Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. What Halloween looked like during the 1918 flu pandemic

    This Halloween will kick off a 2020 holiday season like no other seen in the last century due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country faced a similar landscape in 1918, as Halloween coincided with a second wave of the Spanish flu pandemic, according to History.com. 
  2. Outpatient visits return to levels seen before pandemic, report finds

    Patient visits for outpatient care have rebounded to levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.
  3. 10 states with least competitive commercial insurance markets

    Alabama has the most concentrated commercial health insurance market in the U.S., according to an analysis from the American Medical Association. 

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  1. Barrett signals ACA could remain without individual mandate

    Federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett signaled that the ACA could remain law even without its since-repealed individual mandate that required most Americans to buy insurance or face a tax penalty, according to The Hill.
  2. US News: Best Medicare Advantage plans for 2021

    U.S. News & World Report published its annual list of the best health insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage coverage in 2021.
  3. FDA grants first-ever Ebola drug approval to Regeneron

    Regeneron's Inmazeb gained FDA approval Oct. 14, becoming the first Ebola treatment to receive approval by the agency.
  4. Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial becomes first in US to enroll children

    Pfizer received FDA approval to test the COVID-19 vaccine it's developing with BioNTech in children as young as 12, one of the trial's lead researchers told CNN Oct. 13.

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  1. Kentucky hospital 1st in US to implant Bluetooth heart device

    A surgical team at St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.) Hospital recently performed the first implantation of a Bluetooth-connected cardiac defibrillator in the U.S.
  2. How community hospitals are tackling today's challenges: 6 trends to ensure a thriving future

    Community hospitals are a pillar of cities and towns across the nation and have been resilient over the past several years, especially during the pandemic.
  3. OptumCare physicians conducted 1M digital visits in Q3

    OptumCare physicians have conducted about 1 million digital clinical visits in 2020 so far and the company anticipates more in the future.
  4. Nurses at 2 Prime-owned Pennsylvania hospitals reach labor deals, avoid strike

    Nurses at two Pennsylvania hospitals owned by Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare have reached contracts with management, averting a joint strike that was set to begin Oct. 16, according to the union that represents them. 
  1. 10 things we've learned about COVID-19 so far

    Over the past seven months, COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. As we continue to find safe and creative ways to navigate our new reality with this virus, it's worthwhile to reflect on what we've learned along the way.
  2. Montana hospitals grapple with staffing challenges amid COVID-19 surge

    Montana hospitals are working with the state to address staffing shortages that have been exacerbated by a COVID-19 surge in the state, the Montana Hospital Association confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  3. 4 lessons pandemic taught nation's 1st chief data scientist

    DJ Patil, PhD, the nation's first chief data scientist from 2015 through 2017, learned important lessons about data after he left his post as the head of technology at Devoted Health this spring to help California with its COVID-19 response.
  4. Geisinger, OSF HealthCare ink digital transformation partnerships with Avia 

    Avia, a Chicago-based digital health network for healthcare organizations, recently renewed and formed new partnerships with health systems including Geisinger and OSF HealthCare, according to an Oct. 14 news release. 
  5. South Carolina hospital billing error mixed up addresses for 12,636 patients

    Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial inadvertently mailed patient letters that enclosed the wrong patients' information, according to a statement from the hospital.
  6. Dr. Alistair Erskine on Mass General Brigham's digital health goals, investments

    Alistair Erskine, MD, is the chief digital health officer at Mass General Brigham in Boston, responsible for the health system's data management.
  7. VA, DOD add 15,000 hospitals, clinics to joint HIE

    The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard linked up their joint health information exchange with CommonWell Health Alliance Oct. 9 to expand their network of providers. 
  8. Blue Cross Blue Shield covers telemedicine permanently for federal workforce program 

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program announced Oct. 14 that it will make telemedicine visit coverage permanent as part of its benefits package starting in 2021. 
  9. Sen. Harris halts travel after 2 staffers test positive; 'regional COVID storm' hits rural US — 8 updates

    New COVID-19 cases are rising in 39 states, and 16 states recorded more new cases last week than in any other week-long period of the pandemic, according to The New York Times' Oct. 14 Coronavirus Briefing newsletter.

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