Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 19 senators urge Medicare to cover at-home COVID-19 tests

    Nineteen senators co-signed a letter to HHS and CMS urging the agencies to cover at-home COVID-19 tests for Medicare beneficiaries. 
  2. CEO of Tenet's new South Carolina hospital announced

    Chris Mitchell has been appointed CEO of Piedmont Medical Center-Fort Mill (S.C.).
  3. US pharmacies get first shipments of free N95s

    Some pharmacies in the U.S. have started receiving their first shipments of N95 masks to distribute for free to the public. 
  1. 9 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Nine hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  2. Change Healthcare possibly weighing sale of assets ahead of UnitedHealth deal

    Change Healthcare is considering selling off some of its assets to aid the deal with UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum, Bloomberg reported Jan. 25. 
  3. Tech innovation is driving healthcare investment: 8 things to know

    Increased investment in innovative technology, solutions to ease workforce challenges and rising interest in home care all represent key investment trends for healthcare in 2022 according to a KPMG report published Jan. 25. 
  4. Crisis standards activated in parts of Idaho

    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare activated crisis standards of care Jan. 24 for healthcare organizations in three local public health districts in the state's southern region.

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  1. Return of regulations: How will telemedicine adapt?

    Telemedicine companies who have gained an understanding of federal and state regulations will continue to flourish, while those who choose to ignore them will likely fail, TechCrunch reported Jan. 24.
  2. Viewpoint: No Surprises Act controversy was never about price transparency

    Although the price transparency elements of the No Surprises Act do shake up the payer-provider dynamic, the true controversy surrounding the act involves out-of-network rate mediation, Larry Levitt, Kaiser Family Foundation executive vice president for health policy, wrote in a Jan. 20 JAMA Health Forum op-ed. 
  3. Boston hospital denies heart transplant for unvaccinated patient

    Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital will not perform a heart transplant on a patient who refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19, CBS News reported Jan. 25.
  4. Countywide strike involving California healthcare workers averted

    California's Santa Cruz County and more than 1,600 front-line workers, including healthcare workers, reached a tentative agreement Jan. 24, averting a planned strike, according to a union news release. 

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  1. The No. 1 obstacle to hospital innovation? 4 execs weigh in

    A lack of time, resources and clearly defined governance are some of the biggest hurdles impeding digital innovation in healthcare. Here, four health system executives share what they believe are the biggest obstacles to innovation.
  2. HHS distributing $2B to healthcare providers: Breakdown by state

    HHS announced Jan. 25 it is providing more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund phase 4 payments, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, to more than 7,600 providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Omicron subvariant found in 40 nations: 8 things to know

    A new version of the omicron variant, known as BA.2, has been reported in 40 countries, The Washington Post reported Jan. 24.
  4. 27 medications with the biggest price cuts on Mark Cuban's online pharmacy

    Mark Cuban's generic drug company, Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Co., launched an online pharmacy Jan. 19 that produces low-cost versions of high-cost generic drugs. Here is a list of the 27 medications for which MCCPDC offers a savings of $100 or more.
  5. COVID-19 deaths during omicron mirror delta wave

    The nation's seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is falling, but deaths continue to rise and now match levels seen during the delta wave, CDC data shows. 
  6. 63% of nurses have experienced racism in the workplace, survey finds

    Racism is a substantial problem within nursing, with more than half of nurses reporting they have personally experienced a racist act in the workplace, according to a survey released Jan. 25 by the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. 
  7. Immune protection lasts 4 months after Pfizer booster, study finds

    Antibodies able to block the omicron coronavirus variant last four months after a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, according to a study published Jan. 22 by bioRxiv.
  8. 4 states have now recovered all jobs lost during the pandemic

    Texas, Arizona, Utah and Idaho have recovered all jobs lost during the pandemic, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. 
  9. Harvard, Stanford physicians call for universal use of N95s in hospitals

    Hospitals should take more aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals amid the omicron driven surge, physicians from Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University and Stanford (Calif.) University wrote in an editorial piece published Jan. 24 in JAMA. 

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