Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. West Virginia pharmacist faces prison for wire fraud, money laundering

    West Virginia pharmacist Natalie Cochran, PharmD, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Sept. 21.
  2. Pennsylvania physician pays $1.2M to settle billing fraud allegations

    A physician in Berwyn, Pa., has agreed to pay $1.26 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice announced Sept. 18. 
  3. Moffitt launches national effort to expand oncologists' understanding of LGBTQ patients

    Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., is launching a study that will nationally expand its training curriculum to help oncologists better understand LGBTQ patient populations and gain awareness of disparities in their care, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 
  1. Halifax Health opens new Publix pharmacy

    Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., opened a new in-hospital Publix Pharmacy Sept. 21.
  2. Healthcare stocks drop over ACA uncertainty

    Shares of hospital operators and health insurers sank Sept. 21 following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to CNBC. 
  3. Mayo Clinic workers to recover pandemic-related salary cuts, get $1,000 bonuses

    Mayo Clinic will pay back workers whose salaries were reduced because of pandemic losses, and allied health staff will receive a $1,000 bonus payment, according to the Post Bulletin. 
  4. Financial fallout from COVID-19: 9 hospitals laying off workers

    The financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced hundreds of hospitals across the nation to furlough, lay off or reduce pay for workers, and others have had to scale back services or close. 
  1. UnitedHealth accused of illegally deflating reimbursements

    Two hospital-based physician groups have filed a lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth Group of improperly cutting reimbursements to out-of-network providers, according to Law360. 
  2. Florida physician pleads guilty to submitting $20M in fraudulent claims

    A physician in Florida has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, the Department of Justice announced Sept. 18. 
  3. 4 things to know about LinkedIn's new healthcare hub for digital marketing

    LinkedIn recently launched a new Healthcare Hub to help healthcare marketing professionals expand their consumer reach.
  4. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.

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  1. Black physicians' group forms task force to vet COVID-19 drugs, vaccines

    A group of Black physicians has created its own task force to independently vet regulators' decisions regarding COVID-19 drugs and vaccines in an attempt to safeguard against any potential political influence in federal health agencies, STAT reported. 
  2. AstraZeneca releases COVID-19 vaccine protocol

    AstraZeneca published its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial protocol Sept. 19, shortly after Moderna and Pfizer both released their protocols, The New York Times reported. The three drugmakers are the furthest along in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. 
  3. HHS secretary blocks health agencies from signing new rules

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar sent out a memorandum Sept. 15 that bans the country's health agencies, including the FDA, from signing any new rules, The New York Times reported. 
  4. How 6 states are revamping Apple, Google's COVID-19 exposure notification apps 

    Some states are redesigning their COVID-19 contact tracing apps to address users' privacy concerns and personalization functions, according to a Sept. 19 Wall Street Journal report.
  5. You have to 'think like a bad guy for a little while': Augusta U is keeping medical devices safe from hackers

    Michael Nowatkowski, PhD, associate professor at University of Augusta's computer and cyber sciences school in Georgia, specializes in reverse engineering medical devices to check their cybersecurity strength, according to a Sept. 18 Athens Banner-Herald report. 
  6. Private equity pushes into healthcare: 6 recent deals

    There were more than 300 private equity deals in the healthcare industry in 2019, and the healthcare sector has continued to draw private equity investors in this year. 
  7. Providence's Aaron Martin: 3 digital health trends that should be on hospital leaders' radars

    In April, Providence Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer Aaron Martin led his team to develop a new digital insight report series to help hospitals and health systems across the U.S. navigate COVID-19 recovery.
  8. OIG: Physician coding errors led to millions in overpayments for stroke patients

    Physicians haven't properly coded for stroke patients who transferred from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage, leading to inflated payments to Medicare Advantage organizations, according to a Sept. 16 report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
  9. 12 recent hospital CMO, CNO moves

    The following hospital and health system CMO and CNO moves have been reported since Aug. 31.  

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