Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. LifePoint inks deal with R1 RCM

    R1 RCM will provide revenue cycle services to more than a third of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health's hospitals under an agreement the organizations announced Oct. 28. 
  2. Intermountain + Sanford: 5 things to know about the $15B merger

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health are pursuing a merger that would create a 70-hospital system. 
  3. 3 states join California's independent COVID-19 vaccine review panel

    California welcomed Washington, Oregon and Nevada to its independent council that will review the safety and efficacy of any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA, the states announced Oct. 27.

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  1. CVS to add rapid COVID-19 testing at 1,000 pharmacies

    CVS Health plans to add rapid COVID-19 testing at 1,000 pharmacies by the end of the year, the retail pharmacy giant said Oct. 28.  
  2. 44,000 Americans hospitalized; Medicare, Medicaid to cover COVID-19 vaccines with emergency authorization — 5 updates

    More than 44,000 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Oct. 27, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. This figure is up an estimated 46 percent from one month ago, reports The New York Times. 
  3. Massachusetts hospital COVID-19 outbreak may be tied to employees eating together

    An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among Holyoke (Mass.) Medical Center employees is believed to be linked to staff members eating together while on break, TV station WWLP reported.
  4. Anthem's profit falls 81% in Q3: 3 things to know

    Anthem saw its third quarter profit significantly fall as benefit expenses and other costs grew for the health insurer.

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  1. Tennessee hospital to reopen after 6 years

    Haywood Park Community Hospital in Brownsville, Tenn., is reopening after shutting down in 2014, according to TV station WREG. 
  2. Vertex urged to address 'fatal inequality' in access to its cystic fibrosis drug

    An advocacy group called Vertex Save Us is urging Vertex Pharmaceuticals to take steps to address the "fatal inequality" in access to its cystic fibrosis drug, Trikafta, STAT reported. 
  3. Antibody drug may help in milder COVID-19 cases, Eli Lilly CEO says

    Eli Lilly chairman and CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC Oct. 27 that he believes the drugmaker's COVID-19 antibody drug could still help COVID-19 patients despite one of its trials ending. 
  4. CMS releases Quality Payment Program results: 6 takeaways

    CMS released preliminary Quality Payment Program data for the 2019 performance year on Oct. 27. 
  1. 3M making more N95 masks than ever as COVID-19 surges, CEO says

    Mike Roman, CEO of 3M, told CNBC Oct. 27 that the company is making more N95 masks than ever as COVID-19 hospitalizations grow in 36 states. 
  2. Community Health Systems CEO moving to executive chair; COO tapped as successor

    Wayne Smith will step away from his role as CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems to become executive chair of the board of directors, the company said Oct. 27.
  3. 10 cities with the most people in financial distress amid COVID-19

    Las Vegas is the city with most people in financial distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  4. Some COVID-19 survivors may have antibodies that attack body instead of virus

    Some COVID-19 survivors may carry antibodies that attack the body instead of the virus, similar to antibodies seen in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to a study cited by The New York Times. 
  5. Eli Lilly COVID-19 antibody drug trial ends: A timeline

    Eli Lilly's trial of its COVID-19 antibody drug, bamlanivimab, that tested the drug's effectiveness in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients, has been ended by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases a month after an interim analysis suggested the drug helped the virus leave patients' systems sooner. 
  6. 'We are scared to come to work': Union at 11 Tenet hospitals OKs strike

    Workers at 11 Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California have voted to authorize a strike over contract negotiations, according to union and Tenet officials.  
  7. CHS records $112M profit, says it will sell 4 more hospitals by year-end

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems saw its revenue decline in the third quarter of 2020, but ended the period with a $112 million profit, according to financial documents released Oct. 27. This compares to a net loss of $17 million in the third quarter of 2019. 
  8. Colorado hospital remains closed after wildfire evacuation

    Estes Park (Colo.) Health was originally evacuated Oct. 22 due to wildfire spread in the area, and plans to reopen its emergency department this week, according to a hospital statement published in the Trail-Gazette. 
  9. Flash radiation therapy can help treat cancer without harmful effects, study finds

    Flash radiation therapy, also called Flash-RT, can eliminate the debilitating side effects associated with traditional radiation therapy by delivering the same dose in tenths of seconds, and can remove tumors, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research. 

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