Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UnitedHealth Group's Dr. Ethan Berke: Why this COVID-19 surge is different + mitigating the spread 

    Ethan Berke, MD, UnitedHealth Group chief public health officer, said any COVID-19 strategy should follow three steps: take a deep breath, step back and follow the science.
  2. 7 recent M&A and investment deals in digital health

    Only two weeks into 2022, mergers, acquisitions and investments in the digital health space have been frequent. Here are seven recent deals in digital health as reported by Becker's, starting with the most recent.
  3. CVS, Walgreens close some pharmacies on weekends due to staffing shortages

    CVS and Walgreens pharmacies across the country are closing early or shutting down on weekends as the omicron surge exacerbates staffing shortages, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 14.
  1. Humana names home solutions business president

    Andrew Agwunobi, MD, will lead Humana's home solutions business as its president, the payer announced Jan. 14. 
  2. Cleveland Clinic partners with city to address lead levels

    Cleveland Clinic and the city council will provide tens of millions of dollars in funding over the next several years to protect children and ensure safe lead levels in Cleveland homes. 
  3. Pediatric suicide attempts, mental health cases rose 53% in 2021, Stanford Children's CEO says

    Paul King, CEO of Stanford Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., said being a kid during the COVID-19 pandemic has been pretty tough. 
  4. What HHS data shows about 'flurona' hospitalizations

    The word "flurona" — used to describe flu and coronavirus co-infections — has recently made headlines as the omicron variant rapidly spreads nationwide, fueling a major COVID-19 surge in the middle of flu season.

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  1. NYU Langone appoints head of pediatric surgery

    New York City-based NYU Langone selected Jason Fisher, MD, to serve as director of children's surgical services at the system's Hassenfeld Children's Hospital. 
  2. 270 healthcare experts urge Spotify to address COVID-19 misinformation

    Doctors and healthcare workers are among those who wrote an open letter accusing a popular Spotify podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, CNBC reported Jan. 14.
  3. 3 states with very high flu activity; another pediatric death — 7 CDC notes

    Three states reported very high flu activity for the week ending Jan. 8, according to the agency's most recent FluView report.
  4. Health systems investing more in digital health to improve care, lower costs

    Health systems are progressively creating venture funds for digital health innovation, as it allows them to find solutions for improving quality of care, lowering healthcare costs, managing healthcare burnout and optimizing revenue, eMarketer reported Jan. 13.
  1. US COVID-19 deaths up 37% this week: 11 CDC findings

    COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates and deaths are increasing nationwide as omicron accounts for an estimated 98 percent of new infections, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 14.
  2. US nurses protest over COVID-19 working conditions

    Registered nurse members of National Nurses United held actions across the U.S. Jan. 13 advocating for better staffing and protections for workers. 
  3. Physician viewpoint: Protecting immunocompromised from COVID-19 is everyone's responsibility

    Society as whole has a hand in protecting immunocompromised people from COVID-19, according to two physician scientists who treat transplant recipients at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  4. 5 states facing highest COVID-19 nursing home deaths

    Pennsylvania has the highest number of nursing home residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to weekly data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last updated Jan. 12.
  5. American Cancer Society: US cancer deaths fell 32% since 2019

    Overall cancer deaths in the U.S. have declined 32 percent since 2019, according to a report published Jan. 12 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
  6. 5 recent payer partnerships, expansions

    From Optum investing in genomic sequencing to UnitedHealthcare broadening its vision benefits with laptop discounts, here are five recent payer partnerships and expansions. 
  7. St. Joseph’s Health, Hackensack Meridian Health announce clinical affiliation 

    Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Health announced a clinical affiliation Jan. 14 to bring patients expanded oncologic services. 
  8. Cigna CEO defends PBMs, saying the role has evolved 

    David Cordani, CEO of Cigna, defended the role of pharmacy benefit managers, arguing that the traditional PBM is a relic of yesterday, reported Yahoo Finance Jan. 12. 
  9. RIP Medical Debt ends Oklahoma campaign, saying it can't access additional debt

    Tulsa, Okla.-based Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation has ended its campaign with New York City nonprofit RIP Medical Debt after the organization could no longer access additional medical debt, Ginnie Graham wrote in a Tulsa World column Jan. 13.

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