Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hackers demand $1.75M from North Carolina clinic during 6-day ransomware attack 

    Asheville, N.C.-based Allergy Partners began bringing most of its computer systems back online March 1 following a February ransomware attack on the medical practice, local ABC affiliate WLOS reports. 
  2. 12% of children hospitalized with COVID-19 develop kidney injury, study finds

    Among 152 children hospitalized with COVID-19, 18 developed acute kidney injury, according to a study published March 3 in Kidney International.
  3. Man charged with kidnapping after barricading himself in room with patient at Florida hospital

    An Alabama man was charged with kidnapping this week after police subdued him and rescued a patient he had barricaded himself in a West Florida Hospital room with, according to a report from the Pensacola News Journal.

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  1. Alaska hospital getting a new EHR, says former employee snooped through files for 3 years

    Petersburg (Alaska) Medical Center will move to a new EHR system after discovering a former employee had been viewing patient records for the last three years, Petersburg-based community radio station KFSK reports. 
  2. Major health systems report $1B+ annual profits

    Many hospitals across the country took a financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, but some large health systems were still profitable in 2020. 
  3. Daily COVID-19 deaths fall; Senate to debate $1.9 trillion relief bill today — 4 updates

    A month ago, the daily number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths reported was more than twice as high as it currently is, reports The COVID Tracking Project.   
  4. Walmart heir to build medical school in Arkansas

    Walmart heir Alice Walton said she plans to finance and build a medical school in northwest Arkansas. 

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  1. Healthcare adds 19,900 jobs in February

    Healthcare added 19,900 jobs in February, although hospitals lost jobs for the second month since September, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. Surprise billing protections take effect next year: Tips to prepare now

    In late 2020, Congress passed the No Surprises Act to protect patients from surprise billing. The legislation, which takes effect next year, will require providers to revamp several revenue cycle processes. 
  3. New York health system receives $50M donation

    The family foundation of billionaire real estate developer and casino owner Steve Wynn has donated $50 million to Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System, according to the Observer-Dispatch.
  4. 100 top rural & community hospitals, by state

    The Chartis Center for Rural Health recently released its annual list of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the U.S.

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  1. Who leads Newsweek's top 10 hospitals in the world

    Newsweek released its 2021 rankings for best hospitals in the world March 3. Here are the leaders of the top 10 hospitals on the list:
  2. Drugmakers studying how to administer COVID-19 vaccines without a needle

    Pharmaceutical companies are exploring ways to deliver vaccines without a needle by investigating new delivery methods such as patches, dissolving implants, electrical-pulse systems, nasal sprays and pills, according to a March 3 report from The Wall Street Journal.
  3. UC San Diego researchers develop sewage-handling robots to forecast COVID-19 outbreaks

    Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine developed a fast and inexpensive approach to wastewater surveillance that can predict COVID-19 cases by a week with excellent accuracy, according to a study published March 2 in mSystems.
  4. Twitter messages about social distancing result in decreased local mobility the following day

    Tweets about COVID-19 social distancing are linked with decreased local mobility the next day, according to a study published March 3 in Plos One.
  5. New York physician charged with murder; prescription practices linked to 5 deaths

    George Blatti, MD, 75, a physician in Nassau County, N.Y., was charged March 4 with second-degree murder for his prescription practices, which allegedly led to five patient deaths, the Nassau County District Attorney said in a news release. 
  6. Ascension, Cedars-Sinai, 8 more health systems and hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  7. Medical devicemakers warned against use of misleading labels suggesting FDA approval

    The FDA said March 3 that some medical devicemakers have been displaying "FDA registration certificates" on their products, such as masks and face shields, to suggest the products are FDA-approved, but the agency doesn't distribute such certificates. 
  8. 100 top critical access hospitals, state by state

    The Chartis Center for Rural Health recently released its annual list of the top 100 critical access hospitals.
  9. Mass General Brigham names new CFO: 4 notes

    Niyum Gandhi was named CFO and treasurer of Boston-based Mass General Brigham, the health system said March 4. 

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