Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. COVID-19 virus can infect heart muscles, researchers find

    Researchers from St. Louis-based Washington University School of Medicine found evidence that the COVID-19 virus is able to invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, the university said March 1. 
  2. Microsoft says vaccine scheduling tools have 'fallen short' after issues in DC, Iowa, New Jersey

    Following three days of technical issues with its online COVID-19 vaccination registration portal for Washington, D.C., Microsoft released a statement acknowledging that its software efforts "have fallen short" and said it will resolve the issues, according to a Feb. 28 Bloomberg report. 
  3. HHS stresses commitment to telemedicine fraud prevention  

    The HHS Office of Inspector General is conducting oversight analysis to assess telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including concerns about fraud schemes tied to virtual care. 

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  1. Congress launches investigation into One Medical's COVID-19 vaccination process

    Congress is launching an investigation into concierge healthcare provider One Medical following allegations that the company has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations to ineligible patients and those with ties to company leadership, reports NPR.
  2. Highmark Health inks 6-year partnership with Google sister company Verily: 6 notes  

    Highmark Health, the parent company of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network, is building upon its tech partnership with Google Cloud through a new six-year collaboration with the tech giant's sister company Verily. 
  3. California university halts plan for $750M teaching hospital after panel rejection

    Elk Grove-based California Northstate University has halted plans to build a $750 million teaching hospital in Elk Grove days after the project was unanimously rejected by a planning commission, according to The Sacramento Bee. 
  4. Cleveland Clinic receives $15M gift

    Cleveland Clinic recently received a $15.5 million donation to advance neurological care and epilepsy research. 

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  1. Rural Arizona county opens COVID-19 vaccinations to general public

    Any resident older than 18 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Gila County, Ariz., one of the first places in the U.S. to offer vaccinations to the general public, reports The New York Times.
  2. CDC director to states: Don't roll back COVID-19 safety measures

    As COVID-19 cases improve, the head of the CDC said she is "really worried" about states rolling back public health measures, according to a March 1 article published in CNBC.
  3. Global cases rise for 1st time in 6 weeks; Merck to produce J&J vaccine, officials say — 5 COVID-19 updates

    Global COVID-19 cases rose for the first time in six weeks, World Health Organization officials said during a March 1 news conference. 
  4. Vitamin C treatment ineffective against sepsis, another study shows

    A combination of vitamin C, thiamine and hydrocortisone, previously thought to be a promising treatment option for sepsis, did not improve patient outcomes in a study recently published in JAMA. 

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  1. States ranked by COVID-19 restrictions

    Iowa is the state with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions, and Virginia is the state with the most, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  2. Chicago safety net hospitals could lose $1.8B by 2024, study says

    Safety net hospitals in Chicago are projected to lose at least $1.76 billion by 2024, according to a recent study commissioned by the Health Care Council of Chicago.
  3. 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Houston medical office

    A man fatally shot himself after shooting his wife March 1 inside a medical office in Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. 
  4. CMS to review geographic direct contracting payment model

    CMS is reviewing the Geographic Direct Contracting Model, a voluntary payment model that aims to test if a geographic-based approach to care delivery can improve health outcomes and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries. 
  5. Tennessee hospital loses staff, hasn't admitted patients since November

    The Jellico (Tenn.) City Council voted Feb. 25 to send a contract termination notice to Rennova Health, the company that operates Jellico Medical Center, according to TV station WBIR. 
  6. How CHS, HCA, Tenet and UHS fared in Q4

    Four major for-profit hospital operators posted profits for the fourth quarter of 2020. 
  7. COVID-19 vaccine passports raise ethics concerns: 5 details

    Governments are debating the idea of requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports, raising ethical concerns about those who would get left behind, according to a Feb. 26 article in The Wall Street Journal.
  8. 3 ways business leaders can better motivate their employees than financial targets

    Financial targets are a driver for employee motivation, but overemphasizing them can be harmful for morale, performance and long-term strategy, according to a Feb. 26 article published in Harvard Business Review.
  9. Chicago hospital offering free colorectal cancer screenings

    Loretto Hospital in Chicago is providing free colon cancer screenings throughout the month of March in observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the hospital said March 1. 

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