Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. FDA issues emergency approval for first at-home COVID-19 diagnostic test

    The FDA has issued an emergency authorization for the first at-home COVID-19 test that can deliver results in less than 30 minutes. 
  2. US children on track to miss 9M vaccine doses this year, study finds

    About 40 percent of parents say their children missed routine vaccinations due to the pandemic, lowering community protection against vaccine preventable diseases, according to a data analysis published Nov. 18 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
  3. US maternal care, mortality rate lagging behind other developed countries, report finds

    In 2018, the U.S. saw 17 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births — a ratio more than double the rate of other high-income countries, according to a Nov. 18 report from the Commonwealth Fund. 

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  1. 3.6 million Americans may be contagious with COVID-19, researchers say

    More than 3 million Americans may have active COVID-19 infections and be contagious, according to a new estimate cited by The Washington Post.
  2. AMA updates stance on high deductibles, covering uninsured

    Expanding health insurance coverage to uninsured Americans and improving the design of high-deductible health plans are initiatives that the American Medical Association supports, the organization's house of delegates said.
  3. UnitedHealth: Move routine imaging out of hospital, lower spending by 62%

    Patients and employers could see their healthcare costs decrease by 62 percent if diagnostic imaging was shifted from hospital outpatient settings to lower-cost imaging centers, according to a report from UnitedHealth Group.
  4. 87% of nursing home staff haven't completed COVID-19 training, CMS says

    About 12.5 percent of nursing home employees nationwide have undergone a free federal training program to help combat the spread of COVID-19, CMS said Nov. 17. 

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  1. Beaumont to sell ambulance business

    Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health will sell its ambulance business in December.
  2. 7 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported on or after Nov. 12. 
  3. Antibiotic use for infants linked to childhood autism, other health conditions, Mayo Clinic study finds

    Infants receiving antibiotics are more likely to develop major health conditions later in childhood, according to research published Nov. 15 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  
  4. Intermountain to break ground on children's hospital Nov. 19

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare will break ground on its second children's hospital Nov. 19, according to a company news release. 

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  1. Texas city gets its first hospital

    Methodist Midlothian (Texas) Medical Center opened to patients this week, becoming the 12th hospital owned or affiliated with Dallas-based Methodist Health System. The facility is also the first hospital in Midlothian.
  2. Baptist Health breaks ground on Lexington hospital

    Baptist Health Lexington (Ky.) broke ground Nov. 17 on its new medical campus and hospital, according to a company news release. 
  3. US healthcare workers may get first COVID-19 vaccine doses in a month, Fauci says

    Healthcare workers could soon be the first group to receive COVID-19 vaccinations "this December, literally next month," Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR Nov. 17. 
  4. Bankruptcy judge approves Purdue Pharma's $8.3B opioid settlement

    Judge Robert Drain approved Purdue Pharma's $8.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice Nov. 17, nearly a month after the drugmaker agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts, including federal anti-kickback law violation and conspiracy to defraud, ABC News reported.
  5. What Amazon's online pharmacy announcement did to CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stock

    Retail pharma giants' stock prices plunged Nov. 17, the same day Amazon launched a new online pharmacy that allows patients to purchase prescriptions through its website. 
  6. Christ Hospital Health Network names new chief clinical officer

    Costa Andreou, MD, was tapped as chief clinical officer of The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati and president of The Christ Hospital Physicians, effective in January, the network said Nov. 16.
  7. Envision Healthcare deploys clinicians to Texas communities facing COVID-19 surge

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare is deploying 80 clinicians to two Texas communities affected by a surge in COVID-19 patients, the national medical group said Nov. 17.
  8. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  9. 16 employees infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Baystate Medical Center

    Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Medical Center is battling a COVID-19 outbreak involving 16 employees and four patients, the hospital confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's Nov. 18. 

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