Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Test all surgical patients for COVID-19, anesthesiologists urge

    Patients undergoing surgery or other medical procedures should get tested for COVID-19 within three days of their procedure, regardless of their vaccination status, two anesthesiologist groups said in updated guidelines released Aug. 4. 
  2. NewYork-Presbyterian CXO Rick Evans: Have we moved beyond languishing yet?

    Reading headlines this week, many of us are experiencing déjà vu. Is it summer 2020 or summer 2021? 
  3. Ransomware attack forces Indiana hospital to divert patients 

    Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health shut down its IT network and went on diversion early Aug. 4 in response to an attempted ransomware attack, the hospital confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review. 

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  1. Hackers steal patients' info from UNM Health: 4 details 

    University of New Mexico Health in Ålbuquerque began notifying patients Aug. 3 that their protected health information was exposed during a recent hacking incident. 
  2. 7 most engaged healthcare companies worldwide

    Seven healthcare companies have been selected as among the top 50 most engaged employers in the world.
  3. California joins 4 states revamping their healthcare data breach reporting requirements

    Five states are increasing data breach protections for residents. From new reporting deadlines to protecting businesses from lawsuits enacted by breached individuals, here's what cybersecurity leaders need to know:
  4. Hacker gains access to UNC Health email account: 10,000 affected

    Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health and Chapel Hill School of Medicine begin notifying 10,832 patients that their data may be exposed in a data breach.

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  1. Duke, UNC Health mandates spur hundreds of employee vaccinations within a week

    Vaccine mandates at Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System and Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health resulted in hundreds more vaccinations among their employees.
  2. CVS Health revenue hits $72.6B in Q2

    CVS Health reported its second-quarter earnings Aug. 4.
  3. Judge decertifies class in suit against UnitedHealth subsidiaries alleging underpayment of consultants

    A Minnesota federal judge on Aug. 2 decertified a class-action lawsuit against two UnitedHealth Group subsidiaries, Optum and The Advisory Board, that alleged that the companies misclassified independent contractors and underpaid them.
  4. Long COVID-19 among children rare, study suggests

    Among 1,734 children in the U.K. with a COVID-19 infection, less than 5 percent had symptoms that lasted four weeks or longer, suggesting long COVID-19 is rarer in children than adults,  according to research published Aug. 3 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health found. 
  1. Ophthalmology group challenges payers recommending biosimilars for eye disease treatment

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology has asked CMS and HHS to prohibit health insurers from recommending biosimilars as alternative treatments for eye disease.
  2. 7 things to know about New York's new vaccine rule

    New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter bars, restaurants and other venues. Here are seven things to know about the new rule and the tech behind it, according to an Aug. 4 MIT Technology Review report.
  3. Aetna, CVS to enter ACA marketplace in 8 states

    Aetna and CVS Health will enter the ACA individual insurance marketplace in eight states.
  4. WHO calls for global halt on booster doses amid low vaccination rates in vulnerable countries

    The World Health Organization is asking countries that are considering COVID-19 booster shots to hold off through at least September as people in many parts of the world remain unvaccinated, The Washington Post reports. 
  5. Delta may push herd immunity threshold over 80%, experts say

    Infectious disease experts say the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to reach herd immunity could be 80 percent or higher, now that the delta variant is spreading rapidly across the U.S., according to Medscape.
  6. FDA aims to grant Pfizer shot full approval by Labor Day, insiders say

    The FDA has set Labor Day, Sept. 6, as an unofficial deadline to grant full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, several people familiar with the matter told The New York Times. 
  7. WVU Health System names new chief administrative officer

    Michael Grace, EdD, was named chief administrative officer of West Virginia University Health System, the Morgantown-based organization said Aug. 3. 
  8. Majority of unvaccinated Americans believe COVID-19 vaccines are riskier than infection

    Fifty-three percent of unvaccinated adults in the U.S. think getting vaccinated against COVID-19 poses a greater health risk than being infected with the virus, according to research released Aug. 4 by Kaiser Family Foundation.
  9. Houston health system to temporarily close 2 clinics, shift staff to hospitals amid COVID-19 surge

    Harris Health System will temporarily close two clinics to boost staffing at its hospitals as COVID-19 cases rise, the Houston-based system confirmed to Becker's.

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