Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. State-by-state breakdown of 134 rural hospital closures

    Nearly one in five Americans live in rural areas and depend on their local hospital for care. Over the past 10 years, 134 of those hospitals have closed.
  2. 7 hospitals planning upgrades, expansions

    Seven hospitals or health systems have announced, advanced or completed construction projects since Nov. 16:
  3. Connecticut launches bundled payment program

    In an effort to reduce healthcare costs, Connecticut will abandon its fee-for-service program in favor of a bundled payments model for its state employees. 

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  1. Cigna leadership used covert tactics to 'blow up' $48B Anthem deal, lawsuit claims

    A merger between Cigna and Anthem failed because Cigna's CEO and board intentionally sabotaged the proposed $48 billion deal, according to an unsealed lawsuit filed by Cigna investors.
  2. Former Wisconsin health system CEO dies from COVID-19

    Rexford Titus, the former CEO of Waukesha, Wis.-based ProHealth Care, died from complications of COVID-19 on Nov. 16. He was 74.
  3. BCBS of Kansas ACO lowered inpatient admissions 13%

    A physician-led ACO that collaborates with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas recorded lower inpatient admissions in 2019, among other improvements in outcomes. 
  4. San Antonio hospital performs city's 1st double lung transplant for COVID-19

    San Antonio-based University Hospital performed the city's first double lung transplant for a COVID-19 patient at the end of October, reports the San Antonio Express-News.
  1. Improving crisis standards of care: 4 lessons from New York City hospitals

    The initial COVID-19 surge this spring overwhelmed hospitals in New York City, forcing them to implement crisis standards of care. The experience highlighted many opportunities to improve future planning and implementation of these standards, according to a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore. 
  2. Early mutation made COVID-19 spread faster, research suggests

    Mounting evidence suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 virus underwent a mutation early in the pandemic that allowed the virus to spread more easily between people, according to The New York Times.
  3. Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to felony charges

    Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to three criminal charges related to the marketing and sale of OxyContin, according to The Wall Street Journal. The guilty plea formally admits the company's role in the nation's opioid epidemic.
  4. Ohio hospital's "Helping Hand" initiative gives nurses extra help

    Middletown, Ohio-based Atrium Medical Center pulls administrative staff away from their usual tasks for a few hours a week as part of a "Helping Hand" measure, allowing nurses to spend more time at patients' bedsides amid the pandemic, reports local FOX affiliate WXIX. 

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  1. COVID-19 and the heart: 5 insights from a UCSF cardiologist

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a whirlwind of unknowns, stirring up conversations about how the virus may affect the heart. In a recent edition of the University of California San Francisco's magazine, Nisha Parikh, MD, cardiologist and associate professor of medicine, recapped what researchers and physicians now know about what the novel coronavirus may be doing to the heart. 
  2. UnitedHealth has new chief legal officer: 3 things to know

    UnitedHealth named Matthew Friedrich its executive vice president and chief legal officer, the healthcare company said Nov. 20.
  3. 10 hospitals hiring COOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking COOs during the past few weeks.
  4. New Jersey bill would allow Horizon BCBS to restructure

    New Jersey legislators proposed a bill Nov. 19 that aims to reorganize the state's largest commercial insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, according to local radio station New Jersey 101.5. 
  5. 3 pharmacy industry groups sue to stop new US drug import rule

    Three pharma industry groups are suing HHS and the FDA to block a rule that would allow the importation of certain prescription drugs from Canada.
  6. Pennsylvania Senate OKs bill protecting nursing homes against COVID-19 lawsuits

    Pennsylvania lawmakers on Nov. 20 passed a pandemic liability shield for nursing homes and other healthcare providers, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  7. Transparency about COVID-19 vaccines' side effects needed, physicians say

    Drugmakers and public health officials should educate the public about the brief but potentially unpleasant immune responses that COVID-19 vaccines can cause, physicians told CDC advisors during a Nov. 23 virtual meeting.
  8. HHS ships 300K doses of Regeneron's antibody cocktail

    HHS on Nov. 23 said it would rapidly distribute Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody drug to states, prioritizing areas of the country that have been affected the most by COVID-19 surges.
  9. Cerner launches free telehealth offering for rural hospitals 

    Cerner is offering a new video visit platform to rural hospitals that use its CommunityWorks EHR at no cost through 2021.

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