Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Dana-Farber: $40M grant to further multiple myeloma research 

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received a $40 million gift from Paula and Rodger Riney of St. Louis to further multiple myeloma research, the institute said Jan. 6.
  2. Healthfirst received $5.2M in overpayments, OIG audit finds

    An HHS Office of Inspector General audit of seven Healthfirst Health Plan high-risk groups found several diagnosis codes submitted for use in CMS' risk adjustment program did not meet federal guidelines, resulting in more than $516,000 in overpayments within the sample. 
  3. US needs a new COVID-19 strategy, former Biden advisers say 

    Six former health advisers to President Joe Biden have called for the U.S. to adopt a new domestic strategy for COVID-19, publishing three opinion pieces in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Jan. 6. 
  1. 6 recent board appointments

    The following board appointments have been reported since Dec. 6:
  2. CMS releases Medicare Advantage, Part D proposed rule: 7 changes to know

    CMS is proposing a new rule that aims to cut prescription drug costs, increase contract vetting and improve health equity, according to a Jan. 6 news release. 
  3. 5 recent payer exec moves

    Centene, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente all named new executives since Jan. 1. 
  4. Kaiser workers plan MLK Day strike

    Psychologists, social workers and therapists employed at Kaiser Permanente's Oakland and Richmond, Calif., clinics plan to strike Jan. 17 after they say the health system backtracked on making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for all healthcare workers, including its mental health clinicians, according to the union that represents them.

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  1. 800K expired COVID-19 tests found in state stockpile, Florida governor says 

    Anywhere from 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 tests expired in a state stockpile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed during a Jan. 6 news conference, NBC2 News reported. 
  2. HHS updates hospital COVID-19 data reporting requirements

    HHS has updated its requirements for data reporting from hospitals as COVID-19 responses continue to evolve. 
  3. 7 states that lost hospitals in 2021

    Seven hospitals in seven states closed in 2021. That was a significant decline from a year earlier when more than 20 hospitals across 14 states shut down. 
  4. EHR vendor sued after cyberattack exposed nearly 320,000 patients' info

    QRS, a health IT and EHR software company, is facing a potential class-action lawsuit after it notified about 320,000 patients that their protected health information was exposed during an August cyberattack.
  1. COVID-19 shot linked to temporary menstrual cycle changes, study says

    A new study involving nearly 4,000 people found women's menstrual cycles were slightly longer after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine compared to unvaccinated women. 
  2. Missouri hospital restores some systems after cyberattack, says patient data exposed

    Jefferson City, Mo.-based Capital Region Medical Center said it has restored some hospital systems after a Dec. 17 cyberattack, but found that some individuals' private health information was exposed.
  3. S&P: Nonprofit hospitals likely to face 'significant' operating, revenue pressures in 2022

    Although the U.S. nonprofit hospital sector remains stable, these facilities will face operating headwinds as "significant ongoing" expense and revenue pressures will likely continue throughout 2022, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. 
  4. Rural hospitals struggling to match rising pay among nonindustry competitors

    U.S. hospitals, especially those in rural areas, are struggling to match employee pay with large retailers such as Walmart, Bloomberg reported Jan. 7. 
  5. Hospitals lose 5,100 jobs in December

    Hospitals lost jobs in December for the second straight month, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  6. Florida agency threatens to fine hospitals with strict COVID-19 vaccination mandates

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced that it will follow Florida's law that prohibits private employers from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates, except if broad exemptions are allowed.
  7. Health systems ration COVID-19 treatments as cases surge 

    Supply shortages and surging COVID-19 cases have prompted health systems across the country to ration treatments, The New York Times reported Jan. 6.
  8. Mission Health CMO to leave HCA for new role

    William Hathaway, MD, will leave his role as CMO for Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health to join Mountain Area Health Education Center as CEO, effective Feb. 7.
  9. States declaring state of emergency amid COVID-19 surges

    As the U.S. shattered global case records Jan. 3, reporting more than 1 million new daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are also rising across the nation, causing some officials to declare a state of emergency to manage the surges. 

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