Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 3 major challenges for health IT in 2021 from Harvard Medical Faculty CEO Dr. Alexa Kimball

    Alexa Kimball, MD, CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, oversaw the rapid deployment of telehealth and data analytics during the pandemic. Now her team is focused on refining the digital patient experience and predictive analytics.
  2. 18 companies Optum Ventures invested in this year

    Optum Ventures, Optum's venture capital arm, has grown significantly over the past four years, from investing $7.5 million in 2016 to $654 million so far in 2020.
  3. CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel

    Postponing Thanksgiving travel and celebrating virtually or only with those from the same household is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC said Nov. 19 as cases continue to soar. 

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  1. Heart attack care regionalization may not help minorities, study finds

    Although recent protocols have aimed to improve the care standard for severe heart attack patients, people living in minority communities aren't benefiting much as much as those in  non-minority communities, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.
  2. Baptist Health seeks 250 call center workers

    Baptist Health is recruiting 250 patient access coordinators to work in its call centers, the Louisville, Ky.-based health system said Nov. 18. 
  3. 99% of long-term care facilities have signed up for free COVID-19 vaccines from CVS, Walgreens

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Nov. 18 that the department is seeing "tremendous uptake" of a program between HHS, CVS and Walgreens to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care facilities, with 99% of facilities signed up for the program, CNBC reported. 
  4. In 2 years, insurers must disclose what they pay for prescription drugs

    Health insurers will have to disclose customers' estimated out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs as well as the negotiated prices they pay for drugs under a new rule passed by the Trump administration, Kaiser Health News reported. 

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  1. Medicare overpaid Michigan hospital $550K, OIG says

    Incorrect billing at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital led to Medicare overpaying the Lansing, Mich.-based hospital $550,917, according to an audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General. 
  2. 6 health system CIO retirements in 2020

    Six health system CIOs have retired this year.
  3. 9 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits and settlements were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.
  4. Clearlake Capital to acquire healthcare revenue cycle company

    Private equity firm Clearlake Capital has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the technology division of nThrive, a healthcare revenue cycle management company, according to a Nov. 19 news release. 

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  1. 6 recent payer-provider contract agreements, conflicts

    Here are six recent contract agreements and conflicts between payers and providers: 
  2. NBA's rapid COVID-19 test getting a tryout in 5 states

    HHS has launched a pilot program in five states to test the portable COVID-19 molecular test used by the NBA to control the virus in its "bubble" this season. 
  3. Gundersen Health System launches pharmacy app

    Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., has launched a mobile app. 
  4. First patient treated with Flash radiation therapy in clinical trial

    Flash radiation therapy was used to treat the first patient in the world earlier this week during the start of a clinical trial at the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, according to a Nov. 19 news release.
  5. Duke University's COVID-19 surveillance testing kept cases at bay, CDC finds

    Out of 10,265 students at Duke University in Durham, N.C., just 84 tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 11, the result of a comprehensive surveillance testing program, according to the CDC's Nov. 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  6. Staff at 11 Chicago-area nursing homes may strike for higher wages

    Healthcare workers at 11 Illinois nursing homes are set to strike Nov. 23 unless they're given raises comparable to other long-term care workers in the state, reports The Chicago Tribune. 
  7. 5 states with the biggest jump in ICU nurse demand, per NurseFly

    Demand for U.S. intensive care unit travel nurses has increased by 281.1 percent from March 1 to Nov. 16, according to NurseFly data viewed by Becker's.
  8. 3 ways healthcare organizations are celebrating National Rural Health Day

    Nov. 19 marks the tenth annual National Rural Health Day, designated to honor the healthcare professionals who serve the unique needs of the country's rural communities.
  9. Limit caffeine intake while taking these 6 drugs: Dr. Naveed Saleh

    Most people know caffeine can be found in drinks like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, but many don't realize that caffeine can also be present in over-the-counter drugs, prescription medicines and dietary supplements. 

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