Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Azar submits resignation: 5 things to know

    HHS Secretary Alexander Azar tendered his resignation to President Donald Trump Jan. 12. He will exit his role Jan. 20.
  2. How to craft an authentic brand voice — 7 healthcare marketers share their strategies

    As the people who must deliver honest and compassionate messaging to patients who may be facing uncertain or stressful journeys with their health, the marketing teams at hospitals and healthcare facilities have a tough task ahead of them.
  3. What IT improvements are needed to expedite the COVID-19 vaccine rollout? 5 CIOs weigh in

    The effort to achieve mass vaccination in the U.S. has gotten off to a slower-than-predicted start, plagued by supply shortages, disorganization and inadequate IT systems.

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  1. New research database to capture the effect of COVID-19 on hearts of college athletes

    The American Heart Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine have created a national registry of college athletes who have had COVID-19 to help cardiologists better assess how the disease affects athletes' hearts.
  2. Optum to buy Change Healthcare for $13B & 16 other health IT notes

    From acquisitions to new initiatives to executives leaving, here are the latest of stories about health IT companies, including Google, Microsoft and Optum.
  3. RWJBarnabas Health taps Dr. Karen Marhefka as deputy CIO

    Dr. Karen Marhefka was named deputy CIO and vice president of information technology for the combined medical group of West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, a part of New Brunswick, N.J.-based Rutgers University, according to a Jan. 15 news release. 
  4. Arizona's COVID-19 battle could soon push hospitals into 'crisis zone'

    Arizona's worsening COVID-19 surge could soon mirror the dire situation in California, where intensive care unit availability is at 0 percent in much of the state, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 15.

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  1. US didn't have a COVID-19 vaccine stockpile when HHS announced strategy to release second doses, officials say

    There was no stockpile of second COVID-19 vaccine doses waiting to be shipped, despite reports of a stockpile and HHS Secretary Alex Azar announcing earlier this week that the government would start distributing all reserved doses of the vaccine, The Washington Post reported. 
  2. Indiana physicians create coalition

    A group of Indiana physician organizations, including many of the state's largest medical associations and specialty societies, established the Indiana Physician Coalition Jan. 14. The alliance aims to better educate lawmakers and the public on the level of training required to be a physician, and distinguish their role from that of advanced practitioners. 
  3. Former Merck employee arrested, charged with stealing trade secrets

    Shafat Quadri, Merck's former director of medical and scientific affairs, was arrested Jan. 13 and charged with one count of theft of trade secrets and one count of unauthorized transmission of trade secrets, according to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
  4. America's Essential Hospitals suspends donations to Congress members who voted against certifying election results

    America's Essential Hospitals, an association that lobbies in Washington, D.C., said it will suspend political donations to members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the Electoral College.

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  1. CMS releases 2022 rates for Medicare Advantage, Part D: 5 things to know

    On Jan. 15, CMS issued 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D rates three months early in a move it says will give plans more time to calculate bids for the next coverage year. 
  2. 6 women making moves in healthcare leadership

    The following leadership moves by women have been reported since Jan. 8.  
  3. 21 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves have been reported since Jan. 8:
  4. Cleveland Clinic loses bid to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging deceptive billing

    A Court of Common Pleas judge denied Cleveland Clinic's motion to dismiss a proposed class-action suit challenging its billing practices. 
  5. Chicago confirms 1st UK variant case

    The fast-spreading coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. has been found in Chicago, health officials said Jan. 15, according to NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV.
  6. 3 common drugs being tested to treat early-stage COVID-19

    Researchers are studying common drugs such as antidepressants, cough medicines and nutritional supplements to treat early-state COVID-19, according to a Jan. 14 report from The Boston Globe.
  7. Providers, payers launch new rules to accelerate value-based payments

    CAQH CORE, a nonprofit organization that represents healthcare providers, health plans and vendors, updated connectivity rules and issued new operating rules for patient attribution data exchange.
  8. Excellus BCBS pays $5.1M to settle data breach affecting 9.3 million people

    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights $5.1 million to settle potential HIPAA violations related to a data breach, HHS said Jan. 15. 
  9. 'A fiasco': Long-term care facilities say CVS, Walgreens partnership slowing COVID-19 vaccinations

    The effort to vaccinate long-term care facility residents against COVID-19 has been slowed by the federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes, reports Kaiser Health News. 

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