Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Google Cloud launches healthcare interoperability program: 5 things to know 

    Google Cloud unveiled a new program Nov. 30 to help payers, providers and healthcare organizations prepare for the federal government's upcoming interoperability regulations.
  2. U of Utah Health names new biomedical informatics chair: 3 things to know 

    University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City appointed Yves Lussier, MD, as biomedical informatics chair, effective Feb. 1.
  3. COVID-19 patients most infectious 2 days before, 5 days after symptoms emerge, analysis finds

    SARS-CoV-2 viral load tends to peak during the first week of illness, making COVID-19 patients most infectious two days before symptom onset until about five days after, according to a recent study published in The Lancet. 

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  1. McKinsey advised Purdue Pharma to pay pharmacies rebates for OxyContin overdoses

    McKinsey, the prestigious consulting firm that advised Purdue Pharma on how to ramp up OxyContin sales, recommended the drugmaker pay its distributors a rebate for every overdose the painkiller caused, according to a Nov. 27 New York Times report.  
  2. Medicare to implement new ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

    CMS has assigned Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups to six new ICD-10 diagnosis codes for COVID-19, which will go into effect Jan. 1.
  3. UK HealthCare names first COO

    UK HealthCare selected Peter Gilbert to serve as its first senior vice president and COO, the Lexington, Ky.-based health system said Nov. 30. 
  4. UC Health taps physician as CMO, interim COO

    UC Health promoted Evaline Alessandrini, MD, to executive vice president, CMO and interim COO, the Cincinnati-based health system said Nov. 30. 
  1. 9 recent drug, device approvals

    Nine drugs and medical devices approved by the FDA since August: 
  2. Top 10 cardiology stories in November

    A round-up of cardiologists who recently joined new practices or received new appointments was Becker's top-read cardiology story in November.
  3. Cancer patient to lose coverage for UCHealth specialist due to Anthem plan change

    New changes to Anthem's individual market plan in Denver means Aurora, Colo.-based UC Health will no longer be in network for 31-year-old Johnathon Jansen, who's being treated by a cancer specialist at the system, reports ABC affiliate Denver7.
  4. Canada bans export of some drugs to US

    Canada's health minister has blocked the distribution of some prescription drugs outside of the country to avoid shortages in response to a U.S. rule allowing pharmacies and wholesalers to import drugs from Canada, NPR reported. 

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  1. AstraZeneca may run extra COVID-19 vaccine trial amid scrutiny over results

    AstraZeneca may conduct an additional global trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate following scrutiny from many scientists over results released last week, Bloomberg reported. 
  2. 3 states reporting low to moderate flu activity: 6 notes from CDC's Fluview report

    Seasonal flu activity in the U.S. increased slightly from the week prior, though it still remains low for this time of year, according to the CDC's FluView report for the week of Nov. 21.
  3. Kaiser Permanente employees plan actions to call for bonus, honor workers

    Kaiser Permanente employees across the U.S. will hold a week of actions to honor healthcare workers and call for a "hero bonus" for 85,000 members of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, the coalition said Nov. 30. 
  4. AI and automation tech adoption: 3 models for hospital leaders to know 

    Most hospitals and health systems are convinced that artificial intelligence and automation can help streamline operations; however, it’s how to invest that makes all the difference, according to Matt Kalina, National Strategic Lead at Olive.
  5. US needs big data registry to monitor COVID-19 vaccine outcomes, former FDA commissioners say  

    While COVID-19 vaccines being developed have generated promising results, the U.S. needs a distribution and monitoring system that allows Americans to be inoculated in a safe and timely manner to benefit from the new vaccine, according to former FDA commissioners Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD.  
  6. Biden adds new members to COVID-19 task force

    President-elect Joe Biden is adding three new members to his COVID-19 task force of public health experts, his transition team said Nov. 28. 
  7. The next evolution of Allscripts and EHR technology

    The healthcare technology field rapidly evolved in 2020 due to the pandemic as health systems pivoted toward more virtual care and realized the importance of data analytics.
  8. Athletes' rapid COVID-19 testing is a luxury most nurses lack

    Most professional and collegiate athletes have access to rapid COVID-19 testing, while some frontline healthcare workers have never been tested during the pandemic, reports The Washington Post. 
  9. Microsoft invests in AI virtual health platform: 4 details

    Microsoft's venture fund invested in a digital health company focused on virtual care, according to a Nov. 30 news release.

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