Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Merck vs. Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral pills: 11 notes

    While the FDA has greenlit the use of COVID-19 antiviral pills made by Merck and Pfizer, there are differences in the authorizations for each. The supplies of both remain limited. 
  2. 2 insurers withdraw appeal over North Carolina Medicaid contract award

    Two North Carolina payers — Aetna Better Health Care and My Health by Health Providers of Morrisville — are stepping away from the table after suing the state's health and human services department in 2019 over its Medicaid contract, according to the Triangle Business Journal.  
  3. HCA Healthcare Capital Division leader promoted to chief nurse executive

    Erin Keister, MSN, RN, has been promoted to the role of chief nurse executive for HCA Healthcare Capital Division in Richmond, Va.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs honor Buffalo Bills, donate more than $206K to children's hospital

    Donations from Kansas City Chiefs fans are pouring into Buffalo, N.Y.-based Oishei Children's Hospital after the team's win against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 23, with more than $206,000 from more than 11,200 donors, Kristen Bieber, marketing manager of the foundation, told Becker's.
  2. Why 2 pharmacists left their roles

    The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on all front-line workers, and pharmacy employees are no exception. Pandemic-related stressors have worsened existing pharmacy shortages and magnified burnout among staff members, causing many to leave the field, according to Bloomberg.
  3. HHS launches reproductive health task force

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed an intra-agency task force to strengthen and support reproductive healthcare access.
  4. Biden administration seeks Medicare coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests

    President Joe Biden is exploring requiring coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests for Medicare beneficiaries in addition to private commercial members, according to a Jan. 26 report from The Wall Street Journal. 

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  1. Anthem operating gain hits $7.5B, but commercial growth flounders: 10 things to know

    Anthem reported $137 billion in year-end revenue for 2021, anchored by government market and pharmacy growth as commercial development seems to stall. 
  2. Pediatric COVID-19 cases top 1 million in one week

    More than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases were reported among children for the week ending Jan. 20, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. 
  3. Catholic Health's Kenmore Mercy service, plant workers agree to new contracts

    Kenmore (N.Y.) Mercy Hospital — part of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health — and United Food & Commercial Workers Union District Local One have agreed to new contracts for service and plant operations associates at the hospital, according to a news release shared with Becker's.
  4. North Carolina hospitals billing patients eligible for charity care

    Nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina bill patients eligible for charity care for millions of dollars in medical care each year, according to a Jan. 25 report from the office of the state treasurer.

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  1. South Carolina bill would no longer require state permission for hospital projects

    South Carolina senators voted 35-6 on Jan. 25 to repeal the certificate of need regulatory process, which would mean healthcare providers no longer need the state's permission for capital projects or to buy expensive medical equipment, The Post and Courier reported.
  2. 5 hospitals, health systems hiring workers

    Amid the latest COVID-19 surge, hospitals and health systems are holding hiring events and taking other measures to recruit staff.
  3. Female clinicians spend more time in the EHR, study finds

    Female clinicians see fewer patients per week and spend more time on EHR documentation than their male counterparts, leading to less pay and increased burnout, according to study results released Jan. 26 by EHR company Athenahealth. 
  4. University of Vermont Health CEO to retire

    John Brumsted, MD, will retire as president and CEO of University of Vermont Health Network on Sept. 30. 
  5. Venture capital firm launches $75M telehealth-focused fund

    Venture capital firm Swiftarc Ventures launched Swiftarc Telehealth, a $75 million fund that will focus on telehealth and digital health, TechCrunch reported Jan. 25.
  6. Dana-Farber adds 1st affiliate member in Maine

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute named Scarborough, Maine-based New England Cancer Specialists its first affiliate member in Maine, the institute said Jan. 25. 
  7. Delta vs. omicron surge: A comparison of key trends

    Becker's has compiled some key U.S. COVID-19 metrics from both the delta and omicron surges. 
  8. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opens $289M inpatient facility

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opened its new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, Pa., on Jan. 26; it spans more than 250,000 square feet.
  9. It’s Time to Go Digital with Your Payments: Here’s Why

    Electronic claim payment trends all point to one dynamic: faster turnaround. Simply put, businesses and consumers now expect near-immediate access to funds when they have been given notice of transfer. Luckily, that era of real-time digital payments is not too far off for health plans. 

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