Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. HHS invests $8M in telehealth broadband pilot

    HHS has awarded $8 million to fund the Telehealth Broadband Pilot program, which assesses the broadband capacity of rural healthcare providers and patient communities to improve their telehealth access, HHS announced today.
  2. Colorado health system suspends executive bonuses

    Denver Health has suspended the system under which executives received 2019 performance bonuses, according to CBS4.
  3. Ascension to sell 7 Wisconsin hospitals, 21 clinics to Aspirus

    Ascension Wisconsin plans to sell seven hospitals, 21 physician clinics and its patient transport services to Wausau, Wis.-based Aspirus Health.

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  1. Biden team gets first access to Warp Speed meetings

    The Biden transition team will get its first direct access to some regular Operation Warp Speed meetings this week, a senior administration official told Politico. 
  2. Eli Lilly antibody drug likely effective against UK virus strain, but not South African variant, CEO says

    Eli Lilly CEO Dave Ricks told CNBC Jan. 12 that he expects the drugmaker's COVID-19 antibody drug to be effective against the virus variant first discovered in the U.K., but he's unsure if it will work against the variant discovered in South Africa. 
  3. Americans increasingly paying medical bills through crowdfunding, study shows

    Twenty-seven percent of the over 1 million fundraisers on GoFundMe from May 2010 to December 2018 were held to help patients cover medical costs, according to research published Jan. 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  4. Amwell launches remote psychiatry service: 4 details

    Amwell rolled out a new offering that provides remote psychiatry services, the Boston-based telehealth company announced Jan. 12.

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  1. West Virginia county health department banned from giving COVID-19 vaccines

    Boone County Health Department in West Virginia has been banned by the state from giving COVID-19 vaccines since late December after the department accidentally gave doses of a COVID-19 antibody drug to patients instead of the vaccine, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. 
  2. Moderna vaccine should protect against COVID-19 at least a year, CMO says

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine should provide protection against the virus for at least a year, the drugmaker's chief medical officer, Tal Zaks, MD, PhD, said Jan. 11, according to The Hill. 
  3. Banner Health to pay $200K settlement in HIPAA Right of Access case

    The Office of Civil Rights issued its 14th settlement Jan. 12 for its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative.
  4. Lyft, Uber requesting larger role in government COVID-19 vaccine rollout: WSJ report

    Lyft and Uber are in talks with the incoming Biden administration as the rideshare companies look to ramp up services for individuals in need of transportation to get COVID-19 vaccinated, according to a Jan. 12 Wall Street Journal report.

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  1. What the incoming CDC director wants Americans to know

    Incoming CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said in a New York Times op-ed that she will lead "with facts, science and integrity" and work to restore public trust in the agency that she said has been undermined.
  2. Former hospital CEO tapped as Detroit's lead public health nurse

    Iris Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN, former CEO of DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, was tapped as nursing director for the Detroit Health Department, according to a Jan. 12 news release from the city mayor's office.
  3. Dr. Todd Strumwasser to lead CommonSpirit Health's expanded Northern California division

    Todd Strumwasser, MD, is expanding his role as president of CommonSpirit Health's Northern California division, the health system said Jan. 12. 
  4. 10 best, worst states for healthcare in 2021, ranked by MoneyRates

    Iowa is this year's best state for healthcare, while South Carolina is the worst, according to an annual report from personal finance website MoneyRates. 
  5. Why California's primary care-focused healthcare model is struggling against COVID-19

    California's lean and efficient healthcare infrastructure, normally well-situated to provide modern care, has made the state particularly vulnerable to the punishing impact of COVID-19, reported The Atlantic.
  6. 10 hospitals hiring CEOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the last few weeks.
  7. CMS releases pandemic plan

    CMS released an official pandemic plan Jan. 12 that details the agency's actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  8. Other viruses suppressed amid COVID-19 pandemic could make strong rebound, experts say

    COVID-19 prevention measures such as widespread mask wearing have helped suppress other common respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses, though experts say they could make a vigorous comeback when coronavirus cases eventually decline, The Washington Post reports. 
  9. Kentucky scheduling tool accidentally allowed general public to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine

    Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health provided the state's health department with an online scheduling tool that didn't specify it was meant only for healthcare workers, allowing members of the general public to sign up, CNN reported Jan. 11.

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