Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Should the US blame high healthcare spending on fee-for-service? Maybe not, researchers say

    In the U.S., fee-for-service medicine has long been cited as creating incentives for overuse of medical services, which ultimately leads to higher spending. But with structured fee negotiations and standardized prices, high-income countries like France, Germany and Japan have seen some success with fee-for-service models, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs.
  2. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise for all ages: 4 CDC updates

    The percentage of U.S. deaths due to pneumonia, flu or COVID-19 has steadily increased through October, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. The agency said it expects this mortality rate and COVID-19 hospitalizations to rise through mid- to late November.
  3. 'Nothing tastes as good as safety feels': Traditional Thanksgiving out for many epidemiologists  

    Many epidemiologists are forgoing traditional Thanksgiving plans and not celebrating with people outside their households, according to an informal survey from The New York Times.

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  1. CVS Pharmacy taps new president, Neela Montgomery

    CVS Health has named Neela Montgomery president of its CVS Pharmacy business, effective Nov. 30. 
  2. Regeneron wins EUA for COVID-19 antibody cocktail

    The FDA granted emergency use authorization to Regenron's COVID-19 antibody treatment Nov. 21, the only other COVID-19 antibody treatment granted emergency approval by the agency since its Nov. 9 approval of Eli Lilly's bamlanivimab.
  3. AstraZeneca says vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing COVID-19

    AstraZeneca released its interim trial analysis Nov. 23 for the COVID-19 vaccine it's developing with the University of Oxford, which showed the candidate to be up to 90 percent effective in preventing the disease.
  4. Health systems launch efforts to assure healthcare workers about COVID-19 vaccination

    As COVID-19 vaccine availability appears closer on the horizon, U.S. health systems are launching efforts to quell fears of healthcare workers who may have concerns about being inoculated, according to The Washington Post.

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

There has been a dramatic reduction in the nation’s pediatric and adult immunization coverage rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. 5 tips to cut through the data deluge in healthcare

    Hospitals and health systems are facing a data deluge. As a result, they often struggle to translate the vast amount of data into actionable insights and real results. 
  2. US has more ventilators, but a shortage of critical care physicians to operate them

    During earlier months of the pandemic, hospitals were primarily concerned about whether they'd have enough ventilators to treat critical patients. Now, after devicemakers ramped up production to make more than 200,000 ventilators, there's plenty — but the new roadblock is a shortage of specialists who are trained to operate the complex machines, The New York Times reports. 
  3. How the White House's new drug-pricing rules affect health insurers

    A new Trump administration rule on drug pricing will require health insurers to publicly disclose their negotiated rates for prescription drugs, according to Kaiser Health News. 
  4. Navigating fluctuating supply and demand: How health systems can adjust demand planning amid the pandemic

    As we are all acutely aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly magnified supply challenges in the healthcare industry. Virus surges are causing an unprecedented amount of variation in both the demand for and the available supply of products.

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  1. 'The exhaustion is palpable': Hospital chiefs plead for support as staff resilience runs thin

    The ability of a hospital or health system to maintain appropriate staffing levels is one of the most pressing challenges executives now face amid a nationwide resurgence of COVID-19. As such, many are making pleas to their state for help.
  2. CIOs looking for people skills in new IT hires 

    The increase in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a new hiring trend among IT employees: prioritizing candidates with people and communication skills, according to the Wall Street Journal. 
  3. How Providence, Intermountain CIOs are preparing for COVID-19 vaccines

    The preparations for COVID-19 vaccine distribution are well underway and will be a priority for health system CIOs heading into 2021.
  4. On-site vs. remote work for IT teams: 5 execs share their approaches

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of employees working from home across industries, hospitals and health systems have taken tailored approaches to which workers they still need to provide in-person support. 
  5. Ascension's net income hits $1B in Q1

    St. Louis-based Ascension saw its net income reach $1.2 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended Sept. 30, according to recently released financial documents. 
  6. Washington hospital unwinds from Virginia Mason

    Virginia Mason Memorial, a 256-bed hospital in Yakima, Wash., is transitioning back to an independent hospital and reverting to its old name, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. 
  7. Holiday travel spikes despite CDC warning; Regeneron's antibody cocktail wins emergency approval — 7 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. surpassed 12 million total COVID-19 cases Nov. 21, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University.  
  8. 1,000 Cleveland Clinic workers sidelined due to COVID-19

    Cleveland Clinic has about 1,000 employees away from work due to COVID-19, the health system told Becker's Nov. 23.
  9. UW Health's open letter to residents: 'We are, quite simply, out of time' 

    Thousands of employees from UW Health, the academic health system for the University of Wisconsin in Madison, issued an open letter to state residents Nov. 22 pleading for cooperation with COVID-19 safety measures. 

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