Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Biden lays out national COVID-19 vaccination plan

    President-elect Joe Biden detailed his national COVID-19 vaccination plan, including administering 100 million shots during his first 100 days as president, during a Jan. 15 speech, The New York Times reported.
  2. Biden unveils $1.9 trillion relief package: 10 things to know

    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion relief package Jan. 14 that includes more than $400 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic directly. 
  3. 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:

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  1. AARP: 10 ways to improve nursing home care

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the long-term care industry particularly hard, with nursing home residents accounting for nearly 40 percent of virus related deaths in the U.S., the AARP staff recently spoke with experts to identify strategies that could ease the burden on the industry and improve resident care. 
  2. MD Anderson avoids $4.3M HIPAA penalty

    The U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 vacated University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's $4.3 million HIPAA fine for losing more than 35,000 patients' protected health information.
  3. 10% of rural Texas hospitals haven't received any COVID-19 vaccine doses

    Ten percent of rural hospitals in Texas haven't received any COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Jan. 14, CNN reported. 
  4. Word choice matters when communicating about COVID-19 vaccines

    Using the word "shot" could be ineffective in communication meant to encourage patients to receive COVID-19 vaccines, according to survey results released Jan. 14 by health insurer EmblemHealth.

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  1. 4 former CDC directors on the vaccine rollout, variants and more: 7 insights

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many cracks in our nation's public health system and underscored the need to be better prepared for future outbreaks, four former CDC directors said during a Jan. 14 interview on NBC's "Today."
  2. COVID-19 immunity lasts for at least 5 months, though some remain infectious, study finds

    COVID-19 immunity lasts at least five months for people who have been infected by the virus and provides about 83 percent protection against reinfection, compared to those who haven't had the virus, according to a preliminary study conducted by scientists at Public Health England, an executive agency of the U.K.'s health department. 
  3. Novant Health launches 6 vaccination sites in North Carolina

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Novant Health is launching six COVID-19 vaccination sites in the state and planning to administer 1 million doses by April, the health system announced Jan. 14.
  4. DOJ recovers $1.8B from healthcare false claims cases: 4 things to know

    The Department of Justice obtained more than $2.2 billion in fraud and false claims settlements and judgements in fiscal year 2020, and the bulk of those recoveries came from matters that involved the healthcare industry. 

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  1. Tower Health CFO resigns

    Gary Conner has resigned as executive vice president and CFO of Tower Health.
  2. Virginia health agency to roll out Cerner EHR across 12 facilities

    The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services will implement a Cerner EHR so its 12 facilities can share health records on a single, unified platform, according to a Jan. 14 news release.
  3. MercyOne breaks ground on its first Minnesota clinic

    Des Moines, Iowa-based MercyOne broke ground Jan. 14 on its first clinic in Minnesota, according to local news station KTTC.
  4. UPMC's acquisition of Ireland hospital approved

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC won approval to acquire a 105-year-old hospital in Kilkenny, Ireland, according to a Jan. 14 report in KCLR. 
  5. American Hospital Association suspends political giving to candidates protesting US election results

    The American Hospital Association said it will suspend political donations to candidates who disputed the results of the Electoral College.
  6. MedPAC to recommend 2% payment boost for hospitals next year

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted Jan. 14 to recommend a 2 percent raise in Medicare payments for hospitals next year.
  7. Multiple Wisconsin hospitals alarmed after COVID-19 vaccine security scare

    Wisconsin hospitals were on alert after a Jan. 12 mix-up concerning the security of COVID-19 vaccines, reports ABC affiliate WISN-TV.
  8. National Comprehensive Cancer Network appoints chief scientific officer

    The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a nonprofit alliance of leading cancer centers, named Crystal Denlinger, MD, as senior vice president and chief scientific officer Jan. 14. Dr. Denlinger will start April 15. 
  9. Misinformation vs. disinformation: What's the difference?

    In a digital era, falsehoods abound. But media consumers shouldn't think of all falsehoods on the same terms, Renée DiResta, technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, said at the Machines + Media 2020 event hosted by Bloomberg in July.

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