Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Geisinger warns of scammers posing as vaccine schedulers, trying to steal patients' data

    Geisinger alerted patients of a new scam in which fraudulent callers reach out to the Danville, Pa.-based health system's patients posing as COVID-19 vaccine schedulers. 
  2. Alaska hospital notifies patients of employee EHR snooping 

    Petersburg (Alaska) Medical Center recently notified patients that a hospital employee had wrongfully viewed their medical records, Petersburg-based community radio station KFSK reports. 
  3. Amazon Care, Intermountain, Ascension launch hospital-at-home healthcare alliance

    Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension and Amazon Care are founding members of a new healthcare coalition aimed at expanding home-based clinical care. 

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  1. Texas, Mississippi to lift COVID-19 restrictions; US will have enough vaccines for all adults by May, Biden says — 5 updates

    More than 15 percent of Americans, or 51,755,447 people, have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of March 2, reports the CDC. 
  2. Genesis HealthCare plans to cut $236M in debt, delist stock from NYSE

    Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis HealthCare will institute a three-pronged restructuring plan to improve its financial metrics and cut debt by $236 million, the company said March 3. 
  3. Medicare reimbursements higher for physicians integrated with hospitals, study finds

    Medicare reimbursement for physician services were an average $114,000 higher per physician per year when billed by hospitals rather than by independent physician practices from 2010 to 2016, according to a study recently published in Health Services Research.
  4. 4 former US surgeons general call for federal vaccine holiday

    Four former U.S. surgeons general are calling on President Joe Biden to enact National Vaccine Day as a one-time federal holiday this year.

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  1. 4 charged in $32M healthcare false claims scheme

    Four individuals, including a medical director, operator and two unlicensed clinicians, at a Texas medical clinic were arrested in connection with a nearly $32 million healthcare fraud scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said March 2. 
  2. 15 most overweight US cities

    The 15 most overweight and obese cities in the U.S. are in the South, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  3. Approaching the lab amid hospital consolidations: 5 considerations from industry experts

    Industry trends increasingly point toward hospital and health system merger and acquisition activity making a robust comeback in 2021 and beyond, prompting healthcare executives to proactively consider the lab's role in consolidations. 
  4. Tennessee hospital abruptly closes

    Jellico (Tenn.) Medical Center closed March 1, days after the city council voted to send a contract termination notice to the hospital's operator, Rennova Health, according to TV station WBIR.

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  1. Troubled Pennsylvania health system looks for a buyer

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health is looking for a partner to buy the entire system, which comprises six hospitals, according to the Reading Eagle.
  2. UAB cancer center gets funding to support patients' lodging needs

    The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham received an emergency lodging grant from the American Cancer Society to support the lodging needs of vulnerable patient populations, the university said March 1. 
  3. Florida hospital opens aortic emergency center

    Miami-based Mercy Hospital, part of HCA East Florida health system, has opened a 24-hour aortic emergency center, the hospital announced March 2.
  4. FDA authorizes Quidel's at-home COVID-19 antigen test

    The FDA granted emergency use authorization March 1 to Quidel's at-home COVID-19 antigen test. 
  5. California hospital CEO resigns after COVID-19 vaccine protocol broken

    Joe DeSchryver, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., submitted his resignation March 2, more than a month after county officials sanctioned the hospital because it broke COVID-19 vaccine protocol, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  6. Mayo Clinic, Bon Secours, 8 more health systems seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.
  7. Amazon's 10 latest health-related job openings

    Amazon recently posted job openings related to its health business.
  8. How the White House COVID-19 health equity director plans to tackle health disparities

    The Biden administration's COVID-19 health equity director, Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, is determined to better understand underlying factors that cause health disparities for people in minority communities, she told NBC." We have a complicated intersectional web that we are now coming to understand better," Dr. Nunez-Smith said. "Structural racism is real."
  9. 379 rare diseases cost healthcare $966B per year: study

    The treatments for 379 rare diseases cost the U.S. economy nearly $966 billion in 2019, according to The National Economic Burden of Rare Disease Study.

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