Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Women, minorities underrepresented in some COVID-19 trials: 4 takeaways

    Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center published the first meta-analysis of COVID-19 treatment and prevention clinical trials Dec. 5.
  2. Karmanos Cancer Institute among nation's top centers for 10th straight year

    Detroit-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women's Choice Award for the 10th consecutive year.
  3. 11 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves have been reported by Becker's since Nov. 30: 

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  1. High intensity ER billing is on the rise, study finds

    The number of "high-intensity bills" for patients treated and then released from emergency rooms is increasing, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs. 
  2. 20 states allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control

    Pharmacists can now prescribe birth control in 20 states, and 10 other state legislatures are working toward expanding access to the contraception at pharmacy counters, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 
  3. 'Nocebos' more likely in vaccine-hesitant patients, study finds

    Being hesitant toward COVID-19 vaccines could result in more side effects after a shot is administered — a phenomenon of negative opinions spurring negative health outcomes, which is nicknamed "nocebos" — according to a study published Dec. 5 in Nature. 
  4. New Hampshire health system appoints CIO

    New Bedford, N.H.-based SolutionHealth has named Debra Dulac, BSN, RN, senior vice president and CIO, according to a news release shared Dec. 6 with Becker's.

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  1. Viewpoint: Closing pediatric units is short-sighted and reflects a broken system

    While hospital systems focus on more lucrative adult care operations, often sacrificing pediatric care in the process, the consequences of such decisions are often ignored, Brenna Miller, a health communications specialist at think tank the Lown Institute, wrote on its site Dec. 5.
  2. 'Historic' pay raises avert planned nurses strike in Minnesota

    Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached tentative three-year contracts with hospital executives, averting a planned strike by 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports.
  3. Pfizer countersues Moderna in COVID-19 vaccine patent infringement case

    Pfizer and BioNTech filed a countersuit against Moderna Dec. 5 over their rival COVID-19 vaccines made from the same mRNA technology, court documents show. 
  4. Feds warn of Cuba ransomware threat targeting the healthcare sector

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI released a joint cybersecurity advisory Dec. 1 to warn about a Cuba ransomware threat targeting the healthcare sector. 

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  1. Massachusetts hospital to refund patients for losses after data breach

    Attleboro, Mass.-based Sturdy Memorial Hospital has settled a lawsuit for a Feb. 9, 2021, data breach that compromised the protected health information of 60,000 current and former patients, Top Class Actions reported Dec. 5.  
  2. Retired Mass General Brigham CIO to advise healthcare cybersecurity firm

    James Noga, the former vice president and CIO of Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham, has been named to the advisory board of healthcare cybersecurity vendor Censinet.
  3. Cleveland Clinic-affiliated health system names interim CEO

    Leonard Stepp Jr. has been named interim CEO of Cleveland Clinic-affiliated Ashtabula (Ohio) County Medical Center Healthcare System, the Star Beacon reported Dec. 5. 
  4. Piedmont promotes 4 senior executives

    Atlanta-based Piedmont has given promotions and expanded roles to four senior executives. 
  5. Mount Sinai's new way of keeping low-acuity patients out of the ED

    New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has started a program offering telehealth services to patients with less severe conditions who call 911, making it the first system in the state to do so. 
  6. 'What they've done is extremely evil': Hospital closures spark questions about private equity in healthcare

    Private equity has piled into healthcare in recent years, but one company's recent moves have some questioning whether it belongs in the industry.
  7. Hartford HealthCare to launch healthcare startups with new venture capital partnership

    Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare has partnered with venture capital firm Connecticut Innovations to help launch healthcare startups. 
  8. Moody's downgrades Westchester County Health Care and Charity Health System credit rating

    Moody's Investors Service downgraded the ratings of Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester County Health Care Corp. and Charity Health System from "Baa2" to "Baa3." 
  9. New digital health CPT codes launching in 2023

    As medicine continues its digital shift, new billing codes are being added next year for specialties like remote therapeutic monitoring and digital ophthalmology.

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