Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Physician named president of Ballad Health's northeast market

    Chad Couch, MD, was named president of Ballad Health's northeast market and CEO of Bristol (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center. 
  2. CMS boosts funding for ACA sign-ups

    CMS is allocating $2.3 million to boost ACA sign-ups in underserved communities, the agency said March 1. 
  3. HCA, U of Central Florida open 64-bed Florida hospital

    The University of Central Florida and HCA Healthcare opened their jointly owned $175 million UCF Lake Nona Medical Center in Orlando March 1.

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  1. Froedtert acquires majority stake in Wisconsin hospital

    Wauwatosa, Wis.-based Froedtert Health acquired a majority stake in Manitowoc, Wis.-based Holy Family Memorial March 1. 
  2. How providers can ensure 2021 is a financial bounce-back year

    From changing payer mixes to significant revenue losses, a slew of business challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have confronted hospitals across the U.S. 
  3. HHS makes 20 new hires

    President Joe Biden's HHS continues to hire leaders to guide the department amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Swollen lymph nodes: Normal vaccine side effect can be mistaken as sign of cancer

    As more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, physicians are noticing an uptick in the number of people with enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit area, which can be mistaken as a sign of cancer on routine imaging such as mammograms and CT scans, The New York Times reported March 1. 

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  1. Inside the CDC: 23 leaders to know

    The CDC, which is based in Atlanta and falls under HHS, includes physicians and others who are leading the agency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Becker's 11th Annual Meeting Speaker Series: 3 Questions with Peter Banko, President and Chief Executive Officer at Centura Health

    Peter Banko serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Centura Health. 
  3. California nursing home to pay $275K to settle allegations it pushed out residents in favor of more profitable patients

    Lakeview Terrace Skilled Nursing Facility in Los Angeles will pay $275,000 in penalties and costs as part of a settlement from a lawsuit that accused the facility of discharging long-term residents to make room for more COVID-19 patients, who are more profitable due to higher Medicare reimbursement payments, the Los Angeles Times reported March 1. 
  4. Highmark becomes 4th largest Blue plan with HealthNow deal

    Highmark and HealthNow New York officially completed their affiliation, the organizations said March 1.

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  1. Centene makes 4 leadership changes

    Centene Corp. appointed four leaders to its executive team, effective March 1.
  2. WHO advises against hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

    The World Health Organization published a new recommendation March 2 stating that hydroxychloroquine should not be used to prevent COVID-19.
  3. Florida, Ohio and NYC expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

    New York City, Florida and Ohio are all expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines this week, The New York Times reported. 
  4. People with allergic reactions to Pfizer, Moderna vaccines can get J&J shot as second dose, CDC scientist says

    Patients who had an allergic reaction to their first dose of either Moderna's or Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could get Johnson & Johnson's vaccine as their second dose, a CDC scientist said March 1, CNBC reported. 
  5. Novavax CEO says COVID-19 vaccine could be reviewed by FDA in May

    Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine could be granted emergency use authorization by the FDA as early as May, the drugmaker’s CEO, Stanley Erck, told CNBC March 1.
  6. Merck to manufacture J&J's COVID-19 vaccine

    Merck, one of the world's largest vaccine makers, will work with Johnson & Johnson to boost supply of its single-shot vaccine, officials from President Joe Biden's administration told The Washington Post March 2.
  7. CVS, Walgreens using COVID-19 vaccine signup data to tailor marketing efforts

    Retail chains including CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens are using the data they collect from millions of customers who sign up for COVID-19 vaccines to better tailor their marketing efforts and promote their stores and services, according to a March 2 Wall Street Journall report.
  8. Twitter's new COVID-19 misinformation policy gives users 5 strikes before they're out

    Twitter has revamped its policy on COVID-19 misinformation, establishing new rules that target false claims about vaccines and lead to flagged tweets, account locks and permanent suspensions.
  9. WHO estimates 25% of people will have hearing loss by 2050

    About one in four people, or nearly 2.5 billion, will have some level of hearing loss by 2050, according to the World Health Organization's first World Report on Hearing published March 2. 

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