Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US COVID-19 deaths up 37% last week: 11 CDC findings

    COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates and deaths are increasing nationwide as omicron accounts for an estimated 98 percent of new infections, according to the CDC's COVID data tracker weekly review published Jan. 14.
  2. US nurses protest over COVID-19 working conditions

    Registered nurse members of National Nurses United held actions across the U.S. Jan. 13 advocating for better staffing and protections for workers. 
  3. Physician viewpoint: Protecting immunocompromised from COVID-19 is everyone's responsibility

    Society as whole has a hand in protecting immunocompromised people from COVID-19, according to two physician scientists who treat transplant recipients at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  1. 5 states facing highest COVID-19 nursing home deaths

    Pennsylvania has the highest number of nursing home residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to weekly data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last updated Jan. 12.
  2. American Cancer Society: US cancer deaths fell 32% since 2019

    Overall cancer deaths in the U.S. have declined 32 percent since 2019, according to a report published Jan. 12 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
  3. 5 recent payer partnerships, expansions

    From Optum investing in genomic sequencing to UnitedHealthcare broadening its vision benefits with laptop discounts, here are five recent payer partnerships and expansions. 
  4. St. Joseph’s Health, Hackensack Meridian Health announce clinical affiliation 

    Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Paterson, N.J.-based St. Joseph's Health announced a clinical affiliation Jan. 14 to bring patients expanded oncologic services. 

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  1. Cigna CEO defends PBMs, saying the role has evolved 

    David Cordani, CEO of Cigna, defended the role of pharmacy benefit managers, arguing that the traditional PBM is a relic of yesterday, reported Yahoo Finance Jan. 12. 
  2. RIP Medical Debt ends Oklahoma campaign, saying it can't access additional debt

    Tulsa, Okla.-based Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation has ended its campaign with New York City nonprofit RIP Medical Debt after the organization could no longer access additional medical debt, Ginnie Graham wrote in a Tulsa World column Jan. 13.
  3. The 'Great Resignation' fuels final wave of record-setting ACA signups

    ACA open enrollment numbers are continuing to set records, but as the Jan. 15 signup deadline nears, the influx of workers leaving their jobs are pushing enrollment to new highs, according to a report from CBS affiliate KLAS. 
  4. DeSantis casts aside CMS vaccine rule for hospitals

    The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will not enforce a federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccination in healthcare settings, which the Supreme Court upheld Jan. 13. 
  1. MedPAC recommends payment rate boost for hospitals in 2023

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to approve a recommendation to boost the hospital payment rate for fiscal year 2023, according to the American Hospital Association.
  2. Physicians among those charged in $100M healthcare fraud scheme

    Two indictments recently unsealed charged 13 defendants, including physicians and other medical professionals, with a $100 million healthcare fraud, money laundering and bribery scheme, according to a Jan. 12 Justice Department news release.
  3. Physician happiness plunged during pandemic, survey finds

    Physician happiness dropped significantly during the pandemic, with 26 percent of surveyed physicians saying they were unhappy compared with 9 percent before the public health crisis, according to the results of the "Medscape 2022 Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report."  
  4. Daily COVID-19 case counts might be on their way out

    Daily COVID-19 case counts have smashed all prior records during the omicron surge, but these numbers don't carry the same weight anymore, according to a Jan. 14 article from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
  5. Cleveland Clinic, Microsoft among organizations in new healthcare AI coalition

    Leading organizations from across the healthcare and life sciences industries have come together to form a coalition focused on providing recommendations, tooling and best practices for using artificial intelligence in healthcare.
  6. Omicron took 5 weeks to dominate in New York City; 6 more surge trends

    The omicron COVID-19 variant accounted for nearly all genomic samples sequenced in New York City for the week ending Dec. 25, according to a Jan. 13 report from the city's health department. 
  7. 7 hospitals closing departments, ending services

    Several healthcare organizations have closed medical departments or ended services at facilities to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or address staffing shortages. 
  8. Russia arrests REvil ransomware gang

    The Russian Federal Security Service said Jan. 14 it shut down operations of REvil, one of the top ransomware gangs worldwide.
  9. Wyoming hospital to deploy Cerner EHR in February

    Rock Springs, Wyo.-based Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is integrating Cerner's CommunityWorks solution, a cloud-based deployment of Cerner's IT platform, to offer better patient care, according to a Jan. 13 Rocket Miner report.

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