Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Former UAMS employee exposes 518 patients' health information

    Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is notifying patients that a former employee sent an email from her UAMS account to her personal email, exposing 518 patients' protected health information.
  2. AARP calls for nursing homes to require COVID-19 boosters

    AARP called on nursing homes across the nation to require COVID-19 booster shots for residents and staff amid a rise in infections and lag in booster rates, the organization said Jan. 20.  
  3. OIG to audit hospital compliance with Provider Relief Fund surprise-billing rule

    HHS' Office of the Inspector General said Jan. 20 it would conduct a nationwide audit of hospitals' compliance with the terms and conditions related to the Provider Relief Fund. 
  1. 65% of people who had COVID-19 in 1st wave still have smell dysfunction: 3 study findings

    In a small study of 100 people who contracted COVID-19 in the first wave, more than half have long-term changes to their sense of smell, according to preliminary research published Jan. 20 by MedRxiv.
  2. 18 top-rated hospitals for patient experience: Connecticut

    Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals for patient experience in Connecticut using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from CMS.
  3. Blockchain can change healthcare: 3 ways to use the new tech

    Blockchain technology provides healthcare with new opportunities to evolve interoperability by making it easier to exchange health information, MDLinx reported Jan. 24.
  4. 8 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Below are eight hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking CEOs during the past week.

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  1. Ardent taps new CNO

    Lisa Dolan, MSN, RN, has been promoted to the role of chief nursing officer for Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health Services.
  2. 3 financial indicators that could predict rural hospital closures

    The 56 rural hospitals that closed between January 2017 and August 2020 have three things in common, a January study by the NC Rural Health Research Program found.
  3. Viewpoint: Healthcare needs a 'quintuple aim'

    The healthcare industry should expand the "quadruple aim" to include a fifth key focus: advancing health equity, three physician leaders wrote in a Jan. 21 op-ed published in JAMA.
  4. Anthem BCBS names new Georgia leadership as Northside legal woes broaden

    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield named Robert Bunch president Jan. 20, but the move comes as the payer potentially faces a new opponent in its legal battle against Atlanta-based Northside Hospital System, according to 11Alive. 

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  1. 6 recent heart study findings 

    Recent cardiology studies have focused on heart disease risk factors in men, heart function recovery in children who were exposed to COVID-19 and developed MIS-C and more.
  2. Safety-net hospitals face the worst of the US' nursing shortage

    While the unprecedented nursing shortage is a national problem, safety-net hospitals, which provide care to millions of Americans, face its worst effects, The New York Times reported Jan. 23. 
  3. Exclusion from at-home COVID-19 test coverage puts Medicare recipients on the 'back foot'

    The coverage gaps created by the Biden administration's at-home COVID-19 test coverage guidelines doesn't solve barriers for a population that faces already-increased risks: Medicare beneficiaries, according to a Jan. 24 Kaiser Health News report. 
  4. UnitedHealth Group: Telehealth is a ticket to driving health equity

    The widespread adoption of telehealth is what UnitedHealth Group CMO Margaret-Mary Wilson, MD, calls "one of the most dramatic changes" in healthcare, but the next step is using that development to drive health equity. 
  5. Viewpoint: How to close racial gaps in cancer care

    Increasing diversity and accessibility to clinical trials is key to closing racial gaps in cancer care, Kathy Giusti and John Carpten, MD, wrote for The Hill Jan. 24.
  6. FDA authorizes remdesivir as outpatient COVID-19 treatment

    The FDA on Jan. 21 expanded its emergency use authorization for remdesivir to include the drug's use in nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who have a high risk of their case becoming severe. 
  7. 4 recent cancer partnerships

    Here are four cancer-related partnerships formed since Jan. 14. 
  8. Judge strikes down vaccination mandate for federal workers

    A federal judge in Texas has blocked enforcement of the Biden administration's vaccination requirement for federal employees, The Hill reported. 
  9. Former Arkansas nursing home owner arrested, charged in $29.5M Medicare scheme 

    A former Arkansas nursing home owner was arrested and charged in federal court in New Jersey with failing to pay $29.5 million in payroll and unemployment taxes and benefit plan fraud, the Department of Justice said Jan. 20.

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