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  1. Private equity pushes into healthcare: 13 latest deals

    There were more than 300 private equity deals in the healthcare industry in 2019, and the healthcare sector has continued to draw private equity investors in this year. 
  2. White House preparing to activate "most favored nation" drug-pricing

    Implementation of President Donald Trump's proposal to lower certain Medicare drug prices to match what other wealthy countries pay could come as soon as this week, people familiar with the matter told The Hill.  
  3. New York patients struggling to get prescription opioids since excise tax

    Patients in New York who rely on prescription opioids to treat a range of conditions are now struggling to get access to their medications due to an excise tax the state placed on many types of opioids last year, Kaiser Health News reported. 

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  1. Dana-Farber, Quest Diagnostics partner to assess how COVID-19 affects those with rare blood cancer risk

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Secaucus, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics plan to study how people with or at high risk of developing multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that attacks healthy plasma cells, are affected by COVID-19. 
  2. Ablation procedure favorable option as initial treatment of heart rhythm disorder, study finds

    Cryoballoon ablation, a procedure in which a liquid nitrogen-filled balloon is inserted to freeze heart tissue responsible for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is more successful as an initial treatment to the disorder than conventional medications, according to a study published Nov. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine. 
  3. Children's Minnesota names interim chief nursing officer

    Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota has tapped Anne Boisclair-Fahey, DNP, MSN, as interim chief nursing officer, the health system said Nov. 10. 
  4. 46 states ranked by lung cancer survival rates

    The nation's five-year survival rate for lung cancer has increased 13 percent since 2015, though lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association's State of Lung Cancer 2020 report.

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  1. 22% of US hospitals anticipate a staffing shortage, HHS data shows

    The resurgence of COVID-19 is putting stress on staffing at hospitals across the U.S., with nearly a quarter of facilities anticipating a shortage, according to HHS data obtained by The Atlantic.
  2. How medical schools can remove racism from curriculum, per KHN

    Faculty members and student activists across the U.S. are calling for medical schools to combat racism by changing their curriculum in three main ways, reports Kaiser Health News. 
  3. 10 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last three weeks:
  4. Norton Healthcare, King's Daughters' Health explore partnership

    Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Health and Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare signed a letter of intent Nov. 16 to explore a partnership.

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  1. Patient's transfer between states illustrates pandemic's stress on health systems, neurosurgeon says

    Amid a surge in U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, a man with a brain mass was forced to travel from Missouri to Iowa for emergency surgery, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  2. Mercy Health Muskegon makes call for nurses amid COVID-19 surge

    Mercy Health Muskegon (Mich.) is recruiting nurses to provide support amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the hospital confirmed to Becker's Nov. 17. 
  3. Safeguarding nurses' well-being is 'nonnegotiable': 6 leaders on supporting nurses through COVID-19 + beyond

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented health systems with the ultimate balancing act: Care for an influx of patients and ensure nurses and front-line staff are adequately supported, all amid staffing and personal protective equipment shortages. 
  4. Only pharmacy school in Vermont to close

    The Albany (N.Y.) College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will close its satellite campus in Colchester, Vt., after all current students complete the program in June 2021.
  5. Racism is a public health threat, AMA says

    The American Medical Association is officially recognizing racism as a public health threat via a policy adopted Nov. 16 at a special meeting of its House of Delegates. 
  6. Experts weigh in on how to communicate to a public weary of pandemic behavioral change

    Pandemic fatigue in the U.S. is converging with a massive spike in COVID-19 cases, and policymakers and public health officials are struggling to find messaging strategies that effectively encourage low-transmission behavior among residents.
  7. 'Time to write the next chapter': Sentara to build 110-bed North Carolina replacement hospital

    Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare plans to build a hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C., to replace the 60-year-old Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. 
  8. 9 cardiologists on the move

    Below are nine cardiologists who recently joined new practices or received new appointments.
  9. Biden coronavirus task force member creates fund for healthcare worker families stricken by COVID-19

    A member of President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 task force has partnered with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation to create a fund to help families of front-line healthcare workers who have died from the coronavirus.

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