Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. 4 recent partnerships between Oscar and providers

    Oscar Health, a health insurance startup, has expanded its partnerships with four providers for 2021 health coverage since August.
  2. Colon cancer detected earlier in states that expanded Medicaid, study finds

    Patients who live in states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA were more likely to receive an earlier diagnosis of colon cancer than those who live in states that didn't expand the program, according to a study published Nov. 23 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 
  3. Former Providence exec joins health tech PE firm

    Former Providence executive Mike Butler joined a healthcare and technology private equity firm as operating partner.

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  1. The CEOs of the nation's 5 largest payers

    Here are the CEOs of the five largest health insurers in the U.S.: 
  2. Insurer participation in ACA marketplace grows for 3rd straight year

    Several health insurers are entering or expanding their footprint in the ACA marketplaces in 2021. It marks the third year of consecutive growth for the marketplaces, according to an analysis published Nov. 23 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. 
  3. 2 nurses on Pennsylvania picket line test positive for coronavirus

    Trinity Health-owned St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., is taking precautions against a potential community COVID-19 outbreak after two nurses who participated in a strike earlier this month tested positive for the coronavirus.
  4. VA expands 5G hospital pilot sites to Florida and Seattle 

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is extending its 5G hospital innovation project from its Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital to additional facilities in Florida and Seattle, NextGov reports.

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

There has been a dramatic reduction in the nation’s pediatric and adult immunization coverage rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. U of Cincinnati Medical Center to pay $65K HIPAA fine for not sending patient's records to third party

    University of Cincinnati Medical Center agreed Nov. 19 to pay a $65,000 fine for failing to timely meet a patient's request to send copies of her electronic medical records to her lawyers.  
  2. How digital platforms are innovating to meet consumer expectations: 2 leaders weigh in 

    As technologies, including telehealth and remote monitoring tools, have become more essential to care delivery, healthcare providers are turning to various apps to meet changing consumer expectations and transform the patient experience.
  3. Experts skeptical on how federal vaccine distribution plan will work for nursing home residents

    Long-term care facilities account for about 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths, despite making up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, and experts are worried the federal government's vaccine distribution program won't adequately protect the vulnerable population, CBS reports. 
  4. 'No more lockdowns in Texas,' governor says

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Nov. 23 he will not reenact or implement further lockdown orders.

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  1. A 'magical formula': Intermountain + Sanford CEOs discuss 70-hospital merger plans

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health have proposed merging into a 70-hospital system.
  2. Avera loses legal bid to recoup indigent care fees

    The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled that Yankton County is not responsible for paying the indigent care costs of 23 patients who were detained under mental health orders at Yankton-based Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
  3. Merck to acquire COVID-19 drug developer for $425M

    Merck announced Nov. 23 it will buy Rockville, Md.-based drugmaker OncoImmune for an upfront cash payment of $425 million to obtain rights to the drug it's developing for patients hospitalized with severe and critical COVID-19.
  4. Arkansas governor to fast-track licensure for 1,100+ nursing students so they can help with pandemic

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Nov. 20 that he will expedite licensure for 1,104 nursing students so they can help at overwhelmed hospitals in just a few weeks, reports NBC's KARK.
  5. 5 hospitals hiring chief quality officers

    Below are five hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  6. Should the US blame high healthcare spending on fee-for-service? Maybe not, researchers say

    In the U.S., fee-for-service medicine has long been cited as creating incentives for overuse of medical services, which ultimately leads to higher spending. But with structured fee negotiations and standardized prices, high-income countries like France, Germany and Japan have seen some success with fee-for-service models, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs.
  7. COVID-19 hospitalizations rise for all ages: 4 CDC updates

    The percentage of U.S. deaths due to pneumonia, flu or COVID-19 has steadily increased through October, according to the CDC's latest COVIDView report. The agency said it expects this mortality rate and COVID-19 hospitalizations to rise through mid- to late November.
  8. 'Nothing tastes as good as safety feels': Traditional Thanksgiving out for many epidemiologists  

    Many epidemiologists are forgoing traditional Thanksgiving plans and not celebrating with people outside their households, according to an informal survey from The New York Times.
  9. CVS Pharmacy taps new president, Neela Montgomery

    CVS Health has named Neela Montgomery president of its CVS Pharmacy business, effective Nov. 30. 

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