Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Aetna, CVS to enter ACA marketplace in 8 states

    Aetna and CVS Health will enter the ACA individual insurance marketplace in eight states.
  2. WHO calls for global halt on booster doses amid low vaccination rates in vulnerable countries

    The World Health Organization is asking countries that are considering COVID-19 booster shots to hold off through at least September as people in many parts of the world remain unvaccinated, The Washington Post reports. 
  3. Delta may push herd immunity threshold over 80%, experts say

    Infectious disease experts say the percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to reach herd immunity could be 80 percent or higher, now that the delta variant is spreading rapidly across the U.S., according to Medscape.

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  1. FDA aims to grant Pfizer shot full approval by Labor Day, insiders say

    The FDA has set Labor Day, Sept. 6, as an unofficial deadline to grant full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, several people familiar with the matter told The New York Times. 
  2. WVU Health System names new chief administrative officer

    Michael Grace, EdD, was named chief administrative officer of West Virginia University Health System, the Morgantown-based organization said Aug. 3. 
  3. Majority of unvaccinated Americans believe COVID-19 vaccines are riskier than infection

    Fifty-three percent of unvaccinated adults in the U.S. think getting vaccinated against COVID-19 poses a greater health risk than being infected with the virus, according to research released Aug. 4 by Kaiser Family Foundation.
  4. Houston health system to temporarily close 2 clinics, shift staff to hospitals amid COVID-19 surge

    Harris Health System will temporarily close two clinics to boost staffing at its hospitals as COVID-19 cases rise, the Houston-based system confirmed to Becker's.

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  1. Florida official probes state's transparency in daily COVID-19 data reporting 

    The Florida governor's office denied claims made by state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried that the office is withholding data on Florida COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, according to an Aug. 2 NBC-affiliate report. 
  2. Wyoming hospital gives employees raises for first time in nearly 2 years

    Employees at St. John's Health in Jackson Hole, Wyo., can expect a 6 percent boost in wages.
  3. Where cases remain relatively low & 6 other national COVID-19 trends

    Below are seven national COVID-19 trends as of Aug. 3, per The New York Times.
  4. Employees demand pay after Tennessee hospital closure

    Jamestown (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center abruptly closed in 2019, and its former employees are nearing the end of a court battle over pay and benefits. 
  1. Zocdoc taps former Morgan Stanley exec as CFO 

    Zocdoc, a digital platform connecting patients with both physical and virtual care services, welcomed Edward Liu as its new CFO, the company said Aug. 2. 
  2. Missouri Hospital Association taps former Cerner leader as CEO

    Jon Doolittle has been selected as president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association.
  3. New York health system to lay off up to 118 employees

    Middletown, N.Y.-based Garnet Health will lay off up to 118 employees when it closes its skilled nursing unit this fall, WPDH reported Aug. 4.
  4. San Francisco allowing J&J vaccine recipients to get 'supplemental' Pfizer or Moderna dose

    The San Francisco Department of Public Health is now allowing people who received Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to get a "supplemental dose" of Pfizer or Moderna's mRNA vaccine, CNBC reported Aug. 3.
  5. Hospitals with higher credit ratings weathered greater margin deterioration, Fitch says

    Hospitals with better credit ratings saw greater year-over-year declines in operating margins than those with lower credit ratings, according to an Aug. 3 report from Fitch Ratings.
  6. Lehigh Valley Health patients added to Accellion data breach toll: 3 million affected

    Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network began notifying patients that their data was stolen in the Accellion data breach that has affected at least 3 million others, according to an Aug. 3 report by The Morning Call.
  7. U of Chicago Medical Center defeats debt fraud suit

    An Illinois district judge has dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing University of Chicago Medical Center, Medical Business Office and Trustmark Recovery Services of improperly billing the Medicare program for debt collection services.
  8. Why the US healthcare system ranks last among 11 wealthy countries

    The performance of the U.S. healthcare system ranked last among 11 high-income countries, according to a report released Aug. 4 by the Commonwealth Fund.
  9. Heal first, then vaccinate: How 9 systems are connecting COVID-19 survivors with the vaccine

    Anecdotal reports from physicians on the front lines of the latest COVID-19 surge suggest disbelief, shame and fear are common emotions among many unvaccinated patients who contract the virus and need to be hospitalized. 

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