Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. CDC finds dispensing gap in Paxlovid, Lagevrio prescriptions among 'vulnerable' ZIP codes

    Despite the large presence of dispensing sites in "high vulnerability" ZIP codes, pharmacies doled out fewer antiviral treatments between Dec. 23, 2021, and May 21, 2022, compared to other ZIP codes, according to a CDC study published June 21. 
  2. Insufficient drug exposure likely behind COVID-19 rebound symptoms after Paxlovid: Study

    Drug resistance or impaired immunity against the coronavirus are likely not the cause of rebound symptoms some patients experience after taking Pfizer's antiviral Paxlovid, according to a new study from University of California San Diego researchers. 
  3. CMS pitches end-stage renal disease payment rule: 4 things to know 

    On June 21, CMS issued a proposed rule to update payment rates and policies under the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for renal dialysis services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries on or after Jan. 1, 2023.

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  1. Where Atrium's $2.46B in community benefit went

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health said it provided $2.46 billion in measurable community benefit in 2021, $160 million more than the year prior and the most it's ever given.
  2. Health systems want the government to help 'shoulder the burden' of cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks on healthcare entities boomed during the pandemic, and health systems are now turning to the federal government to provide more security for what they consider critical national infrastructure, Politico reported June 22. 
  3. Health systems opening 50 hospitals in 21 states and DC

    Multiple health systems have opened hospitals, announced plans to do so or have made advancements in projects this year. Below is a breakdown of these projects by state, as reported by Becker's:
  4. Cleveland Clinic hospital to develop $10.3M cancer center 

    Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital is in the early stages of developing a $10.3 million cancer center, The Repository reported June 20.

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  1. In class 1 recall, Draeger pulls 35K breathing system filters

    German medical manufacturer Draeger recalled one lot of its SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filter due to defective, "partially obstructed" filters that could obstruct oxygen flow and lead to death, according to the FDA. 
  2. Supreme Court to clarify Justice Department's power to end whistleblower suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court said on June 21 it will review whether a False Claims Act whistleblower's suit alleging that Executive Health Resources defrauded Medicare by falsely designating patient admissions should have proceeded despite the Justice Department's opposition, Bloomberg Law reported June 21.
  3. Purdue Pharma launches no-profit treatment to reverse opioid overdose effects

    Five months after the FDA approved Purdue Pharma's opioid antagonist injection, nalmefene hydrochloride, the no-profit treatment is now available for use, according to a June 21 press release. 
  4. Pediatricians worry about 'wait and see' approach as vaccine rollout for children under 5 begins

    As hospitals and clinics distribute the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine for 6-month- to 5-year-olds this week, health experts acknowledged parents' hesitancy but said the "wait and see" tactic leaves children vulnerable to the surge expected this fall.
  1. 36% of physician assistants are less satisfied with profession since COVID-19 

    Thirty-six percent of physician assistants experienced decreased satisfaction with the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Medscape's "Physician Assistant Career Satisfaction Report 2022."
  2. Advocate Aurora Health hospital to cut OB services, add behavioral health

    Hazel Crest, Ill.-based Advocate South Suburban Hospital is cutting labor and delivery services and investing $20 million in an inpatient behavioral health unit.
  3. Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital taps Jim Zolnowski as chief nursing officer

    Dignity Health Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and Health Center selected Jim Zolnowski, MSN, RN, as its new chief nursing officer June 20. 
  4. Pending approval, Moderna aims to deploy subvariant vaccine in August

    Moderna expects to distribute its bivalent booster vaccine candidate by August and has already produced the doses as it awaits approval. 
  5. Tennessee hospital shakes up C-suite

    Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn., has a new CEO and is making other changes to its executive team. 
  6. UNC Lenoir Health Care becomes 3rd health system affected by vendor data breach

    Kinston, N.C.-based UNC Lenoir Health Care notified patients of a data breach that occured at its clinical guidance software vendor, which has exposed the protected health information of patients at its health system, Omaha, Neb.-based CHI Health and Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health. 
  7. America's 25 healthiest communities, per US News

    A New Mexico county for the third consecutive year took the top spot in U.S. News & World Report and CVS Health's 2022 "Healthiest Communities Rankings." This marks the fifth annual edition of the rankings. 
  8. 6 hospitals have closed this year — here's why

    From cash flow challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals to shut down. 
  9. Marlow Levy named vice president of operations at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

    Marlow Levy, RN, was named vice president of operations for Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (Fla.), according to an announcement posted on LinkedIn.

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