Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Return of regulations: How will telemedicine adapt?

    Telemedicine companies who have gained an understanding of federal and state regulations will continue to flourish, while those who choose to ignore them will likely fail, TechCrunch reported Jan. 24.
  2. Viewpoint: No Surprises Act controversy was never about price transparency

    Although the price transparency elements of the No Surprises Act do shake up the payer-provider dynamic, the true controversy surrounding the act involves out-of-network rate mediation, Larry Levitt, Kaiser Family Foundation executive vice president for health policy, wrote in a Jan. 20 JAMA Health Forum op-ed. 
  3. Boston hospital denies heart transplant for unvaccinated patient

    Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital will not perform a heart transplant on a patient who refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19, CBS News reported Jan. 25.
  1. Countywide strike involving California healthcare workers averted

    California's Santa Cruz County and more than 1,600 front-line workers, including healthcare workers, reached a tentative agreement Jan. 24, averting a planned strike, according to a union news release. 
  2. The No. 1 obstacle to hospital innovation? 4 execs weigh in

    A lack of time, resources and clearly defined governance are some of the biggest hurdles impeding digital innovation in healthcare. Here, four health system executives share what they believe are the biggest obstacles to innovation.
  3. HHS distributing $2B to healthcare providers: Breakdown by state

    HHS announced Jan. 25 it is providing more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund phase 4 payments, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, to more than 7,600 providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Omicron subvariant found in 40 nations: 8 things to know

    A new version of the omicron variant, known as BA.2, has been reported in 40 countries, The Washington Post reported Jan. 24.

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  1. 27 medications with the biggest price cuts on Mark Cuban's online pharmacy

    Mark Cuban's generic drug company, Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co., launched an online pharmacy Jan. 19 that produces low-cost versions of high-cost generic drugs. Here is a list of the 27 medications for which MCCPDC offers a savings of $100 or more.
  2. COVID-19 deaths during omicron mirror delta wave

    The nation's seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is falling, but deaths continue to rise and now match levels seen during the delta wave, CDC data shows. 
  3. 63% of nurses have experienced racism in the workplace, survey finds

    Racism is a substantial problem within nursing, with more than half of nurses reporting they have personally experienced a racist act in the workplace, according to a survey released Jan. 25 by the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. 
  4. Immune protection lasts 4 months after Pfizer booster, study finds

    Antibodies able to block the omicron coronavirus variant last four months after a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, according to a study published Jan. 22 by bioRxiv.

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  1. 4 states have now recovered all jobs lost during the pandemic

    Texas, Arizona, Utah and Idaho have recovered all jobs lost during the pandemic, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. 
  2. Harvard, Stanford physicians call for universal use of N95s in hospitals

    Hospitals should take more aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals amid the omicron driven surge, physicians from Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University and Stanford (Calif.) University wrote in an editorial piece published Jan. 24 in JAMA. 
  3. Judge waives injunction preventing ThedaCare employees from moving to Ascension

    A Wisconsin judge lifted an order that prevented seven ThedaCare employees from leaving to join Ascension Northeast Wisconsin, both Appleton-based, until ThedaCare could find enough replacements, The New York Times reported Jan. 24.
  4. Florida drops appeal against federal vaccination rule for healthcare workers

    Florida has dropped its challenge of the CMS COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers, although the governor has continued to say his office does not intend to enforce the rule, the Miami Herald reported Jan. 24. 
  5. FDA limits use of two COVID-19 antibody treatments due to omicron

    The FDA removed two monoclonal antibody therapies from the list of COVID-19 treatments due to their ineffectiveness against the omicron variant, the agency said Jan. 24.
  6. The 15 best, worst states for retirement in 2022

    The top state for retirement this year leads in affordability and quality of life but lags when it comes to healthcare, according to one new ranking.
  7. Judge clears path for discrimination lawsuit against Mount Sinai

    Four former and current employees of New York-based Mount Sinai have the green light from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to bring a lawsuit alleging age, sex and race discrimination against the health system. Although federal Judge Vernon Broderick  granted the system's motion to dismiss four of the case's original plaintiffs, four plaintiffs are allowed to sue, according to a Jan. 14 ruling.
  8. 4 West Virginia hospitals with the top nurse-patient communication scores

    The following West Virginia hospitals received the highest marks for nurse communication, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS.
  9. Bayada Home Health to close 4 offices, lay off 682 employees

    Moorestown, N.J.-based Bayada Home Health Care will close four offices in Florida April 1 and lay off 682 employees, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported Jan. 24.

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