Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CMS selects primary care payment model participants

    CMS chose 916 primary care practices and 37 regional health plan partners as participants in its new payment model called Primary Care First.
  2. Kaiser EHR error breached patient billing info: 4 details

    A coding error within Kaiser Permanente's EHR caused the health system to send bill-related mailings of some Georgia members to their dependents instead of the main policyholder, according to a statement from Kaiser Permanente.
  3. 7 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves have been reported in November.

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  1. Michigan hospital employees exposed to COVID-19 told to come to work if asymptomatic

    Several Michigan health systems have told employees that if they had close or household contact with someone who has COVID-19, they are still expected to report to work until they get their test results, according to the Detroit Free Press. 
  2. UW Medicine halts some surgeries 

    UW Medicine in Seattle is suspending nonemergency surgeries that require hospitalization, effective Nov. 23 through Feb. 1, according to The Seattle Times. 
  3. 169 Henry Ford Health System staffers test positive for COVID-19

    The number of Henry Ford Health System employees who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community remains high, putting additional stress on staffing at the Detroit-based health system, Adnan Munkarah, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, said during a media briefing Nov. 20. 
  4. Albany Medical Center nurses set to strike Dec. 1

    Nurses at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center plan to strike Dec. 1 for improvements in staffing and infection control standards, according to the union that represents them.

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

There has been a dramatic reduction in the nation’s pediatric and adult immunization coverage rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. Connecticut company gets gets $590M US loan for disposable vaccine injector

    The federal government has awarded a $590 million loan to ApiJect Systems America for a novel injection device the company said could be used instead of traditional glass vials and syringes for vaccinations. 
  2. CMS finalizes Stark Law overhaul: 6 things to know

    CMS issued a final rule Nov. 20 that modifies the Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referrals.  
  3. White House releases 2 new drug-pricing rules

    President Donald Trump announced two new drug-pricing rules Nov. 20, one that would link Medicare Part B drug prices to those paid in other countries and one to eliminate rebates drugmakers pay to pharmacy benefit managers, The Hill reported. 
  4. Cost the biggest barrier to widespread coronavirus testing, survey finds

    Companies most often cited the cost of COVID-19 testing as the primary reason they weren't testing their workers, rather than test availability or turnaround times, The New York Times reported. 

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  1. 10 recent health IT exec moves

    Here are some of the recent leadership changes affecting health IT:
  2. Georgia cancer center gets $576K to advance skin cancer care

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University $576,035 Nov. 19 to expand access to skin cancer care, particularly for melanoma, in the state. 
  3. Sturgis motorcycle rally triggered COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota, CDC says

    About 34 percent of Minnesota's 87 counties had at least one COVID-19 case epidemiologically linked to the 10-day August motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., the CDC said in a Nov. 20 report.
  4. Healthcare communicators must promote vaccine for inoculation effort to work: study

    Healthcare communication professionals should deploy messaging that encourages vaccine acceptance because the success of the country's vaccination effort hinges on Americans' willingness to be inoculated, according to a study published Nov. 19 in Health Affairs.
  5. LSU Health email hack exposes patient information: 4 details

    LSU Health Care Services Division reported that an unauthorized party accessed an employee's email account and compromised patient information, according to a report in The Daily Advertiser.
  6. Walgreens CFO: I'm not worried about Amazon's online pharmacy

    James Kehoe, Walgreens Boots Alliance's global CFO, expressed little concern about Amazon's recent entry into pharmacy Nov. 19 when he spoke at the Wolfe Healthcare Conference, according to Bloomberg.
  7. 5 recent drug, device recalls

    Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are five reported to the FDA since the end of October:
  8. Fresenius Kabi recalls sedative due to lidocaine contamination

    Fresenius Kabi is recalling one lot of its sedative drug, dexmedetomidine, after finding it contains trace amounts of lidocaine, an anesthetic. 
  9. Walmart Health opens in Chicago

    Two Walmart Health centers opened in Chicago Nov. 20 adjacent to newly remodeled Walmart supercenters. 

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