Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. US healthcare workers may get first COVID-19 vaccine doses in a month, Fauci says

    Healthcare workers could soon be the first group to receive COVID-19 vaccinations "this December, literally next month," Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR Nov. 17. 
  2. Bankruptcy judge approves Purdue Pharma's $8.3B opioid settlement

    Judge Robert Drain approved Purdue Pharma's $8.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice Nov. 17, nearly a month after the drugmaker agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts, including federal anti-kickback law violation and conspiracy to defraud, ABC News reported.
  3. What Amazon's online pharmacy announcement did to CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stock

    Retail pharma giants' stock prices plunged Nov. 17, the same day Amazon launched a new online pharmacy that allows patients to purchase prescriptions through its website. 

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  1. Christ Hospital Health Network names new chief clinical officer

    Costa Andreou, MD, was tapped as chief clinical officer of The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati and president of The Christ Hospital Physicians, effective in January, the network said Nov. 16.
  2. Envision Healthcare deploys clinicians to Texas communities facing COVID-19 surge

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare is deploying 80 clinicians to two Texas communities affected by a surge in COVID-19 patients, the national medical group said Nov. 17.
  3. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals use to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  4. 16 employees infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Baystate Medical Center

    Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Medical Center is battling a COVID-19 outbreak involving 16 employees and four patients, the hospital confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's Nov. 18. 

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  1. Ohio hospital still bringing computers back online 2 months after IT incident

    An Ohio hospital that went offline on Sept. 21 after identifying a cybersecurity incident is still bringing computers back online two months later, according to a Nov. 18 report in the Star Beacon.
  2. Mercy Iowa City email hack exposed info of 60,000 patients: 4 details

    A Mercy Iowa City employee email breach this year exposed the information of tens of thousands of patients, according to the Office of the Iowa Attorney General.
  3. States ranked by COVID-19 cases: Nov. 18

    North Dakota has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population of all U.S. states, while Vermont has the fewest, according to an analysis by The New York Times.
  4. At least 32 guests at superspreader Ohio wedding test positive for COVID-19

    Thirty-two people contracted COVID-19 after attending an Ohio wedding, reports NBC affiliate WLWT.

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  1. Healthcare exec pleads guilty to part in $1.2B Medicare fraud scheme

    The owner of nine medical brace companies has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a Medicare scam that resulted in more than $1.2 billion in losses, according to Law360. 
  2. US daily death toll highest since May; Pfizer's vaccine 95% effective — 7 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. hit 77,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations Nov. 17, a single-day record, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.  
  3. Chinese billionaire sells $41M worth of CHS stock

    Chinese investor Tianqiao Chen and his group of companies have an 18.8 percent stake in Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems after recently selling 5 million shares of the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
  4. States ranked by COVID-19 test positivity rates: Nov. 23

    Here are the rates of positive COVID-19 tests in each state, along with the number of new cases most recently reported and number of tests conducted per 1,000 people. 
  5. Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective

    Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine is 95 percent effective after conducting a final efficacy analysis for its phase 3 trial. 
  6. CEO parts ways with Louisiana hospital

    Terrell Neal, BSN, RN, has left his position as CEO of St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, La., according to the St. Charles Herald Guide.
  7. Wisconsin's 530-bed field hospital is treating just 23 patients

    Wisconsin's field hospital has remained mostly empty since opening last month, despite rising hospitalizations across the state, reports local Madison TV station News 3 Now.
  8. Hospitals, clinicians urge Trump administration to share COVID-19 data with Biden team

    The transition team of President-elect Joe Biden needs access to the Trump administration's COVID-19 information, national hospital, physician, and nurse groups wrote in a Nov. 17 letter to President Donald Trump.
  9. 900+ Mayo Clinic workers diagnosed with COVID-19 in past 2 weeks

    More than 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Nov. 17 briefing by Amy Williams, MD, dean of clinic practice at the Rochester, Minn.-based system. 

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