Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Medicare overpaid Michigan hospital $550K, OIG says

    Incorrect billing at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital led to Medicare overpaying the Lansing, Mich.-based hospital $550,917, according to an audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General. 
  2. 6 health system CIO retirements in 2020

    Six health system CIOs have retired this year.
  3. 9 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

    The following hospital lawsuits and settlements were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.

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  1. Clearlake Capital to acquire healthcare revenue cycle company

    Private equity firm Clearlake Capital has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the technology division of nThrive, a healthcare revenue cycle management company, according to a Nov. 19 news release. 
  2. 6 recent payer-provider contract agreements, conflicts

    Here are six recent contract agreements and conflicts between payers and providers: 
  3. NBA's rapid COVID-19 test getting a tryout in 5 states

    HHS has launched a pilot program in five states to test the portable COVID-19 molecular test used by the NBA to control the virus in its "bubble" this season. 
  4. Gundersen Health System launches pharmacy app

    Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., has launched a mobile app. 

Influenza vaccination is more important than ever: Immunization Action Coalition launches new mass vaccination resources website

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  1. First patient treated with Flash radiation therapy in clinical trial

    Flash radiation therapy was used to treat the first patient in the world earlier this week during the start of a clinical trial at the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, according to a Nov. 19 news release.
  2. Duke University's COVID-19 surveillance testing kept cases at bay, CDC finds

    Out of 10,265 students at Duke University in Durham, N.C., just 84 tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 11, the result of a comprehensive surveillance testing program, according to the CDC's Nov. 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  3. Staff at 11 Chicago-area nursing homes may strike for higher wages

    Healthcare workers at 11 Illinois nursing homes are set to strike Nov. 23 unless they're given raises comparable to other long-term care workers in the state, reports The Chicago Tribune. 
  4. 5 states with the biggest jump in ICU nurse demand, per NurseFly

    Demand for U.S. intensive care unit travel nurses has increased by 281.1 percent from March 1 to Nov. 16, according to NurseFly data viewed by Becker's.

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  1. 3 ways healthcare organizations are celebrating National Rural Health Day

    Nov. 19 marks the tenth annual National Rural Health Day, designated to honor the healthcare professionals who serve the unique needs of the country's rural communities.
  2. Limit caffeine intake while taking these 6 drugs: Dr. Naveed Saleh

    Most people know caffeine can be found in drinks like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, but many don't realize that caffeine can also be present in over-the-counter drugs, prescription medicines and dietary supplements. 
  3. Anthem's Medicare members used 600,000 virtual healthcare services this spring — up from 4,400

    Telehealth use among Anthem's Medicare Advantage members grew exponentially during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report the insurer published Nov. 17.
  4. Penn State Health appoints 2 leaders

    Penn State Health has selected Don McKenna as regional president of Hampden Medical Center in Enola, Pa., and Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, Pa., and Kyle Snyder as senior vice president and COO of Holy Spirit Medical Center, the Hershey, Pa.-based health system said Nov. 18. 
  5. Celebrities join campaign to help families cope with COVID-19 deaths

    Westport, Conn.-based nonprofit Experience Camps launched its Talk About Grief campaign on Nov. 19, Children’s Grief Awareness Day, to help children cope with the loss of loved ones who died of COVID-19.
  6. Cigna, Health First may end relationship if agreement not reached

    Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First may no longer be considered an in-network provider for Cigna members if the organizations don't reach a new reimbursement agreement, according to Florida Today.
  7. Deep cleaning does little to prevent COVID-19 indoors, scientists say

    Decontaminating surfaces in airports, public transit vehicles and other public settings does little to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, scientists told The New York Times.
  8. Montefiore New Rochelle nurses deliver strike notice

    Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle (N.Y.) Hospital plan to strike for more pandemic resources and a contract that guarantees safe working conditions, according to the union that represents them. 
  9. How Microsoft's tool could help cystic fibrosis patients avoid hospitalizations

    Microsoft in 2019 began Project Breathe, an effort to develop a smartphone-based tool that can help patients manage cystic fibrosis at home that has become an even more critical research project amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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