Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Hospital groups urge Supreme Court to reverse 'dangerous' false claims ruling

    Six hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and rectify a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision they say will increase hospitals' exposure to False Claims Act lawsuits.
  2. 8 recent hospital lawsuits

    From an Illinois system seeking dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit to a Pennsylvania health system defending against false claims allegations, here are the latest hospital lawsuits making headlines. 
  3. Telehealth expansion pushed aside by other congressional priorities: 5 things to know

    Congress has set aside legislation to make telehealth permanent to focus on President Joe Biden's higher priorities, Bloomberg Law reported Oct. 15.

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  1. Payers expand virtual-first plans to deliver lower premiums, accessible care

    Insurers around the country are pivoting from pandemic-era strategies as they develop virtual-first plans — a strategy that promotes telehealth visits prior to nonemergency care.
  2. Abbott recalls COVID test kits over risk of false positives

    Abbott has recalled two of its Alinity COVID-19 test kits after finding they can yield false positive results. 
  3. Fired Wisconsin health system exec pleads guilty to wire fraud, tax evasion

    A former vice president of Janesville, Wis.-based Mercyhealth pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to wire fraud and tax evasion as part of a $3 million kickback scheme, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.
  4. 12 health systems opening hospitals

    The following health systems have opened hospitals, advanced proposals to build them or announced plans for them in the last three weeks:
  1. Montana sees new hospitalization record; Minnesota's statewide transfer system offers little help: 5 COVID-19 updates

    While new virus cases, hospitalizations and deaths drop nationally, some areas and states are still facing high volumes of COVID-19 patients.
  2. U of Iowa breaks ground on $395M hospital campus

    The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics broke ground Oct. 14 on its hospital campus in North Liberty, Iowa, according to The Gazette.
  3. Tuberculosis deaths rise for 1st time since 2005: 4 report findings

    The pandemic has reversed years of global progress in treating and preventing tuberculosis, the World Health Organization said in an Oct. 14 report.
  4. Texas hospital responds to photo of COVID-19 patient draped in plastic 

    Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, said it received a flood of threats after a photo of a COVID-19 patient wearing a plastic drape over her head went viral, ABC affiliate KMID reported Oct. 14.
  1. $2B Mass General Hospital expansion gets city board OK

    Massachusetts General Hospital received approval Oct. 14 from the Boston Planning and Development Agency board for a 1 million-square-foot, $2 billion expansion, The Boston Globe reported.
  2. Biden considering Dr. Robert Califf to head FDA: Reports

    President Joe Biden is considering Robert Califf, MD, a former FDA commissioner, to once again lead the agency, according to The Washington Post, which first reported his possible nomination, citing several people familiar with the discussions.
  3. CHOP CEO Madeline Bell on why women shouldn't leave healthcare

    Madeline Bell, BSN, is the CEO of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which recently made Forbes' 2021 list of best employers for women. She spoke with Becker's Oct. 14 about the notable ranking, as well as her recent conversation with President Joe Biden regarding the mental health crisis facing America's children's hospitals.
  4. Hackensack Meridian, RWJBarnabas unveil $665M innovation and tech hub

    Two New Jersey hospitals — Edison-based Hackensack Meridian and West Orange-based RWJBarnabas — and two of the state's schools — Princeton University and New Brunswick-based Rutgers University — broke ground Oct. 14 on a hub for research, innovation and medical education.
  5. Allina nurses to strike in October

    Nurses at Allina Health's WestHealth campus in Plymouth, Minn., plan to strike in October amid contract negotiations, according to the union that represents them.
  6. 7 recent drug, device recalls

    Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are seven that have been reported to the FDA since Oct. 1:
  7. Q3's biggest healthcare deals: mRNA, digital care and cybersecurity

    The biggest healthcare deals in the third quarter of 2021 were for companies focused on mRNA drug discovery, digital care and cybersecurity, according to CB Insights' third-quarter venture capital report.
  8. 5 recent cancer study findings

    Recent oncology studies have focused on the proportion of U.S. cancer cases linked to physical inactivity, breast cancer patients' cannabis use, and more. 
  9. Goldman Sachs, Charlesbank acquire 1,100-physician primary care network

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Charlesbank Capital Partners completed their acquisition of MDVIP, a national network of 1,100 primary care physicians. 

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