Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. COVID-19 cases to fall through mid-August, Mayo forecasts

    COVID-19 cases are expected to decrease nationwide over the next two weeks, even as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant BA.5 accounts for more than 80 percent of infections, modeling from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic shows.
  2. Pfizer to acquire Global Blood Therapeutics for $5.4B

    Pfizer nabbed a $5.4 billion deal to acquire sickle cell drugmaker Global Blood Therapeutics, according to an Aug. 8 press release. 
  3. Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine rollout off to slow start

    The approval of a fourth COVID-19 vaccine won't "make a real dent" in America's vaccination rate, infectious disease experts told ABC News in an Aug. 5 report. 

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  1. Jury sides with pharmacist in trial over contraception access

    Access to reproductive health products has gotten murkier after a Minnesota jury ruled in favor of a pharmacist who refused to sell contraceptives in 2019 because of his beliefs, according to MPR News. 
  2. 4 hospitals seeking CEOs

    Below are four hospitals that recently posted job listings seeking CEOs.
  3. Eli Lilly to seek growth opportunities outside of Indiana following abortion ban

    Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly, one of Indiana's largest employers, said it plans to seek growth opportunities outside of Indiana following the signing of an abortion ban bill, FOX59 reported on Aug. 6. 
  4. VA Oracle Cerner EHR suffers 3-hour outage from corrupted patient database

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' Oracle Cerner EHR system suffered a three-hour outage on Aug. 4 resulting in downtime and delays to VA patient databases, FedScoop reported Aug. 5. 

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  1. Viewpoint: Don't punish the candor of those who report medical errors

    The U.S. healthcare system should stop reacting harshly to employees who disclose medical errors, according to a physician at Boston-based Mass General Brigham. 
  2. What's stopping Congress from extending telehealth benefits

    The House passed legislation to extend Medicare reimbursements for medical visits that occur by video or phone call through 2024, but recent federal crackdowns on Medicare fraud linked to telehealth have raised concerns in Washington, Politico reported Aug. 7.
  3. WVU Cancer Institute 1st in West Virginia to use new prostate treatment 

    Morganstown, W. Va-based WVU Cancer Institute became the first facility in the state to administer Pluvicto, a radiation pharmaceutical administered through injection or infusion, for a type of metastatic prostate cancer, local news website My Buckhannon reported Aug. 7.
  4. MarinHealth goes live with Epic EHR system

    Greenbrae, Calif.-based MarinHealth Medical Center's new EHR system called APeX went live at the health system Aug. 8. 
  1. OSF HealthCare names central region CEO

    Bob Anderson was appointed CEO of Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare's central region, effective Sept. 1.
  2. Providence not resolving payroll errors fast enough, union says

    Providence healthcare workers in Northern California said they have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars due to payroll errors that the health system has not resolved in the contractually required 48 hours.
  3. California hospital system reaches $340K settlement over data breach

    Salinas (Calif.) Valley Memorial Healthcare System agreed to pay $340,000 as part of a class-action settlement over claims its security system did not protect patients from a data breach, according to court documents.
  4. 4 cancer research programs receiving funding over $5M  

    Here are four cancer research donations and grants over $5 million that Becker's has covered since June 15: 
  5. UCSF Benioff Children's physicians plan unity break rally amid contract negotiations

    Members of the Committee of Interns and Residents are set to hold a unity break rally Aug. 8 at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (Calif.).
  6. Why Northwestern is reintroducing LPNs to inpatient care

    Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine is tapping licensed practical nurses to ease staffing shortages as part of a new pilot program at one of its hospitals, the Daily Herald reported Aug. 7. 
  7. Former Borrego Health executives face RICO lawsuit

    A Southern California federally qualified health center has accused past board members, executives, and contractors of racketeering, fraud, nepotism, excessive compensation, and blatant self-dealing, according to an Aug. 6 report from The San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  8. AdventHealth unveils plan for former theme park

    Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth has released details about the project it has planned for The Holy Land Experience theme park site in Orlando, Fla., that it bought last year, according to the Orlando Business Journal. 
  9. US should assume wider spread of monkeypox, says Dr. Scott Gottlieb: 3 updates

    Health experts say the U.S. should cast a wider net with monkeypox testing to contain the outbreak, which has now grown to more than 7,500 cases. 

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