Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. New Jersey pharmacy employee charged with $1.9M kickback scheme

    A New Jersey pharmacy employee was arrested Feb. 24 after authorities said he steered prescriptions to his pharmacy by having his coworkers give bribes to a physician in cash, checks and gift cards, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  2. Moderna, Pfizer testing ways to boost COVID-19 vaccines against variants

    Moderna and Pfizer are testing their COVID-19 vaccines against variants of the novel coronavirus, the drugmakers announced Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, respectively. 
  3. CHI Saint Joseph Health names new CEO

    Anthony Houston was named CEO of Lexington, Ky.-based CHI Saint Joseph Health, effective April 5. 

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  1. HHS secretary nominee pledges support for permanent telemedicine expansion: 4 details 

    President Joe Biden's nominee to lead HHS, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, signaled his support for permanent telehealth expansions this week during his Senate confirmation hearing, Politico reports. 
  2. Chicago hospital faces $13K penalty after OSHA cites 'serious' respirator mask violations

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a $13,494 penalty to Chicago-based Community First Medical Center in December after an inspection found violations related to respirator mask policies, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Feb. 24. 
  3. CISA warns of vulnerabilities in file transfer services after ransomware attacks on Centene, Kroger

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an alert Feb. 24 to medical, finance, telecommunications and government organizations about several unpatched vulnerabilities in Accellion's File Transfer Appliance that hackers have taken advantage of. 
  4. 21 'overpaid' healthcare CEOs

    The economic effects from the pandemic may place more pressure on investors to reevaluate the pay packages of CEOs in the future. But for the time being, "we are simply getting wealthier CEOs," according to an annual report from the nonprofit shareholder advocacy group As You Sow.

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  1. New variant in NYC; CDC backs vaccine finder website — 7 COVID-19 updates

    New daily COVID-19 cases have started to level off over the past week in the U.S. after falling since peaking mid-January, according to data tracked by The New York Times. 
  2. North Carolina hospital loses majority of physicians after contract negotiations

    At least 55 physicians have decided to part ways with Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health since it was acquired by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare in February 2019, according to TV station WLOS. 
  3. Hospitals want $35B in COVID-19 relief bill

    The American Hospital Association wants the federal government's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan to include $35 billion in emergency funding for hospitals across the U.S., according to Bloomberg Law. 
  4. CDC rolls out online COVID-19 vaccine search tool

    The CDC teamed up with Boston Children's Hospital and healthcare software company Castlight Health to launch a website to help Americans find which vaccine providers in their area have COVID-19 vaccines in stock, according to a Feb. 24 NPR report.

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  1. HCA to acquire 80% stake in Brookdale home health, hospice unit for $400M

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare will pay $400 million to acquire 80 percent of Brookdale Senior Living's hospice, home health and outpatient therapy division. 
  2. Texas healthcare CFO sentenced to prison for defrauding IRS

    The owner and CFO of Mansfield, Texas-based Community Care Medical and Medical Case Management & Social Services was sentenced Feb. 23 to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution for defrauding the IRS, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
  3. 5 New York healthcare system CEOs release joint statement clarifying COVID-19 discharges to nursing homes

    Five New York healthcare system leaders released a statement Feb. 24 to "clear up confusion in the public and the media regarding decisions to discharge patients to nursing homes" during the state's spring COVID-19 surge. 
  4. Walgreens to sell at-home saliva COVID-19 test

    An at-home saliva-based PCR COVID-19 test made by Clinical Reference Laboratory will now be available through Walgreens, the retail pharmacy giant said Feb. 24. 
  5. US to send 25M masks to community health centers, food banks in March

    The federal government will send more than 25 million masks to community health centers and food banks in areas most hard hit by the pandemic next month, the White House said Feb. 24.
  6. American College of Radiation Oncology names president

    Joanne Dragun, MD, is the American College of Radiation Oncology's new president, the group said Feb. 23. Dr. Dragun is the medical director of GenesisCare in Jacksonville, Fla. 
  7. Cardiologist donates $1M to Henry Ford for structural heart disease research

    A $1 million gift from William O'Neill, MD, will fuel research at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System's Heart & Vascular Institute. 
  8. 'Long COVID' symptoms could linger for up to 9 months, study suggests

    The prolonged COVID-19 symptoms people experience after initial infection, now known as 'Long COVID,' may persist for up to nine months in some cases, according to findings from a small study published Feb. 19 in JAMA Network Open.
  9. Email hack exposes 45,000 patients' data at Covenant HealthCare

    Covenant HealthCare has confirmed that an unauthorized individual gained access to two employees' email accounts, potentially exposing about 45,000 patients' information.

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