Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. With digital healthcare on the rise, e-signatures are transforming patient-facing processes

    The pressures of the COVID-19 crisis have accelerated digital transformation and IT innovation throughout healthcare. Automating document workflows and digitizing documents are now key business drivers at leading healthcare organizations. 
  2. 11 bans on vaccine mandates — What states have them & which might soon

    Nine states have enacted 11 laws with prohibitions on COVID-19 vaccine mandates, according to a July 29 report from the National Academy for State Health Policy.
  3. 70% of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

    In early May, President Joe Biden unveiled the country's vaccination goal of 70 percent of adults receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4. It took a month longer than planned, but the U.S. reached the goal Aug. 2, Cyrus Shahpar, MD, the White House's COVID-19 data director, announced via Twitter.

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  1. 7 recent cancer study findings

    Recent oncology studies have focused on the effect of misinformation in cancer treatment articles on social media, the benefits of smoking cessation after a lung cancer diagnosis and more. 
  2. Northwell Health mandates COVID-19 vaccines at 23 hospitals

    New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell is mandating COVID-19 vaccines for more than 76,000 employees at 23 hospitals and 830 outpatient facilities.
  3. 10 recent health IT, innovation partnerships

    Here are 10 recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives accelerating digital transformation efforts at healthcare organizations. 
  4. The Atlantic donates COVID-19 data-tracking project to UCSF library 

    UC San Francisco will house the COVID Tracking Project, a 15-month-long crowdsourced digital archive of daily COVID-19 data compiled by The Atlantic, within the university's permanent library collection, the organizations said July 28. 

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  1. How Henry Ford Health System is handling pushback on vaccine mandate

    As more hospitals and health systems make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for employees, they are addressing concerns from unvaccinated workers, while navigating the pandemic's trajectory and a delta variant that is spreading. Here, Bob Riney, president of healthcare operations and COO of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, discusses how it's approaching its mandate and offers advice to peers related to enforcement.
  2. Georgia could receive $500M from Medicaid overpayments

    Georgia could recoup $500 million from state Medicaid insurers it overpaid in 2020 and 2021, the Albany Herald reported Aug. 1.
  3. Serious reactions to Pfizer shot rare in kids, CDC finds

    Mild local and systemic reactions to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are common among adolescents, while serious adverse events are rare, according to CDC data published July 30.
  4. NYC Health + Hospitals names hospital after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    NYC Health + Hospitals is renaming its Brooklyn campus undergoing renovations after the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  1. 10 latest hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From the Department of Justice intervening in false claims lawsuits against Kaiser Permanente to Prime Healthcare Services agreeing to settle kickback allegations, here are the latest hospital lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  2. Lung cancer patients who quit smoking see survival benefit, study finds

    Lung cancer patients who quit smoking after diagnosis lived nearly 22 months longer than patients who continued smoking, according to research published July 27 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
  3. Adventist Health CEO leaving at year's end to establish family foundation

    Scott Reiner, RN, is leaving as CEO of Adventist Health at the end of the year to create a family foundation focused on global health and well-being, the Roseville, Calif.-based health system said Aug. 2.
  4. White House enlists army of TikTok stars to combat vaccine hesitancy

    Young people have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates of any eligible age group in the U.S. The White House is tackling the issue by paying social media influencers, particularly those who post on TikTok, to encourage their audiences to get their shots, The New York Times reported Aug. 1.
  5. Lockdowns unlikely for US amid delta COVID-19 surge, Fauci says

    The U.S. is unlikely to resume lockdowns amid the nationwide COVID-19 surge driven by the highly transmissible delta variant, Anthony Fauci, MD, the White House's chief medical adviser, said during an Aug. 1 interview on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
  6. 10 most expensive popular generic drugs in the US

    Tadalafil, which has an average monthly cash price of $518, is the most expensive generic drug in the U.S., according to research released July 29 by pharmacy discount company GoodRx.
  7. Larger share of LGBT patients report negative provider experience than non-LGBT people, survey finds

    More than one-third of LGBT patients said they had a negative provider experience in the last two years, compared to 22 percent of non-LGBT people, according to recent survey findings from Kaiser Family Foundation.
  8. Mayo Clinic reinstates universal masking for staff

    Mayo Clinic will again require staff members to wear masks in Mayo buildings, regardless of role and COVID-19 vaccination status, the Rochester, Minn.-based health system said.
  9. Florida sees record COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases; hospitals postpone elective surgeries

    Florida is reporting a new record of COVID-19 hospitalizations and now accounts for one in five new cases nationwide, Bloomberg reported July 31.

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