Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Black physicians' group forms task force to vet COVID-19 drugs, vaccines

    A group of Black physicians has created its own task force to independently vet regulators' decisions regarding COVID-19 drugs and vaccines in an attempt to safeguard against any potential political influence in federal health agencies, STAT reported. 
  2. AstraZeneca releases COVID-19 vaccine protocol

    AstraZeneca published its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial protocol Sept. 19, shortly after Moderna and Pfizer both released their protocols, The New York Times reported. The three drugmakers are the furthest along in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. 
  3. HHS secretary blocks health agencies from signing new rules

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar sent out a memorandum Sept. 15 that bans the country's health agencies, including the FDA, from signing any new rules, The New York Times reported. 
  1. How 6 states are revamping Apple, Google's COVID-19 exposure notification apps 

    Some states are redesigning their COVID-19 contact tracing apps to address users' privacy concerns and personalization functions, according to a Sept. 19 Wall Street Journal report.
  2. You have to 'think like a bad guy for a little while': Augusta U is keeping medical devices safe from hackers

    Michael Nowatkowski, PhD, associate professor at University of Augusta's computer and cyber sciences school in Georgia, specializes in reverse engineering medical devices to check their cybersecurity strength, according to a Sept. 18 Athens Banner-Herald report. 
  3. Private equity pushes into healthcare: 6 recent deals

    There were more than 300 private equity deals in the healthcare industry in 2019, and the healthcare sector has continued to draw private equity investors in this year. 
  4. Providence's Aaron Martin: 3 digital health trends that should be on hospital leaders' radars

    In April, Providence Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer Aaron Martin led his team to develop a new digital insight report series to help hospitals and health systems across the U.S. navigate COVID-19 recovery.
  1. OIG: Physician coding errors led to millions in overpayments for stroke patients

    Physicians haven't properly coded for stroke patients who transferred from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage, leading to inflated payments to Medicare Advantage organizations, according to a Sept. 16 report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
  2. 12 recent hospital CMO, CNO moves

    The following hospital and health system CMO and CNO moves have been reported since Aug. 31.  
  3. Broward Health hires 2 hospital CFOs

    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health has added two new CFOs to the organization. 
  4. SEIU postpones hospital strike, says Allina threatened to file labor complaint

    A union representing healthcare workers at Minneapolis-based Allina Health said it postponed a two-day strike earlier this month after Allina threatened to file an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board regarding any picketing during the walkout. 

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  1. West‌ ‌Virginia‌ ‌hospital‌ ‌CEO‌ ‌apologizes‌ ‌to‌ ‌staff‌ ‌after‌ ‌community‌ ‌spread‌ ‌comments‌

    The CEO of Charleston (W. Va.) Area Medical Center apologized to staff Sept. 19 after comments he made during a recent interview about the spread of COVID-19, WCHS reported.
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. Kaiser VC arm leads $14M investment in virtual reality company: 3 details

    Kaiser Permanente Ventures led a Series A funding round for Osso VR, a virtual reality surgical training platform.
  4. 'Work is not a place that employees go': How hospital CIOs build resilient remote teams and avoid burnout

    Harris Health System Senior Vice President and CIO David Chou outlined how healthcare CIOs can combat technology team burnout in a recent blog post.
  5. Georgia medical group pays $1.5M to settle HIPAA noncompliance allegations: 4 details

    The Office of Civil Rights agreed to settle systemic HIPAA noncompliance with a Georgia-based orthopedic practice stemming from a 2016 incident, according to a Sept. 21 announcement.
  6. Operation Warp Speed head discusses vaccination timeline, says 'most susceptible' Americans could be inoculated by December

    Moncef Slaoui, PhD, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, the White House's task force to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, said during a Sept. 21 CNBC interview that Americans "most susceptible" to the disease could be immunized by December if the FDA approves a vaccine before then.
  7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's influence on US healthcare policy: 5 notes

    In light of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, Becker's has compiled some of the justice's major opinions and decisions relating to healthcare. 
  8. Potential COVID-19 treatment could increase cardiac event risk if taken with certain drugs

    Azithromycin, an antibiotic being studied as a potential COVID-19 treatment, could cause cardiac events if taken in combination with drugs that affect the heart's electrical rhythm, according to research published Sept. 16 in JAMA Network Open.
  9. Some nursing homes evicting unprofitable patients by claiming they have psych issues

    Some nursing homes may send poor residents requiring extra care to emergency rooms or psychiatric hospitals and then deny them reentry, according to The New York Times.

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