Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. UNC Rex to open $170M hospital in fall 2021

    Raleigh, N.C.-based UNC Rex Healthcare plans to open its hospital in Holly Springs, N.C., in September 2021, according to the Triangle Business Journal.
  2. CDC removes new guidance on COVID-19 transmission from website: 3 updates

    The U.S. has reported an average of 41,101 new COVID-19 cases daily in the past week, up 1 percent from the average seen two weeks ago, reports The New York Times.
  3. 3 former pharmacy execs indicted in alleged $50M healthcare fraud scheme

    Three former executives of a Louisiana compounding pharmacy were indicted in an alleged $50 million scheme to defraud New Jersey and military health benefits programs. 
  1. White House pre-election demand torpedoes deal to lower drug prices

    After negotiating for months, the White House and the pharmaceutical industry's collaborative plan to lower drug prices has fallen apart, according to The New York Times.
  2. 9 hospitals ending services, closing departments

    Several healthcare organizations recently closed medical units or terminated services to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or prevent patient care lapses. Here are nine that have announced or completed closures in the last two months:
  3. Geisinger fires employee for inappropriately accessing 700+ patients' medical records

    Geisinger began notifying more than 700 patients Sept. 18 that one of the Danville, Pa.-based health system's former employees inappropriately accessed their medical records. 
  4. Positive COVID-19 tests rise in 2 regions: 4 CDC findings

    The percentage of specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 continues to decrease nationwide, though regional variation still exists, according to the CDC's weekly COVIDView report. 
  1. 28 states where COVID-19 is spreading fastest, slowest: Sept. 22

    Wyoming has the highest COVID-19 reproduction rate, while Hawaii has the lowest, according to 
  2. 9 recent payer-provider contract agreements, disputes

    These nine contract resolutions and dissolutions occurred between payers and providers since early September, beginning with the most recent:
  3. Atlantic Health System, Horizon say tying payments to outcomes lowered costs 5%

    Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey said their shared accountability program is working and has lowered costs by 5 percent in its first year. 
  4. Wearables pulse check: 13 updates from Apple, Amazon, Fitbit & more health IT players 

    The wearables market has made significant strides in healthcare over the past year, with giants such as Apple and Fitbit launching new studies and capabilities and Amazon and Cerner teaming up on a new EHR-integrated health tracking device.

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  1. Acella recalls thyroid drug for subpotency

    Acella Pharmaceuticals is recalling two lots of its thyroid drugs due to subpotency, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based drugmaker said Sept. 17. 
  2. Moderna to develop seasonal flu vaccine

    Moderna said Sept. 17 that it will begin developing a seasonal flu vaccine. 
  3. Pfizer releases COVID-19 vaccine trial protocol

    Pfizer released the protocol for its phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial Sept. 17, shortly after Moderna did the same, The New York Times reported. 
  4. Rush University Health System taps Leidos to deploy ED command center app

    Chicago-based Rush University Health System signed a two-year agreement with Leidos to develop and deploy an emergency department command center app, according to a Sept. 17 news release.
  5. AMA backs Senate bill that would remove Medicare's geographic, site restrictions on telehealth 

    The American Medical Association highlighted its support on Sept. 18 of the Senate's "Telehealth Modernization Act of 2020," which would permanently cut many of the regulatory restrictions that were provisionally lifted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Nearly 90,000 young Americans will receive cancer diagnosis this year, study projects

    An estimated 89,500 young Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and 9,270 will die, according to a study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 
  7. How Forbes' best employers are improving employee satisfaction

    Fireside chats, food and town hall meetings are among the ways hospitals and health systems have boosted employee satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. Why big pharma uses celebrity spokespeople

    Tennis phenom Serena Williams and reality television star Khloe Kardashian are the latest celebrities to be tapped by drugmakers for pharmaceutical marketing campaigns, according to Insider.
  9. 66% of healthcare data breaches caused by hackers, HHS data shows

    So far this year, healthcare organizations nationwide have reported to HHS a collective total of  about 13.7 million individuals being affected by data breaches.

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