Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Oscar launches $1B IPO: 3 things to know

    Oscar Health launched its initial public offering Feb. 22. With an offer of 31 million shares at $32 to $34 each, Oscar could raise $1.05 billion at the top of that range.
  2. Horizon BCBS issues nearly $50M in rebates

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is sending $48.2 million worth of rebates to members who had individual plans in 2019, according to the Asbury Park Press. 
  3. More than 14,000 Massachusetts hospital workers have contracted COVID-19

    More than 14,000 healthcare workers at the largest medical centers and hospital systems in Massachusetts have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by the Boston Globe.

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  1. Teachers may play significant role in COVID-19 spread at school, CDC finds

    Teachers were central to in-school transmission of COVID-19 at a Georgia school district, according to findings published Feb. 22 by the CDC. 
  2. Pooling leftover COVID-19 vaccine could create thousands of extra doses, pharmacists say

    Allowing pharmacists to pool COVID-19 vaccine left over in vials could allow providers to vaccinate thousands more people per week, pharmacy experts told NBC News Feb. 22. 
  3. 5 drugmakers to tell US House panel how they're boosting COVID-19 vaccine supply

    Five drugmakers — Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Novavax — are set to testify before a House committee Feb. 23 on their efforts to increase the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine supply. 
  4. U of Arkansas for Medical Sciences names director of interventional cardiology

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., named Gaurav Dhar, MD, director of interventional cardiology, the medical school said Feb. 22.

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  1. 5 stats on cardiologist burnout in 2020

    Nearly half of cardiologists reported being burned out, depressed or both last year, according to Medscape's 2021 Cardiologist Burnout & Happiness Report. 
  2. OU Health Physicians, BCBS of Oklahoma disagree ahead of contract deadline 

    OU Health Physicians, the physician group of Oklahoma City-based OU Health, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma haven't been able to finalize a new contract renewal ahead of an upcoming deadline.
  3. Rhode Island health systems to merge, create academic health system with Brown University

    Two Providence, R.I.-based systems — Lifespan and Care New England Health System — have inked a definitive agreement to merge into a single organization and create an integrated academic health system in partnership with Brown University.
  4. J&J says it can produce 20M vaccine doses by end of March

    Johnson & Johnson said Feb. 22 it will manufacture 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March if the vaccine is granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, according to The Hill.

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  1. 7 public health official resignations this year

    Several of this year's U.S. public health official resignations have involved the transition from former President Donald Trump's administration to President Joe Biden's administration.
  2. Fire forces temporary closure of Missouri hospital

    Mercy Hospital Cassville (Mo.) has temporarily closed after its roof caught fire Feb. 22, prompting the evacuation of all patients, according to local news station KTTS.
  3. Cerner, Epic, Microsoft & more tech companies collaborating on COVID-19 vaccine passport 

    The Vaccination Credential Initiative, a collective of organizations including Cerner, Epic and Microsoft, hopes to begin testing its co-developed COVID-19 vaccine digital passport technology this spring, according to a Feb. 23 Kansas City Star report. 
  4. Florida nursing home residents' health records found dumped on roadside 

    Protected health information and pharmacy records belonging to nursing home residents at HarborChase of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Fla., were recently discovered strewn along the roadside in northeast Florida, according to a Feb. 23 First Coast News report. 
  5. Texas vaccine site apologizes after denying shot to eligible recipient

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg posted an apology on Twitter Feb. 21 after a San Juan resident said a staff member at the university's vaccination site denied his father a shot because he could not prove citizenship, NPR reported Feb. 22. 
  6. Illinois hospital reverts to paper records, diverts imaging services after cyberattack 

    St. Margaret’s Health–Spring Valley (Ill.) has shut down its computer network in response to a cyberattack Feb. 21, Shaw Local News Tribune reports. 
  7. 10 best cities for women in tech

    Arlington, Va., is the most accommodating U.S. city for women working in tech, according to research released Feb. 18 from finance tech company SmartAsset.
  8. California nurses agree to delay strike, will receive $1.2M one-time payment

    Nurses who work in San Joaquin County's health system in California have agreed to delay a strike that was set to start on Feb. 27.
  9. St. Jude employee to join billionaire on SpaceX flight

    Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a pediatric cancer survivor, will join billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman on the first all-civilian trip to space. 

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