Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Houston physician sentenced to prison for $17M billing fraud

    A Houston physician was ordered Nov. 18 to serve five years in prison and to pay $9.5 million in restitution for her part in a $17 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Houston Chronicle. 
  2. Some Americans face 5-day wait for test results; death toll passes 250K — 5 COVID-19 updates

    The U.S. surpassed 250,000 COVID-19 deaths Nov. 18, according to Baltimore-based John Hopkins University's COVID-19 Dashboard.
  3. Medicare overpaid hospitals for defunct heart devices, inspector general says

    Medicare has been overpaying hospitals for recalled or faulty heart devices, according to a Nov. 16 report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.

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  1. Walgreens retools loyalty program to offer more pharmacy services, perks

    Walgreens reinvented its customer loyalty program and mobile app Nov. 19, offering customers more delivery options, faster pickups, increased rewards, and a new suite of health and wellness services. 
  2. Former Alaska hospital CEO dies of COVID-19

    Bob Letson, former CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, died Nov. 8 of COVID-19 in Columbia, S.C., according to Homer News.
  3. BCBS of North Carolina extends COVID-19 cost-sharing waivers, virtual visit payment into 2021

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will continue waiving member cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment through spring 2021, and will maintain other initiatives put in place to help patients access care during the pandemic, the insurer said Nov. 17.
  4. Strategies for COVID-19 staffing shortages from 8 hospital execs

    A COVID-19 resurgence is putting strain on hospitals to maintain appropriate staff levels when team members get sick. In fact, 22 percent of U.S. hospitals (1,109) reported the week of Nov. 16 that they anticipate a staffing shortage due to the pandemic. 

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  1. Making health IT more resilient: 3 questions with Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani

    The strategic vision cycle has shortened significantly during the pandemic, said Minneapolis-based Fairview CIO Sameer Badlani, but he still sees great opportunity for digital transformation and more equitable healthcare delivery.
  2. Flu shot may lower death risk by 18 percent for people with heart disease, study finds

    Previous research has shown people with heart disease are more vulnerable to serious flu infections, and new findings indicate that a flu shot may significantly lower the risk of death and serious complications, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's virtual Scientific Sessions conference. 
  3. Senators introduce bill to allocate $10B to buy PPE

    Senate Democrats introduced a bill Nov. 18 to boost the U.S. supply of personal protective gear by allocating $10 billion for the government to buy masks, gloves and face shields, The Hill reported. 
  4. 5 ways to engage men in their own health

    Men are more likely to experience negative outcomes or complications from a number of procedures and conditions compared to women, creating a large window of opportunity for health systems to improve men's health engagement, according to a Nov. 18 Healthgrades report. 

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  1. Bill to close orphan drug loophole clears House

    The House voted unanimously Nov. 18 to pass the Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act, according to Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., a co-sponsor of the bill. 
  2. States prepare for COVID-19 vaccination data reporting: 5 things to know

    Some states are retooling existing immunization registries to track future COVID-19 vaccinations, while others are creating new systems or using ones provided by the federal government, according to a Nov. 18 report from Kaiser Family Foundation.
  3. Merger would create 4-hospital system in Southern Illinois

    Carbondale, Ill.-based Southern Illinois Healthcare and Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to merge, according to The Southern Illinoisan. 
  4. Patient shot at California hospital has died

    A patient shot by police Oct. 6 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has died from wounds suffered when he was shot, the Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 17. 
  5. 3 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught post-acute care providers

    From staffing challenges to lack of supplies, healthcare organizations across the country have faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Apple's 8 latest health-related job openings

    Apple recently posted several job openings related to its health business.
  7. Mayo Clinic inks data analytics partnership with AI-powered telehealth startup 

    Mayo Clinic formed a new collaboration focused on expanding clinical data analytics with K Health, a startup offering patients an artificial intelligence-powered symptom checker and telehealth consultations with primary care physicians, according to a Nov. 18 Venture Beat report.
  8. Despite 76% net income drop, Beaumont giving $1,000 staff bonuses

    Despite a drop in net income of 76 percent, Beaumont Health said it's providing a $1,000 recognition payment for full-time employees and other financial perks to its staff.
  9. Every state will have COVID-19 vaccine within 24 hours of FDA's OK, federal officials say

    Federal health officials said Nov. 18 that every state will have  doses of a COVID-19 vaccine within 24 hours after one receives authorization from the FDA, The Hill reported. 

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