Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Healthcare data breaches up 55.1% in 2020, report finds

    Hospital data breaches increased nationwide in 2020, affecting around 26.4 million people in the U.S., according to a study published Feb. 19 by cloud security platform Bitglass.
  2. Viewpoint: How to balance data sharing for public good while preserving patient privacy

    Technology companies and federal organizations are increasingly collecting users' personal data, spurring calls for more regulation to protect individual privacy.  The nation's approach to this regulation must balance privacy concerns alongside the social benefits of greater access to this data, David Deming, PhD, an economist, professor and director of the Malcolm Wiener Center of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Mass., wrote in a Feb. 19 editorial published in The New York Times.
  3. Wellstar taps Novant Health executive as chief digital health and engagement officer

    Hank Capps, MD, was named executive vice president and chief information and digital officer of Wellstar Health System, the organization said last week.

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  1. Molina CFO retires; successor named

    Thomas Tran retired as CFO of Molina Healthcare Feb. 17, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  2. Tower Health names board member interim CEO

    Tower Health in West Reading, Pa., has chosen P. Sue Perrotty, a member of its board of directors, as interim president and CEO to replace Clint Matthews, who is retiring. 
  3. 6 big ideas in healthcare innovation

    From their thoughts on how to improve healthcare equity to ensuring telehealth remains a key part of care delivery after the pandemic, here are six key quotes about the role of innovation in healthcare that executives from hospitals and health systems across the country recently shared with Becker's Hospital Review:
  4. Former CEO of Providence, Ascension dies

    Donald Brennan, the former president and CEO of Providence and Ascension, died Feb. 12, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. He was 83.

In Consultants’ Words: Why We Left the Big Firms to Join Premier

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  1. Outpatient flu visits remain below baseline + 5 more CDC FluView takeaways

    All states have reported minimal flu activity for the third week in a row, according to the CDC's FluView report for the week ending Feb. 13.
  2. California will set aside 10% of COVID-19 vaccines for teachers, Newsom says

    California will set aside 10 percent of first COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators, Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a Feb. 19 news conference. 
  3. AMA, Morehouse launch fellowship program to tackle health inequities

    The American Medical Association and Morehouse School of Medicine's Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta have created a physician fellowship program that will focus on addressing the causes of health inequities, the organizations said Feb. 22.
  4. Income, education disparities seen in healthcare worker vaccination rates

    While healthcare workers received priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine, large inequalities exist among those being vaccinated, according to a new survey from the COVID States Project.

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  1. UC Davis joins Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai in launch of digestive health tool for EHRs

    University of California Davis Health announced Feb. 18 it is joining Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai and Northwestern to advance a new digestive health EHR toolkit backed by the National Institutes of Health.
  2. COVID-19 stress, inflammation tied to hair loss, experts say

    Pandemic-induced stress and post-infection inflammation can cause temporary hair loss, The New York Times reported Feb. 18. 
  3. Health innovation insider: 7 rapid-fire Qs with Boston Children's Chief Innovation Officer Dr. John Brownstein

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a new light on the importance of digital technologies within the practice of medicine and has served as a catalysis to boost innovation, according to John Brownstein, PhD.
  4. Hospitals see negative margins to start 2021: Kaufman Hall

    Hospital margins, patient volume and outpatient revenue continue to lag when compared to prior year performance, according to a new report from healthcare consulting firm Kaufman Hall. 
  5. Pfizer vaccine prevents 98.9% of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, Israel data shows

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was 98.9 percent effective at preventing deaths or hospitalizations from the virus in Israel, the country's health ministry said Feb. 20, according to The Hill. 
  6. Smaller, shorter clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine variants OK, FDA says

    Vaccine makers won't have to conduct monthslong, randomized clinical trials to gain authorization for COVID-19 vaccines altered to combat virus variants, the FDA said Feb. 22, according to The New York Times. 
  7. US COVID-19 cases fall for 5th straight week: 12 CDC stats to know

    COVID-19 case counts have decreased for five consecutive weeks, according to the CDC's COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review published Feb. 19.  
  8. CMS identifies billing codes for Eli Lilly's COVID-19 antibody therapy

    CMS published specific codes for billing Medicare for Eli Lilly's COVID-19 antibody cocktail.
  9. COVID-19 vaccine prices vary greatly among countries

    The price countries pay per dose for COVID-19 vaccines varies between $2.19 and $44, according to regularly-updated data from UNICEF.

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