Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. States with the most, fewest overdose deaths per capita

    West Virginia has the most drug overdose deaths per capita, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.  
  2. 'Go get that cup of coffee': Central Texas' 1st female thoracic surgeon serves up career advice

    As the first female thoracic surgeon in central Texas, Rachel Medbery, MD, of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in Austin, Texas, shared advice for women working in male-dominated fields during a recent episode of Becker's Healthcare cardiology podcast. 
  3. Biden says 1 million Americans have enrolled in ACA plans since February

    President Joe Biden announced 1 million people have signed up for health coverage during the ACA marketplace's special enrollment period issued earlier this year, ABC News reported.

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  1. Centene stock jumps more than 8%

    Health insurer Centene's stock jumped 8.1 percent and closed at $70.45 a share, according to a Nasdaq article published May 10. The payer's stock has increased 5.9 percent over the past four weeks.
  2. Why several states are investigating PBMs

    At least seven states and the District of Columbia are investigating pharmacy benefit managers, focusing on whether the companies fully disclose the details of their business and whether they receive overpayments under state contracts, The Wall Street Journal reported May 11. 
  3. Children behind on routine vaccinations could interrupt COVID-19 vaccine rollout, physicians say

    With the possibility of COVID-19 vaccines soon becoming available to young children, some pediatricians are worried about how they'll balance getting children scheduled for the shot with the backlog of children who fell behind on other routine vaccines during earlier stages of the pandemic, CNN reported May 10. 
  4. Meet new HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm: 4 things to know

    The Senate has confirmed Andrea Palm as the next deputy secretary of HHS. She will be the No. 2 official at a $1 trillion-plus agency with about 80,000 employees. 

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  1. Lottery tickets, free crawfish: Vaccination sites give incentives their best shot

    States and cities are getting creative with incentives for residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine, including lottery tickets and free crawfish.
  2. How hospitals, health centers are mobilizing to vaccinate teens against COVID-19

    The FDA on May 10 authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12. Many public health officials view vaccinating teens as crucial to further reducing virus transmission and reopening schools, so healthcare providers around the country are working to reach this population and their parents, The New York Times reported May 11.
  3. Mayo Clinic inks license agreement for remote patient monitoring tech

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is teaming up with NxgenPort, a biomedical technology company that builds remote patient monitoring devices.
  4. Dana-Farber names its first chief clinical access and equity officer

    Christopher Lathan, MD, was chosen as chief clinical access and equity officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston-based cancer center said May 10. 

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  1. Ken Levitan to lead Einstein through merger with Jefferson Health

    Ken Levitan was named president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Einstein Healthcare Network, the health system said. 
  2. Operationalizing a fleet of multiple da Vinci surgical systems is possible; here's how

    The stigma that surgical robots are overrated or too expensive should be reconsidered because of the many benefits they can offer a health system.
  3. Reopening plans and mask mandates, by state

    As U.S. COVID-19 cases drop and vaccinations continue to climb, with 46 percent of the population partially vaccinated as of May 10, many states have eased pandemic restrictions.
  4. 'The biggest risk is to your reputation': Colonial Pipeline hack reinforces cyberthreats in healthcare 

    The hack on Colonial Pipeline Co. over the weekend has underscored the threats that ransomware attacks are posing across several industries, including hospitals and health systems, according to a May 10 WTVD report. 
  5. Tennessee to revise certificate-of-need law, increasing fees for hospitals, exempting others

    Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill last week that makes several changes to the state's certificate-of-need requirements, exempting more healthcare providers from needing to apply for a certificate but raising fees for providers.
  6. 7 hospitals hiring chief information security officers

    Below are seven hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking chief information security officers in the last month.
  7. Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds wrap multibillion-dollar merger: 5 details

    Telehealth provider Doctor on Demand and clinical navigation platform Grand Rounds have completed their merger, the companies said May 11. 
  8. US sees fewer than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases for 3rd straight day

    The U.S. reported 36,231 new COVID-19 cases May 10 — the third consecutive day this tally was under 40,000, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  9. Rhode Island hospital finance chief dodged 2 layoff attempts in the last year

    The chief of operations and financial management at Eleanor Slater Hospital, an embattled state-run psychiatric hospital in Cranston, R.I., avoided losing his job for months despite two layoff attempts, according to local news station WPRI. 

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