Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Sanford settles Medicaid billing fraud allegations

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health agreed to pay the state $329,412 to settle allegations it committed Medicaid billing fraud, according to the office of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
  2. 12 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves were reported on or after Nov. 20: 
  3. Oregon nurse placed on leave over TikTok video plugging noncompliance with COVID-19 protocols

    An oncology nurse employed by Salem (Ore.) Health has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation is underway after her TikTok video publicizing noncompliance with COVID-19 safety measures went viral, according to the Statesman Journal.  

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  1. UVM Health Network computer outage disrupted care, left cancer patients in limbo

    Cyberattacks against hospitals disrupted operations and healthcare delivery, according to The New York Times.
  2. COVID-19 data is about to flatten, drop and spike: 5 considerations when reviewing numbers 

    The four-day Thanksgiving weekend will disrupt a number of COVID-19 data points for several days, causing a plateau or drop followed by a spike, neither of which should be taken as evidence of anything to do with the pandemic itself, according to The COVID Tracking Project.
  3. US Fertility ransomware attack exposes patient info: 4 details

    Rockville, Md.-based US Fertility, a network of fertility clinics, was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this year that compromised patient information.
  4. AWS resumes operations after outage: 4 details

    Amazon Web Services reported an outage that disrupted business operations for customers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations top 90,000 in US: Why this number is one to watch even more closely right now

    The United States recorded 90,481 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 Nov. 26, marking the 17th consecutive day of record hospitalizations and the first time the daily count topped 90,000, according to The COVID Tracking Project. 
  2. Alameda Health CEO resigns

    Trustees for Oakland, Calif.-based Alameda Health System accepted a resignation letter from system CEO Delvecchio Finley at a board meeting Nov. 24, according to the East Bay Times. 
  3. CMS seeks to boost hospital capacity during COVID-19 surge

    CMS is giving hospitals facing a surge of COVID-19 patients expanded flexibility to care for Medicare patients in their homes, the department announced Nov. 25. 
  4. Chinese billionaire sells additional $40M of CHS stock

    Chinese investor Tianqiao Chen and his group of companies have a 14.96 percent stake in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems after recently selling nearly 4.6 million shares of the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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  1. Antibody levels decline after 2 months, CDC finds

    COVID-19 antibody levels declined within two months in 156 front-line healthcare workers involved in a CDC study published Nov. 27. 
  2. Ohio lab tech issues delay COVID-19 data; virus spread 'dramatically' affects health systems' ability to care for patients

    The Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 data has been skewed by technical issues related to lab reporting, although Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine noted the virus is still spreading quickly across the state, according to local ABC affiliate News 5 Cleveland.
  3. Surgery guidance updated for hospitals struggling with capacity constraints

    Four healthcare groups again updated their guidance for hospitals to maintain essential surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. States that earned an F in social distancing

    Despite warnings from the CDC to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, cell phone tracking data shows Americans are still traveling for the holidays.
  5. US sees 2 million COVID-19 cases in 2 weeks

    The U.S. has reported more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases in each of the last two weeks — a first during the pandemic, reports The New York Times.
  6. New York City adds COVID-19 checkpoints at bridges, crossings

    New York City will have COVID-19 checkpoints at certain key bridges and crossings ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and will strictly enforce travel quarantine restrictions, New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said Nov. 24. 
  7. Most Americans have not had COVID-19, antibody study suggests

    Most people in the U.S. had not contracted COVID-19 as of September, according to a study on antibody prevalence published Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  8. UnitedHealthcare delays coding changes for lab tests

    UnitedHealthcare will push back a change for coding laboratory tests until Jan. 1, 2022, a little less than a year after it was supposed to take effect.
  9. Steward acquires 3 hospitals in Colombia

    An international affiliate of Dallas-based Steward Health Care System has acquired three hospitals in Colombia, the system announced Nov. 25. 

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