Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 26-year-old COVID-19 patient once in vegetative state leaves hospital as survivor

    Tionna Hairston left Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health Rehabilitation Hospital Oct. 22 after suffering COVID-19 complications physicians deemed incurable, reports The Winston-Salem Journal.
  2. Physicians less likely to vote than general public, study finds

    Voter participation among physicians was 14 percentage points lower than that of the general population between 2006 and 2018, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  3. Down syndrome linked to 10 times higher COVID-19 death risk, UK study finds

    Adults with Down syndrome are 10 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and about five times more likely to be hospitalized from the virus, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. 

10 tips to survive a delegation oversight audit

If your healthcare organization or credentials verification organization has a delegation agreement with a private healthcare insurer or government payer for primary source verification or provider enrollment, you know to expect an audit at least annually.
  1. Judge dismisses legal challenge of New York hospital's $480M expansion

    New York Supreme Court Justice Bernadette Clark has dismissed a lawsuit against Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System over its $480 million expansion project, according to the Utica Observer Dispatch.
  2. 8 best nursing schools for men

    The American Association for Men in Nursing recognized eight universities as the recipients of its 2020 Best Schools for Men in Nursing Awards. The winners were named at the AAMN's annual conference earlier this month.
  3. Hospital M&A update: 10 recent deals

    Ten transactions involving hospitals and health systems were announced, finalized or advanced in the last three weeks:
  4. AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial delays: A timeline

    AstraZeneca's final-stage clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine has been delayed in the U.S. for over a month, and there's no public information on when it will resume.

The new rules of margin improvement

Challenges often accelerate innovation—and in the era of COVID-19, the need for system-wide agility, integration and transformation are vital.
  1. Indivior CEO gets 6 months in prison for Suboxone scheme

    Shaun Thaxter, the former CEO of Indivior, was sentenced Oct. 22 to six months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to mislead payers, physicians and patients about the safety of its opioid addiction treatment drug, Suboxone. 
  2. 10 drugs that interact poorly with alcohol

    Drinking while taking certain medications can lead to toxicity in the body, decreased drug effectiveness, worsened side effects and a tendency to become inebriated very quickly, according to Sophie Vergnaud, MD.
  3. Walmart pre-emptively sues US as part of opioid litigation battle

    Walmart has sued the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration in anticipation of upcoming civil lawsuits against the retail giant for its pharmacies' opioid dispensing practices.
  4. VA hospitals' antibiotic use has increased amid pandemic, study finds

    Antibiotic use has increased at Veterans Affairs hospitals during the pandemic, reversing a four-year trend of reduced use, according to a study presented at IDWeek 2020.
  1. Michigan to fund infection control training for direct care workers

    The Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services will provide $50,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to make free infection control training available for direct care workers, the state said Oct. 22.
  2. 10 healthcare execs share predictions for nursing in the next 5 years

    The pandemic put nurses on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and caused shifts in the way they provide care.
  3. 8 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Oct. 16:
  4. 24 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Oct. 16: 
  5. Pharmacy techs will be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines, tests, HHS says

    HHS will allow pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccines and tests, the agency said this week. 
  6. Convalescent plasma shows no benefit for COVID-19 patients in clinical trial

    Convalescent plasma taken from COVID-19 survivors in India had no benefit for COVID-19 patients in a clinical trial, according to study results published Oct. 22 in The BMJ. 
  7. California hospital says 'security incident' forced computer system shutdown: 5 details

    Sonoma (Calif.) Valley Hospital reported its computer system has been down for nearly two weeks after a "security incident" forced the system offline. 
  8. Care New England names president, COO of Women and Infants Hospital

    Care New England Health System selected Shannon Sullivan as president and COO of Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I., officials said.  
  9. US cancer patients spent $5.6B on healthcare in 2018, report finds

    Cancer patients in the U.S. spent $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket healthcare costs in 2018, a new report from the American Cancer Society found. 

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