reported Nov. 22. 

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  1. Sparrow workers authorize strike amid Michigan COVID-19 surge

    Workers at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., have authorized a strike.
  2. Express Scripts names CMO

    Cigna subsidiary Express Scripts named Christine Gilroy, MD, its incoming CMO.
  3. Brookwood Baptist Health names CEO

    Jeremy Clark was appointed CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., a role he assumed Sept. 30.
  4. COVID-19 may trigger post-viral syndromes

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can sometimes trigger several post-viral syndromes, or diseases occurring after infection, NPR reported Nov. 18.
  1. Comprehensive approach to opioid use disorder treatment lacking in most states, study says

    Governments at the federal and state levels established opioid use disorder treatment programs during the pandemic, but few states took a comprehensive approach to treating the condition, according to a study published Nov. 19 in JAMA Health Forum.
  2. Accurate, fast testing key to COVID-19 pills' success, medical experts say

    The success of the two COVID-19 antiviral pills under FDA review is contingent upon high risk patients' ability to be tested quickly and accurately, medical experts told Kaiser Health News Nov. 22.
  3. Spectrum Health to make $117M investment in higher pay, bonuses

    To retain and recruit employees, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health plans to spend $117 million for pay increases and bonuses, MiBiz reported Nov. 21.
  4. Biden administration to invest $1.5B in healthcare workforce

    The Biden administration is investing $1.5 billion from the COVID-19 aid package to address healthcare workforce shortages in underserved communities, the White House announced Nov. 22. 
  1. Merck acquires Acceleron for $11.5B

    Merck completed its acquisition of Acceleron Pharma for about $11.5 billion, the drugmaker said Nov. 22.
  2. Better healthcare through math — 4 operational learnings from UCSF

    Appointment scheduling represents a complex mathematical problem for infusion centers, which is often handled using linear logic. There is a better way.
  3. Tower Health reaches deal to save 2 Pennsylvania hospitals

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health has secured a new owner for two of its Pennsylvania hospitals, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in teens ages 12-15

    Pfizer released data Nov. 22 showing its COVID-19 vaccine was 100 percent effective at preventing disease among recipients ages 12-15, measured from seven days to four months after they received their second shot.
  5. Mississippi health system to offer 'pay on demand' option to nurses

    At the beginning of 2022, Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Singing River Health System plans to offer a "pay on demand" option for nurses to receive their paychecks, Jessica Lewis, the health system's executive director of human resources, told the Sun Herald.
  6. UCI Health launches hospital-at-home program with DispatchHealth

    Orange, Calif.-based UCI Health is partnering with at-home care provider DispatchHealth to launch a hospital-at-home program.
  7. Former Hacienda HealthCare CEO sentenced for fraud

    The former CEO of Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare William Timmons has been sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme that bilked millions of dollars from Arizona taxpayers, the Arizona attorney general announced Nov. 19. 
  8. Ascension Florida rescinds suspensions of unvaccinated workers

    Ascension Florida is revoking the suspensions of unvaccinated employees and allowing them to return to work as part of a COVID-19 policy shift, according to CBS affiliate WJAX.
  9. States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered: Nov. 30

    Wisconsin has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines it has received, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.

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