Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UnitedHealth Group: Telehealth is a ticket to driving health equity

    The widespread adoption of telehealth is what UnitedHealth Group CMO Margaret-Mary Wilson, MD, calls "one of the most dramatic changes" in healthcare, but the next step is using that development to drive health equity. 
  2. Viewpoint: How to close racial gaps in cancer care

    Increasing diversity and accessibility to clinical trials is key to closing racial gaps in cancer care, Kathy Giusti and John Carpten, MD, wrote for The Hill Jan. 24.
  3. FDA authorizes remdesivir as outpatient COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA on Jan. 21 expanded its emergency use authorization for remdesivir to include the drug's use in nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who have a high risk of their case becoming severe. 
  1. 4 recent cancer partnerships

    Here are four cancer-related partnerships formed since Jan. 14. 
  2. Judge strikes down vaccination mandate for federal workers

    A federal judge in Texas has blocked enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccination requirement for federal employees, The Hill reported. 
  3. Former Arkansas nursing home owner arrested, charged in $29.5M Medicare scheme 

    A former Arkansas nursing home owner was arrested and charged in federal court in New Jersey with failing to pay $29.5 million in payroll and unemployment taxes and benefit plan fraud, the Department of Justice said Jan. 20.
  4. Florida hospitals don't have to use federal surprise-billing dispute resolution process

    Florida healthcare providers can use the state-specific dispute resolution process for out-of-network bills instead of the federal methodology outlined in the No Surprises Act, CMS determined. 

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  1. Healthcare strikes could be more likely as labor deals expire across US

    The potential for strikes at healthcare facilities is elevated as union contracts are set to expire in 2022 and employees prepare to enter a third year on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg Law.
  2. Woman charged $847 'facility fee' for telehealth visit

    Brittany Tesso, a mother in Colorado, was recently charged $847.35 for a "facility fee" for her 3-year-old son's telehealth visit at Aurora-based Children's Hospital Colorado, KDVR reported Jan. 23.
  3. Indiana legislators threaten to act if health systems don't lower costs

    Indiana legislators warned healthcare organizations that they must work together with third-party payers to bring Indiana's healthcare costs down to the national average by 2025, threatening to "pursue legislation to statutorily reduce prices" if they don't have a plan by April, the Indy Star reported Jan. 24.
  4. ONC seeks input on improving prior authorization

    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is looking for public comments on prior authorization to help guide standards, implementation and certification. 

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  1. Minnesota COVID-19 patient dies in Texas after court rules to continue life support

    Scott Quiner — a COVID-19 patient who 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 off lifesaving machines — has died, according to The New York Times.
  2. 5 recent hospital, health system CFO moves

    The following hospital and health system CFO moves have been reported since Jan. 11:
  3. CDC shifts COVID-19 messaging focus from 'fully vaccinated' to 'up to date'

    Rather than altering the definition of "fully vaccinated," the CDC is emphasizing the importance of staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination schedules. 
  4. Why it's so hard for hospitals to track incidental COVID-19 cases

    Hospitals are seeing an increasing number of incidental COVID-19 cases, where patients are being admitted for other ailments but testing positive for the virus. These cases aren't easy to track, and hospitals are finding many challenges trying to decipher between patients admitted for the virus as their primary condition and those with incidental cases.
  5. Omicron will peak in most states by mid-February + 5 more forecasts

    Most states will likely see omicron cases peak by mid-February, Anthony Fauci, MD, said during a Jan. 23 interview on ABC's "This Week."
  6. These 7 hospitals are ending inpatient care

    Several hospitals reported plans to end inpatient care over the last few months:
  7. Dr. Ashish Jha: The problem with quasi-experts

    How does one identify a quasi-expert — the intelligent, highly educated and degree-holding opinionators among us, who may stray from their area of expertise? 
  8. 13% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 22% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

    Almost 13 percent — or 772 of 6,004 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 23.
  9. Mayo Clinic addresses employees' disappointment over 2% raise with multiplier

    After announcing raises earlier in January, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is responding to employees who were disappointed in the amount, according to the Post Bulletin.

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