Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hospitals not entitled to additional payments after 'two-midnight' rate cut

    A federal appeals court said a group of hospitals that received lower Medicare reimbursement because of a rate reduction implemented by HHS aren't entitled to additional payments, according to court documents.
  2. More than 62,000 US healthcare workers have COVID-19, CDC says

    There are 62,344 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare personnel in the U.S., and 291 have died, new data from the CDC shows.
  3. 79% of cancer patients report care delays, survey shows

    Most U.S. cancer patients receiving treatment have reported a delay of their care during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey shows.

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  1. COVID-19 slows sign-ups for clinical cancer trials

    Patient enrollment in clinical trials for cancer therapies has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article in the journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.
  2. Steward Health Care nurses slam gown donations while they're reusing PPE

    Steward Health Care's donation of 50,000 medical gowns to Massachusetts drew major criticism from nurses who say they've been forced to rewear gowns at some of Steward's hospitals, according to Boston 25 News.
  3. Allegheny Health Network employees to receive COVID-19 bonus payments

    About 12,000 employees at Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network will receive bonus payments as part of a new program in recognition of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Baylor Scott & White to grow digital capabilities amid pandemic layoffs, pay cuts

    Jim Hinton, CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, issued a statement that the system is laying off 1,200 employees and enacting executive pay cuts as a result of financial pressure caused by the pandemic, and going forward it will focus on growing digital offerings and direct patient care.

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  1. 15 ransomware operators that leak stolen data if they aren't paid

    Technology blog Bleeping Computer developed a list of ransomware operators that publish stolen data online if the ransoms aren't paid.
  2. Contact tracing must balance 'privacy and values': Johns Hopkins report's 7 standards

    Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University provided guidance for responsible and ethical digital contact tracing with technology that includes smartphone apps in its new report, "Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response."
  3. University Hospitals partnership uses facial recognition for reopening public spaces: 4 details

    University Hospitals is working with a technology company on facial recognition technology as part of the effort to return people to work and reopen restaurants and entertainment venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. 5 things to know about the team leading AdventHealth's Epic EHR transition

    Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth began its multimillion-dollar EHR transition from a Cerner system to Epic in March, dedicating a team of 350 full time to the project. 

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  1. 40% of hospitals say public health agencies can't electronically receive COVID-19 data  

    More than 40 percent of hospitals report local, state and federal public health agencies are unable to electronically receive data, making it the most common barrier to public health reporting for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 
  2. Nurses seek raises, plan protests; HCA asks union to forgo pay hike to avoid layoffs

    Registered nurses at 15 HCA Healthcare hospitals in six states plan to protest this week as part of a dispute over wages, according to the union that represents them.
  3. 4 hospitals bringing back furloughed employees

    Many U.S. hospitals and health systems have furloughed staff to help offset revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some organizations are starting to bring furloughed workers back as they resume nonemergency procedures.
  4. MUSC Health authority sues Community Health Systems over Medicare payments

    The Medical University Hospital Authority, the governing board of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, filed a lawsuit May 18 against Community Health Systems over Medicare payments, according to SCNOW.
  5. First US coronavirus outbreak likely started later, in February, study suggests

    The person who started the first chain of sustained transmission of the new coronavirus in the U.S. likely came into the country with the virus in mid-February, which throws into question the theory that sustained transmission began with the country's first case of COVID-19 in January, a new study suggests, according to STAT News.
  6. Pharmacy chains helped fuel opioid crisis, complaint alleges

    A complaint filed by two Ohio counties in federal court in Cleveland on May 27 alleges five retail pharmacy chains facilitated the opioid crisis as distributors of the highly addictive drugs, according to The New York Times.
  7. FDA approves 2 drugs to combat COVID-19 shortages

    The FDA on May 21 approved two drug applications that are expected to alleviate shortages that have occurred because of increased demand for drugs needed to put patients on ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  8. New York pharmacist arrested in N95 profiteering scheme

    Richard Schirripa, a licensed pharmacist in New York City, was charged May 26 with violating the Defense Production Act by allegedly hoarding and hiking the price of thousands of N95 masks. 
  9. 48% of Americans delayed care amid pandemic; antibody tests may be wrong half the time — 5 updates

    The U.S. has reported 1,681,418 COVID-19 cases and 98,929 related deaths as of 7:45 a.m. CDT May 27. Globally, there have been 5,614,458 reported cases and 350,958 deaths, while 2,307,510 have recovered.

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