Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. The Value of Point-of-Care MR Imaging: 5 Notes from UC Irvine Physicians

    MR imaging widely follows up on CT exams, with demand for MRI capabilities only expected to grow. In response, more healthcare organizations are noticing the value of portable, point-of-care MRI.
  2. When hospitals buy physician groups, Medicare spending increases, study finds

    Medicare spending on lab and imaging services increases after a physician practice becomes part of a hospital or health system, according to new research published May 3 in Health Affairs.
  3. HCSC leads $280M funding round for digital health benefits startup 

    Collective Health, a digital employer health benefits startup, recently closed a $280 million series F financing round. 

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  1. New ACA adviser joins HHS

    Melanie Fontes Rainer is HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra's new ACA adviser, Politico Pulse reported May 4. 
  2. Free beers for shots: State vaccination campaigns go all out

    States are offering residents incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including beer, money and gift cards, according to The Hill.
  3. EHR vendor to settle illegal kickback scheme for nearly $4M 

    CareCloud, a Miami-based EHR and practice management software provider, has agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to drum up sales of its EHR products, the U.S. Department of Justice said April 30. 
  4. UPMC, Indiana U researchers get $3M to lead 1st large study on chemo's cognitive effects

    The National Cancer Institute has granted $3 million to researchers from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh and Indiana School of Medicine's Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center in Indianapolis to study cognitive dysfunction after chemotherapy. 

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  1. Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove joins Providence's digital health spinout 

    Toby Cosgrove, MD, former president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, has joined Providence's digital health spinout DexCare as a member of its board of directors. 
  2. Scripps still running on downtime procedures amid IT attack 

    Scripps Health continues to operate on downtime procedures following a May 1 cyberattack that prompted the San Diego-based health system to take its patient services offline, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 
  3. Why are physicians leaving this North Carolina hospital? City seeks attorney general probe

    Brevard, N.C., leaders are urging the state's attorney general to investigate why a flood of physicians have left rural Transylvania Regional Hospital, according to WLOS.
  4. Texas hospital says state has spent $24M to keep infant alive, files appeal to end life support

    A Texas Medicaid program has spent $24 million to keep a toddler alive at Fort Worth, Texas-based Cook Children's Medical Center, the hospital said in an April 16 appeal cited by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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  1. UnitedHealthcare, Renown at contract impasse over requested 16% price increase

    UnitedHealthcare and Reno, Nev.-based Renown Health are attempting to reach an agreement to keep Renown in-network for UnitedHealthcare and Health Plan of Nevada members, according to a News 4 article. 
  2. What researchers learned analyzing COVID-19 mortality rates at 107 hospitals

    The death rate for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the U.S. fell 38 percent between March and May of 2020, but did not continue to significantly decrease through the fall, according to a study published May 3 in JAMA Network Open.
  3. Indiana healthcare system to take over closed Tennessee hospital

    The Jellico City (Tenn.) City Council has approved plans for an Indiana healthcare system to take over operations of a closed hospital in the northeast Tennessee city, according to a May 4 report from Knoxville, Tenn., news station WVLT.
  4. BCBS Association cuts rule that hampered competition

    A rule that limited competition between the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's 35 insurers is no more, a change stemming from a $2.7 billion antitrust settlement, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  5. Freestanding ER drops 'H' highway sign after hospital complains

    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has resolved a dispute with the Florida Department of Transportation over its use of a D9-2 hospital symbol sign directing people to a standalone emergency room, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  6. Shuttered Oklahoma hospital opens under new owner

    The Southern Plains Medical Center-Pauls Valley (Okla.) opened under a new owner April 28, according to News 9.
  7. 10 top hospitals for avoiding unnecessary services: Lown Institute

    A new ranking from the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan healthcare think tank, lists which hospitals in the U.S. are the best for avoiding overuse of low-value tests and procedures.
  8. 10 million kids could get COVID-19 vaccine by fall, former FDA commissioner predicts

    Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, predicted May 2 that 10 million kids ages 12 to 15 could be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the next school year starts if the FDA approves Pfizer's vaccine in that age group, The Hill reported. 
  9. Mass General Brigham names inaugural chief community health equity officer

    Elsie Taveras, MD, has been tapped as the first chief community health equity officer for Mass General Brigham, the Boston-based health system said May 3. 

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