Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Justice Department to retry Florida nursing home owner on fraud charges

    The Justice Department is set to retry Philip Esformes, a Florida nursing home owner who had his 20-year prison sentence commuted by former President Donald Trump in September 2019, on six healthcare fraud criminal charges, CNBC reported Aug. 12.
  2. Community health centers rake in big profits

    In addition to receiving government grants and higher reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, many community health centers had profit margins of 20 percent or more in the last few years, Kaiser Health News reported Aug. 15. 
  3. Lakeview Regional Medical Center names Michael Queen deputy chief of staff

    Covington, La.-based Lakeview Regional Medical Center named Michael Queen, MD, as the deputy chief of staff.

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  1. Phishing emails masked as note-taking site target healthcare organizations, feds warn

    The Health Information Cybersecurity Coordination Center issued a warning Aug. 10 about a phishing campaign targeting healthcare providers. 
  2. MultiCare, Yakima Valley Memorial extend merger discussions

    Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System and Yakima (Wash.) Valley Memorial Hospital have extended the timeline for merger discussions, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported Aug. 14.
  3. Facebook tracker compromised PHI of 1.3M Novant Health patients

    Novant Health notified patients Aug. 12 that their protected health information may have been improperly disclosed because of a Facebook tracking tool used in a May 2020 marketing campaign. 
  4. Walgreens scoops services from 80+ grocery chain pharmacies

    Save Mart, a grocery store chain concentrated in California and Nevada, plans to shutter its 89 pharmacies and move its services to Walgreens Aug. 16, according to the Reno Gazette Journal and the Union Democrat. 

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  1. Longer Paxlovid course needed to prevent rebounds, experts say

    Health experts are questioning the length of Pfizer's antiviral treatment, as COVID-19 rebounds seem to exceed "rare" status, according to Time. 
  2. Few cancer centers comply with price transparency law, analysis finds

    Out of 63 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the U.S., only one-third are fully compliant with federal price transparency rules, according to an Aug. 10 analysis published in JAMA Surgery.
  3. Hospital data specialist pleaded guilty to creating fake vaccination records

    A data entry specialist for Derby, Conn.-based Griffin Health waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to creating fake COVID-19 vaccination records, the Justice Department said.
  4. UT Southwestern researchers discover brain cancer metastasis pathway

    Researchers discovered a molecular pathway responsible for glioblastoma spreading to surrounding brain tissues, as well as an existing drug that hampers growth in animal models, a study in Nature Cell Biology found.
  1. Salem Hospital reports 2 radiation incidents

    Salem (Ore.) Hospital voluntarily reported two incidents within its radiation oncology department to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission this year, The Statesman Journal reported Aug. 12.
  2. Viewpoint: COVID-19 shots saved the patient-oncologist relationship

    Cancer care requires close physical and emotional interactions, but with threats of COVID-19 infection looming, many physicians lost the personal touch to patient care, oncologist Jalal Baig, MD, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post. 
  3. Missouri hospital owner failed to provide workers with health insurance

    Kansas City, Mo.-based Noble Health is the subject of two federal investigations, according to an Aug. 15 report from USA Today.
  4. Former workers at closed Arizona hospital sue, allege they're due unpaid wages

    Former employees of the now-closed Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley, Ariz., have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging they were not paid for accrued time off upon termination, the Green Valley News reported Aug. 13.
  5. Tower Health taps Dr. Ann Blakenhorn as vice president of nursing

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health has named Ann Blakenhorn, DNP, RN, vice president of nursing clinical practice, education and patient safety, the health system said Aug. 12. 
  6. UC San Diego Health names new CIO

    University of California San Diego Health has named Joshua Glandorf as CIO.
  7. Connecticut ditches $20M health information exchange software

    The state of Connecticut has discarded a computer program it spent $20 million building for its health information exchange, the Connecticut Health I-Team reported Aug. 14.
  8. American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Research Foundation form educational alliance

    The American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation are forming an alliance to expand educational opportunities in cardiovascular disease and interventional therapies.
  9. Baptist Health System, 4 other hospitals report patient information exposed in vendor email hack

    Five hospitals were affected by a data breach involving revenue cycle management company Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions. 

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