Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Some pharmacies denying 4th COVID-19 shot to immunocompromised

    The CDC recommends immunocompromised people who initially received Pfizer or Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine get a fourth dose. Still, some pharmacies are turning away eligible people seeking a fourth shot, Kaiser Health News reported Jan. 25. 
  2. Excellus BCBS reaches tentative settlement over data breach

    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has agreed to a settlement for a class-action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach, according to 
  3. BCBS Association names chief information security officer

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced Chris Lugo as the organization's vice president and chief information security officer. 
  1. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  2. Labor Department makes mental health parity a 'priority,' works with HHS on enforcement

    A Labor Department report found faults both in provider and payer mental health parity, and is now moving forward to further enforce parity and "correct those failures," according to a Jan. 25 Marketplace report.
  3. 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. 
  4. CEO of Tenet's new South Carolina hospital announced

    Chris Mitchell has been appointed CEO of Piedmont Medical Center-Fort Mill (S.C.).

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  1. 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. 
  2. 9 hospitals seeking RCM talent

    Nine hospitals and health systems recently posted job listings seeking revenue cycle management expertise.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Omicron subvariant: What we know now

    A new version of the omicron variant, known as BA.2, has been reported in 40 countries, The Washington Post reported this week.
  9. 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.

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