Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC director pledges more clarity on uncertain nature of the pandemic

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said she has not been sufficiently clear with Americans when communicating the agency's COVID-19 guidance in an interview published Jan. 17 in The Wall Street Journal.
  2. Democrats eye healthcare provisions amid midterm pressure

    After campaigning on healthcare in 2020, Democrats are feeling pressure to deliver before the midterm elections this year, The Washington Post reported Jan. 17. 
  3. Top 10 health technology hazards for 2022, ranked by ECRI

    The ECRI Institute released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards 2022 report Jan. 18 for hospitals, medical practices and home care providers.
  1. Bristol Myers Squibb to restrict 340B discounts to safety net hospitals

    Bristol Myers Squibb will limit 340B drug discounts for safety net hospitals' contract pharmacies, the drugmaker said in a Jan. 14 letter to hospitals. 
  2. US renews COVID-19 emergency declaration for 8th time

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Jan. 14 renewed a public health emergency declaration over the COVID-19 pandemic for the eighth time.
  3. 1 in 5 Americans have had COVID-19

    Since the pandemic began, 1 in 5 Americans — or 20 percent — have contracted COVID-19 at one point, according to data from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 
  4. 7 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Below are seven hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the past week.

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  1. Saint Vincent Hospital announces new leadership additions: 4 things to know

    Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has added two new executives to its senior leadership team.
  2. Physician accused of spreading 'harmful' COVID-19 misinformation sues Houston Methodist

    A Houston physician who resigned her provisional privileges at Houston Methodist Hospital after being suspended for using social media to spread what the hospital called "dangerous misinformation which is not based in science," is suing the hospital, according to Fox 26 Houston.
  3. Why AI in healthcare is at a standstill

    Artificial intelligence algorithms are trained on web data, but medical information is less widely available and more complex, leading AI tools to produce inaccurate results when used in the health field, Wired reported Jan. 16.
  4. Americans can now order free COVID-19 test kits; N95s to be shipped to pharmacies

    The federal government on Jan. 18 launched its website for Americans to request free rapid COVID-19 test kits be shipped to their homes. 
  1. CDC updates mask information, stops short of changing recommendation

    The CDC on Jan. 14 updated its consumer mask webpage to reflect the levels of protection different masks and respirators offer against COVID-19. 
  2. Unilever fighting to buy GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer joint venture

    After three rejected bids, London-based Unilever said it is still interested in purchasing GSK Consumer Healthcare, which is a joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer and makes popular products such as Advil and ChapStick, The New York Times reported Jan. 18.
  3. J&J, Merck and Novo invest in health data company

    Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Novo Nordisk participated in a $150 million series E funding round for Verana Health, a digital health company that delivers data insights to drugmakers.
  4. Nonprofit hospital rating upgrades outpaced downgrades in 2021: Fitch

    Fitch Ratings upgraded the ratings of 17 nonprofit hospitals and downgraded 12 in 2021, and 87.3 percent of the sector had stable rating outlooks as of year-end 2021, according to a Jan. 18 report.
  5. How 10 health systems are spending innovation investment dollars

    Here is a list of investments health systems made in digital health startups and internal innovation efforts since Jan. 10.
  6. Minnesota COVID-19 patient transferred to Texas after judge rules to keep him ventilated

    A ventilated patient with severe COVID-19 was transferred from Coon Rapids, Minn.-based Mercy Hospital to a Texas care facility after a judge issued a restraining order stopping the hospital from turning life-saving machines off, according to a Jan. 17 report from the Star Tribune.
  7. The opportunities awaiting UPMC in China

    When Randy Jernejcic, MD, heads to China later this year to head UPMC's new 500-bed hospital in Chengdu, it will be more like a second homecoming than an entirely new adventure.
  8. 4th shot offers less protection against omicron, Israeli study suggests

    While a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine led to an increase in antibodies, it was not enough to protect against infection from the omicron variant, preliminary findings from an Israel-based study suggest. 
  9. 6 cardiologists on the move

    Below are six cardiologists who recently joined new practices or stepped into new roles. 

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