Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. ChristianaCare launches Alexa skill for home health: 4 details

    Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare has developed an Alexa skill for home health.
  2. How Pfizer is preparing to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine: 6 things to know

    As Pfizer anticipates receiving authorization to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine as early as November, it's also finalizing plans to distribute it, The Wall Street Journal reported.  
  3. 7 measures hospitals, drugmakers are taking to prevent COVID-19 vaccine thefts

    Health authorities, hospitals and drugmakers are taking numerous measures to ensure COVID-19 vaccines won't be vulnerable to theft when they are released for distribution, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Behavioral health cases are rising: leverage technology to improve outcomes

Before COVID-19, the US spent a respective $200 billion and $35 billion per year on mental and substance use disorders. The pandemic has caused an increased demand for behavioral health services. Learn how care coordination can help improve outcomes.
  1. Hospital groups urge Congress to further delay 2% Medicare payment cut

    Four major hospital groups are urging Congress to further delay a 2 percent federally mandated Medicare payment cut.
  2. 12 drugs being tested as COVID-19 treatments

    More than 550 drugs are being developed or repurposed to treat COVID-19, according to the FDA. So far, five have been granted emergency use authorizations, though none has received full approval as a COVID-19 treatment. 
  3. FBI, state agents raid Borrego Health

    State and federal agents raided the offices of Borrego Health, a federally qualified health center with more than 40 California locations, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
  4. Trump's $200 Medicare drug card plan may violate election law, HHS says

    Democratic lawmakers are urging HHS to release internal documents related to President Donald Trump's plan to give seniors $200 Medicare discount drug cards after an HHS official said the plan may be illegal, Politico reported. 

The new rules of margin improvement

Challenges often accelerate innovation—and in the era of COVID-19, the need for system-wide agility, integration and transformation are vital.
  1. Cancer patient reports unsanitary conditions at Memorial Health

    A breast cancer patient at Savannah, Ga.-based Memorial Health said hospital staff neglected to clean her room and didn't provide basic supplies like toilet paper, reports NBC affiliate WSAV. 
  2. Arthritis drug may help severely ill COVID-19 patients if given early, study finds

    Tocilizumab, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, may help reduce mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients if given within the first two days of admission to an intensive care unit, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  3. CentraState Healthcare to join Atlantic Health

    CentraState Healthcare System, a single-hospital system based in Freehold, N.J., has signed a definitive agreement to join Atlantic Health System, a seven-hospital system based in Morristown, N.J. 
  4. White House looks at cutting COVID-19 aid in 4 'anarchist' cities

    The White House is considering cutting millions of dollars for COVID-19 aid, HIV treatment, screenings for newborns and other programs in New York, Portland, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, four cities President Donald Trump has deemed "anarchist jurisdictions," according to Politico. 
  1. Bassett Healthcare Network names 1st chief people and diversity officer

    Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Bassett Healthcare Network has selected Corey Heller as its first senior vice president and chief people and diversity officer.
  2. 4 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported in the last week.   
  3. CHI Health offering premium pay to nurses for extra shifts

    CHI Health in Omaha, Neb., is offering premium pay to nurses who pick up extra shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. Universal masking lowers COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers, Harvard study finds

    Universal masking at a Massachusetts health system led to a decrease in COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers, even as the virus spread increased in the surrounding community, according to a study published Oct. 21 by Occupational Medicine.
  5. Participant in AstraZeneca's Brazil COVID-19 trial who died didn't get vaccine

    A participant in AstraZeneca's Brazil COVID-19 vaccine trial who died did not receive the vaccine, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
  6. West Virginia court orders Walmart to turn over opioid documentation

    A West Virginia court ordered Walmart to turn over all documents related to its opioid dispensing practices to state and federal authorities, according to court documents.
  7. Children's National Hospital lands $5M gift from Boeing for innovation campus

    Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., received $5 million from Boeing for its new research and innovation campus, the hospital announced Oct. 20.
  8. Widespread vaccine distrust is uniquely American, study finds

    Residents in other countries are generally more accepting of a potential COVID-19 vaccine than Americans, according to survey results published Oct. 20 in Nature Medicine.
  9. Purdue Pharma to dissolve, pay $8.3B for role in opioid epidemic

    Purdue Pharma on Oct. 21 agreed to shut down its company, pay roughly $8.3 billion and plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating and exacerbating the nation's opioid epidemic.

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