Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Transparency about COVID-19 vaccines' side effects needed, doctors say

    Drugmakers and public health officials should educate the public about the brief but potentially unpleasant immune responses that COVID-19 vaccines can cause, doctors told CDC advisors during a Nov. 23 virtual meeting.
  2. HHS ships 300K doses of Regeneron's antibody cocktail

    HHS on Nov. 23 said it would rapidly distribute Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody drug to states, prioritizing areas of the country that have been affected the most by COVID-19 surges.
  3. Cerner launches free telehealth offering for rural hospitals 

    Cerner is offering a new video visit platform to rural hospitals that use its CommunityWorks EHR at no cost through 2021.

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  1. Haven loses another exec: 3 things to know

    Haven's head of measurement, Dana Gelb Safran, ScD, has left the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JP Morgan Chase healthcare venture to join a patient communication startup. Her exit adds to a growing list of high-profile executive departures since Haven's formation in 2018.
  2. CIOs are taking on 'COO by proxy' role

    A new set of responsibilities and expectations are emerging for many CIOs as organizations accelerate digital transformations while coordinating activities and managing risks for the entire organization, according to the Wall Street Journal. 
  3. Mayo Clinic tech investments to focus on 'smart hospital', AI and virtual care

    The pandemic accelerated Mayo Clinic's digital transformation, and it will continue to invest in virtual care and technology for its smart hospital.
  4. AdventHealth to use AI for more precise COVID-19 treatment: 5 details

    Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth will use artificial intelligence to build a patient registry biobank to deliver targeted treatment for COVID-19 patients.

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  1. Mayo Clinic's northwest Wisconsin hospitals placing beds in ambulance garage, lobbies

    To expand capacity at its northwest Wisconsin hospitals, Mayo Clinic Health System is placing beds in waiting rooms, surgical spaces and a heated parking garage, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.
  2. Florida radiology practice pays $1.4M to settle false claims charges

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based radiology practice Mori, Bean and Brooks, P.A. agreed to pay the federal government $1.4 million to settle allegations it knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
  3. New York to reopen emergency hospital; CDC urges contact tracers to change strategy — 5 COVID-19 updates

    U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a record Nov. 23, with 85,836 patients hospitalized, according to data from The COVID-19 Tracking Project.  
  4. HCA defeats whistleblower's billing fraud suit

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and others have defeated a whistleblower's allegations that they improperly billed federal healthcare programs for physical therapy services, according to Bloomberg Law. 

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  1. Sanford Health bars fans from 12-game basketball tournament

    Sanford Health is banning fans from attending a college basketball tournament it is sponsoring this week in Sioux Falls, S.D.
  2. Colorado governor allows at-capacity hospitals to transfer, deny patients

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Nov. 23 that allows hospitals at capacity to stop admitting new patients and transfer patients to other hospitals, according to The Hill. 
  3. Hospital financial losses mount amid COVID-19 resurgence: 5 things to know

    Twenty-eight percent of hospitals in the U.S. reported losing money amid the COVID-19 resurgence, according to data from Strata Decision Technology, cited by Bloomberg Law.
  4. MultiCare Indigo healthcare workers strike

    Healthcare workers at 20 MultiCare Indigo urgent care clinics in Washington state began a two-day strike Nov. 23, Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System confirmed to Becker's. 
  5. UNM appoints endowed professor of surgical oncology

    Albuquerque-based University of New Mexico's Comprehensive Cancer Center named Bridget Fahy, MD, as the Victor and Ruby Hansen Surface Endowed Professor of Complex Surgical Oncology Nov. 23. 
  6. South Shore Health names new CEO, Dr. Allen Smith

    Allen Smith, MD, was named president and CEO of South Shore Health, the South Weymouth, Mass.-based health system said Nov. 23.
  7. Indiana health system gets refrigerated truck to store bodies as COVID-19 deaths rise

    South Bend, Ind.-based Beacon Health System had one of its hospitals report 27 COVID-19-related deaths so far this month, a grim record it hasn't faced in earlier virus stages. Now, the health system is concerned some of their hospitals might run out of morgue space and put in a request for a morgue truck, reports local CBS affiliate WSBT.
  8. 7 recent health IT, innovation partnerships

    Here are seven recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives accelerating digital transformation efforts at healthcare organizations.
  9. UVM Medical Center's EHR restored after 25-day outage: 4 details

    UVM Health Network in Burlington restored access to the UVM Medical Center EHR nearly four weeks after shutting down the system due to a cyberattack.

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