Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CMS finalizes remote patient monitoring regulations in final rule: 7 takeaways   

    CMS released the 2021 physician fee schedule Dec. 1 with expanded telehealth services, remote physiologic monitoring updates and an extension for telecommunications tech supervision.
  2. Pandemic could disadvantage female physicians for years, researchers say

    The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting gender disparities in medicine and magnifying the burden on female physicians, according to Medscape.
  3. Moody's revises for-profit hospital outlook to stable, warns of cost-management difficulty

    Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook for U.S. for-profit hospitals from negative to stable. At the same time, the credit rating agency warned that managing costs will be difficult for providers. 

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  1. 12 insurers extending COVID-19 cost-sharing waivers into 2021

    Several commercial health insurers will waive member cost-sharing — which includes copays, deductibles and coinsurance — for COVID-19 testing and treatment into the next year.
  2. Texas Health Resources, AdventHealth open 59-bed hospital

    Texas Health Hospital Mansfield, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and AdventHealth, opened Dec. 1. 
  3. UnitedHealth expects $277B+ in revenue in 2021

    UnitedHealth Group predicts it will record between $277 billion and $280 billion in revenue for 2021, according to an outlook released Dec. 1 ahead of the company's annual investor conference. 
  4. Roche gets emergency approval for COVID-19 test that could track immune response to vaccines

    Roche has received emergency approval from the FDA for a new COVID-19 antibody test that detects antibodies against the coronavirus' spike protein and could be used to gauge people's immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines. 
  1. Some states worried about inadequate supplies to give COVID-19 vaccine, GAO says

    One-third of states said they are "greatly" or "completely" worried they won't have enough supplies to administer COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved, according to a report released Nov. 30 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 
  2. Cancer among teens, young adults up 30% since 1973

    The rate of cancer among U.S. adolescents and young adults increased nearly 30 percent from 1973 to 2015, with kidney carcinoma rising at the largest rate, according to a JAMA Network study published Dec. 1
  3. CDC panel recommends healthcare workers, nursing home residents get COVID-19 vaccine first

    An independent panel of 14 experts in public health, immunology and virology advised the CDC that healthcare workers especially at risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus and long-term care facility residents and staff should be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines once the FDA grants approval, the New York Times reported.
  4. UK gives Pfizer green light, becomes first country to approve COVID-19 vaccine after completed trials

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency — the United Kingdom's equivalent of the FDA — granted emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNtech Dec. 2, becoming the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine that has completed phase 3 trials.

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  1. Pipeline Health appoints 2 hospital CEOs in Chicago area

    Pipeline Health promoted and hired two new hospital CEOs in the Chicago area, the Los Angeles-based hospital owner and operator said Dec. 1.
  2. Walgreens, VillageMD to open 40 new primary care clinics

    Walgreens and VillageMD will open 40 new Village Medical at Walgreens primary care clinics by the end of summer 2021, the companies said Dec. 2. 
  3. CMS adds 60+ services to Medicare's telehealth list in final rule: 7 details

    CMS released the 2021 physician fee schedule Dec. 1 with expanded telehealth services.
  4. COVID-19 sidelines over 100 New Jersey hospital workers

    Hackensack Meridian Health's Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J., is battling a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined more than 100 employees, according to NJ Advance Media.
  5. Michigan hospitals, restaurants square off

    The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association is pushing back against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's temporary ban on indoor dining with a lawsuit to reopen, while the state attorney general's office said the state's hospital system is on the brink of collapse due to an influx of COVID-19 patients and defended the measure, the Detroit Free Press reports. 
  6. Salesforce to buy Slack for $27.7B: 5 notes

    Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion in a transaction expected to finalize next year.
  7. Montefiore alerts patients of privacy breach linked to billing scam: 4 details

    New York City-based Montefiore Medical Center informed patients this week that a former employee had illegally accessed patient information to create and submit fake invoices for unused surgical products.
  8. North Dakota data backlog prompts COVID Tracking Project to switch death reporting metrics 

    Reporting backlogs for death certificates in North Dakota have caused a discrepancy  in the number of deaths reported by the state's health department and the COVID Tracking Project, prompting a change in the project's method of counting coronavirus deaths in the state.
  9. Strained Wisconsin hospitals asking staff to return to work during quarantine

    Many hospitals in Wisconsin are having workers who were exposed to COVID-19 return to their jobs during their quarantine period due to staffing shortages, said Wisconsin Department of Health Services CMO Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, during a Dec. 1 media briefing.

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