Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Ohio hospital still bringing computers back online 2 months after IT incident

    An Ohio hospital that went offline on Sept. 21 after identifying a cybersecurity incident is still bringing computers back online two months later, according to a Nov. 18 report in the Star Beacon.
  2. Mercy Iowa City email hack exposed info of 60,000 patients: 4 details

    A Mercy Iowa City employee email breach this year exposed the information of tens of thousands of patients, according to the Office of the Iowa Attorney General.
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 cases: Nov. 24

    North Dakota has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population of all U.S. states, while Vermont has the fewest, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

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  1. At least 32 guests at superspreader Ohio wedding test positive for COVID-19

    Thirty-two people contracted COVID-19 after attending an Ohio wedding, reports NBC affiliate WLWT.
  2. Healthcare exec pleads guilty to part in $1.2B Medicare fraud scheme

    The owner of nine medical brace companies has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a Medicare scam that resulted in more than $1.2 billion in losses, according to Law360. 
  3. US daily death toll highest since May; Pfizer's vaccine 95% effective — 7 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. hit 77,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 17, a single-day record, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.  
  4. Chinese billionaire sells $41M worth of CHS stock

    Chinese investor Tianqiao Chen and his group of companies have an 18.8 percent stake in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems after recently selling 5 million shares of the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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  1. States ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rates: Nov. 24

    Here are the rates of positive COVID-19 tests in each state, along with the number of new cases most recently reported and number of tests conducted per 1,000 people. 
  2. Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective

    Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine is 95 percent effective after conducting a final efficacy analysis for its phase 3 trial. 
  3. CEO parts ways with Louisiana hospital

    Terrell Neal, BSN, RN, has left his position as CEO of St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, La., according to the St. Charles Herald Guide.
  4. Wisconsin's 530-bed field hospital is treating just 23 patients

    Wisconsin's field hospital has remained mostly empty since opening last month, despite rising hospitalizations across the state, reports local Madison TV station News 3 Now.

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  1. Hospitals, clinicians urge Trump administration to share COVID-19 data with Biden team

    The transition team of President-elect Joe Biden needs access to the Trump administration's COVID-19 information, national hospital, physician, and nurse groups wrote in a Nov. 17 letter to President Donald Trump.
  2. 900+ Mayo Clinic workers diagnosed with COVID-19 in past 2 weeks

    More than 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Nov. 17 briefing by Amy Williams, MD, dean of clinic practice at the Rochester, Minn.-based system. 
  3. CEO, chief nursing officer no longer with Prisma Health hospital

    The CEO and chief nursing officer of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, S.C., are no longer in their positions, Columbia, S.C.-based Prisma Health confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's Nov. 17.
  4. Time to rethink US capitalism?: 5 takeaways for healthcare leaders

    As economic, health and education inequalities grow, more people are beginning to question whether it's necessary to reimagine how American capitalism functions, according to a report from consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
  5. More providers inflating prices for out-of-network COVID-19 tests, insurer survey says

    Nearly a quarter of all claims for COVID-19 tests are coming from out-of-network providers, and the share of claims for tests with inflated prices has grown since this summer, according to a survey from the health insurance trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. 
  6. Drug testing practices prompt investigation of 3 New York hospitals

    The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating drug testing practices at Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai and NewYork-Presbyterian hospitals to determine if they disproportionately target Black and Latinx parents and infants.
  7. COVID-19 immunity may last years, new study suggests

    COVID-19 immunity may last years, according to a study published Nov. 16 on the preprint server bioRxiv. 
  8. How 3M shifted business gears in response to pandemic

    3M, a Minnesota-based conglomerate that spans the automotive, construction and energy industries, has become increasingly involved in production of personal protective gear for healthcare workers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. Data on emergency approval of COVID-19 drugs, vaccines to be made public

    The FDA will make all of the data and information regarding emergency use authorization it has granted to COVID-19 drugs and vaccines publicly available, the agency said Nov. 17. 

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