Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. More COVID-19 relief funds went to wealthier hospitals, study finds

    Hospitals that were in a strong financial position before the pandemic received more money from the Provider Relief Fund than those with weaker balance sheets, according to a new study published Oct. 22 in JAMA Health Forum. 
  2. UPMC won't sign medical exemptions for kids in mask-mandated schools, parents claim in lawsuit

    In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Oct. 20, parents in nine Western Pennsylvania communities allege that they are met with blanket refusal from UPMC physicians to sign medical exemptions allowing their children to attend school without masks. 
  3. UC Berkeley, UCSF launch innovative program to address health equities

    University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco announced Oct. 21 a joint program in computational precision health, which will be funded by a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor and $100 million from the universities.

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  1. Pfizer vaccine 91% effective in kids 5-11, study says

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 91 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in children between ages 5 and 11, according to a study released by the FDA Oct. 22. 
  2. FCC awards $40M more in telehealth funding to 71 providers

    The Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 21 awarded a total of $40.46 million to 71 healthcare organizations as part of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program.
  3. 10 cardiologists on the move

    Below are 10 cardiologists who recently joined new practices, stepped into new roles or retired.
  4. Lyft names new healthcare chief: 4 things to know 

    Lyft has promoted Buck Poropatich to serve as the company's new head of healthcare, the ride-hailing service confirmed to Becker's Oct. 22. 
  1. Court halts New York City retiree Medicare contract

    After receiving pushback from retirees, New York City's new Medicare contract for city retirees will be paused indefinitely, a state Supreme Court judge ruled Oct. 21. 
  2. UnitedHealthcare to retroactively reimburse providers for COVID-19 vaccines

    UnitedHealthcare will retroactively reimburse in-network providers for vaccinating its members.
  3. Cerner laying off 150 employees

    Cerner CEO David Feinberg, MD, confirmed that the EHR company is cutting 150 positions in November, reported Oct. 22. 
  4. Washington hospital gives staff $625 bonuses after vaccine deadline

    Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Wash., is investing about $2.62 million in its employees by giving $625 bonuses to those who stayed on the job after the vaccination deadline, KPQ reported Oct. 21.
  1. 5 recent donations to healthcare organizations

    Here are five recent donations to healthcare organizations reported by Becker's since Oct. 8.
  2. CDC director approves Moderna, J&J boosters, mix-and-match doses

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, endorsed booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recipients Oct. 21, making more than 50 million additional Americans eligible for boosters. 
  3. HCA's profit more than triples to $2.3B in Q3

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare saw strong growth in revenue and profit in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. 
  4. Next Generation ACOs saved Medicare $667M, but model's still losing money

    The Next Generation ACO Model has saved Medicare $667 million in the last four performance years, but the model is operating at a loss with performance payouts, according to an evaluation of it released Oct. 21.
  5. WHO calls for 'immediate' action to protect healthcare workers, estimates 115,000 have died from COVID-19

    The World Health Organization on Oct. 21 urged leaders to take "immediate" and "concrete" action to protect healthcare workers against the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the estimated 115,000 who have died from the virus between January 2020 and May 2021. 
  6. CommonSpirit names chief nursing officer of new California division

    Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health has appointed Ron Yolo, DNP, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer of the health system's newly formed Southern California Division. 
  7. Viewpoint: 'Waning' immunity not huge cause for concern

    Despite concerns over the number of antibodies against COVID-19 dwindling after vaccination, there's no reason to worry about so-called "waning immunity," Katherine Wu, PhD, wrote Oct. 20 for The Atlantic. 
  8. Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler on retirement and rebuilding

    Penny Wheeler, MD, was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the same hospital she has overseen as CEO of Allina Health system since 2014. "I tell people that I've been here for 63 years," she told Becker's in October.
  9. CDC panel recommends Moderna, J&J boosters for millions: 5 things to know

    The CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices on Oct. 21 voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines for millions of Americans, The New York Times reported.

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