Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Daily COVID-19 vaccinations down 26%: 11 CDC stats to know

    The seven-day average number of COVID-19 vaccines administered daily was 2.1 million as of May 6, a 26 percent decrease from the previous week's average, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published May 7.
  2. FDA says it will conduct less than half of the drug, device inspections it planned for 2021

    Citing restrictions related to the pandemic, the FDA will perform less than half of the non-food domestic surveillance inspections it had planned for fiscal year 2021, the agency said May 5.
  3. Rush exec on how having an equity framework prepared it for COVID-19 & saved lives

    The pandemic has hit low-income communities and communities of color in an inequitable way. Yet, having an equity framework prepared Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center for the detrimental effect it would have on homeless populations, workforce shortages and the Chicago community.

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  1. Shortage of special syringes means COVID-19 vaccines wasted

    Eight states and multiple local health departments and officials say vaccine kits from the federal government contain an insufficient number of low-dead-space syringes, which help extract every last COVID-19 vaccine dose from vials, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  2. Wastewater sampling to monitor disease here to stay, experts say

    Throughout the pandemic, scientists have found wastewater analyses often provide an accurate picture of COVID-19 prevalence in a given area, The New York Times reported May 6. 
  3. COVID-19 & hospital workers — what 2 studies reveal

    COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the likelihood of hospital workers testing positive for a coronavirus infection, two studies published in the JAMA Network suggest.
  4. Dr. Nancy Messonnier resigns as CDC official

    Nancy Messonnier, MD, resigned May 7 as director of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, according to The New York Times.

Celebrating healthcare organizations who made a considerable impact in their communities through virtual care

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  1. 5 million people enrolled in Medicaid during pandemic, study finds

    Medicaid enrollment increased by 5 million people between March and September of 2020, a study published in JAMA Network Open shows.
  2. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 96% effective in kids ages 12-17

    Moderna said May 6 its COVID-19 vaccine is 96 percent effective in adolescents ages 12-17, according to an initial analysis of a phase 2/3 trial.
  3. Pfizer files for COVID-19 vaccine's full FDA approval

    Pfizer on May 7 applied for its COVID-19 vaccine's full FDA approval for use in people ages 16 and older, as opposed to the emergency use authorization under which the shot is currently being administered.
  4. CaptureRx ransomware attack reports rise: 4 things to know 

    A growing list of hospitals and health systems across the U.S. are reporting data breaches linked to a ransomware attack on CaptureRx, a San Antonio, Texas-based health IT company that helps hospitals manage their 340B drug programs. 

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  1. Tourists can soon get COVID-19 shot in New York City, mayor says

    Travelers visiting popular attractions in New York City will soon be able to get Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, The Wall Street Journal reported May 6. 
  2. 'Gone are the days when organizations can just offer bonuses': How to competitively recruit, retain nurses

    As the nation grapples with a nurse shortage heightened by the pandemic, healthcare organizations are struggling to recruit and retain nurses.
  3. Hospitals get 1st CMS warning on price transparency failure

    CMS has started issuing its first round of warning letters to hospitals not in compliance with the hospital price disclosure rule, a CMS spokesperson confirmed to Becker's May 5. 
  4. Tyson Foods opens 1st medical clinic for employees

    Tyson Foods opened its first medical clinic for employees in Dyersburg, Tenn., the company said May 5.
  5. Beaumont's 1st board chair steps down

    The first chair of Beaumont Health's board of directors is stepping down, the Southfield, Mich.-based health system said May 6.
  6. Hospitals lose jobs for 4th straight month

    Hospitals lost 5,800 jobs in April, marking the fourth month of job loss this year, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  7. States ranked by percentage of population fully vaccinated: May 11

    Connecticut has the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data tracker.
  8. Maine hospitals see ICU demands for COVID-19 patients surge

    Hospitals in Maine are seeing near-record levels of intensive care demands for COVID-19 patients despite an overall lower patient count, according to a May 6 report in the Portland Press Herald.
  9. COVID-19 deaths significantly undercounted, report suggests

    The actual number of global COVID-19 deaths may be about 6.9 million, more than double the recorded amount, according to a study from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Valuation published May 6. 

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