Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Optum CEO is back after COVID-19 vaccine work

    Optum CEO Sir Andrew Witty is returning to the company after spending more than seven months helping the World Health Organization's COVID-19 vaccine initiative, according to the Star Tribune. 
  2. 'Locked and loaded': How CEOs in North Carolina, Ohio are preparing for COVID-19 vaccines

    Health system CEOs in North Carolina and Ohio told CNBC this week they are excited about a COVID-19 vaccine and are making plans for distribution.
  3. Starbucks offering free coffee to front-line healthcare workers in December

    Throughout December, Starbucks is offering free coffee to all U.S. healthcare workers on the pandemic front line.

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  1. Biden closes in on pick for HHS secretary

    President-elect Joe Biden has narrowed his choices for HHS secretary to two people: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, sources told Bloomberg.
  2. 60+ groups call on Congress to pass surprise billing protections

    More than 60 organizations representing consumers, employers and unions sent a letter to Congress urging it to pass legislation that protects patients from surprise medical bills.
  3. Vaccinate healthcare workers first, CDC panel says; US hospitalizations near 100K — 5 COVID-19 updates

    More than 98,600 U.S. COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Dec. 1, a record high, according to The COVID Tracking Project.  
  4. CMS finalizes physician payment rule for 2021: 6 takeaways

    CMS released its annual changes to the physician fee schedule for 2021, which updates the payment rates for physician services and expands the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare. 
  1. Nashville nurse charged with violating public health orders after hosting 100-person party

    A Tennessee nurse has been criminally charged with violating public health orders after hosting a large house party on Halloween, reports The Tennessean.
  2. 10 states with the highest health insurance costs for employees

    Employees in Minnesota face some of the highest annual health insurance costs in the nation, according to a ranking from Yahoo Finance.
  3. Rite Aid hires VP of diversity, equity and inclusion

    Rite Aid has hired Texanna Reeves to be vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for the company. 
  4. Minnesota universities partner to offer doctoral nursing program

    St. Cloud (Minn.) State University and the University of Minnesota are working to advance primary care services in rural communities by developing a new Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree program, according to a Dec. 1 news release. 

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  1. Renown CEO defends COVID-19 care site after Trump tweet claims it's 'fake'

    Reno, Nev.-based Renown Health's CEO is speaking out against a tweet shared by President Donald Trump that falsely claims Renown's alternative COVID-19 unit is "fake."
  2. New Jersey hospital saw increase of hospital-acquired bacterial infection during earlier COVID-19 surge, CDC finds

    Between February and July, 34 patients at a New Jersey hospital acquired carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanni infection or colonization, according to the CDC's Dec. 1 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The bacteria can lead to pneumonia and wound, blood stream and urinary tract infections. 
  3. 10 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  4. UnityPoint Health names presidents, CEOs

    Clay Holderman was named president and CEO of West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, and Sanjeeb Khatua, MD, was named to those same roles at the health system's clinic enterprise, UnityPoint Clinic, officials said Dec. 1. 
  5. Significant side effects in up to 15% of coronavirus vaccine users, Warp Speed chief says

    Both Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and about 10 percent to 15 percent of recipients reported side effects that were "significantly noticeable," CNBC reported Dec. 1. 
  6. 70 workers at West Virginia hospital out due to COVID-19

    More than 70 employees of Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital are sidelined with COVID-19 or quarantined due to potential exposure to the virus, according to WTRF. 
  7. First mass shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrives in US

    United Airlines carried the first mass air shipment of COVID-19 vaccines last week from Brussels to Chicago, CNBC reported. 
  8. Tampa General, USF Health join forces to create research hub

    Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital and Tampa-based USF Health have created a joint office of clinical research to combine resources and work more closely on clinical trials, the organizations announced Nov. 30. 
  9. Duke University, Microsoft develop ventilator splitting tech for COVID-19 patients

    A team of Durham, N.C.-based Duke University researchers partnered with Microsoft to create a ventilator splitting system to help COVID-19 patients in the wake of hospital surges and potential supply shortages, according to a Dec. 1 Microsoft blog post.

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