Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Health officials stop COVID-19 patient from boarding plane in Michigan

    County health officials issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent a person who tested positive for COVID-19 from boarding an airplane in Lansing, Mich., according to a Lansing State Journal report.
  2. COVID-19 effect on healthcare M&A, revenue: 6 survey insights

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 29 percent of hospital and health system executives to consider a merger, acquisition or partnership, a survey of 174 executives found.
  3. California hospital, union settle coercion allegation filed after strike

    St. Joseph Health Humboldt County and the National Union of Healthcare Workers have settled a coercion allegation against the hospital chain, according to the Times-Standard.

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  1. Spike in medical device recalls expected in COVID-19 aftermath

    While medical device recalls declined in the first quarter of 2020, a surge in product recalls is expected when the relaxed regulatory environment ends, according to medical waste disposal and compliance training company Stericycle.
  2. Centene waives telehealth costs for Medicare members through 2020 

    Centene announced this week it will waive all cost sharing for telehealth visits for its nearly 1 million Medicare Advantage plans throughout the rest of 2020. 
  3. Dr. Atul Gawande: The 5 standards to safely lift lockdowns require commitment, not 'wishful thinking'

    Cities and states across the U.S. are lifting lockdowns and navigating the slow return to a more normal life, which includes opening nonessential businesses and allowing for more contact between people outside of the home.
  4. Flagler Health+ builds tech-enabled back-to-work program for employees 

    St. Augustine, Fla.-based Flagler Health+ is rolling out a tech-supported program that provides COVID-19 prevention, testing and management to help bring employees back to work. 

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  1. Court revives patient's lawsuit against Indiana hospital for medical record snooping, HIPAA violation  

    An Indiana Court of Appeals reinstated a patient's claim that Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health System is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who viewed the patient's medical records and wrongfully shared the information, according to The Indiana Lawyer. 
  2. New Mexico hospital settles former employee's discrimination claim

    Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M., has agreed to pay a former employee $98,000 to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
  3. COVID-19 antibodies create immunity in monkeys, 2 studies find

    Two new studies of monkeys offer evidence that having COVID-19 antibodies may offer immunity from reinfection.
  4. AstraZeneca gets $1B from US to produce COVID-19 vaccine

    British drugmaker AstraZeneca secured more than $1 billion from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority May 21 to support increased access to its COVID-19 vaccine. 
  1. South at risk of 2nd COVID-19 wave; virus doesn't spread easily on surfaces — 7 updates

    More than 5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with the daily number of new cases hitting a record high this week. More than 100,000 new infections were reported May 19, according to the World Health Organization. 
  2. Trump still wants congressional action to cut drug prices, GOP senators told

    President Donald Trump told Republican senators he expects them to push legislation to lower drug prices despite efforts being stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hill reported. 
  3. 2.4 million unemployment claims filed last week

    A total of 2.44 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the week ending May 16, according to seasonally adjusted data released May 21 by the U.S. Labor Department.
  4. Generic drugmaker Akorn files for bankruptcy

    Akorn, a generic drugmaker based in Lake Forest, Ill., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company said May 20. 
  5. Digital upscaling for long-term virtual care, innovation models: 4 details from Mass General Brigham's digital chief

    The rapid acceleration of digital technology and decision-making during the pandemic allowed health systems to respond quickly to patients' needs. Now, systems are finding ways to scale those models for the long term.
  6. 15 states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions

    South Dakota is the state with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  7. State-by-state breakdown of hospital expenses per visit

    North Dakota has the highest hospital expenses per patient visit in the U.S., with expenses rising more than 188 percent over a 10-year period, according to a recent analysis. 
  8. LA Surge Hospital to close in June

    The Los Angeles Surge Hospital, which opened five weeks ago to treat COVID-19 patients, will close by the end of June, according to the Los Angeles Times. 
  9. Most big commercial health plans rarely prefer biosimilars

    Ten of the 17 largest commercial health plans in the U.S. chose not to offer preferred coverage for less-expensive biosimilar drugs last year, according to an analysis cited by STAT. 

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