Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 87% of nursing home staff haven't completed COVID-19 training, CMS says

    About 12.5 percent of nursing home employees nationwide have undergone a free federal training program to help combat the spread of COVID-19, CMS said Nov. 17. 
  2. Beaumont to sell ambulance business

    Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health will sell its ambulance business in December.
  3. 7 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported on or after Nov. 12. 

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  1. Antibiotic use for infants linked to childhood autism, other health conditions, Mayo Clinic study finds

    Infants receiving antibiotics are more likely to develop major health conditions later in childhood, according to research published Nov. 15 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  
  2. Intermountain to break ground on children's hospital Nov. 19

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare will break ground on its second children's hospital Nov. 19, according to a company news release. 
  3. Texas city gets its first hospital

    Methodist Midlothian (Texas) Medical Center opened to patients this week, becoming the 12th hospital owned or affiliated with Dallas-based Methodist Health System. The facility is also the first hospital in Midlothian.
  4. Baptist Health breaks ground on Lexington hospital

    Baptist Health Lexington (Ky.) broke ground Nov. 17 on its new medical campus and hospital, according to a company news release. 

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  1. US healthcare workers may get first COVID-19 vaccine doses in a month, Fauci says

    Healthcare workers could soon be the first group to receive COVID-19 vaccinations "this December, literally next month," Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR Nov. 17. 
  2. Bankruptcy judge approves Purdue Pharma's $8.3B opioid settlement

    Judge Robert Drain approved Purdue Pharma's $8.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice Nov. 17, nearly a month after the drugmaker agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts, including federal anti-kickback law violation and conspiracy to defraud, ABC News reported.
  3. What Amazon's online pharmacy announcement did to CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stock

    Retail pharma giants' stock prices plunged Nov. 17, the same day Amazon launched a new online pharmacy that allows patients to purchase prescriptions through its website. 
  4. Christ Hospital Health Network names new chief clinical officer

    Costa Andreou, MD, was tapped as chief clinical officer of The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati and president of The Christ Hospital Physicians, effective in January, the network said Nov. 16.

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  1. Envision Healthcare deploys clinicians to Texas communities facing COVID-19 surge

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare is deploying 80 clinicians to two Texas communities affected by a surge in COVID-19 patients, the national medical group said Nov. 17.
  2. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  3. 16 employees infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Baystate Medical Center

    Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Medical Center is battling a COVID-19 outbreak involving 16 employees and four patients, the hospital confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's Nov. 18. 
  4. Ohio hospital still bringing computers back online 2 months after IT incident

    An Ohio hospital that went offline on Sept. 21 after identifying a cybersecurity incident is still bringing computers back online two months later, according to a Nov. 18 report in the Star Beacon.
  5. Mercy Iowa City email hack exposed info of 60,000 patients: 4 details

    A Mercy Iowa City employee email breach this year exposed the information of tens of thousands of patients, according to the Office of the Iowa Attorney General.
  6. States ranked by COVID-19 cases: Nov. 24

    North Dakota has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population of all U.S. states, while Vermont has the fewest, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
  7. At least 32 guests at superspreader Ohio wedding test positive for COVID-19

    Thirty-two people contracted COVID-19 after attending an Ohio wedding, reports NBC affiliate WLWT.
  8. Healthcare exec pleads guilty to part in $1.2B Medicare fraud scheme

    The owner of nine medical brace companies has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a Medicare scam that resulted in more than $1.2 billion in losses, according to Law360. 
  9. US daily death toll highest since May; Pfizer's vaccine 95% effective — 7 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. hit 77,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 17, a single-day record, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.  

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